Ummu Salamah was a great admirable woman whom the Prophet (PBUH) often turned to for advice in tricky situations. Her name was Hind bint Abi Ummaya and was married to Abul Asad, also known as Abu Salamah. They had a son by the name of Salamah thus her and her husband's name Ummu Salamah (Mother of Salamah) and Abu Salamah (Father of Salamah). She and her husband were among the first of people to embrace Islam. However life became very difficult for them as the Makkans heard that they had accepted Islam and tortured them. It was extremely difficult for them and the other Muslims in Makkah. Regardless, their strong faith in their religion did not waver.
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.
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.