Zaynab al-Zahra

Thus spoke Ruwaybidah?

  Are we witnessing one of the portents relating to the final hour? The aḥādith of the ‘Ruwaybiḍah’ is often mentioned in various contexts and has been feature of traditional Islamic works of ‘Fitan,’ relating to signs before the day of judgment, including before the arrival of the cursed false ‘messiah’ – the Dajjāl. Textually, the traditions do not relate to a legal topic. As such, when cited they are

Widows (part 1)

Introduction Death is the ultimate fate of every soul.  Whether death comes from illness or suddenly and unexpected, it is the inevitable consequence of living.  As Allah the Exalted has clearly explained to us: ‘Every soul will taste death and you will be paid in full only on the Day of Resurrection’ [Qur’ān, 3: 185]. Questions often arise regarding what the waiting period (‘iddah), entails for a lady following the