Mother of believers, Saudah bint Zam’ah radhiyallahu ‘anha,

The prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said : “Allah has commanded me to marry only with the women of Paradise.”

‘aishah radhiyallahu ‘anha said : “I did not wish seeing any women except Saudah bint Zam’ah radhiyallahu ‘anha if I could be in her skeleton.”

The first lady to enter the household of the Prophet shallahu ‘alahi wasallam after the passing away of Khadijah radhiyallahu ‘anha was Saudah radhiyallahu ‘anha-who was obedient and generose, and loyal with a sense of sacrifice. ‘Aishah radhiyallahu ‘anha was very impressed by her simple and selfless nature. She was among the first to accept Islam, and also had the distinction of emigrating twice, first to Abyssiniah and then to Al-Madinah. Her life is a beacon for all Muslim women.

One day Saudah radhiyallahu ‘anha dreamt that the Prophet shallahu ‘alaihi wasallam entered her house and coughy hold of her by the nape of her neck. When she told her husband about her dream, he interpreted it to mean that after his death she would marry Muhammad shallalallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. Some time later she had another dream; she saw the moon descending into her lap. She told Sakran about this dream as well; again he interpreted it for her. His death was imminent he said, and she would marry the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. A few days later fell ill, and passed away. She was left lonely and it seemed as if there was no purpose to life.

One of her friends was Khawlah bint Hakim, the wife of Uthman bin Madh’aon. One day she visited the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi  wasallam and remarked that he was leading a very lonely and sad life with the responsibility of bringing up his four daughters, and was missing his wife Khadijah radhiyallahu ‘anha. He replied that she was right and that Khadijah radhiyallahu ‘anha had been a remarkable and great lady. She suggested to him that she should get married. He asked who he could possibly marry, who would be willing to take on the responsibility of his household and daughters.

She replied that she had in mind a certain lady and if he agreed she would approach that person. On learning the identity of the lady the Prophet shallalahu ‘alaihi wasallam agreed. Khawlah radhiyallahu ‘anha was very happy that her suggestion was accepted and immediately went to see Saudah radhiyallahu ‘anha. She told her that she had grat news for her. When she heard of the proposal, she was overcome by the honor being bestowed on her. But she said Khawlah should also discuss this matter with her elderly father who was going blind. Of course her father was only too happy that his widowed daughter had been chosen to be the companion and wife of the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam.

Khawlah then visited Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam with the good news. Soon the marriage took place and Zam’ah performed the ceremony. The Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam gave a Mahr of 400 dirhams to his wife Saudah radhiyallahu ‘anha on the occasion.

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