wishes to guide, He opens his heart to Islam.
Hadrat Abdullah Bin Zubair
Hadrat Anas Bin Malik
Hadrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani
Sayed Ahmed Shaheed
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
Maulana Shaukat Ali and Maulana Muhammad Ali
Read an Urdu thought about mother
The Mother of Hazrat
(Upon him be peace and
Good Advice to Son
beloved Apostle of Allah (SAW) said that the mother of prophet Sulaiman (upon him be peace) had tendered the following good advice to
“My dear son! Spend not your whole night in sleep, because, passing
the major part of night sleep deprives a man of many good and virtuous
deeds on the day of resurrection. (Tradition). Hadrat Sulaiman (upon
him be peace and blessings) firmly bore in mind this piece of advice
from his mother, and never thereafter he slept for full night. He used
to spend a part of night in prayers and adoration unto Allah.
When he came of age Allah conferred Apostleship on Hadrat Sulaiman (PBUH),
and He bestowed on him great kingdom too. Allah made the Jinn's
subservient to him and made the violent winds to blow tamely for him.
Allah also taught him the language of birds and ants. Allah this was
grace manifest from Allah. In whatever measure and on whomsoever He
pleases, Allah showers His Bounties.
The Mother of Hazrat Zubair
The Harshness of the Mother
Hadrat Zubair (RA) was a beloved companion of the beloved Apostle of
Allah (SAW). He was one amongst the ten blessed Companions to whom
the Apostle of Allah gave good tidings, in their lifetime that they
will be admitted to Paradise. Let us see how mother of this blessed
and great Companion did bring him up. This account is immensely
pleasing and palatable to read and draw lesson from, that if our
mother or some elderly person in the house treats us harshly with the
motive of reforming and mending our character, we should not take it
Hadrat Zubair (RA) was yet a small lad when his father died. The
orphan child was then under the care and training of his mother, Hadrat Safia
(RA). She extracted from him very difficult and arduous
tasks. When people observed this child doing too difficult tasks, they
used to tell Hadrat Safia (RA):
"What are you up to, are you going to kill the child?"
She used to reply: "I am making him wise, fearless and brave."
And it indeed did so happen. When Hadrat Zubair (RA) came of age he
really turned out to be extremely brave. When he was hardly sixteen or
seventeen years old he plunged himself into the arena for a wrestling
bout. People tried much to dissuade him from encountering the big and
mighty wrestler of repute, but he remained first in his resolve. As
soon as the bout started, Hadrat Zubair struck such a blow to his
opponent that he fell down with a heavy bang and broke his hand people
brought the wrestler on their backs Hadrat Safia (RA) and narrated
the whole story Thereupon she said: "tell me the truth. How did you
find my son, brave or coward?"
On other occasion, during the course of a battle between Muslims and
the infields, in which the Holy Prophet (SAW) also had participated
a famous as warrior climbed up the hillock and shouted: "Which Muslim
can dare fight with me?" Infuriated at this challenge, Hadrat Zubair
leaped forward and grappled with him, Fight ensued between them.
Somehow both fell down the hillock. Hadrat Safia (RA) was also
present and was standing by the side of the Holy Prophet. Seeing the
two rolling down she was frightened and exclaimed: "O Apostle of
Allah! My Child?"
Quiet Composed, the Prophet replied: "Fear not, Zubair will kill this
wrestler." And right enough it so happened. Hadrat Zubair (RA)
overpowered and killed him. This brave feat pleased the Muslims much. Hadrat Saifa
(RA), herself, despite being a woman, was very brave and
courageous. In the battle of Trench she killed a warrior and threw
away his severed head into the enemy camp. Hadrat Saifa (RA) was the
real aunt of the beloved Prophet.
The Mother of Hadrat Abdullah
Hadrat Asma (RA)
Hadrat Abdullah bin Zubair (RA) was among the bravest persons of his
times. He had pledged allegiance to our beloved Prophet (SAW) when
he was only seven years old. The name of his revered mother was Hadrat
Asma (RA) who was the daughter of Hadrat Abu Bakr (RA) and wife of Hadrat Zubair
(RA). She was exceeding prudent and brave. She was so intelligent that
the Prophet (SAW) used to consult her. When the
Prophet migrated from Makka to Madina, it was she who prepared the
provisions for his journey. And when the beloved Prophet (SAW) took
shelter in the cave of Thaur for three days, it was again she who
supplied him food for all the three days, without the Makkans ever
coming to know of it.
