She is the aunt of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the wife of ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu, and the mother of ’Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu. It is mentioned in the Quran that if Muslims are living among the kuffâr and they are unable to render the ‘ibâdah of Allah, they should leave that place and settle down in a safer area. If they do not do this, they will be committing a major sin. However, women and children who do not know the way nor do they have anyone to accompany them, or are unable to undertake the journey are excluded from this rule. ’Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu says: “My mother was from among such persons who were unable to undertake the journey. She was a woman and I was a child.”
Ibn Is’hâq narrates that the husband, father and brother of an Ansârî woman were all martyred in the battle of ’Uhud, in which they had participated with Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. When she was informed about this, she replied: “First tell me, how is Rasûlullâh?” They replied that he is well and alive. She replied: “If he is safe and sound, there is nothing to be sorrowful about.”
Lesson: Glory be to Allah! What great love she had for Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam! O women! If you wish to have love for him, follow his Sharî‘ah in totality. In this way, you will develop a love for him, and on account of this love, you will receive a stage near him.
She is the sister of ‘Umar radiyallâhu ‘anhu. She had accepted Islam before her brother. Her husband, Sa’îd bin Zayd, had also become a Muslim. ‘Umar radiyallâhu ‘anhu had not become a Muslim as yet. Both of them were keeping their Islam a secret out of fear for him. Once, ‘Umar heard her reciting the Quran. Upon hearing this, he became very angry with both of them. Let alone his brother-in-law who was a man, even his sister informed him clearly and unhesitatingly that they had become Muslims and were indeed reciting the Quran. If he wished, he could hit them or leave them (it will not change their minds in any way). ‘Umar replied: “Let me see the Quran as well.” The moment he saw it and heard it, the light of îmân entered his heart, he went straight to Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and became a Muslim.
Hadrat Hudhayfah is a Sahâbi. He says: “Once my mother asked me: ‘How many days have passed since you visited Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam?’ I told her the number of days. Upon hearing this she began rebuking me. So I told her: ‘I am going this very moment and I will offer the maghrib salât with him. Thereafter, I will ask him to make du‘â for salvation on your behalf and my behalf.’ I went to him, offered the maghrib and thereafter the ‘ishâ salâts with him. After the ‘ishâ salât he began leaving, so I followed him. Upon hearing a sound behind him, he asked: ‘Is that Hudhayfah?’ I replied: ‘Yes.’ He asked: ‘What do you want? May Allah forgive you and your mother.’”
She is a Sahâbiyah. When the kuffâr of Makkah persecuted the Muslims, many of them migrated to Abyssinia. She was also among them. Later, when Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam migrated to Madinah, all those who were in Abyssinia also joined him. She also went to Madinah. Rasûlullâh gave her the glad tidings by informing her that because she undertook two hijrahs, she will be greatly rewarded.
Lesson: Look at how she changed from one who had a home to a homeless person, and this was done solely for the Dîn. O women! If you have to bear any burdens for the sake of Dîn, do not display any laziness.
Abû Hurayrah is a Sahâbi. He used to explain the Dîn to his mother so that she may accept Islam. One day, she uttered something against the Dîn which disturbed him greatly. He went crying to Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and said to him: “O Rasûlullâh! Make du‘â on behalf of my mother that Allah blesses her with îmân.” He therefore made the following du‘â: “O Allah! Guide the mother of Abû Hurayrah.” He returned home happily but found the door to the house locked. He heard the dripping of water as if someone was having a bath. When his mother heard the sound of his approach, she asked him to wait. After completing her bath, she opened the door and recited the kalimah.
Abû Dhar Ghifâri is a Sahâbî. When the news of Rasûlullâh’s sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam prophethood spread, he left his hometown and came to Makkah in order to establish the truth. After observing the situation in Makkah, he became a Muslim. When he returned home, his mother heard his entire story. She replied: “I have no objection to your Dîn. I am also becoming a Muslim.”
Lesson: This is what is known as purity in nature and temperament. Once she heard the truth, she did not worry about the religion of her forefathers. O women! Even when you hear anything about the Sharî‘ah, do not try to contradict it by substantiating your family customs and rituals. You should readily accept the matter of Dîn and act accordingly.
She is the mother of a very illustrious Sahâbi by the name of ‘Abdullâh bin Mas‘ûd radiyallâhu ‘anhu. She had such a great influence in the domestic affairs of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam that outsiders used to think that she was part of his household.
Lesson: This great contact that she had with the household of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was only on account of Dîn. O women! If you safeguard your Dîn, you will also gain proximity to Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
She is also a Sahâbiyah and the sister of Umme Sulaym radiyallâhu ‘anhâ, whose story has just been mentioned above. She is also an aunt of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He used to visit her as well. Once he went to her house, had a meal and fell asleep. He then woke up smiling. She asked him the reason for his smiling. He replied: “I had a dream and saw people of my ummah going on jihâd on a ship. Their possessions and clothing appeared to be that of the rich and the royalty.” She said: “O Rasulullah! Make du‘â that I am also from among them.” He made du‘â for her and fell asleep again. He woke up smiling for a second time, related the same dream, and that he saw more of the same type of people. She said: “O Rasulullah! Make du‘â that I am also from among them.” He replied: “You are already included in the first group of people.” It so happened, that her husband, ‘Ubâdah, went out for jihâd on a ship and she also accompanied him. Once they landed, she began climbing onto an animal. This animal became hysterical and she fell down and passed away.
She is a Sahâbiyah of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the wife of Abû Talha radiyallâhu ‘anhu, and the mother of Anas radiyallâhu ‘anhu, who was the attendant of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. She is also an aunt of his. One of her brothers who was a Sahâbî, was martyred while participating in a battle with Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. On account of all this, he used to have a lot of time for her. He used to visit her occasionally. He is also reported to have seen her in jannah.