Zaynab bint Khuzaymah was of fine and noble origin. She was the daughter of Khuzaymah bint Haris. When Nabi (S.A.W) declared his Nubawwat, the people of Makkah Mukarramah became His (S.A.W)’s enemies. However, there were a minority of Muslims who are fortunate enough to have accepted Islam in the earliest period. Among them, was Zaynab (R.A).
Zaynab (R.A) was extremely kind-hearted; ever ready to help the poor and needy, even at the cost of her own needs. She was known to many as the most benevolent and kind. She was so charitable that she was recognised as and given the title of being Umm-Masakin, ‘Mother of the Poor’.
Once, a poor man came to her house and asked for some flour. At this time, Zaynab (R.A) had only flour for one meal. With no hesitation, Zaynab handed the flour over to the man and went to bed without meal that night.
She followed the way of the Nabi (S.A.W) and lived in the manner He (S.A.W) asked for in Dua: “O Allah, make me live as a poor person, cause me to die as a poor person and resurrect me amidst the group of poor people!”
The narrators have different opinions about the names of the first and second husband before she married Nabi (S.A.W). Most narrations say that the first husband of Zaynab was Thufail ibn Harith, which ended in divorce. She was thereafter married to Ubaidah ibn Harith, the younger brother of Thufail, who was martyred in the Battle of Badr.
After her widowhood, Zaynab (R.A) was leading a life of poverty. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) came to know of the pain that Zaynab was suffering as a widow after the death of her husband. In order to properly support and look after her, he proposed marriage to her. ‘Mother of the Believers’, an honour that is greater than all other honours. She jubilantly welcomed and accepted the proposal. Zaynab (R.A) entered His (S.A.W)’s household with a new title of respect other than just being the ‘Mother of the Poor’.
Zaynab (R.A) married Muhammad (S.A.W) in Ramadaan 4 AH, about a year after his marriage to Hafsa (R.A). According to narrations, her Mahr was 400 Dirhams. When they married, He (S.A.W) was fifty-six or fifty-seven years old and she was thirty years old.
Eight months after the marriage of Zaynab (R.A) to Nabi (S.A.W), she became seriously ill. This illness turned out to be the cause of her death. As a result of her early death, less is known about her than any of His (S.A.W)’s other wives. Zaynab (R.A) is buried in Jannatul Baqi and was buried by Nabi (S.A.W).
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