How did this great lady train and bring up her child?
To have an idea about it we narrate below, in brief, some incidents
from her life.
After the beloved Prophet (SAW) had made Hijra to Madina, Hadrat
Asma (RA).) also went there after some time. When the Muslims migrated
to Madina, the climate there did not suit them in the beginning. Quite
some time passed and no child was born in the migrant Muslim families.
The mischief-mongering infidels made it out that there will be no
issues born to Muslims, because the deities were annoyed with them,
and had laid curse on them. Muslims had no belief in such concoctions,
but in their inmost heart they were offering benediction unto Allah:
“O Allah! Put and end to the falsehood of these infidels.”
Hadrat Asma (RA).) reached Madina, a child was born to her. It was the
first baby to be born to a migrant woman. The new-born was named
Abdullah. On the birth of Abdullah bin Zubair (RA) there was lot of
rejoicing among the Muslims and the baby gave a lie to the canard that
had been spread by the enemies of Islam. Hadrat Asma (RA).) presented
herself before the beloved Prophet (SAW) with the new-born baby. He
too was much pleased at the sight of the beautiful bonny baby. He took Hadrat Abdullah (RA) in his arms, gave the infant some medicine (to
clear the me conium), caressed him fondly and prayed for his well
Hadrat Asma (RA) trained Hadrat Abdullah (RA) right from his
childhood to be bold and intrepid. When he was four or five years old,
the battle of the Trench was fought between the Muslims and the
infidels. Hadrat Asma (RA) used to make her four or five year old
child watch the action and how the battle proceeded. Thus even as a
child, Hadrat Abdullah bin Zubair (RA) had the occasion to watch the
proceedings of an actual battle. In his youth Abdullah bin Zubair (RA)
turned out to be so brave that it was difficult to find his peer
amongst his contemporaries. Hadrat Asma (RA) also used to
continuously inspire him to rise to heights of glory. Hadrat Abdullah
bin Zubair (RA) had to fight against the powerful Caliph Abdul Malik
bin Marwan. In this battle, the army of Hadrat Abdullah (RA) was
very small in size, yet he clashed boldly against a much larger army.
On the occasion of this battle, when he consulted his mother, she
advised him in the following morale-boosting words:
dear son! Understand this fact very well that if you are fighting for
the cause of Allah and are siding with truth, then you must put a bold
front. Go and fight as befits a brave man. Fear not for your life.
Receive the wounds of the sword with dignified valour. It would be
thousand times better than life of ease in ignominy. If you are
martyred, it shall be my highest pleasure. And if you aspire for
mundane wealth and power, and all your striving is to achieve it, then
who could be a more wicked man than yourself? How long will you life
on this earth? One day death will, of a certainty, come to you, so
better it is that you breathe your last while you are on the path of
virtue and piety.”
Hadrat Asma (RA) lived for pretty long time. Even in her old age she
had retained much of her vigor and vitality. She was not afraid of
even Hujjaj, who was the tyrant ruler of her time. People used to be
amazed at the retorts she used to give to Hujjaj, the governor. Once
when she was angry with him, she told him on his face:
“I have heard from the mouth of the Holy Prophet (SAW) that two
persons would be born in the clan of Thaqeef. Of the twain, the first
would be worse than the second. So, already I have come across one
liar (Mukhtar Thaqfee), and the other tyrant is yourself whom I am
The Mother of Hadrat
Anas Bin Malik
Hadrat Anas (RA) was the renowned Companion of the beloved Prophet
Right from his childhood he was in the service of the beloved Prophet.
