"And in your creation and in the living beings that He scatters on the earth, there are signs for a people who believe." (Quran 45:4)
In Abyssinia, Allah blessed Ramlah and Ubaid-Allah with a baby girl by the name of Habibah thus Ramlah became known as Ummu Habibah (Mother of Habibah).
Days passed by and Ummu Habibah felt satisfied with the freedom of religion and living with her small family. Soon however, Ramlah was shocked to find out Ubaid-Allah had abandoned Islam and converted to Christianity. He tried his best to get Ummu Habibah to convert with him yet this strong woman, blessed with unshakable faith and confidence, remained steadfast in her religion. Ubaid-Allah soon passed away and Ramlah spent her days in solitude with her only daughter, Habibah, waiting to see what Allah decreed for her.
The Prophet (PBUH) would ask about the Muslims' situation in Abyssinia and soon heard about Ubaid-Allah and Ramlah. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sent a letter to the King Negus who forwarded it with a young servant girl to Ummu Habibah who was greatly suprised to receive such news. The Prophet had made an offer of marriage to Ramlah and if she would agree, she would choose a man among the Muslims in Abysinnia to be her wakil so the ceremony could take place. Ramlah overjoyed to hear this, quickly took off the jewelry she wore and gave it to the servant that had brought her the most joyous news of her life! She chose Khalid Ibn Saeed to be her wakil and celebrated the wedding in the King Negus's palace with the other Muslims while Uthman Ibn Affan held the celebration for the Prophet's blessed marriage. She now gained the honorable nickname of Umm Al-Mumineen (Mother of the Believers).
She joined the Prophet in Medina in the year 7 AH along with the other Muslims that had been in Abyssinia. The Muslims happiness was doubled since they had just had victory in the Battle of Khaybar as well.
When the Quraysh had broken the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah Abu Sufyan traveled to Medina hoping that his daughter, Ramlah, would intercede for him. Upon her father entering her house, she was taken by surprise as she didn't know what to say or do for her husband's most hostile enemy. Abu Sufyan started to sit on a blanket but Ramlah quickly picked up the blanket. Abu Sufyan asked whether the blanket was too good for him or he was too good for this blanket. She answered that the enemy of Islam wasn't to sit on the Prophet's blanket.
Umm Habibah lived with the Prophet (PBUH) for 4 years in Medina before he passed away. At the time of her death Ramlah asked the other Prophet's wives for forgiveness as she layed in her bed and requested for them to pray to Allah to have mercy on her. She died shortly after in 44 AH.
From Ramlah's life we can learn a lot of lessons such as the importance of remaining steadfast and truly believing that Allah has the best of plans. Indeed she was a remarkable lady with outstanding qualities. May Allah have mercy on Ummu Habibah!
He then asked her to marry him and that he would pay the ransom for her. Burra was delighted at this and immediately agreed. After they were married, the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) felt awkward about having the Bani Mustalaq as captives since they were now the Prophet's in-laws. They freed the captives who upon seeing the Muslims' generosity and manners accepted Islam.
Once the Prophet left Juwayriyyah at the house praying and returned at midday to find her still praying. He then taught her to repeat four words thrice which would be of more rewards than the time that she had spent remembering Allah and they are, "Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)."
Juwayriyyah passed away in Medina during Muawiyah's term at the age of 65. From this extraordinary and faithful lady we can learn a lot of lesssons and from among them, righteousness. May Allah be pleased with our mother, Juwayriyyah bint Al-Harith!
The family moved to Abyssinia as there was a just king who would protect them and let them live peacefully. They later heard that things in Makkah were better and they returned. The Prophet (PBUH) was overjoyed to see them but unfortunately things in Makkah were still not any better. It was then that the Prophet (PBUH) gave them permission to migrate to Madinah. Ummu Salamah, her husband, and son were about to leave Makkah when some men from Ummu Salamah's tribe, Banu Makhzum rode to up to them and prohibited Abu Salamah from taking Ummu Salamah with him. Abu Salamah sadly continiued his way to Madina leaving his son and wife behind.
