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  • Great Women of Islam

    Who were given the good News of Paradise

    ByM ahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar

    Translated byJamila M uhammad Qawi

    Revised bySheikh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri

    Edited byMuhammad Ayub Sapra

    M uhammad Farooq

    DARUSSALAMPublishers & Distributors

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • I n t h e N a m e o f A l l a h , t h e M o s t G r a c i o u s , t h e M o s t M e r c i f u l .

    V e r i l y , t h e M u s l i m s ( t h o s e w h o s u b m i t t o A J I a h i n I s l a m )

    m e n a n d w o m e n , t h e b e l i e v e r s m e n a n d w o m e n ( w h o

    b e l i e v e i n I s l a m i c M o n o t h e i s m ) , t h e m e n a n d t h e w o m e n

    w h o a r e o b e d i e n t ( t o A l l a h ) , t h e m e n a n d w o m e n w h o a r e

    t r u t h f u l ( i n t h e i r s p e e c h a n d d e e As), t h e m e n a n d t h e

    w o m e n w h o a r e p a t i e n t ( i n p e r f o r m i n g a l l t h e d u t i e s

    w h i c h A l l a h h a s o r d e r e d a n d i n a b s t a i n i n g f r o m a l l t h a t

    A l l a h h a s f o r b i d d e n ) , t h e m e n a n d t h e w o m e n w h o a r e

    h u m b l e ( b e f o r e t h e i r L o r d A l l a h ) , t h e m e n a n d t h e

    w o m e n w h o g i v e S a d a q a t ( i . e . Z a k a t a n d a l m s ) , t h e m e n

    a n d t h e w o m e n w h o o b s e r v e S au m ( f a s t ) ( t h e o b l i g a t o r y

    f a s t i n g d u r i n g t h e m o n t h o f R a m a d a n , a n d t h e o p t i o n a l

    N aw dfiJ f a s t i n g ) , t h e m e n a n d t h e w o m e n w h o g u a r d t h e i r

    c h a s t i t y ( f r o m i l l e g a l s e x u a l a c t s ) a n d t h e m e n a n d t h e

    w o m e n w h o r e m e m b e r A l l a h m u c h w i t h t h e i r h e a r t s a n d

    t o n g u e s . A l l a h h a s p r e p a r e d f o r t h e m f o r g i v e n e s s a n d a

    g r e a t r e w a r d ( i . e . P a r a d i s e ) . ( 3 3 = 3 5 )

  • Table of Contents

    Publisher Note..............................................................................07

    Exploits and Achievements of the 'Sahabiyat................................... 09

    Khadijaht^> ................................................................................. 19

    Saudah bint Zam'ah ............................. 31

    'Aishahtfe....................................................................................41

    Hafsah bint 'Umar %>....................................................................59

    Zainab bint Khazeemah ................,...........................................71

    Umm Salamah ..........................................................................77

    Zainab bint Jahash ....................................................................93

    Juwayriah bint Harithfc^............................................................k.105

    Safiyyah bint Huyayee %>............................................................ 113

    Umm Habibah Ramlah bint Abi Sufyan ................................... 123

    Maimoonah bint Harith Al-Hilaliah ......................................... 135

    Fatimah bint Muhammad ........................................................ 145

    Fatimah bint Asad .................................................................. 161

    Umm Roomanl^........................................................................ 169

    Sumayyah bint Khabat ............................................................ 177

    Umm Haram bint Malhan ....................................................... 183

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    Asma' bint Abu Bakr Siddique ................................................189

    Umm Sulaim bint Malhan Ansariah ........................................ 199

    Umm 'Ammarah Naseebah \ > .................................................... 207

    Ar-Rabee' bint Ma'uwth ......................................................... 215

    Faree'ah bint Malik .................................................................223

    Umm Hisham bint Harithah bin Nu'man .................................229

    Umm Salamah Asma' bint Yazid bin Sakan Ansariah ...............235

    Umm Sa'd Kabshah bint Rafi' Ansariah %>....................................243

    Umm Munthir Salma bint Qais ............................................... 251

    Umm Waraqah bint 'Abdullah bin Harith Ansariah ................. 257

    Umm Aiman ^ ......................................................................... 263

  • Publishers Note

    All praises are due to Allah the Almighty, the Lord of all that exists. May Allah's peace and blessing be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad, his family and his

    Companions.