He was exceeding faithful and obedient. He was ever willing and
enthusiastic to do any work assigned to his by the beloved Prophet. He
used to listen to the talks by the Prophet very attentively and with
keen interest. It was with Hadrat Anas only that the beloved Prophet
had cut that palatable joke which is well known as ‘Do Kan Wale’ (man
with two ears). The beloved Prophet had addressed him once as “O! Do
Kan Wale”, which in Arabic idiom means ‘obedient’. The delicacy about
this joke is that it is a statement of fact that every man has to
He is the same Anas (RA) whose mother’s name is Umm Saleem (RA),
the renowned lady Companion of the Holy Prophet. To her credit she
performed many good deeds in her life-time and rendered great services
for the cause of Islam. Hadrat Anas (RA) used to say that he was
deeply indebted to his mother because she gave him over to the service
of the beloved Prophet. This act of hers provided him the grand
opportunity to build up his character emulating the beloved Prophet.
We give below some salient events relating to the bringing up and
training of Hadrat Anas by his mother, Hadrat Umm Saleem.
Hadrat Umm Saleem was the resident of Madina. The name of her husband
was Malik. Hadrat Umm Saleem had accepted Islam, but her husband,
Malik, had not.
Hadrat Anas was yet a child when Hadrat Umm Saleem started teaching
him the ‘Kalima e Shahadat’ (the Muslim confession of Faith). When her
husband, Malik, noticed that their child was being taught the ‘Kalime’,
he was much annoyed and said:
“First you have forsaken the religion of your ancestors, and now you
wish to make this child also irreligious!”
Hadrat Umm Saleem (RA) replied:
“He is of course an innocent and ignorant child, but what I really
want is that you should convert yourself to Islam.”
Malik did not convert himself to Islam, and in this state he once went
on a journey and was killed on the way. Now Umm Saleem (RA) was a
widow. But since she was very prudent, brave and enjoyed radiant
health, many people sent her proposals for marriage, but every
proposal she declined saying that her child was still too young.
the beloved Prophet (SAW) migrated from Makka to Madina, Hadrat
Anas was ten years old. Umm Saleem (RA) was anxious to make Hadrat
Anas a man of supreme moral excellence. She conceived the ideal than
that she place her son at the exclusive service of the beloved
Prophet. Accordingly she presented herself with Hadrat Anas before the
Prophet and entreated him:
“O Apostle of Allah! I have brought up this child in great hardship.
Now I wish you should take him under your care.”
The beloved Prophet acceded to her request. Hadrat Anas thus started
living in the service of the beloved Prophet. He started acquiring
knowledge of ‘Deen’ (Religion). He keenly observed and remembered
every act or saying of the beloved Prophet and meticulously followed
in his foot-steps. With the result that Allah was so bountiful unto
him that he was being reckoned amongst the great Companions of the
Prophet. Many Traditions (sayings of the Prophet) are reported by him,
which Muslims read and there from learn knowledge about Islam.
Hadrat Anas admits that if his mother, Umm Saleem (RA) had not made
this arrangement for him, it would have been a great loss for him.
The Mother of Imam Rabiy'a
Rabiy’a (RA) was great spiritual leader. He was the most erudite
person amongst his contemporaries. He used to give religious lessons
in the Masjid-e-Nabwi (the Pfophet’s Mosque in Madina). Many men of
high learning used to attend his lectures. The young and old all
respected him. How did he become such a great religious leader? The
secret lies in that Allah had blessed him with a noble mother who
ardently desired and also worked hard to see that her son should
become proficient in not only learning but also in disseminating the
knowledge of ‘Deen’ (Religion). She spent thirty thousand Ashrafis
(gold coins) on the education and training of her son. The second
contributory factor was the remarkable power of comprehension which
Allah had bestowed on him. Imam Rabiy’a, on his part too had taken
great pains to acquire knowledge.
The story of his childhood is very interesting. The name of the father
of Imam Rabiy’a was Farrukh. He served in the army during the reign of
Bani Umayyah. On one occasion Farrukh was sent on the warfront for a
big battle. At that time Imam Rabiy’a was in the womb of his mother.
Twenty seven years passed by and Farrukh could get no respite from the
series of battles. During this period he could not even return home.
Imam Rabiy’a was born during his long absence and grew up to be a
highly learned man during this period.
Prior to going on the war front, Farrukh had given his wife thirty
thousand Ashrafis (gold coins). That prudent and virtuous lady spent
all those Ashrafis on her son’s education and training till he gained
proficiency in knowledge of ‘Deen’ (Religion). After twenty seven
years when Imam Rabiya’s father, Farrukh, returned from war front he
asked his wife about the Ashrafis, as to what use those had been put
to. Thereupon, his wife replied: “They are all kept in safe custody.”
