Friday, July 15, 2011

Great Women in Islam

The answer for the quiz question (Which one of the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) was married to the Beloved Prophet (PBUH) for less than three years, then the Prophet (PBUH) passed away?) is:

  • Like Juwairiyah (May Allah be pleased with her), Maymoonah (May Allah be pleased with her) was also first named Barrah, and her name was also changed for the same reason that Juwairiyah’s name was changed. The Prophet (PBUH) didn’t like self-praise (as was mentioned in the previous Great Women post).
  • The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) died less than three years after marrying Maymoonah (May Allah be pleased with her).
  • She was first married to a man named Masud Bin Umar Saqfi.
  • After divorce she married Abu Rahm, who died shortly thereafter.
  •  She lived as a widow in Makkah, till the age of 51 years. 
  •  The people proposed her to marry the Noble Prophet (PBUH).
  • The Holy Prophet (PBUH) proceeded on Umrah (minor pilgrimage) in the month of Dhul Qaddah,  in the 7th year after Hijrah (migration to Madinah) and that is when their maariage took place.  
  •  Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) the uncle of the Prophet (PBUH) arranged the marriage.
  • This marriage led to the establishment of close links between Arab Tribes.

  • Maymoonah (May Allah be pleased with her) was extremely pious and gentle.
  • She was much afraid of Allah Almighty and strengthened the ties between kith and kin. 
  •  She always followed the commands of the Prophet (PBUH). 
  •  The Holy Prophet (PBUH) called her a symbol of goodness.
  • She was very fond of reforming women and teaching them to be good and virtuous. 
  •  She was also very fond of freeing slaves. 
  •  Once she got a maid servant freed and the Beloved Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah would reward you for this.”
  • Maymoonah (May Allah be pleased with her) borrowed money on and off. Once she borrowed a large amount and someone said, ‘how will you pay this debt?’ Thereupon she answered; “The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said; “Allah himself pays off the debt of a person who intends to do so.”
  • Although she was married to the Beloved Prophet (PBUH) for a short time only, she narrated 48 ahadeeth (sayings of the Prophet).
  • She was also a great authority in Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence).
  • After the death of the Prophet (PBUH) she lived her life quietly and peacefully, preoccupying herself with acts of worship and performing Hajj (Pilgrimage) every year. 
  •  During her final Hajj, she became very ill on her way back to Madinah from Makkah.
  • She died in a place called Sarif, which is some miles from Makkah. It was the same place in which a temporary dwelling was set up for the Prophet (PBUH) and Maymoonah where they consummated their marriage. That she died in the same place where her wedding to the Prophet (PBUH) took place could be according to Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb (in Women Around the Messenger (PBUH); “ a noteworthy indication, from which lessons can be learnt, of the purity of her will and her strong affinity for the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). “

    Subhan'Allah indeed this is another great woman, and although we know less of her life than other of The Mothers of The Faithful, she is nonetheless a role model and a true example for us, May we learn from this example and from all our Great Women in Islam, Inshaa Allah!

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    1. Masha'Allah! Jazakallah khair for taking time out to create these wonderful posts, dear sister!! I hope all is well <3

    2. rose water

      Jazakallah Khayr to you for taking the time to read this, if even one person can take some lesson from the lives of our amazing Muslim women then I am more than happy.

      Alhamdullillah all is well with me, I am so happy to hear from you, I have been trying for ages to post comments on your blog, even went to your other blog,(which is also very nice Masha'Allah) hoping to be able to post my comment there, but that also didn't work. In any case, please know that I am still an avid reader of your blog, just a very silenced one at the moment, inshaa Allah comments will be able to work soon. I honestly don't know what the problem is but yours is not the only blog I have problems posting on. In any case, I hope that you have the most wonderful month of Ramadhaan, inshaa Allah, I know that you've been looking forward to it for a long time.

    3. Jaza-kl-Allah for sharing details about Ummul-Mumineen Maymoonah (May Allah be pleased with her). we have to follow these role models if wanna to get success in Deen, Duniya & Aakhirah.

      I'm also deciding to post(at my new blog) about the 4 best ladies of paradise. And for this I will take(with your permission) your poem about Lady Aasiya(May Allah Be Pleased With Her), and also giving link of your bolg. :)

    4. Asma

      Masha'Allah, I think it would be a great idea to post about the 4 ladies of Paradise. May Allah make it easy for you to do this, I would be honoured if you used my poem, we need to spread the example of our great women in whatever way we can.

      I'm looking forward to reading your new blog, please give me details of it as soon as you've started.

      I wish you all the best for the coming month of Ramadhaan!

    5. @Zarina Hassem: Dear Sister; Thanks a lot for being so kind... :)
      May Allah reward us for our little deeds...

      I have started my new blog few days back. You may check this at

    6. Thanks for the link Asma, and Ameen to your duaa. We all need Allah's rewards continuously!

    7. Nice post!!!

      May you be rewarded for educating others, inshallah!

      رمضان مبارك |
      Ramadan Mubarak
      اللهم بلغنا رمضان |
      Oh Allah, allow us to witness the month of Ramadan

    8. Blue Pearl

      Jazakallah Khayr, to be honest I see this as educating myself more than others, doing this has shown me how little I know and how much I still need to learn. May Allah make it easy for us all inshaa Allah.

      Ramadaan Mubarak to you too, May you have a blessed month which brings you closer to Allah Ta'ala.

    9. Salam alaikum Zarina, I am so happy to have found your blog (through Marie).

      Ramadan Kareem to you and your family, inshaAllah.

    10. Salma

      Wa-alaykum salaam, thank you for your comment and I hope that you find this blog useful inshaa Allah. It will be nice to interact with you, always happy to "meet" a Muslim sister.

      Ramadaan Kareem to you and your family too, may Allah make it easy for you to make the best of this most beautiful month.