sahabiyat

Not once did we see their faces, not once did we hear their voices, but when we read about them, we developed such love for them and there was such beauty in our eyes for them.

Subhan'Allah.

These are the Sahabiyat [Women Companions of The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam]. 

Ever wondered how they looked? We can only be amazed.

These are such people who embody such amazing definition of “beauty” for they define beauty not by looks but on their worship and love for Allah Azza Wa Jall.

Indeed, whenever we remember or we are reminded by the characteristics of such beautiful women, we can not utter any other word but Subhan'Allah, hoe great was their faith!

It is but true that not one picture of a female companion of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam exist nowadays, but look at how many people love and get inspired by these very women. Allahu'akbar!

They were beautiful yet no lip color was present at their lips, rather such lips were moistened by the remembrance of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

They were beautiful yet no color was present at their eyes, rather such eyes were always pouring tears for being grateful to Allah Azza Wa Jall.

They were beautiful yet no brand or attractive colors wrapped their bodies, rather such bodies were covered with the highest level of hayya [modesty].

They were beautiful yet no earrings were present on their ears, rather such ears were only attached to listening to the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall and the sayings of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.


They were beautiful yet no foundation ever touched their faces, rather such faces were given such radiance for always putting their heads to prostrate in obedience to Allah Azza Wa Jall.

They were beautiful, they were Muslims, they were from the Ummah of The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, they were like you, O my dear sister in Islam, they were women of Islam and so are you, so what makes you think that these make up things would define your beauty? 

My dear sister, no lip color can be better than the remembrance of Allah, no branded clothes can be more beautiful that the clothes of modesty. O my dear sister, Islam raised your status, Islam raised your status, Islam raised your status, Islam raised your status, Islam raised your status…

You do not need these things to make yourself beautiful, Allah Azza Wa Jall made you and for that alone, you are most beautiful, remember to thank Him, remember your purpose, Once Allah Azza Wa Jall loves you, He makes those who love Him love you too. Please Allah, Please Allah, Please Allah.

Be inspired with these Sahabiyat, these are the women we should look up to, not those women whom we seen clothed yet not clothed on television, or those women who pose and get photographed everywhere, there is no need to post a picture of you too, remember it is not your face that will be remembered after you die, it would be your character and how you lived your life in accordance to your faith.

I love you for the sake of Allah Azza Wa Jall sisters, and this article also goes out to those brothers who are married, who have sisters, who have daughters, cousins, nieces, granddaughters and of course mothers. 

Let us raise quality rather than quantity.
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall makes us realize how much beauty there is in worshipping Him and dedicating our lives in service of Him. 

Amin.

Zohayma 

Al-Ahnaaf Ibn Qays, the chief of Banu Tameem and one of the most eloquent of the Arabs, used to say:

“I heard the speeches of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmaan, ‘Ali and the caliphs who came after them, and I never heard words from the mouth of any person that were more powerful and more beautiful than those of ‘A’ishah (radiyAllahu'anha).”


[Siyar A'laam An-Nubula’, 2/183]

Abu Abdullah Al-Jadali narrated: “I asked A'ishah (رضي الله عنه) about the character of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). She said: ‘He was not obscene, nor uttering obscenities, nor screaming in the markets, he would not return an evil with an evil, but rather he was pardoning and forgiving.’“
—  [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi, Book 27, Hadith no. 2148]

Narrated ‘Aisha (radhiAllaahu 'anha):

Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized.

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, no. 368]

***Important note***

Whoever ponders over the life of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhee wa salam) will come to the realisation that his marriages to this great number of women were during the latter years of his life. This is after having spent almost 30 yrs of his best days of youth sufficing himself to one older wife (Khadijah radhiAllahu'anha and later to Sawdah radhiAllahu'anha).

His marriages were not motivated by overwhelming lustful desire they were in-fact motivated by aims and purposes much more glorious and greater than what normal marriages.

