Umm Waraqah bint Abdullah bint Harith Ansariah(R.A)
Men, women, girls and boys, the young and the old were waiting for the arrival of their beloved prophet(S.A.W) who was migrating from his city to theirs at their invitation and the command of Allah(SWT).
She was a learned, scholarly, pious and modest lady, who was well known among the women companions as one who spent her nights and days in prayer and meditation.
She used to recite the noble Qur’an beautifully; it was 2nd nature for her to spend a lot of time meditating on the meaning of it’s verses.
The prophet(S.A.W) valued her highly and told her to lead the family in congressional prayers. She was appointed by the prophet(S.A.W) to be an Imam and lead the prayer for ladies.
Besides her thirst for knowledge of the Qur’an, Shari’ah and Ahadith, she had a burning desire to die a matyr in the cause of Islam.
When it was announced that the army should prepare to leave for the battle of Badr, she went to the prophet(S.A.W) and volunteered her services to tend to the wounded in the battlefield. She told him that it was her earnest desire to die in the cause of Islam.
The prophet(S.A.W) could see her enthusiasm but told her to stay at home and she would attain martyrdom there. She went back happily because it was her duty to yield to the command of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W).
The prophet(S.A.W) would sometimes take along some of his companions and visit the house of Umm Waraqah(R.A). He would tell them to accompany him to the house of the lady who was a living martyr.
He would ask about her wellfare, rest for a while and then offer supplications to Allah(SWT) for her well being and then return.
Allah(SWT) revealed to his beloved Messenger that Umm Waraqah(R.A) would die the death of a martyr in her own home.
Nobody could understand how this would take place with her sitting in her house, but they were sure it would definitely happen, as this news had been given to them by their truthful Prophet(S.A.W).
Umm Waraqah(R.A) herself was waiting every moment to see how this auspicious event, which would be the fulfillment of her greatest dream, take place.
She waited patiently for it would give her eternal life and a place in paradise. The prophet(S.A.W) passed. Abu Bakr Siddique(R.A) succeeded and he also passed away; Umar Farooq(R.A) became the Caliph.
Umm Waraqah(R.A) had two slaves working for her, a girl and a man. She told them that after her death they shall be free. One day they got together and decided that they were tired of waiting for this old lady to die.
They planned that they would kill her While she lay asleep and escape to freedom. They were so tempted by the thought of freedom that they forgot to consider their future as well as life in the Hereafter.
In the dead of night as Umm Waraqah(R.A) lay in a deep sleep, they killed her, covered her body with a sheet and crept away from the house silently.
As day broke and the sun came up, the neighbors missed the sound of the beautiful recitation of the Qur’an by Umm Waraqah which used to fill the air early in the dawn.
When they entered the house they were shocked to see her lying in the sleep of Death. Then they saw that both the slaves were missing. They realized that they must be the criminals.
Umar bin Khattab(R.A) ordered that people should be sent out to find them. When they were brought before the Caliph in the court, the admitted their guilt and were put to death.
Thus the prophet(S.A.W) was proved right , that Umm Waraqah(R.A) would die a martyr’s death in her own home, and attain paradise.
“Verily, the pious will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers. In a seat of truth, near the Omnipotent King(Allah, the One, the All-Blessed, the Most High, the Owner of Majesty and Honour).” (54:54-55)