Islam places responsibilities on the shoulders of every individual; no one person is left out. Parents – especially mothers – are made responsible for providing. Their children with a solid upbringing and sound Islamic education, based on the noble characteristics that the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) declared that He had been sent to complete and spread among people:
“I have only been sent to make righteous behaviour complete.”
O beloved sister in Islam! What prevent us from giving our beautiful children himmah, i.e. aspiration and determination to the Commandments of ALLAH? If we have himmah we are guaranteed success from ALLAH TA’ALA in this world and the Hereafter, Subhaan-ALLAH! What prevents us from teaching them to be the Ansaar of ALLAH TA’ALA, and knowing that love of the people of this Deen is from Imaan. And anyone who give victory to this Deen, love them. We do dearest sister! We are the examples by which our children grow and live! Return these children, dearest mother, to the path of aspiration, determination, courage and good and honourable Deeds…
Zaid (RadhiAllahu Anhu) was the freed slave of the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), who was treated as a blood son. After some time his parents came to Madina Sharief and asked for his return. The Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “Zaid is no longer my slave. He is free. He may go wherever he wishes. I would be happy if he were united with his family.” Zaid showed a different aspiration. He said to his parents: “I love you very much, but I love Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) more than anything in the world. I cannot leave Him!” Nothing could persuade him to leave the love and care, and most of all, the lofty example set before him by the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).
The daughter of the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), Fathimah (RadhiAllahu Anha) showed such fortitude when Uqbah (a chief of the Quraish) placed the camel’s intestines on the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam’s) back during Sajdah. She rebuked them for their cruel act. She cried and consoled her father. The Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) reminded her, “ALLAH is the best Protector.” This young lady was known as the “Queen of the virtuous women of Paradise.”
Yusuf (Alaihis Salaam) was a perfect example of patience and determination. He was tested by the jealousy of his brothers and was unrelenting. When in the home of the minister of Egypt, Yusuf (Alaihis Salaam) was again tested by the minister’s wife, Zuleikha. He possessed such honour and dignity that he refused to act upon her suggestions. He would rather go to jail then submit to her wishes!
Asma (RadhiAllahu Anha), the sister of Aa’ishah (RadhiAllahu Anha) took of the needs of the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) when they were in the Cave of Thawr during hijrah. She braved all odds and travelled a long distance to take provisions. The Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) heard of her generosity in tying their provisions with the only two belts she had. He (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “ALLAH has accepted your gift and shall reward you in Paradise with two indescribably beautiful belts.” She was honoured with the title of “Lady with two belts.”
Ali ibn Abi Thalib (RadhiAllahu Anhu) was a young man in the company of the Quraish. One night after the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) invited them to Deen everyone was silent. No one said a word accept Ali (RadhiAllahu Anhu). He said: “Brother, though I have been ill, I will support you. My eyes ache and my legs are lean and weak. I am the youngest of you all, but I will follow You, Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), and I say: “Laa Ilaha Illallaah.”
Dearest sister, what makes these youth possess such aspiration? By ALLAH we have to teach our children to be people of himmah and to sit with the people of himmah. Encourage them to serve this Deen, to do so with the Imaan, courage, dertermination and fortitude that has not been seen in this day and age. Advice them, if they are in situation that require firm faith, to be faithful to ALLAH TA’ALA. Proof of this faith is: “If anyone is going to hang you (for your devotion of ALLAH), then ask them to hang you from the highest place.” Foster this himmah, dearest sister, in our most valuable legacy – our children – whose mark of distinction will be “calling towards righteousness and forbidding evil.” In’Shaa’ALLAH!
May ALLAH TA’ALA bestow us with aspiration and courage that will inspire our children and progeny and the ability to appreciate our beautiful Deen. Aameen!!!
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