There is a particular prophet to whom the Qur’an has given a noticeable amount of attention. His name is repeated more than any other prophet: around 183 times across 25 different contexts. Not only is his adulthood expounded upon, but so too is his birth, the events that led up to it, his years as a baby, his youth, and onto manhood. In fact, we are even told about his mother, sister, his marriage, and many of the details connected to it such as the dowry that he paid. He is none other than Prophet Mūsā (ʿalayhī al-Salām).
Allah ﷻ said three things about Mūsā (ʿalayhī al-Salām) that were not said about any other prophet:
وَأَلْقَيْتُ عَلَيْكَ مَحَبَّةً مِنِّي
“I cast the garment of love over you” Thus everyone who saw Mūsā loved him.
وَلِتُصْنَعَ عَلَى عَيْنِي
“…in order that you may be brought up under My Eye.”
“And I have prepared you for Myself.”
Indeed, there is a category of human beings, the allies of Allah, whom Allah selects, nurtures, guides, defends and prepares for Himself, and Mūsā was one of them. No aspect of Mūsā was for the dunyā (this world). His heart, soul, hopes and aspirations, his very essence were all entirely for Allah.
Speaking about the verse “and I have prepared you for Myself”, Shaykh al-Saʿdī said:
وإذا كان الحبيب إذا أراد اصطناع حبيبه من المخلوقين، وأراد أن يبلغ من الكمال المطلوب له ما يبلغ، يبذل غاية جهده، ويسعى نهاية ما يمكنه في إيصاله لذلك، فما ظنك بصنائع الرب القادر الكريم، وما تحسبه يفعل بمن أراده لنفسه، واصطفاه من خلقه؟
“When a person wishes to nurture his beloved one from human mortals, wanting to raise him to the levels of perfection, he exerts every effort to help him attain it. So, what then of Allah’s doings – The Most Able, The Most Generous – for a person whom He wants for Himself and has selected from all of creation?”
Prophet Mūsā; by Allah and for Allah
“And I have prepared you for myself” – These words fell onto the ears of Prophet Mūsā when he needed them the most. With hardly any provisions, he and his wife fled Egypt, when during the journey a glimmer of light in the distance caught their attention. He said to her:
امْكُثُوا إِنِّي آنَسْتُ نَارًا لَعَلِّي آتِيكُمْ مِنْهَا بِقَبَسٍ أَوْ أَجِدُ عَلَى النَّارِ هُدًى
“Stay here; I have perceived a fire; perhaps I can bring you a torch or find at the fire some guidance.” 
Unbeknown to him, Mūsā was in fact making his way towards an appointment with Allah. No sooner did he arrive than he heard his name being announced; “O Mūsā, Indeed I am Allah”. The Prophet Mūsā was tasked with prophethood, hearing the words of his Lord directly. During that perfect night and magnificent hour, answers were finally revealed to Mūsā relating to his life-long suffering.
The Prophet Mūsā was born with a death warrant to his name, for in the law of Egypt, every new-born baby boy was to be executed. This left his mother with no option but to place him in a cot, with him in it, on to the river Nile. Nevertheless, it found its way to the doorstep of Pharaoh’s palace, whose wife fell in love with the baby Mūsā, and so Mūsā grew up within the Pharaoh’s quarters and at his expense. Years later, Prophet Mūsā accidently claimed the life of an Egyptian, forcing him to flee Egypt to escape yet another death warrant. During his travels, Mūsā faced starvation and was pushed to his physical limits. Eventually, he found refuge and even marriage, though at the price of 10 years’ worth of labour, to then set off to another unknown future.
