A Conversation with his Wife | 5 | Her Advice to the Sisters and Her Reaction to those who Lied Against the Shaikh
Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
“Do you feel the extent of the love of the Muslims for your husband, may Allaah have mercy on him, or do you feel that they have fallen short in that?”
Yes, my children, I know the extent of the people’s love for the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, but I want them to always remember him by supplicating for him, [asking] that Allaah reward him with the best of rewards on behalf of the Muslims.
I personally bought a small apartment opposite the graveyard in which he was buried in South Marca, Amman. And believe me, I always wake up at night and look at the graveyard and supplicate for him and his student Abu Mu’aadh and the daughter of our brother Abul-Yamaan, Sumayyah, may Allaah have mercy on them all. And may Allaah have mercy on all of the deceased Muslims, and may He gather us with them in Paradise with the Chief of the Messengers. Aameen.
“How can we, when we are deprived of the presence of a great scholar amongst us, recall the times that the great Shaikh would give his lectures in when we were not present at those lectures whose loss to us Allaah knows the extent of?”
My brother, it is possible for you to recall those beautiful times with the Shaikh through his recorded tapes which are widespread and in their thousands, the same goes for his books in the Islamic bookshops.
“Did any of the Shaikh’s sons take their fathers lead in seeking knowledge and excelling in the Science of Hadith? And did the Shaikh have an effect in that?”
The one who followed his lead the most in the science of hadith was his daughter, Umm Abdullaah, may Allaah protect her.
“I ask that you don’t deprive us ladies of advice on what our role in nurturing a generation of those who strive should be? And I repeat my thanks and gratitude to those who came up with this idea and strove to implement it.”
My advice to my daughters, the Muslim girls, is that they fear Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, and learn their religion especially that which concerns the Muslim woman’s role in her home and such circumstances, and that which is connected to raising their children. And that the Muslim sister concentrate on the affairs of her household, on nurturing her children herself, and taking care of her husband, in compliance with the Saying of the Most High, “… and stay in your houses …” [Al-Ahzaab 33:33]. And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘When the woman prays her five, fasts her month, guards her chastity, obeys her husband, it is said to her, ‘Enter Paradise from whichever gate you wish,’’ what more do you want?
“What was the reaction of the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, to those people of unsound creed who are widespread in Jordan and other countries when they would attack and lie against him in the newspapers and other such media?”
The Shaikh would treat those who attacked and lied against him as noble people do, [their example is that] of an ibex striking a rock with its horns, [in the end it only weakens its own antlers].
And I remember one time I was with him in the car, and he had turned on the cassette of a sermon delivered by a man who was attacking and lying upon the Shaikh and declaring him to be a disbeliever and so on, may Allaah have mercy on him.
I was about to explode in rage.
I was watching the Shaikh [i.e, his reaction] and it was as though nothing had happened! Until I [finally] said to him, ‘What is wrong with you? Can you hear what he is saying?’ So he signalled to me that it’s no problem, don’t worry about it.
The important thing is that Allaah accepts it, may Allaah have mercy on him and make both us and you from those whose actions are accepted.