Apr 6, 2011

The Taqwa Lifestyle, A Case Study Of a Queen

By Umm Sulaym

The eyes are pink-red,
Heart’s a little blue,
She’s got everything,
If she only knew…

Life passes her by,
People zoom past too,
Selfish is this dunia’s very air…
With no one to turn to…

A sincere duaa reaches the Heavens,
The Angels hear her cry,
They rush to their Rabb,
Awaiting in line, the Decision of the Most High.

‘That’s My slave, you see there supplicating,
Bint of my beloved slaves so-and-so,
With every tear and heartache,
I allow her Paradise to grow.

Noor shall fill those eyes that are pink-red,
Over-joyous will be hearts that are blue,
I am with those who hurt themselves for Me,
If they only knew…’


Musa ibn Imran once said, ‘My Lord, where should I seek You?’

He replied, ‘Seek Me with those whose hearts have broken for My Sake. Every day I come close to them by one arm-span and were it not for this, they would surely perish.’ [isnad to Imran ibn al-Qusayr, recorded by Imam Ahmad, Kitab az-Zuhd, pp. 75]

Dearest Readers: Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

Nothing will resuscitate it back. Not the medicines. Not any human. Not any psychologist/psychiatrist, nor any Imam.

Regrets of the past and fears of the future will continue to invade the fragile heart. The ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ will cooperatively continue to plague the mind.

‘If only I had known before’ ‘…if only he cared’.
‘ If only I had married someone else or if only I was married.’
‘ If only I was accepted in that school. ‘
‘If only mum was alive.’
‘ If only I had kids, I wouldn’t be so unhappy. ‘

But you can put an end to it all and have a past with no regrets and a future with no fears:

‘O Children of Adam! If there come to you Messengers from amongst you, reciting to you, My Verses, then whosoever fears (has Taqwa) and reforms himself, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.’ [7: 35]

We all need examples to motivate and teach us how to reform ourselves. What better a way than learning from a fascinating story? A story that’ll prove it to you that Taqwa is really:

  1. an antidote for loneliness and lack of love [3:76]
  2. a means of a way out of problems [65:2-3]
  3. a source of honor [13:13]
  4. a means of survival amidst bad news [10:63-64]
  5. only in those who have knowledge of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’la [35:28]
I will narrate to you a story of a woman who adopted the Taqwa lifestyle despite the challenges she faced. From loneliness, lack of love, loss of ‘status’, challenges from family to being plotted against despite wishing well for others. She lost everything and everyone except Taqwa. She didn’t complain, give up on her Lord, or go into depression. She moved on. And so shall all of us dear sisters. And so shall all of us…as we tread the path to Taqwa inshaAllah.

She was a Queen who was entitled as the Cream of Royalty. A Muslim Queen surrounded 360 degrees by kings because she was a daughter of a king, sister of a king, later on wife of two kings, mother of two kings, and grandmother of a king. SubhanAllah! Our lovely lady of taqwa was called Zummurud bint Jawlee (Rahimullah) who was born in 470 AH (1074 CE) in Damascus or Ash-Shaam. She did have a royal upbringing but her father wanted her to be raised with knowledge as well. Unlike most rich fathers today, he did not spoil her even though he could afford to. Zummurud (Rahimullah) was surrounded by kings left and right, why would she need knowledge to make decisions when she would have the power to summon scholars by a single command? Her father ensured that little Zummurud memorized the Quraan and as she grew older, she was taught the Fiqh of the Hanafi Madhab.

Around that time period, a kingdom would hold onto one type of Madhab very strongly and thus promote only that specific Madhab. Naturally then, as she was raised in a pure Hanafi environment, she got more opportunity to learn about that specific Madhab, adab and akhlaaq. As she was growing, she started learning about Hadith sciences and since a lot of scholars used to visit Damascus, she learned from them and got her Ijaaza. Therefore being nurtured in an environment of scholars, it is no surprise that she soon mastered the Hanafi Madhab and was in her life-time considered a scholar in that field.

As her life story goes she got married to King Boorie. King Boorie was one of the greatest kings of his time and he too belonged to the Seljuk Turks. He has been known as a great fighter in battles against the Crusaders and the Baatinees. Queen Zummurud (Rahimullah) and King Boorie made a couple much loved by their community. He divided his time between his work and wife. King Boorie concentrated on building armies/allies and meeting delegates while he asked his wife to be responsible for education and community affairs. Because of her knowledge and the community’s interests at heart, Queen Zummurud (Rahimullah) quickly became the community’s favourite as she continued to support education.

