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Steadfast in Adversity

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:38

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Seven)

Sayyiduna Muhammad bin Abi Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the son of Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) from Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

During the era of his khilaafah, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deputed Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Egypt as the governor of that region. However, sometime thereafter, he was mercilessly killed in Egypt. When the news of his death reached his mother, Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), it caused her immense grief, but being the strong, resolute woman that she was, she immediately adopted sabr (patience) and resorted to her place of salaah within the home (where she poured her heart out to Allah Ta‘ala).

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The Faithful Wife

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:56

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Six)

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was fortunate to have been married to the best of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Her first husband was Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). After his martyrdom, she married Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). After him, her third husband was Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, these three Sahaabah were also fortunate to be married to her, as she was not only pious, but was a most faithful and obedient wife, as is evident from the two incidents below:

- One day, during the period when she was married to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), two of her children began to argue with one another regarding whose father was better. One was her son Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), from Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and the other was her son Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), from Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Each son said to the other, “I have more nobility than you, and my father was better than your father!”

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Bidding her Husband Farewell

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2019 16:44

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Five)

During the year 8 A.H., the momentous Battle of Mutah transpired. This was just a few months after Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her husband, Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), arrived in Madeenah Munawwarah from Abyssinia.

When dispatching the army, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) appointed Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as the commander of the army. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also mentioned, “If Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is killed, then Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) will be the commander, and if Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is killed then ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) will be the commander. If ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is killed, then the Muslims should appoint someone among themselves.”

From this statement of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) understood that these three Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would be blessed with martyrdom in this battle. Subsequently, all of them were martyred by the enemy.

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Happiness in Deeni Progress​

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2019 15:46

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Four)

Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her husband, Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), had performed hijrah to Abyssinia together with some other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to escape the persecution of the Quraish. Hence, they lived in Abyssinia, far from their homeland, until Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin Umayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to the King of Abyssinia, requesting him to send Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and his companions back to Arabia to join Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

They thus set off by ship and met Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) just after the Muslims conquered Khaibar. However, as they had migrated to Madeenah Munawwarah so late (approximately six or seven years after the hijrah of Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]), many people would say to them, “We preceded you in performing hijrah.”

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Competing in Kindness and Care​

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2019 15:24

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Three)

On the occasion of the ‘Umratul Qadhaa (the qadhaa ‘Umrah performed by Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] and the Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum] after the Treaty of Hudaibiyah, in the next year), the disbelievers allowed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to remain in Makkah Mukarramah for just three days, after which they had to depart.

As they were departing from Makkah Mukarramah, the orphaned daughter of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Umaarah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), came behind Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) calling out, “O my uncle! O my uncle!” She had been living in Makkah Mukarramah until this time but now wished to leave Makkah Mukarramah and join the Muslims in Madeenah Munawwarah. Seeing her, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) made her over to Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was seated in her carriage atop the camel, and said to her, “Here is your cousin, take her!” Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was not happy for her to live among the disbelievers in Makkah Mukarramah.

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