After the Treaty of Hudaibiyah [6 AH], Nabi (S.A.W) sent letters to a number of Kings and Chiefs, inviting them to Islam. A letter was thus also sent to Egypt, the Egyptian Chief at that time being Maqawqis. Maqawqis received the letter with due respect, and although he did not accept Islam, he sent back a courteous reply with a number of gifts.
Among the gifts were two maid-girls; Maria and her sister, Sirin. In his reply, Maqawqis stated that the two girls came from a respectable Coptic family and deserved better treatment. Maria (R.A) and Sirin (R.A) accepted Islam before they reached Madinah Munawwarah as a result of the teaching of Habib bin Abi Balt’a (R.A).
Nabi (S.A.W) kept Maria (R.A) as His (S.A.W)’s maid, and gave Sirin (R.A) to Hasan bin Thabit (R.A).
There is some doubt as to whether Nabi (S.A.W) married her or not. However, it is certain that by giving birth to the second son of Nabi (S.A.W), Maria (R.A)’s position rose among the wives of our Rasool (S.A.W).
Maria (R.A) was born in Upper Egypt of a Coptic father and Greek mother. She moved to the court of the Maqawqis when she was still very young. She was beautiful, with a fair complexion and curly hair. Maria (R.A) was a pious and religious minded person.
After she came to Madinah Munawwarah, Nabi (S.A.W) sent her to live by the Bani Annafir where he had some property at Alia. He (S.A.W) used to visit her there. In 9 AH, Maria (R.A) gave birth to a son, Ibraheem. Anas bin Malik (R.A) reports that Nabi (S.A.W) came out of His (S.A.W)’s house in the morning, and announced that a son had been born to Him (S.A.W) the night before, whom He (S.A.W) named after His (S.A.W)’s ancestor, Ibraheem (A.S).
‘Verily to Allah do we belong, and to Him is our return.’
At the age of about 18 months, Ibraheem fell ill and passed away. Nabi (S.A.W) patiently bore this test, but could not prevent the silent tears trickling down His (S.A.W)’s Mubarak face. The whole of Madinah Munawwarah was plunged in mourning. Still, He (S.A.W) asked others not to loudly wail. He (S.A.W) turned to Maria (R.A) and consoled her, saying that their son will be Jannah.
As Ibraheem’s body was being buried, there was a solar eclipse and it grew dark and gloomy. Some Sahabah (R.A) thought this was connected with Ibraheem’s death, and that the sky darkened in sorrow because of Ibraheem’s death. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) soon clarified this. “The sun and the moon are two of Allah’s signs,” He (S.A.W) said, “They are not eclipsed because of anyone’s birth or death. When you see these signs, make haste to offer Salaah to Allah and always remember Him.”
Maria (R.A) was honored and respected by Nabi (S.A.W) and His (S.A.W)’s Family and Companions. She spent three years of her life with our Nabi (S.A.W) until He (S.A.W) passed away and passed away herself five years later. For the last five years of her life, Maria (R.A) remained a recluse and almost never went out except to visit the grave of The Messenger Of Allah (S.A.W) or her son, Ibraheem’s grave. Because of the respect Abu Bakr (R.A) and Umar (R.A) had for her, her pension was allowed by them to be paid to her relatives even after she passed away. She is buried in Jannatul Baqi. Her Janazah Salaah was performed by Umar bin Khattab (R.A).
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Love and Duas,