As a daughter of a king earlier and now a wife of the king, she had been exposed to the evil designs of the Crusaders and how with time, the Crusaders divided Muslim lands and weakened the Muslim economy. She saw how instead of being united, every Muslim region formed its own government with its own king and how they just fought with each other. As a result, despite not needing to be bothered about political affairs, she was well-informed and she knew what was happening around her.

She even witnessed the movement of ‘Imaad Ad-Deen Zinkee who wanted to unite all the small Muslim regions under his leadership in order to attack the Crusaders as a single force. If the Muslim regions did not agree, he would invade that area and force them to comply with his ideas. He did not think highly of Damascus and so the relationship with him and the royalty of Damascus was not very good.

It is hard to say what was the major turning point of Zummurud (Rahimullah)’s life but it would be not an exaggeration to claim that things totally changed as soon as her husband, King Boorie, passed away.

Like things always happen, things changed for her too. She might’ve planned otherwise but Allah subhaana wa ta'aala had planned better things for her…like for me and you.

Stay tuned for the rest of the story or better still, find out about her yourself.
And Allah subhaanawa ta’ala knows best.

-Umm Sulaym


I'd love to hear your views on this article. Please tell me in the comments section below :)


SUBHANALLAH i am tuched..yah ALLAH(swt)forgive us our sins...waiting for the remaining of the story..JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR..

mashaAllah beautiful story sis :) jazakAllah khair..

More than the story itself, it was all the words and verses that came prior to it, above. Couldn't have been a more timely read for me, for this heart and soul needed an affirmation in that very moment.

SubhaanAllah at the ways of our Lord, Who sends our way His Light when we most need it, in the most unthought of ways sublime! Alhumdulillah...

JazakiAllah Khayr and fiamaanAllah :)

I have no words
Looking forward to reading more
JazakiAllah Khair...may Allah give us some of the taqwa that the women in the past had!

MashaAllah... incomplete but inspiring. cant wait for the remainding part inshaAllah; Looking forward to it. JZK sister for the good work.

Asalam Alaikum is this Authentic, coz once i see mathhabs and sects it kind of scares me to death, cz i posted this on my face book didnt have alot of time to complite the story...now that i did i just want to assure that this is authantic from the hadiths and who narated it..please keep in touch...Send massage on my email...jazakaAllah Akheir..i like the story but i dont have much of islamic knowledge i shared cz of the main advice. JazakaAllah feek

JazakiAllahu khayran sister for reading and commenting.
Ameen for the duaa!
Inshaa'Allah rest of it coming soon :)
Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah.

JazakiAllahu khayran for your kind words ukhti! :)
Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah.

SubhanAllah indeed!
He SWT has His ways to make us love Him more and more every day in beautiful unexpected ways...alhamdolilah for Islam!
Wa iyaki and jazakiAllahu khayran kathira for sharing your thoughts! Really appreciate it and would love to see more of your feedback in future.
Waaslamu alaykum warahmatullah.

Aww :)
Ameen. JazakiAllahu khayran!
May Allah SWT make it a means of hidaya for you and me.Ameen.
Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah.

JazakiAllahu khayran for reading... and for your kind words.
Inshaa'Allah soon.
Pls remember me in your duaas inshaa'Allah.
Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah.

taqqabAllahu minna (for reading and commenting) wa minkum.
wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah.

Walaykum asalam warahmatullah Sr. Aisha,

I don't think you need to fear about this article specifically inshaa'Allah and I understand what you mean. I've got it covered. I submitted it after much research alhamdolilah. To be even more clear: I got it from the notes of one of the AlMaghirb classes taught by Sh. Waleed Baysouni in the States. So if you want you can google his notes in case you need a reference.

I hope that clarifies your query sister. JazakiAllahu khayran for your concern and for commenting!
No doubt acquisition of knowledge removes doubts and fears and I urge all of us (myself included) to hasten in seeking it without any delay...of course from authentic sources.
And Allah SWT knows best.

And I almost forgot...in case if you haven't read part 1 of the series. You can check it out here inshaa'Allah: http://www.habibihalaqas.org/2011/03/cashing-in-on-taqwa-secure-duniya.html

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