Taken from the book: Nubthatun Mukhtesiratun Min Nasaaeh…
(Brief summarized excerpt of my father’s, Shiekh Muqbil bin Hadee Al Wade’iee life)
The following two questions were posed to me (Umm Abdullah):
1- (What was) the extent of his (Shiekh Muqbil bin Hadee Al Wad’ee) focus on us while we were young?
2- (What was) his manner of teaching his family? [Part 2] http://wp.me/p1rEN8-Bv
As for the first question:
Our father did not neglect us, even though he was extremely busy. An example of this is his major concern for us with regards to learning the Quran. He would recite the Quran to us in order for us to memorize it and (he) would record (his) recitation on a (audio) tape in order (for us) to perfect the recitation. One time while my sister was memorizing, she went to him in order for him to record his recitation, but he was in the library. She called him and he left his research, came and recorded the recitation, and then returned to his library.
(translator’s note: In another place it was mentioned that the Shiekh stood under a tree and recorded the recitation for his daughter and then returned to his research)
When we began to understand the recitation he purchased a Quranic (audio) album by Shiekh (Mahmoud Khaleel) Al Housrey. He purchased one for each of us without a radio in order to protect us from listening to music. Once we became more mature, he purchased a recorder with a radio, but strongly warned us against music. By the praise of Allah we accepted that. We have never heard music, and we strongly detest it. Verily the Messenger(sallalahu alahi wa salem) spoke the truth when he said:
‘Every newborn is born upon the fitrah, then his/her parents make him/her a jew, a christian or a pagan’
(Sahih Al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah)
He (Shiekh Muqbil) listened to what we memorized and we read to him much good. He would order us to memorize from one specific print of The Quran. This is because memorizing from one specific print assists (the individual) in memorizing with accuracy. If he saw us carrying a different print he would become upset and admonish us. May Allah have abundant mercy on him.
Amongst the students of knowledge, there were some students from Egypt andSudan that had their wives accompanying them (in Yemen). Some of these women would teach us and our father would pay them a salary. This was done due to his specific focus and concern of our rearing and his general focus of the rearing of other (young) girls. This (manner of study) continued till (we reached) the fourth grade according to school standards. When he brought the books (curriculum/syllabus) that we were going to study with the femaleteachers, he would order us to erase all the pictures of living things. We would do so with hate for pictures.
After that we were taught Islamic knowledge. Knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah. We would memorize with our teachers and memorize hadeeths, all praise belonging to Allah.
Our father would entertain us and joke with us with that which Allah made permissible, contrary to what many people do today, except for those whom Allah has mercy upon. They (aforementioned people) entertain their children with television, music and crazy toys, and other than that from wrong and evil. (This is done) while our Prophet Muhammed -sallahu alahi wa salam- said, as it comes in Sahih Al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Ibn Umar, the Messenger said:
‘All of you are shepherds, and all will be held responsible over his flock’
He (The Messenger) also said:
‘There is no servant that Allah gives a responsibility and he is not sincere in it’s regard, except that he will not smell the fragrance of paradise’
(Sahih Al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Ma’kal bin Yasar)
Our father would forbid us from constantly leaving the home. He would order us to never leave except with his permission.
This was a summary of his care for us while we were children.
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates
- Jahmiyyah (sabeelalmumineen.wordpress.com)