Up until this conversation with Allah, Mūsā had no idea why he had endured all this hardship. Now, however, it all made sense. None of it was accidental and none of it was in vain. There, in the sacred valley of Ṭuwa, as Mūsā stared into the heavens, absorbed by the majestic voice of Allah, the puzzle of his life was finally solved, as he was told: “And I have prepared you for myself”
During this glorious conversation, Prophet Mūsā’s ordeals were recounted to him, to make manifest how each and every phase of His life was divinely planned, even the ones which he was far too young to remember, to bring him to this predestined moment. He heard:
قَدْ أُوتِيتَ سُؤْلَكَ يَا مُوسَى (36) وَلَقَدْ مَنَنَّا عَلَيْكَ مَرَّةً أُخْرَىٰ (37) إِذْ أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ أُمِّكَ مَا يُوحَىٰ (38) أَنِ اقْذِفِيهِ فِي التَّابُوتِ فَاقْذِفِيهِ فِي الْيَمِّ فَلْيُلْقِهِ الْيَمُّ بِالسَّاحِلِ يَأْخُذْهُ عَدُوٌّ لِّي وَعَدُوٌّ لَّهُ ۚ وَأَلْقَيْتُ عَلَيْكَ مَحَبَّةً مِّنِّي وَلِتُصْنَعَ عَلَىٰ عَيْنِي (39) إِذْ تَمْشِي أُخْتُكَ فَتَقُولُ هَلْ أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَىٰ مَن يَكْفُلُهُ ۖ فَرَجَعْنَاكَ إِلَىٰ أُمِّكَ كَيْ تَقَرَّ عَيْنُهَا وَلَا تَحْزَنَ ۚ وَقَتَلْتَ نَفْسًا فَنَجَّيْنَاكَ مِنَ الْغَمِّ وَفَتَنَّاكَ فُتُونًا ۚ فَلَبِثْتَ سِنِينَ فِي أَهْلِ مَدْيَنَ ثُمَّ جِئْتَ عَلَىٰ قَدَرٍ يَا مُوسَىٰ (40) وَاصْطَنَعْتُكَ لِنَفْسِي
“Your request has been granted O Mūsā. And we have shown our favour upon you yet another time. When we inspired your mother with what we inspired, saying ‘Put him inside the casket and place it onto the river and the river will throw it on the bank, and there, an enemy to Me and an enemy to him will take him.’ And I cast the garment of love over you in order that you may be brought up under My eye. When your sister went and said, ‘Shall I direct you to someone who can nurse him?’ So, We restored you to your mother so that her eye may cool and not grieve. And you killed someone, but We saved you from retaliation and we tested you with a severe test. And you remained for some years among the people of Madyan. Then you came here at the decreed time, O Moses. And I have prepared you for Myself.”
It turns out that Mūsā was being prepared all along by Allah to be for Allah. As a result, Allah was aided him, navigating him through every hardship, guided his every decision, supported him against his enemies, and will – on the Day of Reckoning – give him security, before granting him entry into the uppermost stations in paradise.
What about us?
Naturally, a Muslim who reads this will ask: Can I, too, receive a portion of this? Can I, too, become amongst those who are prepared by Allah to be exclusively for Him, and thus guided in the confusing times of today, and given security and Jannah tomorrow? This is a perfectly valid question to ask, as those who suffer in Allah’s cause want assurances that their suffering is not in vain. Such signs do exist, and what better way to discover them than to peruse some of the features of Prophet Mūsā that qualified Him for this station of “I have prepared you for Myself.”
1: An unquenchable thirst for knowledge
So intense was Mūsā’s yearning for knowledge that when he came to learn of a righteous man who was based at “the junction of the two seas” who has new knowledge, he wasted no time, packed his bags and set out on a quest to find him, saying:
لَا أَبْرَحُ حَتَّى أَبْلُغَ مَجْمَعَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ أَوْ أَمْضِيَ حُقُبًا
“I will not give up travelling until I reach the junction of the two seas, even if it takes me years.”
After tracking him down following an arduous journey, Mūsā asked the wise man:
هَلْ أَتَّبِعُكَ عَلَى أَنْ تُعَلِّمَنِ مِمَّا عُلِّمْتَ رُشْدًا
“May I follow you so that you can teach me some of the right guidance you have been taught?’
