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Story of a great Muslim woman - Umm Sulaym

Anas (RA) reported:

Maalik ibn Anas said to his wife Um Sulaym – who was the mother of Anas
– “This man – meaning the Prophet (PBUH) is forbidding alcohol.” So he left Madinah and went to Shaam (Syria), where he died. (i.e., he fled from Madinah when the Prophet (PBUH) came there, because he did not like the ban on alcohol, and he died as a kaafir in Syria).

Then Abu Talhah came and proposed marriage to Um Sulaym, and spoke to her about it.

She said, “O Abu Talhah, a man like you would not be turned
down, but you are a non-believer, and I am a Muslim woman. It is not
right for me to marry you.”

He said, “This is the chance of a lifetime!”
She said, “What chance?
” He said, “The yellow and white (i.e., he was tempting her with a mahr or dowry of gold and silver).”
She said, “I
do not want any yellow or white. I want you to become Muslim. If you
become Muslim, that will be my mahr, and I will not ask you for
anything else.”

He asked, “Who could help me with that (i.e., to become Muslim)?”
She said, “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) will help you.”

So Abu Talhah went to look for the Prophet (PBUH), who was sitting with is Companions. When he (PBUH) saw him, he said, “Abu Talhah is coming to you with the light of Islam shining on his forehead.” (This was one of the miracles of the Prophet (PBUH): he knew that Abu Talhah would become a Muslim even before he spoke). Abu Talhah told the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about what Um Sulaym had said, and he married her on that basis. Thaabit (i.e., Thaabit al-Banaani, one of the people who narrated the story from Anas) said: “We have never heard of any mahr greater than this, she accepted his Islam as her dowry.”

So he married her, and she was a woman with nice eyes, rather small. She was with him until she bore him a son, who Abu Talhah loved very much. The child became very ill, and Abu Talhah was very upset and distressed by the child’s sickness. Abu Talhah used to get up to pray the morning prayer, he would go to the Prophet (PBUH) and pray with him, and would stay with him for almost half the day. Then [Abu Talhah] would come to take a nap and eat, and when he had prayed Zuhr he would get ready and leave, and would not come back until the time of the ‘Isha’ prayer.One evening, Abu Talhah went out to see the Prophet (PBUH) (according to another report: to go to the mosque), and the child died (during his absence).

Um Sulaym said, “No one is to tell Abu Talhah about his child’s death until I have told him.”
She covered the child up as if he were sleeping, and left him in a
corner of the house. Abu Talhah came back from visiting the Messenger
of Allaah (PBUH), and brought some people from the mosque with him.

He asked, “How is my son?”
he said, “O Abu Talhah, from the time he fell sick, he has never been as calm as he is now, and I hope that he is resting.”
(She spoke vaguely so as not to upset him; this was not a lie. She was
referring to the calmness of death and the child finding relief from
the pain of his sickness, but her husband took it to mean that the
child’s condition had improved).

She brought the meal and they all ate dinner, then the people left. Then he went to bed and lay down, and she got up and put on perfume and adorned herself, making herself more beautiful than she ever had before. (This was a sign of her patience and great faith in the will and decree of Allah. She was seeking reward from Allah and concealing her feelings, hoping that she would become pregnant that night to make up for the loss of her child). Then she came and lay down in the bed with him, and when he smelt the perfume, he did as men usually do with their wives (this is the narrator’s polite and circumspect manner of referring to what happened between them). At the end of the night,

she said, “O Abu Talhah, do you think that if some people lent something to some others, then they asked for it back, do they have the right not to give it back?”
He said, “No.”
She said, “Allah, may He be glorified, lent your son to you, and now He has taken him back, so seek reward with Him and have patience.”
He became angry and said, “You left me until I did what I did (i.e., had intercourse), then you tell me that my son has died!”
Then he said, “Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return) and he praised Allah.

In the morning, he did ghusl (full ablution) then he went to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and prayed with him, and told him what had happened. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “May Allah bless you for last night.” She conceived a child (thus the Prophet’s (PBUH) prayer for them was answered).

Um Sulaym used to travel with the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), leaving Madinah when he left, and returning when he returned. The Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) said, “When she gives birth, bring the child to me. He was on a journey, and Um Sulaym was with him. When the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) came back from travelling, he would never enter Madinah at night (so as not to disturb the people, and so that wives would have time to get ready to greet their husbands). They reached the outskirts of Madinah, and her labor pains started. Abu Talhah stayed with her, and the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) went on.

Abu Talhah said, “O Allah, you know that I like to set out with your Messenger when he sets out, and come back with him when he comes back. I have been detained as you see.”

Um Sulaym said, “O Abu Talhah, I do not feel the pains as much (this was one of her “miracles”; her labour pains ceased because she had asked Allah to enable her to catch up with the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). So they set off, and after they had reached Madinah, her labour pains started again, and she gave birth to a boy.

She told her son Anas, “O Anas, I will not give him anything to eat until you take him in the morning to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH),” and she sent some dates with him. (Because she wanted the first thing to enter the child’s mouth to be food from the Prophet (PBUH); this was a sign of her great faith, because the woman’s natural instinct is to hasten to feed the baby as soon as he is born). The child cried all night long, and I [Anas, the narrator of this story] stayed up all night taking care of him. In the morning, I took him to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), who was wearing his burdah (a kind of cloak) and marking the camels and sheep that had been given to him (the animals had been given in charity and he was marking them so that they would not get lost or mixed with other flocks or herds).

When he saw him, he said to Anas, “Has the daughter of Milhaan [i.e., Um Sulaym] given birth?”
He said, “Yes.”
He said, “I will be with you in a minute.” He put down the tool in his hand (with which he had been marking the animals) and took the child, then he (PBUH) said, “Do you have something for him?”
They said, “Yes, dates.”
The Prophet (PBUH) took some of the dates and chewed them, mixing them
with his saliva (and the saliva of the Prophet (PBUH) was blessed by Allah). Then he opened the child’s mouth and gave him some of the dates, wiping them inside his mouth. The infant began to smack his lips, sucking some of the sweetness of the dates and the saliva of the Prophet (PBUH). Thus the first thing that entered that child’s stomach was mixed with the saliva of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH).

He said, “See how much the Ansaar (the Muslims who were living in Madenah when the Prophet migrated there) love dates!” I [Anas] said, “O Messenger of Allah, name him.”

He wiped his face and named him ‘Abd-Allaah. There was no young man among the Ansaar who was better than him, and when he grew up he had a
lot of sons, and was martyred in Persia (he died as a martyr when the Muslims conquered Persia; all of this happened as a result of the Prophet’s blessed du’aa’).

(The story was reported by Imaam al-Bukhaari, Muslim, Ahmad and
al-Tayaalisi; this version was reported by al-Tayaalisi and others.
Al-‘Allaamah al-Albaani collected all its isnaads in his book Ahkaam
al-Janaa’iz, p. 20).

This is one story of one Muslim woman among the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH).There are many other stories which show the effect Islam
had on the hearts of Muslim women and how the religion of Allah bore fruits of righteous deeds and good lives. Peace be upon those who follow true guidance.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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