In the meanwhile, Imam Rabiy’a went to the mosque to deliver lecture
on ‘Hadith’ (Traditions). Farrukh’s wife requested him: “Please pay a
visit to the mosque”. When Farrukh entered the mosque, he found, to
his great surprise, his own son giving lecture on Traditions, and many
scholars, much older in age, listening attentively along with a number
of others. His joy knew no bounds. After returning home, in an
outburst of joy and pride, he praised his son before his wife, and
incessantly expressed his deep gratitude unto Allah for it.
His wife then asked: “Tell me now, whether thirty thousand Ashrafis
are better or this bounty!” Farrukh promptly replied: “What is the
worth of Ashrafis when compared with this blessing of Allah.” Then the
lady revealed: “Those Ashrafis which you had left with me I have spent
in the acquisition of this bounty.”
Pleased at her reply, he said: “By Allah! You have not wasted those
Ashrafis. On the contrary you have utilized them for the most
The Mother of Hadrat
Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani
Hadrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani was a great saint. People call him
by the name of ‘Bade Peer Saheb’ (great holy man) also. Only for
earning the pleasure of Allah, Hadrat Abdul Qadir performed many great
deeds. He eradicated many of the social evils which were rampant in
his time. At that time many people had sprung up who were spreading
various concoctions concerning and creating misunderstandings about
Islam, and also about our beloved Prophet (SAW) and his Companions. Hadrat Abdul Qadir put up a bold front against this avalanche of
rumour-mongering until the mischief-makers were all silenced.
Hadrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani was a man of outstanding virtue and
learning, a great saint and sage. He used to deliver religious
lectures which were highly powerful and effective. How did he turn out
to be such a great scholar in the knowledge of ‘Deen’ (religion)?
The answer to this question is that Allah had blessed him with an
excellent noble mother. Right from his infancy she used to tender him
sound and righteous advice. She used to inculcate in him fear of Allah
as well as longing for reading the Quran and learning the Traditions
of the Holy Prophet (SAW). She herself was the ‘Hafiz’ of Quran
(one who commits the whole Quran to memory). She used to recite the
verses of the Quran while doing the household work. Thus listening to
the Quran regularly right from childhood helped Shaikh Abdul Qadir
memorize a major portion of the Quran.
Shaikh Abdul Qadir (RA) was still a child when his father died. His
revered mother then brought him up. At the time of his death, his
father had left behind eighty ‘Dinars’ (gold coins) for his two sons.
Their mother divided the Dinars in equal parts and separated the share
of each brother. She got Hadrat Abdul Qadir admitted to a school in
the town of Jilan itself, which was his native place. When he finished
his studies in the school of Jilan, he expressed to his mother his
desire to go to Baghdad for higher studies. Baghdad in those days was
famous as a seat of high class learning.
In those days traveling was hazardous and unsafe. Unlike today, in
those days there was neither rail or motor, nor any other mode of
conveyance except camels or horses. There were dense jungles on the
ways in which dacoits used to ambush and plunder the caravan of
travelers. This was the dread which lurked in the mind of the
travelers. But the mother of Hadrat Abdul Qadir summoned courage and
prepared herself to send her dear son to the distant land, Baghdad,
for pursuing further studies. She stitched the forty ‘Dinars’ in his
garment for safe keeping. This was his share in the inheritance of his
father. While bidding farewell to him she in very strong words advised
him never to tell a lie, even if speaking truth were to cost him dear.
Shaikh Abdul Qadir accompanied a caravan which was bound for Baghdad.
On the way the caravan was waylaid by a gang of dacoits. Over powering
the caravan the dacoits started looting those in the caravan. One
dacoit asked him also if he had anything on his person. He replied
“Yes, I have.” The dacoit took it as a joke and passed him over. But
other dacoits too asked him and he frankly gave the same reply. This
matter reached the ears of the leader of the dacoits. He made him to
be brought before him and then himself asked him the question:
“How much amount do you have on your person?”
