Some scholars have stated that her name is Maryam, while others say that it is Kulthûm. When Mûsâ’s ‘alayhis salâm mother placed him in the river, she said to her daughter to keep a watch on him to see the outcome of this. The box floated down the river and landed at the palace of Pharaoh. When it was taken out of the river, they saw a beautiful child in it. Pharaoh wanted to kill this child. However, his wife who was a pious woman and who believed in Allah, saved the child’s life. The husband (Pharaoh) and wife decided to adopt the child for themselves. They needed a wet-nurse who would breast-feed Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm. However, he refused to drink the milk of all the wet-nurses who offered their services. Everyone was at a loss as to what could be done. It was at this time that Mûsâ’s ‘alayhis salâm sister went there and said: “I will show you a wet-nurse who is very good and kind. Her milk is also very good.”
Eventually, she directed them to Mûsâ’s ‘alayhis salâm mother. His mother was called, and he was handed over to her. Allah’s promise of returning him to her was thereby fulfilled.
Lesson: Look at how intelligent she was: she found him and risked her life in obedience to her mother without the enemy coming to know about it. O women! Obedience to one’s parents, intelligence and prudence are great virtues.