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Three Notable and Respectable Non-Arab Sahaba Women

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She was a slave along with her daughter Umm Ubays. Her owner was a woman from Banu Abd-al-dar. Both of the mother and daughter embraced Islam during their slavery and had to face immense torture and brutalism by the non Muslims of Makkah. Upon seeing their miserable condition, Abu Bakar talked to her mistress. The mistress replied in an arrogant tone and asked him to pay for her freedom. Abu bakar paid for their freedom according to the price the mistress demanded. So, this way their miseries came to an end by the grace of Allah.


Lubaynah was another slave girl freed by the notable friend of Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi wasalam known as Abu Bakar R.A. Abu Bakar R.A. had freed many other slave men and women by paying from his own pocket and wealth.

Lubaynah was owned by Umar ibn al-Khattab who had not yet embraced Islam. Another slave girl known as Zinnira accompanied her. Umar threw all of her anger and hatred for Islam on them. His harsh treatment was unbearable by the slave girls. His merciless beatings could not affect the faith of Lubaynah at all. The brave girl refused to renounce her religion in any condition and remained steadfast to her beliefs in One Allah SWT and His Apostle Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam.

Sîrîn bint Sham’ûn

Sîrîn bint Sham’ûn, the Egyptian lady and sister of Umm al Momineen Maria Al-Qibtiyya were sent as a gift to Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam. Muqawqis, the Sassanid official, wanted to please the Prophet with his gifts. Both of the girls were slaves of Prophet and comprised unique intelligence with beauty. Unlike any ordinary master, Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam, the master of masters treated both of his slave girls with much respect and gave them honor. The Prophet sent Maria Al-QIbtiyya proposal and her sister got married to Hassan ibn Thabit, companion of Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam.

Umm Salamah R.A Sahaba – Owner of Extraordinary Courage and Patience

Umm Salamah, real name Hind, was the daughter of Makhzum clan and married to Abdullah ibn Abdulasad. Both of them are among early Muslims of Makkah. Quraysh with their frenzied anger made the life unbearable and miserable for them like many of the others who had recently embraced Islam. Umm Salamah, her husband along with other Muslims migrated to Abyssinia.

The husband and wife returned to Makkah after sometime and did not find the situation much in their favor. Quresh and people of Makkah were leaving no one from their cruel intentions and torturous behavior. Umm Salamah and her husband were among those who were permitted to migrate to Madinah. They both and their son went through a very rough time until they finally reached Madinah and settled there.

Her clan had snatched her away from her husband and son. She was left alone to stay with her clan. It was terrible for her to be forced to leave her family and this separation left her grief stricken. Her clan finally permitted to join her husband and she was set free. She went to Banu Abdulasad in Makkah for the return of her son. After getting her son back, she set forth for her journey towards Madinah.

She reached Madinah and met her husband. Finally, they all reunited and it seemed her sufferings had come to an end. Soon, her husband died and she was left alone again along with her son. Many nobles with marriage proposal approached her but she refused until the time came she had prayed so much for. She received the proposal by the noblest of all men Prophet of Allah Sallalaho Alayhi wasalam and she agreed with all her might and happiness. She died as the most respectable and honorable Umm al-Mu’mineen the mother of all true believers.

Fatimah Bint Muhammad – Beloved Daughter, Sincere Wife and True Believer

fatima 214x300 Fatimah Bint Muhammad – Beloved Daughter, Sincere Wife and True BelieverFatimah Bint Muhammad Sallalaho alayhi wasalam, fifth child of the family had three elder sisters Zaynab, Ruqayyah and Umm Kulthum. She had two brothers al-Qasim and Abdullah. Both of them died in their infancy. She was sensitive child and brilliant than other children of her age. When she turned five her father announced prophethood. He had declared him as the Messenger of Allah.

Fatimah Bint Muhammad was closely attached to her father. She had deep enduring love for him. Fatimah grew up seeing her father being tortured by Quresh and despite her tender age of less than ten, she always managed to reach on the spot. She was ruthless and unafraid of them and stood by her father steadfast to support him in his quest of spreading words of Allah SWT.