    Darussalam is pleased to present this valuable book, 'Great Women of Islam, zoho were given the good News of Paradise'. It was compiled in the Urdu language by a great scholar and a compiler of Islamic books, Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar, and translated by our Islamic sister Jamila Muhammad Qawi.

    This book is about the life stories of the Mothers of the believers and sixteen Prophet's women Companions. They were those pure and virtuous women of Islam who were honored during the very lifetime of the Prophet M with the prediction that they would live forever in Paradise in the Hereafter.

    All the Mothers of the believers were of very noble character and conduct and pleased Allah so much that He sent special greeting forKhadijah I* ^----*j. 'Aishah ^ had a brilliant mind and aremarkable memory, and had the distinction of being the source of many Ahddith because of her long association with the Prophet $g. Her knowledge of the many branches of religion like Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and Shari'ah, her wisdom in interpretation, her mastery of the teachings of the Prophet M - all these qualities made her one of the most remarkable personalities of the time.

    Female Companions were very active in religion as well as in politics

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    and business. They were so courageous in the battlefield that their services like giving medical aid to the soldiers, nursing the wounded on the battlefields, and providing food and water to the wounded and thirsty can be found in history. They spread the message of Islam and it is proved by many of the instances that converted many of the disbelievers to Islam.

    There are many more stories likes this that will encourage our Islamic sisters to get more knowledge about such great women. I hope that they will study this book thoroughly and try their best to follow these noble women of Islam.

    Pray' to Allah the Almighty that He grants them all - the writer, translator and editor and everyone else who participated by any means - the best reward in this world and in the Hereafter, for having supported in the completion of such a valuable book. Ameen

    Abdul Malik MujahidGeneral Manager

    Darussalam

  • Exploits and Achievements of the Sah

    (Women Companions)

  • Exploits and Achievements of the Sahabiyat (Women Companions)

    The Sahabiyat (Women Companions) were the noble women who were the contemporaries of the Prophet Muhammad They were the pure, virtuous crusaders of Islam, and were honored

    during the very lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad M with the prediction that they would live forever in Paradise in the Hereafter. Their achievements and influence are found in every sphere of that momentous period in the history of the world, when the whole of humanity would be transfigured forever. They were as active in religion as in politics, as courageous in war as in the peaceful and persuasive propagation of the teachings of Islam. These noble selfless women could be found in the battlefields among the foremost ranks of those taking part in Jihad. They were to be found in the political arena, in the field of education, in the courts of Islamic jurisprudence, in the interpretation of Shari'ahf] in trade and commerce, in agriculture, in medicine and in nursing. In short there was no sphere that did not benefit from their intellect, their wisdom and their gentle yet firm strength of character.

    Religious Achievements

    Among the many services that one can render to Islam, is to fight in the battlefields. Few, if any, examples of such zeal, determination,

    1 The collective body laws as revealed by Allah S-.

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    perseverance and courage can be found in history. When the disbelievers attacked the Muslims during the Battle of Uhud, only a few devoted followers were left to fight with the Prophet Muhammad At this critical stage the Women Companion Umm 'Ammarah shielded him with her body and warded off the enemy with her sword as well as her bow and arrows. When Qaniah got within striking distance of the Prophet Muhammad % it was she who bore the brunt of his attack. She had a deep wound on her shoulder, yet she continued to attack him with her sword. But he was well protected and she could not make a dent in his armor. Against Mussailmah Kaththab she fought so courageously that she suffered a dozen wounds and lost an arm.

    In the battle of Ahazab (the battle of Trench), the Companion Safiyyah ^displayed brilliant military strategy in handling the Jewish attack, and slew one of the Jews. In the Battle of Hunain Umm Salim set out to attack the enemy with her sword.

    In the battle of Yarmook, Asma7 bint Abu Bakr, Umm Abban, Umm Hakeem, Khawlah, Hind and the Mother of believers Juwairiah ^ j

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