The daughter of Namrûd

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Namrûd is the oppressive king who threw Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm into the fire. His daughter, Ru‘dah, was watching the scene from above. She noticed that the fire was having no effect on Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm. She shouted and asked him the reason for this. Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm replied: “Allah has saved me from this calamity through the blessing of îmân.” She replied: “If you permit me, I will also come into the fire.” He replied: “Recite Lâ ilâha illallâhu Ibrâhîm khalîlullâh (translation: There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Ibrâhîm is the close friend of Allah). She recited this kalimah and immediately dived into the fire. The fire had no effect on her as well. She then came out of the fire and went and rebuked and censured her father. He subjected her to great difficulties but she remained steadfast on her îmân.

Lesson: Glory be to Allah! How courageous she was that she did not abandon her îmân even when in difficulty! O women! You should also be strong-willed at the time of difficulties and do not act contrary to the Dîn even if it equals a hair’s breadth.

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