Tribute to a heroine of futuwwa (chilvary) - Hajjia Muhsinat Yusuf
Futuwwa can mean spiritual chivalry. This term embraces all forms of good manners (adab) or character traits, including generosity, humility, loyalty, courage, and turning a blind eye to others' sins. To perfect or attain a high rank in a spiritual state, one must try the possible best to denounce all blameworthy traits and adorn the soul with praiseworthy characteristics. These sets of commendable traits are decoded in Futuwwa. And I find it suitable to describe Hajjia Muhsinat Yusuf. Being in a state of futuwwa is a long-life practice that believers seeking to purify their souls engage in till their last breath. Seeking nothing but Allah's pleasure and hoping to rid off the baggage of dirt in the heart. 

Allah says in Suratul Inshiqaq ayat 6:
O humanity! Indeed, you are labouring restlessly towards your Lord and will ?eventually? meet the consequences.

Also, in Suratul Baqarah ayat 272:
It is not for you to put them on the right path. Rather, Allah puts on the right path whom He wills. Whatever good you spend is for your own selves, and you shall not spend but to seek the pleasure of Allah, and whatever good thing you spend shall be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.

We lost a heroine as she joined our predecessors in the Barzakh. We hope Allah places her in the best conditions and ease the trials. Hajjia Muhsinat Yusuf, alias Umm Ni'mah is full of positive vibes, very courageous, always active and ready to serve the good of the community. She motivated and mentored the youths and children around her. She detests immorality and cultural decadence. She thinks about nothing but goodness because it shows in all her actions. And I have personally been influenced by her positive aura, energy and personality. She is a woman of futuwwa.

Hajjia Muhsinat will always beat you to it when it comes to innovating good ideas. I realize age is a thing of the body; if the mind is sane, one will remain young. She paid particular attention to the young ones, teaching leadership and good morals evident in her actions and projects. About two months ago, she discussed a project she was planning to execute. To create a platform and training centre for youth development and leadership training and to provide social support on marital issues and interpersonal skills. In my mind, shey this mama no dey tire with all of these ideas ni. But, reflecting on it, we understand this life is a journey; even though the body will get tired, the soul will remain young and active as long as we entertain it with good traits. This explains the state of Umm Ni'mah.  She will be evergreen in our hearts, and we will not seize in sending our prayers and good deeds on her behalf. Insha Allaah. 

May Allah grant us all the fortitude to bear the reality. We surely miss her! 
May Allah forgive her sins, be merciful to her and grant her the honour of Prophet's company by the permission of Allah. Aameen

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