The owner of the two wings – Jafar ibn Abi Talib

He was Jafar ibn Abi Talib, son of the Prophet’s (pbuh) uncle Abi Talib. After a drought hit Makkah, the financial condition of Abi Talib suffered adequately. He had a large family and not as many means to support them. It was around this time, that the messenger of Allah (pbuh) suggested to his uncle,…

The woman of two migrations – Asma bint Umais

Asma bint Umais was originally from the south of Makkah, daughter of Umays al-Khattami. She was married to Jafar ibn Abi Talib. She had three sisters, her own sister Salma bint Umais, wife of Hamzah ibn Abdul Muttalib, and two half-sisters, Maymoona (ra), wife of the Prophet (pbuh) and Lubaabah ibn Harith (Umm al-Fadl), wife…

The Philosopher of Islam – Abu ad-Dardaa

His name was Uwaymir bin Amir ibn Malik and he belonged to the Khazrij tribe of Al-Madinah. He was a trader, a wealthy businessmen known for his intellect and habit of contemplation. Interestingly, he was the last in his province to accept Islam. He was known as Abu ad-Dardaa, after his daughter Dardaa who was…

The first woman whose dowry was Islam – Umm Sulaym bint Malhan

Her real name was Ar-Rumaisa but she was more commonly known as Umm Sulaym bint Malhan. She was among the Ansari companions of the Prophet (pbuh), an early Muslim who accepted the message of truth. She was married to Malik ibn an-Nadr, who did not accept Islam and tried his best to convert her back…

The Trustworthy Man of my Ummah – Abu Ubaidah Ibn Al-Jarrah

He was the man, whose right hand the Prophet (pbuh) held and said, ”In every nation there exists a man worthy of all the trust and the trustworthy man of my Ummah, or of this nation is Abu Ubaidah ibn Al-Jarrah.” He was the man who was sent as reinforcement in the Dhaat As-Salaasil expedition…

The first martyr in the history of Islam – Summaya bint Khayyat

She was a slave woman, her master being Abu Hudhaifah ibn al-Mughira. Some believe she was a black woman enslaved from Ethiopia, others say she was an Arab. Allahu alam. In any case she was a slave woman with no affiliations whatsoever with any of the powerful clans or tribes of Arab. Her master married…

The Poet that the Prophet (pbuh) admired – Abdullah ibn Rawaha

He was from Medina, one among the first batches of Medina who gave their pledge to the Prophet (pbuh) outside Makkah in secrecy in the Pledge of Aqabah. He was also present among the 72 people who gave their second oath of allegiance to the Prophet (pbuh) the following year. Abdullah bin Rawawah was a…

The one who hit Abu Lahb with a pole – Umm al-Fadl

Today is the story of a lady who frequented the household of the Prophet (pbuh), suckled one of his grandchildren and is a mother of a well known companion of the Prophet (pbuh). She was Lubaba bint al-Harith ibn Hazan ibn Bujair, the wife of Abbas ibn Abdul Muttalib, the paternal uncle of the Prophet…