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Umm Sulaym bint Milhaan – A True Muslimah

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Umm Sulaym bint Milhaan (رضي الله عنها) is a Muslimah about whom every Muslimah should know. She (رضي الله عنها) was from among the best women companion of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم).

This noble soul was always with the Muslim army, taking care of the wounded soldiers more than 12 or 13 centuries before Florence Nightingale. [See Saheeh Muslim 3/1443 (no. 1810)]

In fact, even in the two most fierce battles entered by the Muslims, when defeat was close, this woman (رضي الله عنها) was in the battlefield steady like a rock while many a courageous man was fleeing under the shock of the surprise attack by the enemy. During the battle of Uhud, A’isha bint Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنها) and this woman, both of them had tucked up their garments, and they were carrying water-skins on their backs and would pour water into the mouths of the people. They would then go back (to the well), would fill them again and would return to pour water into the mouths of the soldiers. [See Saheeh Muslim 3/1443 (no. 1811)]

Once, the child of Umm Sulaym (رضي الله عنها) was very ill and his father Abu Talha (رضي الله عنه) was supposed to go out on a mission. Realizing that the mission was for the sake of the faith, umm Sulaym (رضي الله عنها) tried to convince her husband that the child was well enough, hiding his true state. Abu Talha (رضي الله عنه) left the town.

Before his return, the child passed away. When Umm Sulaym (رضي الله عنها) learnt that Abu Talha (رضي الله عنه) was on his way back from his tiring trip, she decided not to let him know of the child’s death until he completely rested from the journey. She asked everyone in the household to leave the matter of informing Abu talha to her. She begged that they control their emotions in the meantime.

As soon, as the father, Abu Talha (رضي الله عنه) enetered the house, he asked about the child. Umm Sulaym (رضي الله عنها) quickly assured him that the child was very quiet and peaceful, and she prepared a good meal for her husband and made sure that he had enough rest, hiding all the time the sorrow that tore her heart to pieces.

Then she calmly asked her husband: “If some people borrow something from another family and then (the members of the family) ask for its return, would they resist its return?”

He answered: “Certainly not.”

Then she told him: “I inform you about the death of your son.” [what she meant was that, the child was borrowed to us by Allaah and he has returned to his real owner (i.e. Allaah)]

Abu Talha (رضي الله عنه) was shocked and he was about to blame his wife for not informing him earlier, but he realized how much she suffered inside her just to give him the chance to rest after that long journey. [See Saheeh Muslim 4/1909 (no. 2144)]

She and her husband was the one who fed the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and his companions when they were hungry [which they came to know because of his (صلى الله عليه و سلم) feeble voice, or when they saw him (صلى الله عليه و سلم) lying upon his belly in the mosque or having bandaged his (صلى الله عليه و سلم) belly due to hunger], even though they had almost nothing to eat for themselves. [See Saheeh Muslim 3/1612 and 1614 (no. 2040)]

These are just few examples from the life of this noble soul. It was not a wonder when the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “I entered Paradise, and heard the noise of steps. So I said, ‘Who is this?’ and they told me, ‘She is Ghumaisa, daughter of Milhan, the mother of Anas bin Malik’ [i.e. Umm Sulaym bint Milhaan (رضي الله عنها)] ” [Saheeh Muslim 4/1908 (no. 2456)]


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13/01/2013 at 12:36 PM

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