The Noble Wife

Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported: One of the sons of Abu Talhah (radi Allahu anhu) was ailing. Abu Talhah went out and the boy died in his absence. When he came back, he inquired, “How is the boy?”. Umm Sulaim, the mother of the boy, replied, “Better than before”. Then she placed his evening meal before him and he ate it; and thereafter slept with her. At last, she said to him: “Arrange for the burial of the boy”. In the morning, Abu Talhah went to Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and informed him of the event. He enquired, “Did you sleep together last night?” Abu Talhah replied in the affirmative, on which the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) supplicated, “O Allah bless them.” Thereafter, she gave birth to a boy. Abu Talhah said to me: “Take up the boy and carry him to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)”; and he sent some dates with him. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) enquired, “Is there anything with him?” He said; “Yes, some dates”. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) took a date, chewed it and put it in the mouth of the baby and rubbed the chewed date around the baby’s gum and named him ‘Abdullah.

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]


This Hadith has many lessons for our social life some of which are:

1. The character of a woman of great patience and gratitude is mentioned here. In spite of the death of her child she neither wept and cried nor did she moan and mourn. She was patient to the extent that when her husband came home she looked after all his needs like a loving and obedient wife does and then broke the sad news of the death of their child in a noble manner. Thus, this Hadith holds the lesson that it is the foremost duty of a wife that she should serve her husband well and provide comfort and peace of mind to him.

2. It is meritorious for a wife to beautify herself at home for her husband.

3. One who in his trouble is content with the Will of Allah, certainly gets a reward for it from Him.

4. Women can also take part with men in Jihad and within the prescribed limits render to Mujahidun the services such as dressing of the wounded, welfare of the patients, supply of food, etc.

And Allah Knows Best!

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