The Counter Crusade

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Warrior Muslimas 3: Mightier than Men

Excerpted from the book: The Ideal Muslimah by Dr. Muhammad Ali al-Hashemi

One of the most distinguished women who took part in the battle of Uhud, if not the most distinguished of them, was Nasibah bint Ka'b al-Maziniyyah, Umm Umarah (May Allah be pleased with her). At the beginning of the battle, she was bringing water and tending the wounded, as the other women were doing. When the battle was going in the favour of the Muslims, the archers disobeyed the command of the Prophet, and this turned the victory into defeat...

At this point, Nasibah went forward, with her sword unsheathed and her bow in her hand, to join the small group who were standing firm with the Prophet, acting as a human shield to protect him from the arrows of the mushrikin. Every time danger approached the Prophet she hastened to protect him. The Messenger of Allah noticed this, and later said, "Wherever I turned, to the left or the right, I saw her fighting for me."

Her son Umarah also described what happened on that tremendous day: "On that day, I was wounded in my left hand. A man who seemed to be as tall as a palm-tree struck me, then went away without pursuing me to finish me off. The blood began to flow copiously, so the Messenger of Allah told me, 'Bind up your wound.' My mother came to me, and she was wearing a waist-wrapper, which she had brought for the purpose of wrapping wounds. She dressed my wound, whilst the Prophet was looking on. Then she told me, 'Get up, my son, and fight the people.' The Prophet said, 'Who could bear what you are putting up with, O Umm Umarah?'

She [later] said: The man who had struck my son came by, and the Messenger of Allah said, 'This is the one who struck your son.' I intercepted him and hit him in the thigh, and he collapsed. I saw the Messenger of Allah smiling so broadly that I could see his back teeth. He said, 'You have taken your revenge, O Umm Umarah!' Then we struck him with our weapons until we killed him*, and the Prophet said: 'Praise be to Allah, who granted you victory over him, gave you the satisfaction of taking revenge on your enemy, and let you see the vengeance for yourself."

On this day, Nasibah herself received many wounds whilst she was fighting the people and striking their chests. The Prophet saw her, and called to her son, "Your mother! Your mother! See to her wounds, may Allah bless you and your household! Your mother has fought better than so-and-so." When his mother heard what the Prophet said, she said, "Pray to Allah that we may accompany you in Paradise." He said, "O Allah, make them my companions in Paradise." She said, " I do not care what befalls me in this world."

Umm Umarah's jihad was not confined to the battle of Uhud. She was also present on a number of other occasions, namely the treaty of Aqabah, Al-Hudaybiyah, Khaybar and Hunayn. Her heroic conduct at Hunayn was no less marvellous than her heroic conduct at Uhud. At the time of Abu Bakr's Caliphate, she was present at Al-Yamamah where she fought brilliantly and received eleven wounds as well as losing her hand. It is no surprise that the Prophet gave her the good news that she would enter Paradise, and that she was later held in high esteem by the Caliph Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq and his commander Khalid Ibn Al-Walid and then by Caliph Umar Ibn Al-Khattab.

* She hit him on his thighs and he fell on his knees, but he was huge and was still able to kill her so she had to finish him off. This does not go against the command of the Prophet: "Do not kill a wounded person nor run after a fleeing one or kill a captive."

( I removed all the (swt) and the (saw) to make the flow easier, and changed Khalifa to Caliph )


  • And the messenger of Allah needed a woman to defend him in battle?

    Where was Aisha?

    By Blogger Orikinla Osinachi., at 6:48 PM, January 05, 2006  

  • What are you saying about women?

    oh wait, i know:

    "Let the woman learn in silence and subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed then Eve" ( I Timothy 2:11-13)

    Maybe Aisha was busy teaching, as she was a religious authority ;)

    By Blogger Silencer, at 11:00 PM, January 05, 2006  

  • A great series of articles. Very in depth and thought-provoking.

    I have a little bit of trouble regarding Aisha. She was the wife of the prophet (peace be upon him) but waged war upon Ali (RA) and had arrows fired at Husain's (RA) coffin. I find those things pretty despicable.

    By Blogger DA, at 6:01 AM, January 06, 2006  

  • as for the war on Ali, both were doing what they thought was best for Islam. they made up later (at least officially for the people).

    as for shooting arrows at the coffin of Husain, I never heard that and it seems to me to be a shi'i thing, just like claiming that Umar caused Fatima's death. don't believe that stuff, the shi'i version of history was written as a reaction, in a sort of dialogue, against sunni sources. even the most sensible shii's today reject these things. it was all written during the rule of the Buyid (Buwayhid) Dynasty- that's when shiism was officially formed, before that none of these stories or versions of events existed, nor did any of the shii doctrine exist. there were only muslims who were partial to ali and his descendents, and muslims who did not believe in the imamate of the descendents.

    in the times of the buyids, a whole "war" of words was created and people started making up texts on all sides, and the shiis started writing stuff and ascribing it to their imams.

    however if you look at the writings of imam Jaafar Sadiq, for example, that were preserved in Sufi texts, they are free of any shiite slant and there was one commentary on a quranic verse where Jaafar Sadiq contradicted what shiites claim about infallibility of the imams.

    this is the opinion of most of the western and non-muslim scholars (all the ones i know of, but just in case i say "most"), as well as sunni scholars. but you have the right to argue against that.

    By Blogger Silencer, at 11:18 AM, January 06, 2006  

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