Umm Salamah was a great Islamic lady. The real name of Umm Salamah Was ‘Hind’. Her husband was ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abd al-Asad (ra) and they both accepted Islam. And were among those who accepted Islam very early. When non-believers heard about their conversion to Islam they reacted angrily and forced umm Salamah to quit Islam but both husband and wife remained steadfast in their faith.
Migration to Abyssinia
The situation became unbearable for believers in Makah so Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ask them to migrate to Abyssinia. Umm Salamah and her husband were also among those Muslims, that went to Abyssinia. After some time they heard news that number of Muslims has increased in Makah and Hamzah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib and ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) are also among new Muslims so this urged them strengthen their faith, they decided to return to Makah.
With the passage of time when non-believers heard the news of acceptance of Islam of Hamzah and Umer they increased the torture to a pitch and intensity not known before so prophet asked the Muslims to migrate to madinah. Umm Salamah and her husband were among first to leave.
Umm Salamah Story
She said that at the time of migration my husband prepared a camel for me. and hoisted me on camel and placed my son on my lap then he took the lead and went on. When we were going some people stopped us and said to my husband.
You are free to do anything but you have no power over your wife she is our daughter. We do not allow taking her with you. They pulled my son away from me. They forced me to stay with them I was not able to do anything. My husband headed to madina.
Every day I went to place of where this tragedy occur and recalled what happened. one day a man said to my tribe why are you forcing this lady they asked me if you want to go to your husband then you are free.
In search of Her Husband:
So I took my son and prepared the camel and traveled towards madina. When I reached three miles away from Makah I met ‘Uthman ibn Talhah. Bint Zad ar-Rakib asked me that where are you going I said that I am going to my husband in madina. Then asked there isn’t anyone with you?” I said nobody is with me except Allah and my son. He vowed that I shall never abandon you until you reach madina. When we reached the village near Quba he said that your husband is in this village, enter this village with the blessings of God. Then He turned back and headed for Makah. Umme Salamah and her son and husband were very happy to meet again. Time passed and her husband fought in the battle of Badr, there was battle of uhud. Once umme Salamah was nursing her husband he said to her
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) saying, ‘Whenever a calamity afflicts anyone he should say,
‘Surely from Allah we are and to Him we shall certainly return.’ And he would pray, ‘O Lord, give me in return something better from it which only You, Exalted and Mighty, can give.'”
After Death of her Husband:
Her husband died. She left now alone everyone was sad for her. She had no one in madina except for her son. When she had completed the iddah Abu Bakr proposed marriage to her but she refused then Umer asked her but she again refused then Prophet (PBUH) approached her and she said
“O Messenger of Allah, I have three characteristics. I am a woman who is extremely jealous. and I am afraid that you will see in me something that will anger you and cause Allah (swt) to punish me. Women who is already advanced in age and who has a young family.”
The Prophet (saw) replied:
“Regarding the jealousy you mentioned, I pray to Allah to let it go away from you. Regarding the question of age you have mentioned, I am afflicted with the same problem as you. Regarding the dependent family you have mentioned, your family is my family.”
They were both married and so Allah gave her better husband.