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The Daughter of Sa‘eed ibn Al-Mussayyib

Monday 22-03-2010

In this article, we will now present the example of the granddaughter of the great Companion Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him,...

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In this article, we will now present the example of the granddaughter of the great Companion Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, had married his daughter to the illustrious taabi’ee (the generation after that of the Companions) Sa’eed ibn Al-Mussayyib, may Allaah have mercy upon him. From this blessed marriage, Allaah gifted Sa’eed, may Allaah have mercy upon him, with a pious and knowledgeable daughter.

When time came to get his daughter married, Sa’eed ibn Al-Musayyib, may Allaah have mercy upon him, chose for her one of his students called Abdullaah; Abdullaah stood out from the rest as his sincerity in seeking knowledge was clearly visible.
Abdullaah's love for knowledge can be seen in the fact that the very next day after his marriage to the daughter of Sa‘eed ibn al Musayyib, may Allaah have mercy upon him, he was putting on his cloak to go out, when his new bride asked him: ‘Where are you going?’
He said: ‘To the assembly of Sa’eed to attain knowledge.
She, may Allaah have mercy upon her, said to him: ‘Sit here, I will teach you the knowledge of Sa’eed.’
Hence she, may Allaah have mercy upon her,  taught him from her knowledge. For one month, ‘Abdullaah did not attend Sa’eed ibn al Mussayyib’s, may Allaah have mercy upon him, circle because the knowledge that this beautiful young girl had learned from her father (which she was passing on to him) was sufficient.
It is important to ask ourselves the question — if Muslim women did possess this kind of knowledge over their husbands today, would it increase them in respect and obedience towards their husbands or would this knowledge become a source of many marital problems?
The greatness of these women was such that their knowledge only increased them in obedience and respect for their husbands.
The following statement from the husband of this great female scholar, may Allaah have mercy upon her,  suffices us in understanding the sort of love her husband possessed for her due to her knowledge and obedience, “She was among the most beautiful people, and most expert of those who know the Book of Allaah by heart, and most knowledgeable of the Sunnah of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, on the rights of the husband."

May Allaah make the mothers, sisters and daughters attain such a status in the eyes of their husbands by their knowledge, obedience and love for this religion Aameen.

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