There were 11 women Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhee wa salam) married and consummated the marriage with. 2 of his wives (Khadijah and Zainab may Allaah be pleased with them) died during his life time. Whereas the remaining 9 were still alive when the Prophet died. 

Besides these, he had two female slaves. the first was Mariyah the Coptic (an Egyptian Christian). She was given as a gift fom Al-Maqawqis, the ruler of Egypt. Mariyah gave birth to his son Ibrahim, who died in Madinah while still a little child. There are reports that Mariyah did marry the Prophet and accepted Islam later in her life.

Please see [Ar-Raheequl Makhtum for further details about the Prophetic Household]

The Love Between 'Āisha (رضي الله عنه) and the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ)

‘Āisha (radiAllāhu anha) said:

“The Messenger of Allāh (sallAllāhu 'alayhi wa sallam) would give me the cup and drink from it whilst I was on my menses; then I would give it to him and he would search for the place where my lips made contact (with the cup) and he would put his lips on the same place (i.e. he would place his lips on the same place and drink the contents).” [1]

Al-Allāmah Abdul-Muhsin Al-Abbād (may Allāh preserve him) said:

“This shows the Prophet’s (sallAllāhu 'alayhi wa sallam) good companionship with his wives and kindness towards them.” [2]

References:

1. Hadeeth authenticated by Imaam Albānee (rahimahullāh) in Sunan An-Nasā-ee. Number: 281

2. For further details, see Sharh Sunan An-Nasā’ee. Cassette 74

When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) finished his prayer late in the night, he would see if I was awake and he would talk to me. If I was sleeping, he would awaken me, and pray two rak'ahs, then he would lie down as long as the mu'adhdhin came to him and call him for the dawn prayer. Then he would pray two rak'ahs lightly and come out for prayer.
—  A'ishah (رضي الله عنها) [Reference: Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Voluntary Prayers, Hadeeth no. 1262. Reported from Salim Abu An Nadr, from Abu Salamah (رضي الله عنه)]
A'ishah (رضى الله عنها) is the Mother of the Believers

قيل لعائشة أم المؤمنين رضي الله عنها: إن رجلاً قال: إنك لست له بأم.
فقالت: صدق، أنا أم المؤمنين، ولست بأم المنافقين.
الشريعة للآجري (2393/5)

It was said to ‘Aaisha, the mother of the believers (may Allah be pleased with her): "A man says that you’re not his mother.“

So she replied: “He has spoken the truth, I am the mother of the believers, and not the mother of the munafiqeen.”

The Relationship Between the Noble Wives of the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ)

It is reported that ‘Ā’ishah (Allāh be pleased with her) said,

“Umm Habibāh (Allāh be pleased with her) called for me on her deathbed and said, 'There used to occur between us the kinds of things that happen between co-wives (al-darā’ir), so may Allāh forgive me and you those things.’

I said, ‘May Allāh forgive you all those things and release you from [all liability] for that.’

She replied, ‘You have made me happy, may Allāh make you happy.’

And she sent for Umm Salamah (Allāh be pleased with her) and said the same things to her.’“

[Source: Imām Al-Dhahābee, Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa’, Vol. 2, p. 223]

The Believing Women Would Return to their Homes Unrecognized

Narrated ‘Āisha (رضي الله عنه):

“RasulAllāh (ﷺ) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhāri Volume 1, Book 8, Hadeeth no. 368]

Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullāh) in the Tafsir of this Hadeeth explains:

“This Hadeeth makes it clear that the Islamic dress is concealing of the entire body as explained in this Hadeeth. Only with the complete cover including the face and hands can a woman not be recognized. This was the understanding and practice of the Sahābah and they were the best of group, the noblest in the sight of Allāh subhānahu wa ta'āla with the most complete Eemaan and noblest of characters. So if the practice of the women of the Sahābah was to wear the complete veil then how can we deviate from their path?

[Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen in the book Hijāb, page 12 & 13]