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Ramadan 2015

Respecting the Sadaat

There was once a Sayyida (female descendant of the Prophet (S.A.W)'s family), who was poor and needy. In order to find provisions, she left home for Samarkand's (City in Uzbekistan) main Mosque with her daughters. When she got there, she met a rich man. She told him of her problems and asked for a place to stay. She also informed him that she was a Sayyida. The rich man asked 'What proof do you have that you are indeed a Sayyida?' The woman replied, 'I am a foreigner in this area and nobody knows me here.'

The rich man turned her away and refused to help her. The Sayyida then went to a poor fire-worshipper and told him her circumstances. He accepted her and her children into his house and ordered his family members to look after them and show them the utmost respect.

That night the rich man, who had refused to help the Sayyida, saw a dream. It was the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (S.A.W) was present with his lofty flag, and nearby was a palace of green emeralds. The rich man asked the Prophet (S.A.W) ,'O Prophet of Allah (S.A.W)! Who does this palace belong to?' The Prophet (S.A.W) replied, 'The Kalima reciting Muslims.' The man said, 'O Prophet of Allah (S.A.W)! I am a Muslim and I recite the Kalima.‘ The Prophet (S.A.W) asked, 'What proof do you possess that you are indeed a Muslim? Present some proof.'

The man woke from his dream. He realised that these were the exact words that he himself had said to the Sayyida. He cried and set out to find the Sayyida.
He learnt that she was residing at a fire-worshipper's house.

The rich man went there and asked the hosts permission to take the Sayyida. He replied: 'Why should I hand over such a great blessing to you?' The rich man
thus offered 1000 Dinars for permission to take custody of the Sayyida. The man replied: 'Never. Because of the blessings and companionship of this woman, I myself have become a Muslim. In fact the Prophet (S.A.W) has given me glad
tidings of a palace of green emeralds in Paradise.'


It is important to show the utmost of respect to the Sadaats (descendants of the Prophet (S.A.W)). By respecting and serving them, the pleasure of Allah (S.W.T) and His Prophet (S.A.W) is attained.

Sadaats, also have the duty to follow the commands of Allah (S.W.T) and the teachings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). Sadaat-e-Karaam must not become
dependant on their ancestry alone, but rather lead and guide the Ummah with their character, through piety and following the Shariah.