So, a person who is being prepared by Allah to be for Allah searches for this sign within himself; the levels of eagerness to learn, as Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
مَنْ يُرِدِ اللهُ بِهِ خَيْرًا يُفَقِّهْهُ في الدِّينِ
“When Allah wants good for a person, He gives him understanding of the religion.”
2: A commitment to worship (ʿibādah) in all circumstances and it all of its forms
The very first instruction given by Allah to Prophet Mūsā was:
فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي
“…so worship me and establish the prayer for my remembrance.”
That he did, never forgetting this instruction even during the darkest moments in his life. In fact, on the eve of their escape from the Pharaoh, Mūsā and Hārūn were instructed by Allah to:
تَبَوَّأَا لِقَوْمِكُمَا بِمِصْرَ بُيُوتًا وَاجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ قِبْلَةً وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“Provide homes for your people in Egypt, and make your homes into places of worship, and establish the prayer, and give good news to the believers.”
So, one who is being prepared by Allah to be for Allah is an exemplary worshipper, remembering Allah when others forget, fasting when people feast, and praying when others are asleep.
3: A fearless acknowledgement of personal error
Never did Mūsā shy away from confessing his faults nor did he ever delay making amends. Having underestimated his own strength, Mūsā accidently killed an Egyptian in his attempt to break up a fight. At once he said:
هَذَا مِنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ عَدُوٌّ مُضِلٌّ مُبِينٌ (15) قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَغَفَرَ لَهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
“This is from the work of shayṭān; surely he is an enemy, openly leading astray. He said, ‘My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, so forgive me’ and He forgave him. Indeed, He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” 
Similarly, when Mūsā returned to his community from a short journey and saw that they had fallen to idolatry in his absence, he erupted in rage, threw down the scrolls of revelation, and gripped his older brother, Hārūn, by his hair and beard for not preventing this. Hārūn, however, explained that they had oppressed him and were on the verge of killing him. At once, Mūsā settled, picked up the scrolls, acknowledged his fault and made amends by saying:
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِأَخِي وَأَدْخِلْنَا فِي رَحْمَتِكَ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
“My Lord, forgive me and my brother and admit us into Your mercy, for You are the Most merciful of those who show mercy.”
So, a sign to look out for within yourself is your reaction upon learning of an Islamic ruling that clashes with your comforts, or upon receiving advice. Those who are being prepared by Allah to be for Allah willingly submit to Islam’s guidelines, accept advice gratefully, and amend their conduct whatever the cost.
4: An unbreakable ethic of patience
Both before and after his exit from Egypt, Mūsā faced harm at every level but was only every seen behaving patiently. In fact, so exemplary was it that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, in the face of harm, often remembered Mūsā’s patience, saying:
رحِمَ الله موسى، قد أوذي بأكثر من هذا فصبر
“May Allah have mercy on Mūsā. He was harmed more than this but was patient.”
5: A longing to be of service to others
Mūsā saw a fight and immediately endeavoured to settle it. He saw two women amongst a crowd who wanted to water their flock, and so he fought the crowds and watered their flock on their behalf. In fact, even during his quest for knowledge, he witnessed behaviour from his mentor which he perceived to be unjust, and so he vocalised his objection.
If you are in the process of being prepared by Allah to be exclusively for Allah, you will find yourself committed to an ethic of excellence and of service to others, just as Allah said about Mūsā:
وَلَمَّا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَاسْتَوَى آتَيْنَاهُ حُكْمًا وَعِلْمًا وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ
“And when he reached full strength and maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge. This is how We reward those who do good.”
A paradigm shift in perspective
The Prophet ﷺ said:
أَنْتُمْ مُوفُونَ سَبْعِينَ أُمَّةً أَنْتُمْ خَيْرُهَا وَأَكْرَمُهَا عَلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ
“You are the last of 70 nations. You are however, in Allah’s sight, the greatest and most honourable of them all.”
