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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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Selfless in Her Generosity

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2022 06:56

Sayyidah Zainab bintu Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was renowned for her passion for giving wealth in sadaqah and assisting the poor.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had once informed his respected wives that the first of them to join him after his demise (i.e. the first of them to pass away) would be the wife with the longest arms. The respected wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) initially understood this statement literally and thus began to measure and compare the length of their arms, determining that Sayyidah Saudah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had the longest arms. However, when Sayyidah Zainab bintu Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha) passed away first, they realized that ‘longest arms’ was actually a metaphorical reference to the one who gave the most sadaqah. Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) loved to give sadaqah, and would earn a living (from home) by tanning skins and sewing them into leather products which she would sell, using the income to spend on the poor and needy. (Saheeh Bukhaari #1420, Saheeh Muslim #6316, Fat-hul Baari vol. 3, pg. 367 and Mirqaat vol. 4, pg. 377)

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An Exhibition of True Honesty

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2022 09:34

There was once a wealthy cloth merchant who lived in the city of Baghdad. One day, while he was in his business, a young woman approached him and said that she was looking for a certain item that she wished to purchase. Thereafter, during the course of their conversation, she removed her niqaab (veil) and showed the man her face.

When the man’s gaze fell on her face, he was so struck by her beauty that he exclaimed, “By Allah! I am amazed by the beauty that I have seen!” The woman then said, “I have not actually come to purchase anything. Rather, for the past few days, I have been coming to the market, looking for a man who appeals to my heart so that I may marry him, and it is you who has impacted on my heart. I possess wealth of my own (i.e. I do not want wealth from you), so would you like to marry me?”

The man replied, “I am married to my cousin, and I promised her that I would not marry anyone else besides her. I also have a son from her.” The woman responded, “Even if you visit me just twice in the week, I will be pleased.” The man agreed to this proposal, and so they performed the nikaah. After the nikaah was performed, when the man returned home, he said to his first wife, “One of my friends asked me to spend the night at his home.” Offering this excuse, he left home that evening, went to the home of his second wife and spent the night there. Thereafter, the man would go to visit his second wife after Zuhr Salaah every day.

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