Âsiyah


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Monday, February 14th, 2011

She is the wife of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt who had claimed to be god. Look at the power of Allah that the husband was a shaytân while the wife was so pious that the Quran praises her and our Rasûl sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has spoken about her in the following terms: “There are many men who have reached stages of excellence. However, from among the women, no one reached a stage of excellence except Maryam and Âsiyah. It was Âsiyah who had saved the life of Mûsâ from the tyrant, Pharaoh.”

As mentioned in the story of Mûsâ’s ‘alayhis salâm sister’s story, it was already written in her (Âsiyah’s) favour that she will bring îmân on Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm. She had a natural love for him since his infancy. When Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm received prophethood, Pharaoh did not bring îmân on him. However, she brought îmân on him. When Pharaoh heard about this, he became extremely harsh to her and imposed many punishments on her. However, she did not relinquish her îmân and left the world in this state.

Lesson: Look at how firm she was on her îmân. Despite her kâfir husband imposing severe difficulties on her, she did not succumb to him. Today, when one experiences minor difficulties, one begins uttering words of kufr. O women! îmân is a very great gift. Irrespective of the nature of difficulty, never ever do anything contrary to the Dîn. If the husband does anything irreligious, don’t ever support or join him. In those days, marriage with a kâfir husband was valid. However, the rule in our Sharî‘ah is that if the husband is a kâfir, the marriage is not valid. And if he becomes a kâfir after marriage, the marriage will be annulled.

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