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Yearning for Barakah

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 May 2017 16:06

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #5)

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was fortunate to have none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) frequently visit her home (as was mentioned and explained previously). She would utilize this unique opportunity to gain and secure as much blessing as she could from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would enter the home of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and would rest on her bed without her being in the bed. One day, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to her home and slept on her bed. When she was informed that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had come to her home and was sleeping on her bed, she came and saw that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had perspired. His blessed perspiration had gathered on a piece of leather on the bed (on which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was sleeping). Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) thus opened a small case (in which she stored her valuables, extracted a few glass bottles,) and began to dry the leather piece by squeezing the blessed perspiration of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) into her bottles. At that moment, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) awoke and asked her, “What are you doing? O Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha)!” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! We want our children to benefit from its barakah (blessings).” Hearing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “You are correct (in doing this).” (Saheeh Muslim #6056) According to another narration, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “This is your blessed perspiration. We put it into our perfume, as your blessed perspiration is the most fragrant of all perfumes.” (Saheeh Muslim #6055)

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Concern for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 14:23

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #4)

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her family had the greatest love and concern for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). It was on account of this love and concern for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that if they ever saw him in any difficulty, they immediately did whatever was in their ability to assist him and bring him comfort. 

Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once said to Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “I heard the blessed voice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and I perceived that it was weak from hunger. Do you have any food?” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied in the affirmative and immediately picked up three loaves of barley bread. She then took her scarf and used part of it to wrap the bread, after which she thrust the bundle of wrapped bread beneath the clothing of Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and wrapped the remaining section of the scarf around Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as a shawl. Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was then sent to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with the bread.

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Ultimate Investment

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 09:29

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #3)

As seen previously, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had great concern for the Deen of her son, Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). It was on account of this concern that she had risked the wrath of her husband and made her son recite the kalimah, entering him into the fold of Islam.

It was this same motherly concern for the Deen and upbringing of her son that prompted Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to take Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), when Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was still a young boy of ten years, and ask Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to accept him as a khaadim (special attendant).

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Allah Over All Else

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 15:55

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #2)

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was initially married to Maalik bin Nadhr, and it was from this union that Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was born. They were from the Ansaar and thus resided in Madeenah Munawwarah.

When Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his message of Islam, her husband was away from home. Nevertheless, she immediately accepted Islam. When Maalik, her husband, returned home and realized that she had become a Muslim, he asked her, “Have you become a renegade?” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “I am not a renegade. Rather, I have brought imaan in Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

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Among the Fortunate Few

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 March 2017 16:15

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #1)

While many of us may have heard of Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was renowned for the service he rendered to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there are perhaps not many of us who are aware of his mother, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and the sterling example she set for the women of the Ummah.

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was one of the few, fortunate women whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would visit and whose homes he would bless with his noble presence. In this regard, Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not enter the home of any woman, besides the homes of his respected wives (radhiyallahu ‘anhunna), except the home of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked regarding this, he said, ‘I feel sympathy for her as her brother was killed with me (i.e. for the cause of Islam)’.” (Saheeh Muslim #2455)

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