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Sayyidah Saudah bint Zam’ah Part 3 Mothers of the Believers Series

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Name and lineage

 

Saudah bint Zam’ah ibn Qais ibn ‘Abd al Shams ibn ‘Abd Wudd ibn Nadar ibn Malik ibn Hisl bin ‘Amir ibn Lu’ay ibn Ghalib ibn Fahar.

Her mother was Shamua bint Zaid ibn ‘Amr al Ansariyyah.

Before her marriage to the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Sayyidah Saudah radiya Llahu ‘anha was married to Sakran ibn ‘Amr.

She narrated from the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and amongst those who reported from her was Ibn ‘Abbas radiya Llahu ‘anhu and Yahya ibn ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abd al Rahman bin Sa’d ibn Zurarah.

She embraced Islam early on and along with her husband migrated to Abyssinia the second time. It was here where her husband passed away.[24] She is the first women to marry the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallamafter Sayyidah Khadijah radiya Llahu ‘anha, which was before the hijrah while still in Makkah. She passed away during the final years of Sayyidina ‘Umar’s radiya Llahu ‘anhu Caliphate.

 

Virtues and Status

 
  1. She desired deeply to remain in the wedlock of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and sacrificed her day with the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam out of love for him and to please him, so as to remain as his wife in Jannat.

Ibn Sa’d mentions in his Tabaqat that Sayyidah Saudah radiya Llahu ‘anha said to the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, “I implore you by Allah to keep me in your wedlock. I have grown old and have no desires for men but I long to be resurrected amongst your wives on the Day of Resurrection.” So the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam kept her in his wedlock.[25]

Al Bukhari has reported with his chain of narration from Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha that Saudah bint Zam’ah gave her day to Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha and so the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would spend the two days with Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha.[26]

 
  1. Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha desired to have the same temperament and personality as Sayyidah Saudah radiya Llahu ‘anha.

Muslim has reported with his chain of narration to Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha that she said, “I have not seen a woman whose temperament I would like to resemble more than Saudah.”[27]

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