However after that, Banu Abdul Asad (Abu Salamah's tribe) said to Ummu Salamah, "Salamah is our son. We have a rightful claim on him." They then snatched her son away from her leaving her crying. For about one year, everyday at noon Ummu Salamah would go and sit where this had happened and cry until dusk. One day a man from her tribe saw her there and sympathized with her. He went to her family and insisted they let her go join her husband in Madinah. Her tribe agreed to let her go and Banu Abdul Asad returned her son to her. Ummu Salamah didn't wait for someone to accompany on her long journey. Instead, she left on a camel without hesitating placing Salamah in front of her. She had not gone further than 3 miles from Makkah when a man saw her, asked where she was going, and if anyone was with her. Ummu Salamah replied that she was going to Madinah to join her husband and had only her son, Salamah and Allah (SWT) traveling with her. The man swore he wouldn't abandon her until she reached Madinah. When they neared, the man by the name of Uthman ibn Talhal pointed out Madinah and left. Ummu Salamah and her family were joyfully reunited.
Abu Salamah was wounded in the Battle of Uhud and passed away while the Prophet (PBUH) was visiting him. The Prophet (PBUH) made dua for Abu Salamah and closed Abu Salamah's eyelids with his blessed hands. Ummu Salamah recalled that Abu Salamah told her the Prophet (PBUH) had taught him a dua "O Lord, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in return, which only You, the Exalted and Mighty, can give."
Ummu Salamah thought to herself though, who could be better than Ummu Salamah.
The Prophet later married Ummu Salamah, and she was known as Umm al Muminin. Ummu Salamah Memorized the Quran and Allah permitted her to see Angel Jibril once in human form while he was visiting the Prophet Muhammed. Ummu Salamah was the last of the Prophet’s wives to die. She passed away at the age 84 and Abu Hurairah said the funeral prayer over her.
We have learned many lessons from Ummu Salamah’s life. We learned that we must be patient in difficult times and must strengthen our faith or beliefs in Islam and in Allah, because Allah will be pleased with us.
Once a hungry poor man came to Zaynab's house asking for something to eat. Even though Zaynab had only a little bit of flour left in her home, she gave it to him for the Sake of Allah and spent that night without anything to eat.
Shortly after her marriage to the beloved Prophet (PBUH), Zaynab fell ill and passed away. Not much is known about her since she hadn't lived long with the Prophet (PBUH) however one thing she is very well known for to this day is her generosity. May Allah be pleased with our generous mother, Zaynab bint Khuzayma!
After Uthman refused, Umar went to Abu Bakr offering him Hafsah's hand in marriage. When Abu Bakr refused as well, Umar was angered and went to complain to the Prophet (PBUH). The Prophet (PBUH) reassured Umar by explaining to him that Uthman would have a wife better than Hafsah and Hafsah will in turn have a husband better than Uthman.
Umar was grief-stricken to see his daughter widowed at such a young age as she had not even reached her 20's at that point. Since Uthman ibn Affan's wife (the Prophet's daughter, Ruqayya) had passed away recently, Umar decided to offer Hafsah's hand in marriage to Uthman seeing they could comfort each other during their times of difficulties since they had both recently experienced similar losses.
Although Umar was not sure what the Prophet (PBUH) meant, he was satisfied with the Prophet's words. He knew that if the Prophet (PBUH) said something, then it certainly must be true. Shortly afterwards, the Prophet (PBUH) asked for Hafsah's hand in marriage while Uthman married the Prophet's daughter. It was then that Umar realized what the Prophet (PBUH) meant and both he and Hafsah felt thankful to Allah for this honor and blessing. Thus, Hafsah gained the honorable name of Umm Al-Mumineen (Mother of the Believers).
Hafsah remained in the Prophet's household, spending her days fasting and her nights praying to Allah (SWT). She was a sincere young lady who sought education and memorized the entire Quran by heart. The Prophet (PBUH) liked how keen Hafsah was for seeking knowledge and always encouraged her to do so.
Once Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said to him regarding Hafsah, "She is an often fasting and worshipping lady and she will be your wife in Paradise too."
After the Prophet's death, Hafsah was the one who was responsible for safeguarding the only and first copy of the Quran in her home.
Hafsah passed away in Medina during Muawiyah's term. From her life we can learn a lot and from among the lessons the importance of seeking knowledge and righteousness. May Allah be pleased with our mother, Hafsah bint Umar!
