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Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah, The Pious Female Worshipper

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah used to pray the whole night, and when dawn came she lay down for a bit and then got up frightened, saying to herself, ‘Sleep in the grave is long.’ ” [“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.53]

Adh-Dhahabee related by way of Ibn Abee Dunyaa: ‘Abda Bint Abee Shawwaal, who used to serve Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah said:

“Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah used to pray the whole night. When morning would come she would lay down till the sky would turn yellow. I used to hear her say, ‘My soul, how much do you sleep and till what time do you stand up? You might sleep for just a little and never get up until the day of Resurrection.’ “

Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah was a ascetic, God fearing worshipper from Basra. She is said to have lived for 80 years and died in 180H.

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah the worshipper used to get up to pray in the beginning of the night and say:

‘The lover has stood up for her hope,
And her heart is about to fly away from joy.’

When the night was over she would say: “No! It has been taken away!” and she would recite:

‘The darkness is gone with its intimacy and concord,
If only the night and its intimacy would come again.’ “

[Al-Muthish, p.211]

Adh-Dhahabee said:

“Aboo Sa’eed Ibn Al-Arabee said, ‘As for Raabi’a Al-’Adwiyyah, a people have learned much wisdom from her. Sufyaan, Shu’ba and others have related things about her.’ “ [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 1/232]

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Dangerous Literature Can Effect Ones Religion, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Another reason for the youth’s problems is the reading of dangerous literature like treatises, newspapers, magazines and other material which cast doubt in the person concerning his religion and belief. These reading materials lead him to Hell and degenerate his virtuous manners.

This literature causes him to fall into Kufr and evil if he doesn’t have a strong defense of profound Islaamic education and acuteness, in order for him to be able to distinguish between the truth and falsehood or that which is beneficial from that which is harmful.

The reading of literature like this turns the teenager completely upside-down. This is due to the fact, which they come across fertile ground in the minds and thoughts of the youth without hindrance.

Accordingly, these dangerous ideas are deeply rooted and are reflected in the individuals’s mind and life.

[Taken from “Mushkilaat Ash-Shabaab”, Pp. 32-33, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen]

Having Hayaa (Modesty) Even When Alone

Mu’aawiya ibn Haida said, when asking about the awrah of a man:

O Messenger of Allah, what about when one is alone?

The Prophet said:

Allah is more deserving of your modesty than are the people.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhee and others: Saheeh].

Aishah narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:

Every woman who removes her clothes other than in her house has torn down all veils of modesty between herself and Allaah.” [Tirmidhee, Abu Dawood and others: Saheeh]

Umm ad-dardaa narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:

By the One in whose hand is my soul, every woman who removes her clothes anywhere except the house of one of her mothers has torn down all that veils her before Ar-Rahman.” [Ahmad: Saheeh]

Advice To Muslim Women, By Shaykh Bin Baaz

Allaah says:

Then do not be soft in speech, lest he in whose heart there is a disease (of fornication) should be moved with desire. But rather speak in an honorable manner. And stay in your houses and do not openly display yourselves like that of the days of ignorance.” [Ahzaab: 32-33]

Shaykh Bin Baaz comments:

“In this ayah, Allaah forbids the wives of the noble Prophet, the Mothers of the Believers – who are from amongst the best and purest of women – from speaking softly to men, which means making the voice sound gentle and pleasant…

Allaah further commands the women to stay in their homes and forbids them from indecently exposing themselves as the women would do in the days of ignorance (jaahiliyyah)…

This is because of what is found in that form great mischief, overwhelming temptation and an incitement of male hearts towards embarking on the means of fornication.

So if it is the case that Allaah warned the Mothers of the Believers from these evil things, in spite of their uprightness, strong faith and pure nature, then this means that all women besides them take more precedence in this matter.

They are more deserving of being warned and forbidden, and they have more right that we fear for them the causes of fitnah.”

[Taken from “Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling”. Chapter: “The Dangers Of Tabarruj (Immoral Exposure)”, by Shaykh Bin Baaz, Pp. 11-12]

The Mother Of Aboo ‘Aasim (122-212H) Was Just 12yrs Old!

Aboo ‘Aasim was born in 122H – and his mother was twelve years old at the time!

Those who he narrated from include: Imaam Maalik, Sufyaan amongst others.

Those who narrate from him include: Imaam Bukhaaree (And Aboo ‘Aasim was the most senior and most excellent of his shaykhs), Ishaaq Ibn raahawaih, ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee, Imam Ahmad, Adh-Dhuhlee, amongst others.

Imaam Bukhaaree said:

“I heard Aboo ‘Aasim say, ‘Since I have known backbiting to be forbidden, I have never backbitten anyone.’ “

Aboo ‘Aasim said:

“Whoever seeks hadeeth has sought the highest of affairs, so he must be the best of the people.

He never narrated except from memory, he died on the 14th of Dhul Hijjah 212H

[Siyaar A’laamun Nubulaa, Vol. 9, Pp. 480-485]

Hisham Ibn ‘Abdul Malik (133-227) Narrated From 70 Women

Hishaam Ibn ‘Abdul Maalik was born in 133H.

Those He Narrates From, And Those Who Narrate From Him:

Those he narrated from include: Imaam Maalik, Imam Layth, amongst others.

Those who narrate from him include: Imaam Bukhaaree, Aboo Daawood, Ishaaq Ibn Raahawaih, Adh-Dhuhlee, Aboo Haatim, amongst others.

What The Scholars Have Said About Him:

Imaam Ahmad said:

“Abdul Waleed (Hishaam Ibn ‘Abdul Maalik) is precise.”

He also said about him:

“Hishaam Ibn ‘Abdul Maalik is the shaykh of Islaam today. Today I do not give precedence to any of the narrators of hadeeth over him.”

Aboo Zur’ah said about him:

“He reached half of Islaam, and he was an Imaam in his time, having great standing with the people.”

He Narrated From Seventy Women!

Ahmad Ibn ‘Abdullaah Al-’Ijlee said:

“Abdul Waleed (Hishaam Ibn ‘Abdul Maalik) was a reliable and sound narrator of hadeeth in Basrah. He narrated from seventy women, and students used to travel to him after (the death of) Aboo Daawood At-Tayaaleesee.”

He died in 227H, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

[Siyaar A’laamun Nubulaa, vol. 10, Pp. 341-347]