She saw her father facing vicious opposition and defied the harassment against him. She was a brave person and struggled for the sovereignty of Islam since childhood. Khadijah, wife of Prophet and loving mother of Fatimah died when she turned into a young lady. After her mother’s demise the grief stricken Fatima devoted herself to look after her beloved father and soon she was famous with a new nickname “Umm Abi-ha” or  “the mother of her father”.

She was the most beloved daughter of Prophet and she had a very special place in his heart. Rasul Allah said “Whoever pleased Fatimah has indeed pleased God and whoever has caused her to be angry has indeed angered God. Fatimah is a part of me. Whatever pleases her pleases me and whatever angers her angers me.”

She was married to Ali R.A. and was the mother of Hassan R.A. and Hussain R.A.


Khadijah bint Khuwaylid – The Most Honorable and The Most Respectable Woman

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid is the first wife of Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam. She was 25 years older to him and was that first person ever who embraced Islam. She belonged to a noble clan and was steadfast on the faith of Prophet Ibrahim. Prophet Ibrahim is the great grandfather of Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam.

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid was beautiful and very pious lady. She was notable for her charity works and her luck in business. She was doing trade and became one of the richest persons in Makkah. She was the daughter of renowned tribal leader and businessperson. One can say she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She married twice and had children from both of the husbands. Her first husband died and the second one lacked compatibility so she divorced. (more…)

Safiyya Bint Huyayy – Girl Who had an Extraordinary Dream

The Muslims captured Safiyya bint Huyayy during the fight in Khaybar. She belonged to Jewish parents and she was only 17 when she was captured.

Safiyya bint Huyayy’s Father was chief of the Jewish tribe known as Banu Nadir, in Madinah. The Banu Nadir tribe was expelled from Madinah and they took refuge in the nearby oasis called Khaybar. She married Kinana ibn al-Rabi at the age of seventeen. She saw a dream, which was a clear sign that she will be a big name and have place in the hearts of Muslims by marrying the Holy Prophet Sallaha Alayhi Wasalam. Her husband upon knowing the prediction of her dream struck her beautiful face in anger, which left a mark forever.

In the aftermath of successful victory of Khaybar, she was among the female captives. She was proposed by the Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam and embraced Islam. They were married and then returned to Medina.

Safiyya bint Huyayy played an important role in the history of Islam and she was an influential political figure. She died during the reign of Ameer Muawiyah and left land, dirhams and goods, which were distributed, according to her will. She was laid to rest in the Jannat al-Baqi. She lived like a queen and proved her knowledge and skills so many times. She helped Caliph Umar R.A. during the times he was in trouble. She bore no child of her own but she dedicated much of her belongings to her beloved nephew, her sister’s son.

Maria al-Qibtiyya – The Beautiful Slave Girl

Maria the Copt or Maria al-Qibtiyya converted to Islam and married to Holy Prophet Sallalaho alayhi wasalam. Muqwaqis sent her as a gift to the Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam.  She is “Mother of All Believers” or Umm-al-Mu’mineen.

She has the honor of giving birth to the son of Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi wasalam. Her son Ibrahim died when he was still a child. Being the father of the child Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho alayhi wasalam remained grief stricken. This was his third male child who could not survive according to the traditionss. There will be no prophet after last Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam. Ibrahim, the child was named after his great grand ancestral Prophet Ibrahim.

Hātib b. Abi Balta’ah, companion of Holy Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam brought Maria al-Qibtiyya from Egypt to Madinah along with her sister Sīrīn. Both of the sisters embraced Islam before they reached their final destination. Another companion of Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam proposed her sister, which she accepted. She gave birth to his son. Al Muqwaqis also send many other gifts that included precious garments and a number of animals along with the slave girls. All of those were distributed among the Muslims.

She lived in a mud-brick house along with the Prophet of Islam Sallaho Alayhi Wasalam. She was a beautiful woman and a very pious Muslim. She preferred rags over riches and stick to her faith as a Muslim. She is one of the luckiest wives of Prophet who gave birth to a child after Khadijah R.A.

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