Al-Khansa – The unmatched poetess of Medina

She was Tamadur bint Amr ibn Shareef and was known as Al-Khansa. She came to Medina along with a delegation of  her tribe, Banu Sulaym. She embraced Islam and began the life of a righteous Muslimah. She was an extremely beautiful, well mannered and an eloquent woman of her times. Khansaa started reciting poetry at…

The first female Muslim nurse and surgeon – Rufayda as-Aslamiya

She was Rufayda belonging to Bani Aslam tribe of the Khazraj tribal group of Medina. She was among the first people in Medina to accept Islam. She was also among the Ansari women who welcomed the Prophet (pbuh) upon his arrival in Medina. Even though not much is known about her, she is famous for…

The woman of two girdles – Asma bint Abu Bakr

She was the daughter of Abu Bakr as-Sidiq, half sister of Aisha, through another mother, and mother of Abdullah ibn az-Zubair, who is famous as the one who didn’t give in to corruption and stuck to the truth in the later history of Islam. She is most likely to have accepted Islam on the hands…

The Brave Dame of Islam – Safiyah bint Abdul Muttalib

She was Safiyah bint Abdul Muttalib, the paternal aunt of the Prophet (pbuh). She was also the cousin of the Prophet (pbuh) from his mother’s side. She was the daughter of Khawlah, sister of the Prophet’s (pbuh) mother, Aamina. She was a year older to the Prophet (pbuh) and were brought up by the same…

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 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 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 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…