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Umm Ad-Dahdaah Al-Ansaariyyah

Tuesday 15/06/2010

Umm Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with her, is one of the female Companions who played a significant role in Islamic history. She was one of the pious Muslims who favored the enduring pleasures of the Hereafter over the short-lived earthly pleasures in this life.

Umm Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with her, embraced Islam when Mus‘ab ibn ‘Umayr, may Allah be pleased with him, the Prophet’s envoy [ambassador], came to Madeenah to call people to Islam. She and her family had the honor of embracing Islam, and joining the ever-increasing procession of Believers.

Her husband, Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, was a respected Companion and is considered to be one of the finest warriors of Islam, and among the brightest disciples of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). He sacrificed his fortune and expended all his efforts for the sake of Allah The Almighty, and finally made the supreme sacrifice by offering his own soul for the sake of Allah The Almighty.
 
Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, possessed a piece of fertile land that was rich in its water supply. When the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), received through revelation the following verse (which means): {Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan…}[Quran 2:245], Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “O Messenger of Allah, I would sacrifice the life of my own father and mother for you. Does Allah The Exalted ask us for a loan and He is the Richest?” The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Yes, Allah wants to grant you Paradise with this loan.”Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “If I loaned Allah, would I and my children be granted Paradise?” The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Yes.” On hearing the words of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “O Messenger of Allah, all I possess is two gardens, one in Al-‘Aaliyah and the other in As-Saafilah (places in Madeenah). Give me your hand and witness me loaning them to Allah The Exalted.”
 
The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Loan one of them to Allah and keep the other for your children to live on." Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “So be it. O Messenger of Allah, be my witness on this, I am loaning my 600-palm-tree garden to Allah The Almighty, and all its income shall be given in charity.'' The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Then, Allah The Exalted will reward you for that with Paradise.”
 
Thrilled on hearing such news, Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, rushed to inform his wife as she was playing with her boys in that garden. He composed a poem telling his wife what he had done, “May Allah The Exalted guide you to the right path. I have willingly loaned this garden to Allah in my eagerness to receive a doubled reward in the Hereafter. I do not see it as a favor and I have no desire to take it back. My dear wife, take the children and leave the garden; it is no longer ours. Indeed, righteous deeds are the best provisions one can save for the Day of Judgment.”
 
Likewise Umm Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with her,  replied with a poem (what means), "O what a felicitous deal you have made! May Allah The Exalted bless your transaction. How great this news is! I pray that Allah will always bless you my dear husband with good news. People like you deserve such a reward. For a very long time Allah The Exalted had endowed my children with numerous gifts and we have been enjoying delicious ripe and pressed dates [from these gardens]. Indeed, the greater effort one exerts in doing righteous deeds, the greater his reward will be, and certainly one’s bad deeds shall not go unpunished."
 
She hurried towards her children taking the dates out of their mouths, and all that were in their pockets, as it no longer belonged to them, and they went to the other garden. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:“How many fruitful clusters of dates Abu Ad-Dahdaah has in Paradise!”
 
Abu Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with him, fought heroically in the Battle of Uhud and was martyred. On knowing that her husband had been martyred, Umm Ad-Dahdaah, may Allah be pleased with her, endured the news with outstanding patience, hoping for the reward from Allah The Almighty. Indeed, Allah The Exalted does not withhold rewards from the doers of righteous deeds.

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