He replied: “I have forty ‘Dinars’ with me.”
“where are they?”
“They are stitched in my garment.”
A search was promptly made and the money was recovered. “Oh! Why did
you show it to us? If you had not shown to us we would not have come
to know of it at all,” exclaimed the chief of the dacoits.
“My mother has bade me not to tell lies at any cost. I have promised
to abide by her advice. I have but to honour the promise made to her,”
was the reply from young Abdul Qudir.
When the leader of the dacoits heard this bold and truthful statement
from the mouth of a young child, he was simply amazed and lowered his
head in shame. He was absorbed in thought for quite some time. Then
tears began to flow from his eyes, and wailing over his sorry state,
he said: “Woe upon us! We made that memorable covenant with Allah that
we shall follow His Commands, do righteous deeds and refrain from the
reprehensible, but alas! We have now turned grey yet we have forgotten
the covenant which we had made with Allah. And this child, who had
made a covenant with his mother, remembers and honours it even in the
face of such adversity. What is my worth as compared to this child?”
With these words he gave orders to return the looted property to the
caravan men. Thereafter he vowed to give up robbery and lead a
virtuous life. Seeing this all his gang men too were penitent and
renounced their profession. In this way, on account of the noble
advice of the mother, not only the property of scores of people was
restored to them but a band of dacoits too got Divine Guidance for
repentance and gave up the life of sin.
The Mother of Sayed Ahmed Shaheed
Hadrat Sayed Ahmed Shaheed was a renowned sage of our country. He was
the native of Rae Bareily. His mother had given him excellent
education and training. That is why, from childhood only he was very
virtuous, brave and fearless. He had great love for Islam. Heart and
soul, he was ever ready to hold aloft the banner of Islam.
On one occasion it so happened that when he was still a young lad,
opportunity came his way to stake his life and all in the cause of
Allah. He became anxious to go to the battle-front, but it was
necessary to seek permission from his mother. Accordingly he
approached his mother. His mother was then offering ‘Namaz’ (Prayers). When
the maid-servant came to know of his intention, she prevented him from
meeting his mother, lest his life should be in danger. When the mother
finished her prayers, she came to know that her maid-servant had
obstructed her son to meet her. She felt bad and told her:
“Dear lady! My son cannot be so dear to you as he is to me.”
Then she addressed her son and said:
“My dear son! Go but listen, don’t ever show cowardice. Fight
valiantly. And if you run away from the battlefield, I shall never see
It was the crowning result of his mother’s training only that in later
life he was victorious in many battles. He made ceaseless striving in
holding aloft the commands of Allah and there never was any occasion
when he fled from the battle field. Ultimately he was martyred in the
cause of Allah.
See what fruits the striving of mother brought for the son? He adorned
himself with glory in this world and made worthy provision for his
life in the Hereafter. Today all Muslims eulogize him and hold him in
high esteem and reverence.
of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
must have heard the name of the Aligarh Muslim University. Just
possible, someone from your family may have passed out from there. This
is our big educational institution. The founder of this Institution was
our beloved late Sayed Ahmed Khan, popularly known as Sir Sayed. He was
the native of Delhi. His mother was an exceedingly virtuous and noble
lady. She educated and trained her son in an excellent way.
On one occasion, while Sir Sayed was still as young lad, for some
reason he got angry with his servant and beat him. When his mother
came to know of it, she was much displeased. She turned Sir Sayed out
of the house. Frightened, he went to his maternal aunt’s house. He had
no courage to return home. After three days his aunt took him to his
mother and recommended that he be pardoned. His mother then said:
“So long as you do not ask forgiveness of the servant with folded
hands I shall neither absolve you from your guilt, nor shall I allow
you to stay in the house.” Sir Sayed then apologized to his servant
and was then forgiven by his mother.
His mother always bore in mind the interest and welfare of the
servants. Once she fell ill and by coincidence, her servant too
suffered from the same disease. The mother procured the medicine
prescribed for her. It was a costly medicine. It occurred to her that
her maid-servant being a poor woman could not possibly afford such a
costly medicine. With this thought instead of taking the medicine
herself, she gave the whole of it to her servant. By the Grace of
Allah, not only did the maid-servant recover from illness, but she
too, recovered without taking any dose of medicine.
