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THE WIFE OF TWO MARTYRS: UMM HAKEEM

All praise be to Allah.

Umm Hakeem was among the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). When Battle of Uhud was being fought, she fought against Islam and against Muslims. Whereas during the battle of Yarmmok, she was fighting alongside them, against the disbelief and disbelievers.

She(may Allah be pleased with her) embraced Islam on the day of conquest of Makkah. But her husband ‘Ikrimah ibn Abi Jahl, did not; he fled Makkah to Yemen after he heard that the Prophet, (peace be upon him) had made his death lawful.

Umm Hakeem went to Prophet ( peace be upon him) and asked him to grant amnesty to her husband and have sympathy on her. The Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) gave her glad tidings of pardoning him and permitted her to catch up with him.

She set out in his pursuit and caught up with him at the coast of Tihaamah when he was about to sail to Yemen.

She shed tears and said to him,

"O son of my paternal uncle! I have come (with good news) from the best of the people, and the keenest to maintain good relations with people. Do not ruin yourself after I have sought safety from the Messenger of Allah, (peace be upon him) for you, and he granted you safety." He said, "Have you really done so?" She said, "Yes, I talked to him about you and he granted you safety."

'Ikrimah, may Allah be pleased with him, returned with her and they went to the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and when they reached the gate of the mosque, she quickened her pace and entered and sought permission from the Prophet, (peace be upon him), and when he admitted them, ‘Ikrimah, may Allah be pleased with him, proceeded and gave the pledge of allegiance to the Messenger of Allah, (peace be upon him), for Islam and Jihaad (struggle).

Umm Hakeem showed incomparable loyalty to her husband. She wanted only good for him and had best of interests for him in her heart. She fully understood her husband’s character and used her good offices with the Messenger of Allah, (peace be upon him), to seek safety for him, She was a smart and intelligent woman, who not only saved her husband from being killed but also brought him to Islam.

In this way, she caused her husband to embrace Islam and be steadfast in his faith and fight in the way of Allah, The Almighty until he was endowed with martyrdom in the Battle of Ajnaadeen.

After the death of her husband, she was remarried to the glorious companion, Khaalid ibn Sa‘eed ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allah be pleased with him. Before consummating the marriage, the called for the Jihad made a public announcement to be ready to fight the Romans as they were nearing. Upon hearing this Khalid was worried and foresaw that he may not live much longer and may be martyred,

He expressed to her his wish to consummate their marriage, and she said to him, "Will you not postpone it until those (the Romans) gathering are defeated?" He said, "I think I will be killed [in battle]." She said, "Then, you may do so." He then consummated the marriage with her near the bridge later known as the Bridge of Umm Hakeem, and in the morning, a wedding banquet was prepared for them. They had barely started their food before the Romans attacked, and fighting broke out and Khaalid, may Allah be pleased with him, was killed in the battle before her eyes.

On seeing her husband dead, Umm Hakeem, may Allah be pleased with her, put on her garment and proceeded to fight in support of the cause of Allah The Almighty and to avenge the deaths of her husbands, ‘Ikrimah and Khaalid, may Allah be pleased with them, and all the Muslims who were killed. She was able to kill seven Romans, with the pillar of the tent in which Khaalid, may Allah be pleased with him, consummated their marriage. Even after that, she continued her struggle in serving Islam and deserves to have her life recorded in history books with letters of light.

May Allah be pleased with her and please her

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