Pious women of Islam

Sayyidatuna Umm-e-‘Ammarah رَضِیَ اللهُ عَنْهَا

Muhammad Bilal Sa’eed Attari Madani

One significant name from the great women of Islamic history is ‘Sayyidatuna Umm-e-‘Ammarah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا.’ Her name is Naseebah Bint Ka’b, however her Kunyah is more widely known. She رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا had the honour of being present at Bay’at-e-‘Uqbah, Bay’at-e-Ridwan and taking part in the Battle of Uhud. She رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا was a woman who was very hard-working, courageous, was prepared to sacrifice her life in the way of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, observant of Salah and fasting, and had trust in Allah Almighty. (Istee’aab, vol. 4, p. 502; Hilyat-ul-Awliya, vol. 2, p. 77)

The Noble Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم encouraged her

Sayyidatuna Umm-e-‘Ammarah Ansariyyah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا states that the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once came to me, so I presented some food to him. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘You eat also.’ To which I replied, ‘I am fasting.’ So, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘For as long as food is eaten in front of a fasting person, the angels make Du’a of forgiveness for that fasting person.’ (Al-Ihsaan bi Tarteeb Ibn-e-Habbaan, vol. 5, p. 181, Hadees 3421)

The Du’a of Mustafa

Sayyidatuna Umm-e-‘Ammarah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا once said in the court of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, ‘O Messenger of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم! Make Du’a that Allah Almighty grants us your companionship in Paradise.’ So, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم made the following Du’a, ‘اَللَّھُمَّ اجْعَلْھُمْ رُفَقَائِی فِی الجَنَّةِ’, i.e. O Allah! Make all of them my companions in Paradise.’

Her sentiments after the Du’a of Mustafa

After this Du’a of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, Sayyidatuna Umm-e-‘Ammarah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا would say, ‘مَا اُبَالی ما اَصَابَنِی مِنَ الدُّنْیَا’, i.e. I am not troubled by any calamity that befalls me in this world.(Tabqat Ibn-e-Sa’d, vol. 8, p. 305)

Her devotion to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم 

On the occasion of the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had his blessed head shaved and placed his blessed hairs on top of a date-palm tree. The Noble Sahabah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم gathered around that tree and were trying to retrieve the blessed hair. Sayyidatuna Umm-e-‘Ammarah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا states, ‘I also managed to acquire a few hairs. After the physical passing of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, whenever someone would fall ill, I would place those blessed hairs in water and give that water to the sick person to drink, and Allah Almighty would grant him health.’ (Madarij-un-Nubuwwah, vol. 2, p. 217, Summarised)

Blessed marriage and children

Her first marriage was to the Sahabi, Sayyiduna Zayd Bin ‘Aasim رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ, from whom she had two sons, Sayyiduna Habib and Sayyiduna Abdullah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُما. After the passing of her first husband, she رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا married Sayyiduna Ghaziyyah Bin ‘Amr, from whom she had two children also, Tameem and Khawlah. (Tabqat Ibn-e-Sa’d, vol. 8, p. 303)

May Allah Almighty shower countless mercies upon her and also grant us love of the religion for her sake.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم

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