It was the healthy effect of the noble teaching of his mother that Sir
Sayed was never again harsh on his servants throughout his life. On
the contrary, he shared their sorrows and sufferings as an equal.
Scores of employees worked under him but never had any one of them
occasion to complain against the master. He always received high
praise for his treatment to the servants and subordinates.
The Revered Mother of Maulana Shaukat Ali and
Maulana Muhammad Ali
‘Bi-Amma’ (Grand Old Mother)
our country there lived a lady whom the young and old, Muslims and
non-Muslims, all alike, fondly called ‘Bi-Amma’; She lived in not much
distant past. If you ask some elderly old person whether he knew ‘Bi-Amma’,
he would at once reply: “yes, we used to call the mother of Shaukat
Ali (RA) and Muhammad Ali (RA) as ‘Bi-Amma’.” She had some
laudable qualities in her which were unmatched. Even men could not
boast of being in any degree equal to her in moral stature.
We give below some details about ‘Bi-Amma’. She was the native of
Rampur, (U.P.). In 1857 when Indians rebelled against the unlawful
rule of the British, she was just five years old. Because of that she
could not be properly educated but was highly cultured with chaste
manners. She cherished great love for Allah and His Messenger
(SAW). She was ever ready to sacrifice her life and all for the
cause of Islam. She never did anything against the tenets of Islam.
She was respectful towards her elders and ‘simple living and high
thinking’ was her motto in life.
‘Bi-Amma’ had four sons, Nawazish Ali, Zul Fiqar Ali, Shaukat Ali and
Muhammad Ali. Of these, Nawazish Ali died in infancy. The other three
grew up in age. In their early childhood their father died. The
responsibility of bringing up and educating these children fell on
‘Bi-Amma’ alone. She educated them superbly. Of the three sons, two
earned great renown. The youngest son, Muhammad Ali, acquired
exceptional qualities of head and heart. He was extremely courageous
and no one, a Nawab or Raja, could hold him in awe. The whole world
recognized the superiority of his accomplishments. While on the
subject, listen to one interesting and exemplary dialogue:
One gentleman praised Maulana Muhammad Ali in the presence of his
mother and said: “It is your untiring effort and tender care that has
shaped him (Maulana Muhammad Ali) to such towering eminence and
capability.” Bi-Amma “you are wrong. The fact is, all this is the
result of the Grace of Allah on us. Allah endows with honour whom He
pleases and brings low whom He pleases.”
When Nawazish Ali, eldest brother of Muhammad Ali, died people came to
give her condolences over the sad demise of her son. They found her
bearing the tragedy with exemplary fortitude. She said to them: “We
should all submit to the Will of Allah. Allah hath power over all
things. Whatever He has entrusted to us, He has power to take it back
when He pleases. Our life and death are indeed in His hands.”
When ‘Bi-Amma’ went for Hajj, she caught hold of the ‘Ghilaf’ (cover)
of the Ka’ba, and made the following benediction: ‘O Allah! By Thy
Grace my children have now grown upon. I beseech Thee to make them
By Allah’s Grace, Maulana Shaukat Ali (RA) and Maulana Muhammad Ali
(RA) became such true Muslims that they submitted to none, save
Allah. It was Allah alone that they feared. At that time the British
were ruling our country. Both the brothers fought against the British
throughout their lives. When Englishmen used to arrest and imprison
them, ’Bi-Amma’ used to be overwhelmed with excitement. She used to go
to the jail and tell her sons: “My sons! Hold fast to Islam with all
your might. Never mind even if your life is sacrificed in the cause of
In those revolutionary days a poet wrote two songs on ‘Bi-Amma,’ and
her two valiant sons, Maulana Shaukat Ali and Maulana Muhammad Ali,
which became very popular and were on the lips of everybody. The first
song was: ”so said the mother of Muhammad Ali: Sacrifice thy life my
son to uphold the dignity of khilafat.” The second song was:
“The Prisoners of Karachi raise the slogan;
‘We go for two, two years!”
the days of ‘Bi-Amma’ people of India were fast adopting the
Westernized way of life. To these people ‘Bi-Amma’ cautioned:
“Countrymen! Give up the way of life of these foreigners. Stick to the
traditional way of life of your ancestors. Serve not these foreigners,
nor accept honours from them because these people are very crafty and
This was ’Bi-Amma’, the mother of the two illustrious sons of India,
Maulana Shaukat Ali and Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar. May Allah shower
His choicest bounties on all three of them.
