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Sunday, January 04, 2009

"Rejoice O My Mother! I Found My Bride"

It is mentioned that one of the righteous women in Basra was Umm Ibraahim alHaashimeeyah. The enemy attacked one of the Muslim towns so people were encouraged to join the struggle in the path of Allah. 'AbdulWaahid bin Zayd alBasri delivered a speech encouraging the muslims to struggle in Alah's path and among the audience was Umm Ibrahim. Among the things AbdulWahid talked about was alHoor (the women of Paradise).

Umm Ibraahim stood up and said to 'AbdulWaahid: “You know my son Ibraahim and you know that the nobility of alBasra wish to have him marry one of their daughters and I have not agreed to one of them yet. But I like this girl you described and I would be happy to marry her to my son. Can you please describe her again?"

'AbdulWaahid then narrated a poem in the description of the Hoor.

Umm Ibrahim said: "I want my son to marry this girl and I would pay you 10,000 denaars as her dowry and you take him with you, as he may intercede for me on the Day of Judgment, God willing."

'AbdulWaahid said: “If you do so, that is great success for you and your son.”

She then called her son from the audience. He stood up and said: “Yes my mother!” She said: “Are you pleased to marry this girl with the condition of giving your soul to Allah?” He said: “Yes! I am very pleased!” She said: “O Allah you are my witness that I have married my son to this girl from Paradise with the condition he spends his soul in your sake."

Then she went and brought back with her 10,000 dinars and gave it to AbdulWahid and said: “This is her dowry. Take it and use it to provide for the for those who struggle for Allah's sake” She then purchased for her son a good horse and provisions. When they started to march Ibraahim came out with the reciters of Quraan surrounding him and reciting:

“Indeed, Allaah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise.”

When Umm Ibraahim was greeting her son she told him: “Be careful and don’t allow any shortcomings from yourself to be seen by Allah” She them embraced him and kissed him and said: “May Allah never bring us together except on the Day of Judgment!”

'AbdulWaahid said: “When we reached the enemy’s territory and people were called to struggle. Ibrahim was in the front and he killed many of the enemy but then they overwhelmed him and killed him. On our way back I told my soldiers not to tell Umm Ibrahim that her son was killed until I tell her. When we entered al Basra she met me and said: 'Did Allah accept my gift so I can celebrate or was it rejected so I should cry?' I said: 'Allah did accept your gift and your son is as a Shaheed.' She then prostrated to thank Allah and said: 'Thank you Allah for accepting my gift' The following day she came to me in the mosque and said: 'Rejoice!' I said: 'What good news do you have?' She said: 'I saw my son Ibrahim last night in a dream. He was in a beautiful garden dressed in green clothes, sitting on a throne made of pearl and he had a crown on his head. He told me: 'Rejoice my mother! I got married to my bride!''"

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