Nevertheless, this favoured nation finds itself bleeding profusely from every one of its limbs; the ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims in China; the on-going plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar; a seemingly impending genocide of Muslims in India; abandoned scholars within the dungeons of Saudi Arabia; Yemen’s existential famine crisis; the decade long war on Syria’s people; the occupation of Palestine with the siege on Gaza; and al-Masjid al-Aqsa that is being desecrated before the eyes of the world. Above this all, however, is a Wise and Able Lord who controls the affairs of life and allows events to unfold the way they do. As for those who ask why, the response is the same as that which was given to Mūsā: “And I have prepared you for Myself”.
The God who said to Mūsā “I cast the garment of love over you” is the same God who said to him “and we tested you with a severe test”. So, Allah’s love and tests are twins; one calls for the other, for “if Allah loves a people, he tests them.”
Just as Mūsā’s suffering was not due to hatred or abandonment, but preparation to lead the children of Israel, this Ummah is to see its trials in the exact same light; preparatory events for our leadership of humanity. That process of preparation will be no different to that of Mūsā who was separated from his mother and loved ones for a period of time, and likewise we, too, will be separated from people we love, whether scholars or their likes, and places we love, whether al-Aqsa or its likes. Mūsā, however, was reunited with his loved ones, and we, too, will be reunited with our loved ones and loved places. The peril of the Nile that baby Mūsā floated away on is no less than the perils we face from the Islamophobia today. However, the shores of the Nile were nearby for Mūsā, and our shores, as promised by Allah, are also nearby.
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يُحَآدُّونَ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥٓ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ فِى ٱلْأَذَلِّينَ
“Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger will be among the most humiliated.”
كَتَبَ ٱللَّهُ لَأَغْلِبَنَّ أَنَا۠ وَرُسُلِىٓ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ قَوِىٌّ عَزِيزٌۭ
“Allah has decreed, ‘I and My messengers will certainly prevail.’ Surely Allah is All-Powerful, Almighty.”
 Al-Qur’an, 20:39
 Tafsīr al-Saʿdī
 Al-Qur’an, 20:10
 Al-Qur’an, 20:41
 Al-Qur’an, 18:60
 Al-Qur’an, 18:66
 Al-Bukhārī and Muslim, on the authority of Muʿāwiyah
 Al-Qur’an, 20:14
 Al-Qur’an, 10:87
 Al-Qur’an, 28:15-16
 Al-Qur’an, 7:151
 Al-Bukhārī and Muslim, on the authority of Ibn Masʿūd
 Al-Qur’an, 28:14
 Ibn Mājah, on the authority of Muʿāwiyah
 Al-Tirmidhī, on the authority of Anas
 Al-Qur’an, 58:20
 Al-Qur’an, 58:21
Shaykh Ali Ihsan Hammuda is Islam21c’s Tarbiya Editor. A UK national of Palestinian origin, he gained bachelors and masters’ degrees in Architecture & Planning from the University of the West of England, before achieving a BA in Shari’ah from al-Azhar University in Egypt. He is currently based in Wales and is a visiting Imām at Al-Manar Centre in Cardiff, and also a senior researcher and lecturer for the Muslim Research & Development Foundation in London. Shaykh Ali is the author of several books including ‘The Daily Revivals’, ‘The Ten Lanterns’ and ‘The Friday Reminder’. He delivers sermons, lectures and regular classes across the country.
The world has seen a string of dictators and oppressors who have tried in many ways to bring humanity under their sway. They also tried to subdue humanity into worshipping them. Examples of such lunatics are Fir’awn and Nimrūd.
In the not-so-distant past, the Muslims of the Ottoman Empire were subjected to the horrible anti-Islamic policies of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. To this day, pictures of this evil man who tried to destroy Islām are found all over the streets and squares of Turkey. Government buildings, Universities and schools all have busts of him. Muslims and non-Muslims are commanded to venerate and honour him, like some sort of superhuman.
