Sawdah bint Zama'ah (the daughter of Zama'ah) had accepted Islam with her husband, As-Sakran ibn Amr, and was the first woman to immigrate to Abyssinia for the sake of Allah. Her husband passed away and when she had returned to Makkah, Khawla (a relative of the Prophet (PBUH)) asked Sawdah, "Would you like Allah to give you great blessing, Sawdah?".
"What is that?" Sawdah questioned.
"The Messenger of Allah has sent me to you with a proposal of marriage!" she replied.
Sawdah agreed that she would like that and they were married after her father consented describing it as "a noble match".
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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