Umme Habîbah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

She is also the wife of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. When the kuffâr of Makkah began oppressing the Muslims profusely, and the latter were not ordered to go to Madînah as yet, many Muslims went to Abyssinia. The king of Abyssinia who was known as Najâshi was a Christian. However, after the arrival of Muslims, he became a Muslim. Umme Habîbah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ was also among the Muslims who had come to Abyssinia. Najâshi sent a person by the name of Abrahah to her informing her that he is sending a proposal to her on behalf of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. She accepted the proposal. Najâshi also sent some gifts with Abrahah, which comprised of two silver bracelets and a few rings. Her first husband was ‘Ubaydullah bin Jahsh.

Lesson: How pious she must have been for her to leave her home solely to protect and safeguard her Dîn. In return for this effort of hers, Allah gave her great comfort and honour in that she married Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and the king made all the necessary arrangements. O women! When the situation requires you to choose Dîn, do not give preference to worldly comfort, name and fame, wealth or your house and family. Everything should be sacrificed for Dîn.

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