Outwardly, he is portrayed as a great leader, a man who stood up and fought for independence and so on. However, that is not the focus of our discussion. The reality is that he stands as the face of secularism and modernism in Turkey and beyond. Using the garb of nationalism and independence, he made countless attacks upon Islām and the Muslims of the Ottoman Empire, killing people, burning Islamic books, and destroying Masājid in the process.
In this article, we shall concentrate on the attempts he made to destroy Islām and the horrible and ghastly end he faced. By taking a closer look at his dark deeds, we realise and understand that he was an enemy of Islām, an enemy of Allāh Ta’ālā, and an enemy of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
The reason for this topic is quite clear: Islamophobia, with its roots and foundation having been laid by such people, is at its peak in many parts of the world.
The horrible end of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk should stand as an exemplary lesson for leaders and rulers who desire to attack and wipe out Islām. Secondly, those Muslims who have swallowed and embraced Kemalism and have allowed it to take root in their hearts and minds must open their eyes and see the disastrous consequences that have resulted from secularism and its corollaries.
Thirdly, there are leaders and rulers in various parts of the world that are involved in attacking Islām and the Muslims. It seems that history is repeating itself and man hasn’t learnt from the stories of Fir’awn, Nimrūd, and his cronies. Fourthly, it’s about time that Muslims who subscribe to secularism and modernism see it for exactly what it is, a pile of filth.
Why the Ignorance?
One of the main reasons for the widespread ignorance surrounding the reality of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is that it is illegal to speak ill of him or to criticise him. Turkish law 5816 protects the memory and image of Ataturk from being offended by any Turkish citizen. This makes it difficult for Turkish people to understand what the ‘Father’ really did. Likewise, millions of people have been kept in the dark about his reality and will find it shocking to discover his evil nature. We make du’ā’ for this law, and all other oppressive laws against Muslims, to be removed.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk came from the Donmeh, a group of crypto-Jews who had publicly converted to Islām but retained their beliefs and practices in secret. He hailed from Thessaloniki and was born in 1881.
He rose quickly through the military ranks and offered his support for the Sultan. A large number of people lent their support to him, thinking that he was fighting to protect their religious identity. He preached the idea of unity between Muslim minorities within the Ottoman Empire.
The private life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is a mystery. He did marry, but was soon divorced. A court order banned the publication of his former wife’s diaries and letters, which might have revealed important information about him. These letters are kept by the Turkish History Foundation. Other sources state that he was a homosexual and was also a prominent supporter of homosexuality.
‘Reforms’ of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
(Sources and references can be found below.)
- He was the person who abolished the Caliphate in 1924. This system was in motion since the time of Sayyidunā Abū Bakr As-Siddīq raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu. After abolishing the Caliphate, he forced the Caliph and his family into exile.
- The official religion of the Ottoman Empire was Islām. Ataturk removed Islām as the official religion and replaced the laws with Western ones, based on the Italian and Swiss systems.
- Ataturk banned the position and influence of the Shaykh-ul-Islām.
- He removed the Islāmic inheritance distribution system.
- He forbade Nikāḥ done according to Islāmic principles and the ‘Iddah period for women before being able to remarry.
- He criminalized wearing the ḥijāb.
- Before Ataturk, oaths in government offices were sworn in the name of Allāh. He changed this, and made government officials swear oaths in the name of Turkey and himself.
- The regime of Ataturk forbade circumcision for boys. This ban was lifted.
- Ataturk prohibited the use of Arabic during Jumu’ah and ‘Īd.
- The Shahādah was removed from military flags.
- He stopped the Imāms from advising and encouraging soldiers.
- Lecture halls were shut down so that people would not learn about Islām.
- During the Ottoman Empire, the Masājid were decorated with Islāmic calligraphy of the names of Allāh Ta’ālā, Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the ṣaḥābah raḍiyallāhu ‘anhum. All of this was removed except from within the Hagia Sophia. This is because the plates were too huge to be taken out via the main entrance.
