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Child on the Verge of Death

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2022 09:53

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Five)

On one occasion, Sayyidah Zainab’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) child, Sayyidah Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), became so ill that she was literally on the verge of death. Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) sent a message to her father, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), requesting him to come.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) initially sent the messenger back instructing him to convey salaams to her and give her the following message, “Verily to Allah Ta‘ala alone belongs all that He gives and takes and everything has a prescribed time to remain. She should thus be patient and hope for reward (upon this calamity).”

Shortly thereafter, on the insistence of Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) arrived with a few Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). On arriving, he was handed the child whose breath was laboured and was making a gurgling sound similar to that of water being poured into an old water skin.   

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Miscarrying while Migrating

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2022 16:04

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Four)

When Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) completed her preparations and was ready to migrate to Madeenah Munawwarah, she departed from Makkah Mukarramah during the day, seated in a carriage that was strapped to a camel led by her brother-in-law, Kinaanah bin Rabee’.

Word of her departure spread and soon a group of Quraish set out in pursuit, catching up with them at Zu-Tuwaa. In the forefront of this group was Habbaar bin Aswad who continued to prod the camel with his spear, (causing it to buck and jump,) until Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) eventually fell out of the carriage onto a rock. Due to this fall, she miscarried her unborn child and bled profusely. Her brother-in-law, Kinaanah, although not a Muslim, drew the arrows from his quiver and threatened to fire them at anyone who came close. This threat caused them to retreat.

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Ransoming Her Husband from Her Father

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2022 15:37

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Three)

In the Battle of Badr, the husband of Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Abul ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who had not yet accepted Islam, was among the disbelievers and was also taken prisoner. In order to ransom her husband, Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) sent some money and a necklace that her mother, Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), had given her on the occasion of her marriage.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw the necklace, he remembered his beloved wife, Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and felt extreme sympathy for the plight of his daughter, Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), as she was living alone far away from her family in the midst of the disbelievers. He thus asked the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) if they would be willing to release Abul ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as well as return the ransom to Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha). They immediately agreed and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) released him with the promise that on reaching Makkah Mukarramah, he would send Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to Madeenah Munawwarah. (Seerah Ibni Hishaam vol. 2, pg. 652, Sunan Abi Dawood #2692 and Bazlul Majhood)

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Committed to the Spouse

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Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2022 13:57

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Two)

Sayyiduna Abul ‘Aas bin Rabee’ (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among those men in Makkah Mukarramah who were known for their wealth, trustworthiness, and business skills. He was the son of Sayyidah Haalah bintu Khuwailid (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the sister of Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) loved this nephew of hers as her own son. She thus asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) if he would marry their daughter, Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), to him. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) agreed and married Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to Sayyiduna Abul ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). 

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) became the Nabi, his respected wife and beloved daughters all accepted Islam. The husband of Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Sayyiduna Abul ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), however, remained on his religion. Being the early years of Islam, it was still permissible for a Muslim woman to be in the marriage of a non-Muslim man.  

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Enduring for Deen

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2022 13:44

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part One)

Among the respected daughters of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) enjoyed the privilege of being the eldest. She was born when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was approximately 30 years of age. (Al-Istee‘aab vol. 4, pg. 409 and Al-Isaabah vol. 8, pg. 151)

Hence, when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with nubuwwah (prophethood), Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was 10 years old. She could thus understand and comprehend the difficulties and persecution that her father (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was undergoing. Furthermore, being the daughter of the Nabi, she too suffered social persecution by the enemies of Islam. Her childhood and teens were thus a very challenging period as can be gauged by the following incident:

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