The maid of Pharaoh’s daughter


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It is mentioned in the book Raudatus Safâ that Pharaoh’s daughter had a maid who was under her command and who used to comb her hair, etc. She had believed in Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm. However, she did not expose her îmân out of fear for Pharaoh. Once while she was combing her (Pharaoh’s daughter’s) hair, the comb fell from her hand. When she bent down to pick it up, she recited Bismillah. The daughter asked her: “What was it that you recited just now? Whose name is that?” She replied: “It is the name of the one who created your father and also gave him a kingdom.” She became astonished and remarked: “Is there anyone greater than my father!” Saying this, she ran out to her father and related the entire incident to her. Pharaoh became extremely angry, called for the maid, and threatened her. However, she unhesitatingly said: “Do whatever you wish, I will not leave my îmân.” Nails were fastened to her hands and feet and thereafter hot ash and embers were placed on her. When this had no effect on her, a child who was in her lap was taken and thrown into the fire. While the child was in the fire, it said: “Mother! Be patient and don’t ever leave your îmân.” She remained steadfast on her îmân until she was also thrown into that fire. In Sûrah al-Burûj, mention is made of a trench. In that story a similar incident took place between a mother and her child.

Lesson: Look at how firm she remained on her îmân. O women! îmân is a very great bounty. Do not allow any shortcoming or defect in your îmân and Dîn on account of your desires, any motive or any difficulty. Don’t ever do anything contrary to the commands of Allah and His Rasûl sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

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