- Historical places that had engravings or carvings of the Noble Qur’ān were destroyed.
- Ataturk removed the Ottoman Turkish alphabet, which resembles the Arabic alphabet, and put the Latin alphabet in its place.
- Lessons of the Noble Qur’ān were banned. No-one was allowed to recite the Noble Qur’ān in Arabic. ‘Ulamā fled to the mountains, farms, and other deserted areas to teach the Noble Qur’ān.
- Ataturk changed the Adhān to Turkish. For 18 years, the Adhān was called out in Turkish. Instead of the word ‘Allāh,’ the word ‘Tanri’ was used.
- It was forbidden to sell or distribute books on Islām.
- He turned the Hagia Sophia Masjid into a Museum, earning the curses of Sultān Muḥammad Al-Fātiḥ raḥimahullāh. Ṣalāh in it was prohibited until recently, when it was re-opened as a Masjid, Alḥamdulillāh.
- Ataturk turned the Masājid into stables and sties. Some Masājid were turned into pubs, casinos, and hotels for the military.
- Ataturk banned the fez/topi and made it compulsory for people to wear western clothes, hats, and suits.
- ‘Ulamā’ were killed because they refused to wear western clothes.
- Some ‘Ulamā’ stood up against Ataturk and they were supported by ‘Ulamā’ from other countries too. Many were captured and hung.
- The regime of Ataturk spoke ill of the ‘Ulamā’ in the newspapers, drew cartoons of them, and portrayed them as villains and traitors.
- Ḥajj and ‘Umrah were also forbidden, but this was repealed.
- Ataturk allowed Muslim women to marry non-Muslims.
- He legalized slander and criticism of Islām in schools.
- Kemalists portrayed Ataturk as better than Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
- The newspapers were allowed to curse Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and ridicule Islām.
- People were encouraged to idolize Ataturk to the degree where they almost worshipped him.
- Ataturk claimed that the Noble Qur’ān was fabricated by Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and it was not divinely revealed.
- Every person was forced to embrace and follow Kemalism. The six principles of Kemalism are: Republicanism, Populism, Secularism, Nationalism, Statism, and Revolutionism.
- The regime of Ataturk opened liquor factories and legalized the sale of pork.
- The weekly holiday was changed from Friday to Sunday. ‘Īd was removed as an official holiday and it was replaced with Christian holidays.
- The Hijri calendar was replaced with the Gregorian calendar.
- Women were encouraged to dress in short skirts and skimpy dresses. Men were told to wear tight-fitting western clothes.
- Nude swimming was allowed and Ataturk himself would swim in the nude.
- Ataturk enforced tight controls on all religious learning within the country.
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Ataturk died in November 1938, after suffering a horrible disease that doctors could not treat. Some reports reveal that tiny ants were eating his flesh and after his death, his body emitted a horrible stench. After his death, the ground refused to accept his body for burial, despite many attempts made to do so. In the end, he was placed in a marble box to contain the stench and it was kept on a platform above ground level.
May Allāh Ta’ālā grant us the guidance to be able to see the light of Islām, to embrace and to practice it. May Allāh Ta’ālā save us all from following the ideologies of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. May Allāh Ta’ālā guide all the leaders and rulers of the world who apply these kinds of ideologies and systems so rigidly and doggedly to cease their oppression. Āmīn.
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- The Turks: From the Unenlightened to the Enlightened, Mufti Abu Lubabah Shah Mansoor, Dar-ul-Ulūm Zakariyya, South Africa
Tomb of Ataturk: Wikimedia Commons
The Muslim Skeptic
Hadhrat Hasan Basri was a Taabi-ee who had the good fortune of meeting 120 Sahaabah among whom 70 were participants of the Battle of Badr. He was the mureed of Hadhrat Hasan, the son of Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu). According to another version recorded in Tuhfah, it is said that he was the mureed of Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) who had conferred on him the mantle of spiritual mentorship (i.e. made him his Khalifah in the spiritual realm).