The Mother of Maulana
deep is the impact of good training and noble aspirations of a mother
on her children can best be seen from the illustrious life of Maulana
Ilyas. You must have surely heard the name of Maulana Ilyas. He was
noble and saintly person. He died just in recent past I had the good
fortune of seen him in person I often presented myself before him and
he prayed unto Allah for my health and welfare.
His one absorbing thought was the propagation of ‘Deen’. All his life
he strove to acquaint the people of Allah’s ‘Deen’, and make them act
according to its injunctions so as to make them true and steady
Muslims. His untiring efforts for the propagation of ‘Deen’ revived
the memories of the days of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (SAW).
Maulana Ilyas was trained and brought up on the lap of a mother who
was exceedingly pious and God-fearing. His mother had profound
knowledge of ‘Deen’ (religion). She was ‘Hafiz’ (one who knows by hear
the whole Quran). She used to offer ‘Namaz’ with complete devotion of
heart and soul. She used to recite the Quran with meticulous ease
because she knew the Arabic language perfectly well. She performed
supergatory (nafil) prayers and observed fasts in good measure and was
seen constantly engaged in acts of worship and acts of praise unto
Allah, with rosary in hand. She knew the life-stories and memorable
events in the lives of the Companions of Holy Prophet and other pious
men. She used to inspire her son with these narrations. It was her
ardent desire that her son too should imbibe these noble qualities in
The efforts of his mother bore ample fruits, in that Maulana Ilyas
developed these noble qualities in him, and in the prime of his youth
he made full-blooded efforts for the propagation of ‘Deen’ (religion).
Ponder a while for yourself, how could a personality trained on the
lap of so pious a mother, fail to blossom in the mould of the
Companions and holy men, and not spread its fragrance all around?
The Revered Mother of
have read many poems of Allama Iqbal. Some of his couplets are, most
likely learnt by heart by you. He is our best poet. His poetry has
most powerful exposition of Islamic thoughts and its message.
Intensely great was his love for Allah and His Messenger. He was a
great humanist. He wished well for mankind as a whole. His heart
leaped in sympathy at the pangs and misfortunes of others. He was an
enthusiastic standard-bearer of Islam. He wrote stirring poems not
warmed up the hearts of people. His poems not only inspire readers to
supreme moral excellence, but also actuate them to strive their utmost
for the success of Islam.
For his excellent qualities Allama Iqbal was indebted to the good
education and training imparted to him by his mother. She was a lady
with great moral and intellectual caliber. She aspired to see her son
attain towering moral stature. In fact every mother wishes so, but
Allama Iqbal’s mother tried her utmost from the beginning itself to
turn her dream into reality.
The earning of Allama Iqbal’s father was felt to be some what dubious.
His mother did not consider her husband’s earnings as wholly lawful.
Therefore she persistently tried to persuade her husband to switch
over to some lawful means of subsistence. However, no such alternate
arrangement suggested itself early, and in the meanwhile, Allama Iqbal
was born. Now the mother was in a dilemma, as to how she could
breast-feed the new-born baby. She could not reconcile herself to the
idea of feeding her baby with the milk that is formed out of dubious
income. She knew for certain that children who grow on sustenance
which is earned out of unlawful means could never develop in them
qualities of moral excellence, which she so ardently aspired to
develop in her son.
How to resolve this dilemma was the question. At last a plan came to
her mind. She sold off her gold ornaments which was prepared out of
lawful earnings. With the amount so realized she purchased a goat and
fed her child on the milk of that goat. By the Grace of Allah within a
couple of months, her husband too succeeded in securing a mode of
living which was permissible as per Shariyah. It was then only that
the noble mother commenced breast-feeding her child.
It was the result of this utmost precaution of the mother that the
child who grew up in her lap became whose heart was filled with
compassion for others, which flowed with profuse exuberance in his
poems and won the hearts of people.