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Zaynab bint Jahsh: “0′ Allah’s Messenger! By Allah, I am not like your other wives”

 

Zaynab [radiAllahu anha]  lived in the house of prophethood as a mother of the faithful. She was given to observing much fasting and night prayers; and she was a pious worshipper. The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] would incline to her and keep her company frequently. She would incessantly mention her superiority over other wives of the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] without hurting any of them.

 

She once told the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam),

“0′ Allah’s Messenger! By Allah, I am not like your other wives. There is none among your wives whose father, brother or family had not married her off to you except me. For, it is Allah, from above the heaven, Who married me off to you.”

[Sahih bukhari, 6984]

 

Whenever ‘A’ishah (radiAllahu anha) remembered her, she would invoke Allah’s mercy on her and describe her, especially concerning her stand during the incidence of slander saying,

“Allah protected her with abstention (i.e from wading into the matter).”

 

 

A’ishah [radiAllahu anha] also mentioned that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:

“The quickest of you to join me is the one with the longest hand.

[Muslim]

What did they understand from this statement?

‘A’ishah [radiAllahu anha] narrated that the Prophet’s wives would go to a wall and stretch up their hands in order to know which of them has the longest hand.

 

It would be noted that Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] was not tall but she was the first of the Prophet’s wives to die after him. It is then understood that what the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] meant by long hand was charity and generosity.

 

It is related from ‘A’isha,

“The wives of the Prophet said to the Prophet,may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ‘Which of us will be the first to join you?’

He said, ‘The one with the longest hand.’ They began to measure their hands and Sawda had the longest hand.

 

Later we understood that the one with the longest hand referred to giving sadaqa. She (Zaynab) was the first of us to meet him and she used to love to give sadaqa.'”

[Sahih bukhari, 1354]

 

And among the purest somces of income is the work done with one’s hands.

‘A’ishah [radiAllahu anha] said:

Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] was very proud with Allah’s Messenger. The Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] would frequently keep her company. She was given to performing fasting and prayer. She was a skilled craftswoman and she would give charity with the proceeds of her handiwork.

 

Ibn Sa’d reported on the authority of al-Qasim ibn Muhammad that Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] said when she was about to die,

“I have prepared my own shroud, and ‘Umar [radiAllahu anhu] is going to sent a shroud for me. So give out one of them in charity. And if you are able to also give my loin cloth in charity you can do so.”

 

‘Amrah bint ‘Abdur-Rahman al-Ansariyah had the following to tell us:

“Umar sent five Harranee cloths, each of them incensed. She was shrouded with them. Her sister, Hammah gave out the shroud she had prepared for her own burial in charity.”

 

 

‘Amrah narrated that she heard ‘Aishah (radiAllahu anha) said,

“The praiseworthy woman, the devoted worshipper and the refuge of the orphans and the widows is gone.”

 

Muhammad ibn K’ab al-Quradhi said:

“Zaynab bint Jahssh’s annual grant was twelve thousand. She took it only once and she started saying, ‘0’ Allah, do not let this money catch up with me next year because it is a trial.’ She then distributed it to her kith and kin and the needy.

 

When ‘Umar heard that, he said, ‘This is a blessed woman.’ He then sent greetings to her and said, ‘The news of what you have done have reached me.’

 

So he sent her one thousand dirham that would last her. But she treated the money as she did with the first.”

 

Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] died in year 20 A.H. at the age of fifty-three. ‘Umar [radiAllahu anhu] performed funeral prayer on her. May Allah be pleased with her and please her.

 

[Taken from: Women around the Messenger [sallallahu alaihi wasallam], pg  98-100]

 

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  1. November 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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