Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Real 'Model' (Pious Women)

(Ummu Kulthoom, the daughter of Faatimah [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part One)


Can one comprehend the greatness of a woman who bears the following credentials?

1. Maternal grandfather – The paragon of Allah Ta‘ala’s creation, Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

2. Father – The lion of Allah Ta‘ala, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). 

3. Mother – The queen of paradise, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

4. Brothers – The leaders of the youth of paradise, Sayyiduna Hasan and Sayyiduna Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).

5. Husband – The great leader of this Ummah, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).     

Talk of ‘being spoilt for choice’ - She was even ‘spoilt for choice’ regarding who will perform her funeral prayer! On the one hand was her brother, Hasan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and on the other hand was her step son, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) – both illustrious personalities. Finally, at the instruction of Hasan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) stepped forward and lead the salaah. (Al-Istee‘aab vol. 4, pg. 510) 

This is true nobility and a role model that needs to be emulated. However, the sad reality is that most of us are unaware that a woman by this name even existed. Insha-Allah, in the next few parts, various details and incidents from the life of this true role model will be discussed so that we may follow in her great footsteps.

 (to be continued insha-Allah)

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