Around 50 years passed and Haj Maita never once tired of working for the sake of Allah. His children insisted that he rested more while they would look after the restaurant and the poor but Haj Maita reassured them that he would remain serving there for as long as he lived.
In February, his family began noticing a difference in Haj Maita. He no longer could remember events and people and was now easily confused. When asked if he knew his own son, he would call him by the name of a relative that had passed away 20+ years ago. He no longer could recognize his own children. The greatly concerned family took Haj Maita to a doctor 4 hours away. He was diagnosed with a growing "lump" in his brain. The doctors were unable to give any medicinal care to Haj Maita nor any reassuring words to the family. However, hope lives within the family as they know that Allah is able to cure their father and it keeps them praying to Allah for Haj Maita's recovery. They still believe that there is a chance their father will be fine and will be as he once was. The restaurant is now being managed by Haj Maita's family as they know their father wouldn't want this charity to stop.
Tears spring to his granddaughter's eyes as she relates, "I went to visit my grandfather today and he didn't even recognize me. He didn't recognize my father either."
The purpose of sharing this story was that the family has one request that is simple yet would mean so much to them. They ask you to keep their father in your prayers. Please make dua'a that he will recover. The ability to cure remains in the Hands of Allah (SWT) and He is able of all things. Let us be united and make a sincere dua from the bottom of our hearts for this pious old man and his family. We are in a special month and coming close to the blessed and very special last ten days of Ramadan when Allah (SWT) answers supplications, so please remember to make dua for him and his family in'sha'Allah (God Willing). Haj Maita spent countless hours and days serving his community and those with special needs and he now is in need of a prayer from you. May Allah (SWT) grant him a full recovery and his family patience in this time of difficulty! Ameen.
Before her marriage to the Prophet (PBUH), he had a dream that Aisha would be his wife as Aisha narrates, "Allah's Apostle said (to me), "You were shown to me in a dream. An angel brought you to me, wrapped in a silken cloth and said to me, 'This is your wife.' I uncovered it; and behold, it was you. I said to myself, 'If this dream is from Allah, He will cause it to come true." (Al-Bukhari)
When the marriage took place, the Prophet (PBUH) was at the age of fifty-three and Aisha around the age of nine.
The Prophet's (PBUH) love and respect for Aisha increased even more when Allah proved Aisha's innocence by revealing Quranic verses in her honor after the Event of Al-Ifk where some hypocrites falsely accused Aisha.
Aisha was the only wife of the Prophet (PBUH) that hadn't been married before marriage to the Prophet (PBUH).
Our mother, Aisha wasn't only the Prophet's favorite wife. She was also the most beloved person to him. As Amr ibn Al-A'as narrated, "I asked him, 'Who is most beloved to you?' He said, 'Aisha'. I said. 'What about among the men?' He said, 'Her father.'
When the Prophet (PBUH) began to feel the effects of what became his last illness, he asked permission from the rest of his wives to stay with Aisha in her house. He passed away while he was resting in her lap and was buried in her house as well.
Aisha passed away many years later after the Prophet's death when she was at the age of 66 and was buried in Al-Baqi'.
There are so many lessons that we can learn from our beloved mother Aisha's motivating and God-fearing lifestyle! She is an excellent example of great character and led an influential life. She holds a special place in the hearts of millions to this day. May Allah be pleased with her!
Sawdah entered the house of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and being the lighthearted merry person she was, she was perfect for looking after the Prophet's (PBUH) household and family. Many people in Makkah were suprised at this marriage because Sawdah wasn't young or beautiful and wondered why the Prophet (PBUH) chose to marry her. However, the Prophet (PBUH) recalled that she had underwent a lot for the sake of Islam and had remained firm in her faith during times of difficulties and had honored her by choosing her to be his wife and she thus gained the honorable title of "Mother of the Believers".
Years later, the Prophet (PBUH) was concerned about Sawdah having to compete with the younger co-wives and offered to divorce her if she wanted. She replied however that she only wanted to be the Prophet's wife on the Day of Rising and decided to give her night to Aisha. She had a special relationship with Aisha and the two remained very close.
Sawdah died in Medina during Umar ibn Al-Khattab's term. We can all learn lessons from Sawdah and from among the lessons, the importance of having strong faith. May Allah be pleased with our mother, Sawdah bint Zama'ah!
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