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Passion Islam I March 2010 SPECIAL FEATURE I 21
“Where will the Caliph be able to see inherited these virtues from their Hindah (Radhiallaahu Anhu) certain
us here?” What a startling response mothers. Let us mention a few of skills and talents which he was
the daughter offered. She said: “Then them here: unable to acquire from his father.
where is Allah?” In other words, Allah Hadrat Zubair bin ‘Awwâm When Hindah, his mother, observed
Ta’ala is watching us. On hearing this (Radhiallaahu Anhu) is highly indebted his intellectual capabilities during his
reply, Hadrat ‘Umar (Radhiallaahu to his mother Hadrat Safiyyah bintu childhood and someone said to her
Anhu) returned home, went up to his ‘Abdul Muttalib (Radhiallaahu Anha). that this child will become a leader
son ‘Aasim and asked him to marry She was responsible for moulding his of his people, she confidently replied:
this girl. He subsequently married character and morals. “May I cry over him (in other words,
her. From the progeny of this union a Hadrat ‘Abdullâh, Munzir and may he die) if he fails to become a
great personality like ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Urwah (Radhiallaahu Anhuma) all the leader.”
‘Azîz was born – a personality whose sons of Hadrat Zubair (Radhiallaahu As far as division of responsibility
achievements can never be forgotten Anhu) were the harvest of the seeds is concerned, Islâm has placed the
by the Islâmic world. planted by their mother Hadrat Asmâ bulk of the responsibility of rearing
On the basis of the aforementioned bintu Abu Bakr (Radhiallaahu Anhu). the children on the shoulders of the
points we merely wish to drive home Each one of them turned out to be a parents. They are required to rear the
the fact that a mother has dynamic distinctive model of perfection. children in such a manner that they
influence over the child. If the mother Hadrat ‘Alî (Radhiallaahu Anhu) become proficient in conducting their
is pious the child will also be inclined was trained with outstanding morals own responsibilities of life.
to piety and if the mother has mean and wisdom at the hands of his So if you want you children to
habits or evil character then these will mother Fâtimah bintu Asad. develop the attributes of personalities
surely be conveyed to the child. Hadrat ‘Abdullâh bin J‘afar like Nûrud-Dîn Zangi, Shaikh ‘Abdul
How wonderfully a poet puts it (Radhiallaahu Anhu) the most Qâdir Jaylâni, Maulânâ Muhammad
when he says: ‘The grass that grows charitable soul of the Arabs and the Ilyâs Kândhalwî and Maulânâ Ashraf
in the orchard is very different to the most moralistic of the youth was ‘Alî Thânwî (RA) then you and your
grass that grows in the jungle. also brought up by his mother Asmâ husband are required to cast your
What hope of excellence can we bintu ‘Umais (Radhiallaahu Anhu). life in a profile of religiousness and
entertain from children suckled by She shaped him on the outstanding good morals. Be unstinting in your
deficient women?’ morals and character she herself endeavours. Together with your plans
The Sahâbah (Radhiallaahu possessed. and strategies ensure that you make
Anhum) and the Tâbi‘în (RA) who Hadrat Mu‘âwiyah (Radhiallaahu sincere Du‘âs for them as well.
were holders of exceptional virtues, Anhu) inherited from his mother
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