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Composure of a Sahabiyyah at the time of calamity

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The son of Ummu Khallad (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) was martyred. When she heard about it she came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) to enquire about his position and reward. Despite being afflicted by the great tragedy of losing her son, her face was still covered with a niqab (veil/purdah).

A Sahabi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was quite astonished by this [level of composure] and he remarked: “You have come to enquire about your son [who was martyred] yet you [are so composed that you] have still covered your face [in this tragic moment]?”

She replied: “I may have lost my son, but I have not lost my modesty.”



This narration is recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2480, Musnad Abi Ya’la and others with a weak chain.

However, the lesson of modesty and composure during calamity may still be derived therefrom, despite the weak chain.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


التخريج من المصادر العربية

سنن أبي داود (٢٤٨٠): حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن سلام، حدثنا حجاج بن محمد، عن فرج بن فضالة، عن عبد الخبير بن ثابت بن قيس بن شماس، عن أبيه عن جده، قال: جاءت امرأة إلى النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- يقال لها: أم خلاد، وهي متنقبة، تسأل عن ابنها وهو مقتول، فقال لها بعض أصحاب النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم-: جئت تسألين عن ابنك وأنت متنقبة؟ فقالت: إن أرزإ ابني فلن أرزأ حيائي، فقال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم-: «ابنك له أجر شهيدين» قالت: ولم ذاك يا رسول الله؟ قال: «لأنه قتله أهل الكتاب».

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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