Revelation descended upon Sayyiduna Ibrāhīm عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام instructing him to take his wife Sayyidatuna Hājirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا and his son Sayyiduna Ismā’īl عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام to an area of land where there was nothing at all but a lack of water, barren plains and dry hills. So, Sayyiduna Ibrāhīm عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام travelled with Sayyidatuna Hājirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا and Sayyiduna Isma’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام and came to the place where the sanctified Ka’bah is today. At that time, there was no population, no fountain, no water, and no sign of any person to be found anywhere nearby. After placing some dates and a waterskin of water there, Sayyiduna Ibrāhīm عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام set off to leave. Sayyidatuna Hajirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا cried out, ‘O Prophet of Allah! Where are you going, leaving us helpless in this desolate wilderness where there is no empathiser or comforter?’ Sayyidatuna Hājirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا called out to him many times but he عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام gave no reply. Finally, Sayyidatuna Hajirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا said, ‘At least tell me, have you brought us and left us here due to your own wish or have you done so by the command of Allah Almighty?’ He عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام replied, ‘O Hājirah! Whatever I have done is by the command of Allah Almighty.’ Upon hearing this, Sayyidatuna Hajirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا responded, ‘Now you may go, I have complete certainty that Allah Almighty will not allow me and my child to perish.’ (‘Ajā’ib-ul-Qur’ān, pp. 146) A few days after the departure of Sayyiduna Ibrahim عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام when the dates and water of the waterskin had finished, Sayyidatuna Hajirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا began to wander anxiously between two hills that were situated there in search of water. When she returned after the seventh round, she saw Allah Almighty had caused a fountain of water to flow from the place where Sayyiduna Ismā’īl عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام was lying on the ground, rubbing his blessed heels due to the intensity of thirst. This fountain still exists today and is known as Zamzam, while those two hills are famous and well-known by the names of Safā and Marwah. This struggle of a mother for her son became so pleasing to Allah Almighty that it was made a part of the esteemed worship of Muslims i.e. Hajj and Umrah, until the end of time.
Dear Islamic sisters! The blessed life of Sayyidatuna Hajirah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا is a beacon of light for us. From her blessed life we can take many lessons such as her submission to Allah Almighty, obedience to her husband, the nurturing of her children, patience and contentment, sacrifice, and having trust in Allah Almighty, which are all so essential and important in our practical life.
No matter how difficult the situation may be, we should remain content with the pleasure of Allah Almighty and maintain a mindset of making sacrifices. Whatever kind of worldly sufferings and troubles one may be faced with, whether that be unemployment, illness or poverty, we should not display impatience; rather, we should rely upon Allah Almighty while adopting the relevant means and continue supplicating to Allah Almighty, the Creator of the means.
May Allah Almighty give us the Tawfeeq to spend our lives in the way of the pious women of the history of Islām.اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْأَمِیْن صلَّی الله علیه واٰله وسلَّم