Sârah ‘alayhas salâm

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, History & Biography, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Friday, January 7th, 2011

She is the wife of Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm and the mother of Is’hâq ‘alayhis salâm. Her speaking to the angels and the angels informing her that she is a source of Allah’s mercy and blessings on all families is mentioned in the Quran.

A story concerning her piety and acceptance of her du‘âs has been mentioned in a Hadîth. When Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm migrated towards Syria, she also accompanied him. On the way they approached the village of an oppressive king. Someone went and informed him that a very beautiful woman has come to your state. He sent for Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm and asked him: “Who is the woman that is accompanying you?” He replied: “My sister in Dîn.” He did not say that she is his wife because if he did so, the king would have killed him. When he returned to Sârah, he said to her: “Do not deny what I said (to the king) because you are my sister in Dîn.” Thereafter, the king had her captured and brought to him. When she realized that he had evil intentions, she made wudû, offered her salât, and made du‘â to Allah saying: “O Allah! If I have brought îmân on your prophet (i.e. Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm) and have always protected my respect and honour, then do not allow this kâfir to gain control over me.” The result of this du‘â was that the moment he tried to touch her, he was overpowered (by Allah), he choked and began striking the ground with his feet (in agony). He said to her: Pray to Allah for me and I will do you no harm.” She thought to herself that if he dies, people will say that she killed him. She therefore made a du‘â and he immediately recovered. He tried to touch her again, but she made another du‘â (and he was overpowered once again). He repeated his promise, but broke it once more. She therefore made another du‘â. In short, this incident took place three times. Eventually he shouted to his servants asking them: “What is this calamity that you have brought to me. Take her away and let her go.” Hâjirah ‘alayhas salâm who was from the Qibtî tribe was also wrongfully enslaved by him. Allah had protected her honour as well. He handed her over to Sârah for her service. They both went back to Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm with respect and honour.

Lesson: O women! Look what a great thing piety is and how Allah safeguards such people. We also learn that salât removes calamities and du‘âs are accepted. If one experiences any problems and difficulties, one should immediately occupy oneself in optional salâts and du‘âs.

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