بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
Assalamu Alaikum Everyone!
How are you doing? I hope you are having an amazing day wherever you are in the world! May Allah bless and shower you and all those you love with happiness and health.
I pray to Allah that you are well and quarantine is not too much of a hassle. Eid Mubarak! July 31, 2020 is Eid Al-Adha, or as some call it "the big Eid". Just like Eid Al-Fitr, this Eid feels a little different. Obviously, the world has been completely changed due to Covid-19, and many things have been compromised. Most of us are too scared to go out and celebrate Eid at the mosque or with others, so we will spend it in our homes. Either way the spirit of Eid is enough to bring so much joy to our lives indoors or outdoors.
Anyways, today we will be doing another Figure Friday blogpost. Today's post is on Umm Salamah (RA). Umm Salamah (RA) was the wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Umm Salamah (RA), whose real name is Hind bint Abi Umayya ibn al-Mughira, was known for her beauty, wisdom and knowledge. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would even go to her for advice on political matters. In one particular incident, her wise advice helped Muslims avoid getting into a fight with each other.
It is no doubt that Umm Salamah (RA) was a scholar among scholars. It is noted that she narrated nearly 378 hadith. She was also very knowledgeable about the Qur’an and its interpretation. So much so that she was considered among those companions who had the most accomplished judgment on Islam. Umm Salamah (RA) knew how to read and played a vital role in educating and training the Muslim women.
Not only was she an expert in Islamic knowledge, but she was a master of language as well. It was noted that when she spoke her words and phrases were well chosen and exactly appropriate for the expression of ideas. Umm Salamah (RA) was a powerful speaker and a master of the written word. Umm Salamah (RA) wrote about her experience when leaving Makkah for Madina explaining her anguish in meeting a heartbreaking fate:
“When Abu Salama (my husband) decided to leave for Medina, he prepared a camel for me, lifted me up onto it and put my son Salama on my lap. My husband then took the lead and went straight ahead without stopping or waiting for anything. Before we were out of Mecca, however, some men from my tribe, the Banu Mahkhzum, stopped us and said to my husband: ‘Although you may be free to do what you like with yourself, you have no power over your wife. She is our daughter. DO you expect us to allow you to take her away from us?’ They then grabbed hold of him and snatched me away from him. Some men from my husband’s tribe, the Banu Abdul Asad, saw them taking both me and my child and became hot with rage: ‘No, by Allah!’ They shouted. ‘We shall not abandon the boy. He is our son and we have a rightful claim over him.’ So they took him by his arm and pulled him away from me. Suddenly, in the space of a few minutes, I found myself all alone. My husband headed out towards Medina by himself; his tribe had snatched away my son from me; and my own tribe had overpowered me and forced me to stay with them. From the day that my husband and my son were parted from me, I went out at noon every day and sat at the spot where this tragedy had occurred. I would remember those terrifying moments and weep until nightfall. […]” (Ibn Kathir)
As we mentioned, and cannot mention enough of, she was extremely intelligent and sharp. Her insightful characters was always ready to help the Prophet ﷺ and his fellow companions when needed. At Hudaybiyyah, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had instructed his companions to slaughter animals. However, because they were so traumatized and extremely shocked at what they had to do, they felt completely paralyzed and could not complete the Prophet's ﷺ instructions. When the Prophet ﷺ discussed this event to his wife, Umm Salamah (RA), she caringly replied to him:
“O Messenger of Allah! If you wish for this to be carried out, then my suggestion is that [you say nothing to them], rather go out and slaughter your animal and shave your head. Your companions shall automatically follow your lead.”
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ went out and without talking with anyone, he acted on this advice. Seeing the Prophet's ﷺ actions, the Companions quickly followed in his footsteps. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith 2731 and 2732)
Even after the passing of the Prophet ﷺ, his companions and Khulafa would continue to ask her for advice and guidance. Umm Salamah's (RA) was an aroma of comfort and blessings for the Prophet ﷺ and it was said that angels would descend at her house.
Thank you for tuning in for this week's Figure Friday post. InshAllah you found this post helpful, and may Allah guide us all to become more like the Prophet's ﷺ wives. Let us all work to perfect our faith, and strive for the ultimate goal, Jannah (Paradise or Heaven).
My Muslimah Mind
07/ 30 / 2020 at 12:30 PM