As-Sayyidah Nafisah Al-Hasaniyyah
It was related:
As-Sayyidah Nafisah, the daughter of Al-Hasan, may Allah raise their rank, was born in the honorable Makkah. She was raised in Madinah close to her great grandfather, Prophet Muhammad, Sallalahu ^alayhi wa sallam.
When she was at the youth age, she was well known for her piety and righteousness. She got married to Imam Ishaaq, the son of Ja^far As-Saadiq, may Allah raise his rank, then she moved to Cairo, Egypt.
She performed Hajj (pilgrimage) thirty times, memorized the noble Qur’aan, and the honorable hadith of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.
When Imam Ash-Shafi^iyy, may Allah raise his rank, came to Egypt, he met her and learned from her some of the knowledge she got; although his status was high besides his vast knowledge. Lady Nafisah was a blessed and a pure woman, he used to ask her to make supplication for him seeking her blessing. Whenever he used to get sick, he would send her someone to ask her to make supplication for him; Ash-Shafi^iyy would be cured by the Will of Allaah as soon as the person he sends returns.
Among those who used to visit her was Master Dhun nun Al-Misriyy, the one who said the famous saying: “Whatever you imagined in your mind, Allah is different from it.” He would even visit her grave after her death.
Lady Nafisah had Jewish neighbors whose daughter was handicapped-crippled - she was not able to walk. One day her mother wanted to go to a place to take a bath, her daughter refused to go with her so her mom told her to stay home by herself; however, the daughter had other plans in her mind, she said to her mother: “I would like to stay at the place of our honored neighbor, As-Sayyidah Nafisah.” Her mother agreed and put her daughter in a corner at Lady Nafisah’s residence.
Lady Nafisah wanted to make ablution (wudu’) and pray, so while making wudu’, the water of her ablution started to flow towards the girl. Allah the Exalted inspired the girl to take some of that water in her hand, so she did that, and she wiped her legs with it. After wiping with this water, she stood on her feet instantly as if she was never handicapped nor had any sickness. All of this happened while Lady Nafisah was deeply immersed in her prayer, not knowing of what happened.
The girl went back to her house and knocked on the door. As soon as her mother opened the door, she hugged her; however, the mother did not recognize her daughter and said to her: “Who are you?” She said: “I am your daughter.” She told her mother the entire story with Lady Nafisah. The Jewish mother then said: “I swear by Allah that her Religion is true and what we are upon is ugly (false).” She went and kissed Lady Nafisah’s foot and said: “Extend your hand, for I testify that there is no God but Allah and that your great grandfather, Muhammad, is the Messenger of Allah.” She embraced Islam, as did her daughter and a group of the Jewish neighbors. All of this happened because of the blessing of Lady Nafisah, may Allah raise her rank.
It is well known about As-Sayyidah Nafisah that she had dug her own grave by herself. She would go down into her grave to perform prayer and recite Qur’an. She completed reciting the whole Qur’an six thousand (6,000) times in her grave.
In the first week of Ramadan of the Hijri year 204, Lady Nafisah was in deep pain while she was fasting. People told her to break her fast, fearing for her, but she was in fact able to fast and the fasting did not harm her. So she said, “How strange that you say this to me, for I have been making du^a’ for thirty years and asking Allah the Exalted that I die while I am fasting, and you want me to break my fast?! By Allah, I will never do that!”
Days later, the sharp pains increased and got harder on her. She uttered the Testifications of Faith and passed away, may Allah raise her status.
Before her death, Lady Nafisah, the high ranking waliyyah, may Allah raise her status, asked that no one would be in charge of her burial if she died except for her husband, who was traveling. When she died, her husband arrived on that day. He prepared a coffin for her and said, “I will not bury her in other than Al-Baqee^ (cemetery of Madinah), beside the grave of her great grandfather, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.” The people of Egypt insisted on him to bury her among them in Cairo so they can earn from her blessing and because they loved her very much and could not stand being away from her; but he insisted on taking her to Al-Madinah.
The people gathered and went to the Prince of Egypt to convince her husband to bury her in Cairo, especially because she had dug her own grave by herself and she recited the whole Qur’an six thousand times in it. They collected lots of money and asked him again to keep her among them, but all of that did not make him change his mind. They spent their night in deep stress and great pain and left the money with him.
In the morning, they came to him and noticed him acting in a different way; he had agreed on their request and gave their money back to them. They asked about the reason that made him change his mind, so he said, “I saw the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, in my dream last night, and he said to me:
“يا إسحاق، رُدّ على الناس أموالهم وادفنها عندهم”
(which means): “O Ishaaq, give the people their money back and bury her in their area.”
The people became extremely delighted and started saying, “Allahu akbar!”
The day As-Sayyidah Nafisah was buried was a significant day in which people came in great masses to attended her funeral. A large maqam was built over her grave as a sign of her high status and rank. Her grave is well-known and is visited nowadays by Muslims coming from all over the world seeking blessing by her. Her maqam is one of the spots in Egypt famously known for supplications to be answered by the will of Allah ta ^ala.
May Allah ta ^ala raise the status of this great and honorable waliyyah, bless us by her, and make us among those who are close to her in this dunya and in the Hereafter. Allahumma ameen.
Please recite Al-Fatihah with sincerity and send the reward to As-Sayyidah Nafisah. May Allah bless whoever does this with the amdad of this great waliyyah, ameen.