The fear of Maut was so overwhelming in him that from the time of his youth when he pledged himself to prepare for the Aakhirah, he never laughed until death overtook him at the age of 70.
For his entire life, until the age of 70, he always remained with wudhu.
Once a Wali said: “Hasan has surpassed us all because the whole creation is in need of his knowledge while he needs none besides Allah Ta’ala. He is therefore our chief.”
Hadhrat Hasan was asked: “What is the meaning of Islam and who is a Muslim?” He replied: “Islam is in the books and Muslims are in the grave.”
When asked: “What is pure Deen?”, he said; “Piety”. People asked: “What destroys piety?” He said: “Greed and desire.”
Hadhrat Hasan said that an ill physician (i.e. spiritual mentor) should first treat himself before treating others (i.e. he should first reform himself morally and spiritually).
People complained: “Our hearts are asleep, hence your advices do not benefit us.” Hadhrat Hasan said: “Your hearts are dead. A sleeping person can be woken up, but a dead man cannot be aroused.”
Someone said to Hadhrat Hasan: “Some people overwhelm our heart with fear with their talks.” (He was referring to the advices of Hadhrat Hasan.) He replied: “It is better today to be in the company of those who instil fear in you so that tomorrow on the Day of Qiyaamah you will have hope in the mercy of Allah.”
- A man said to him: “Some people find fault with your statements and criticize you.” Hadhrat Hasan replied: “I find myself full of fault. While I am searching for Divine Proximity, I cherish the desire for Jannat. But both these attitudes are contradictory. Furthermore, I do not hope to be spared from the criticism of people. Even Allah Ta’ala, The Absolute One, has not been spared by their tongues.”
THE PHANTOM LADY MARKET SUPERVISOR
Currently in certain quarters, women (backed by certain Ulama) are supporting the stance of women being allowed to take up a profession and venture into different areas of work.
Amongst the proofs cited by these people, one seems to be their main point of support, i.e. the appointment of Umar (radhiallahu anhu) of Shifaa (radhiallahu anha) in the marketplace.
The claim that the noble Sahaabiyyah, Hadhrat Shifa Bint Abdullah (Radhiyallahu anha) was appointed supervisor of the market in Madinah by Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) is a satanic calumny fabricated by Ibleesi ‘scholars’ and hadith fabricators whose brains have been vermiculated with kufr and zina cravings. The motive of these agents of Iblees whose brains are necrotized with immorality is to provide grounds and justification for the western kuffaar concept of gender equality which in reality is a satanic licence for promiscuous interaction, immorality and fornication.
The plot is to drag females into the public domain to gratify the lustful cravings of fussaaq, fujjaar and kuffaar. The noble Lady, Hadhrat Shifa Bint Abdullah (Radhiyallahu anha) was NEVER the supervisor of the marketplace. She was NOT appointed market supervisor, neither by Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) nor by anyone else. It is a filthy slander uttered by evil agents of Iblees.
The womanising rubbish, moron ‘scholars’ of our age are desperately clinging to this confirmed fabrication like a drowning man clutches at straws. Regarding this slanderous narration, Imaam Maalik (Rahmatullah alayh) said:
“It (this narration) is not authentic. Therefore, do not pay any attention to it. Verily, it is among the conspiracies of the fabricators in Hadith.”
After Hadhrat Nabi Aadam (Alayhis salaam) had mistakenly ate from the forbidden tree in Jannat, he sincerely repented. However, his Taubah was not accepted for 30 days because the athr (effect) of the haraam fruit was still in his bodily system. The athr was eliminated only after 30 days. When he was totally purified even physically of the evil effects of the forbidden fruit, his Taubah was accepted. Thus, 30 days fasting became the practice and speciality of the Ummat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
This is the view proffered by the Sufiya (Auliya). Haafiz Ibn Hajar (Rahmatullah alayh) claims that there is no authentic Sanad for this narration of the Sufiya. But his view is not the final word. The illustrious Sufiya who were great Auliya made no false claims. They were not fabricators of Ahaadith. Ibn Hajr’s view is consequently simply set aside. While the views of the Sufiya revealed by way of Kashf and Ilhaam are not Shar’i Dalaa-il on which ahkaam could be formulated, they may not be dismissed as fabrications and baseless.
