Sumayyah bint Khayyat رضي الله عنها - Women of Islam.
I wanted to post a few stories of the Sahabiyat or Female members of the Ahlulbayt, that I’ve read, noted and studied over the last few years. Use the search tag “womenofIslam” to find them all. I hope to post one story every once in a while, so that fellow Muslimah Tumblr users are more empowered and inspired by the pious amazing female predecessors of the golden generation of Islam. If I have a defect in knowledge or memory and make a mistake in this in any way, may Almighty Allaah سبحانه و تعالى , forgive me for my shortcomings and accept my sincere intentions.
Going to start off with the story of Sumayyah bint Khayyat رضي الله عنها
Sumayyah was a truly great woman whose faith in Allaah سبحانه و تعالى was tested to the limits of human endurance and yet remained unshakeable, as her story reveals.
She was a slave of Abu Hudhayfah of the Bani Makhzum in Makkah, while Yasir was a confederate of Abu Hudhayfah. Sumayyah and Yasir were married and had two sons.
Many years later when Sumayyah and Yasir grew old and their son, ‘Ammar, was a young man, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم began to teach the word of Islam. They heard the Prophet’s message, listened to the Qur'an and believed in the revelation sent to the Prophet. To take such a stand in the early days of Islam when few believed or were willing to follow the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم , shows that they had very strong Iman. In fact, Sumayyah was the 7th person to embrace Islam.
Because Sumayyah, Yasir and 'Ammar were poor and they had no tribe or family to support them or come to their aid, they were persecuted terribly by the polytheists of Makkah who wanted them to give up Islam and go back to Idol worship. The Quraysh used to torture 'Ammar, Yasir and Sumayyah in the scorching heat on an open plain called Ramda’. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم passed them one day and said, “Patience, O family of Yasir, Allaah will not punish any of you by fire.”
Abu Jahl, one of the leaders of Quraysh, used to beat and torture Sumayyah so that she would give up her faith, but she never did. One day, in a fit of rage, Abu Jahl picked up a spear and pierced Sumayyah through her mid section and she died. Yasir was also martyred.
All of this took place before the migration to Madinah. 'Ammar was saved because he told the Quraysh that he rejected Islam even though he still believed in his heart. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, in his infinite mercy, makes allowances for those who say words of unbelief under force if they still believe in their hearts as stated in Surah an-Nahl ayah 106.
When Abu Jahl was killed during the Battle of Badr, the Prophet said to 'Ammar, “Allaah has killed your mother’s murderer.”
Hence, Sumayyah رضي الله عنها became the first martyr in Islam - the first Muslim to ever be killed for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. She withstood her torture bravely and had firm faith in her heart, thus making her a truly amazing, remarkable and inspiring Muslimah.
May Allaah سبحانه و تعالى reward her abundantly.