Once Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam) together with his Hawariyyeen (Companions) passed by a village. Everything was in ruins and desolate. Human skeletons were lying all over the show. Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam) said to the Hawariyyeen that these people were destroyed by the Wrath of Allah Ta‟ala. The Companions wished to know more of the condition of the destroyed people. Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam) made dua to Allah Ta‟ala. He was instructed to call the skeletons during the night time. During the night, Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam) mounted a small hill and called out: “O people of the village!” Someone from the village responded: “What is your command, O Roohullaah!”
Nabi Isaa: What is the state of your people?
Skeleton: One night we were sleeping well. Suddenly in the morning we were dumped into Jahannum.
Nabi Isaa: What is the reason?
Skeleton: We were engrossed in the love of the world and followed the transgressors.
Nabi Isaa: To what extent did you love the world?
Skeleton: As much as a baby loves its mother. When the mother appears, the baby becomes happy and when the mother disappears the baby grieves and cries.
Nabi Isaa: Why do your companions not speak?
Skeleton: There are reins of fire on their mouths and the Angels are pulling at these reins. These Angels are of foul temper.
Nabi Isaa: How do you then speak?
Skeleton: I was not one of them. But, since I associated with them the punishment overtook me too. Now I have been hung up on the brink of Jahannum. I do not know if I will be saved or flung into the Fire.” (Nazhatul Basaateen)
“And narrate to them the stories (of the Ambiya and Auliya) so that they reflect.” (Qur’aan)
“Everything We narrate to you from the stories of the Messengers is to strengthen your heart. In these (stories) have come the Truth (Haqq), Advice (Naseehat) and a Reminder for the Mu’mineen.” (Hood, Aayat 120)
In these Verses Allah Ta’ala addresses our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The stories of the Ambiya and Rusul of bygone times served the purpose of strengthening even the heart of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
These stories fortify the hearts of the Mu’mineen by virtue of the spiritual blessings with which they are imbued. The stories of the Ambiya and the Auliya remind the Mu’mineen of the objective (Maqsood) of life on earth. These narratives slacken worldly ties, forge greater affinity and concern for the Aakhirat, and draw the servant closer to his Rabb.
The firmness of resolve, the patience and the sufferings of the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) are narrated by Allah Ta’ala so that we gain inspiration to tread the Path leading to Allah Ta’ala – the Path which all the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) came to show.
While we, people of gross Imaani deficiency, are not expected to meticulously implement in practical life the extreme and lofty state of Zuhd (Austerity and Abstemiousness) of the Ambiya, the minimum and fundamental requisite is to walk in their Shadow and to meticulously follow the Sunnah of our Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) whose Ta’leem is the embodiment of all the virtues and excellences of all the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam).
The Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) were mocked, jeered, persecuted and tortured. Numerous of them were horribly put to death by the kuffaar. Their lives were one String of Sacrifices like a string of pearls. Worldly prosperity, wealth and luxury were bestowed to some Ambiya. They were exceptions to the general rule ordained by Allah Ta’ala for His Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam).
Thus, in addition to Nubuwwat, Allah Ta’ala bestowed kingdom to Nabi Sulaimaan (Alayhis salaam), and immense wealth to Nabi Ayyub (Alayhis salaam). But this was not the norm for the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam). The mission of the Ambiya was the Maqsood of the Aakhirah, not the Dunya which Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said is jeefah (carrion).
The Mu’mineen were not created for enjoying this worldly jeefah. That is why Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“What is my relationship with this world? My similitude is that of a traveller on horseback in the desert resting in the shade of a tree. Then he departs (issuing forth into the desert, heading for his destination – home).”
Our destination and home is Jannat.