Umm Al-Dahdah: Islamic Values In Action
- Ushered Into A Life Of Pure Happiness
Islamic Perspectives - Muslim Journals
Arab News & Information - By Adil Salahi
Among the most important values Islam implants in the
minds of its followers are those that formulate the
Islamic perception of our present life. Islam makes
clear that this life is a test. If we pass this test,
then we are ushered into a life of pure happiness in
Those of us who fail the test sink into perpetual
misery. While Islam wants us to work hard in order to
build a high standard of life worthy of man, the
creature, God has placed in charge of earth, it also
aims to give us the right perspective, viewing this
life and all that it offers as transitory. Hence, all
possessions and life itself can be sacrificed for a
Umm Al-Dahdah and her husband and family were among
the early Muslims from Madinah. After Islam began to
establish itself in Madinah, the Prophet (peace be
upon him) sent his companion, Musab ibn Umair, to
teach the new Muslim converts there the Qur'an and how
to lead an Islamic life. Among the first people to
convert to Islam at the time was Thabit ibn Al-Dahdah,
his wife Umm Al-Dahdah and their entire family.
When the Prophet immigrated to Madinah with his
companions from Makkah, the process of learning about
Islam among the Ansar took a much faster pace. The
people there tried to catch up with their brethren
from Makkah in understanding Islamic principles and
putting them into effect.
Thabit read the Qur'anic verse that says: "Who will
offer God a generous loan, which He will repay in
multiples and will generously reward him?" (57: 11) He
said to the Prophet: "How come God asks us for a loan
when He is in no need for anyone?" The Prophet said:
"He wants it so that He will admit you to heaven in
Thabit said: "If I give a loan to my Lord, will He
guarantee me heaven as well as to my children?" The
Prophet said that it was so. Thabit said: "Give me
your hand. I have two orchards: one in the highland
and one in the lowland. I have no other possession. I
am making them both a loan to God."
The Prophet said: "Make one of them for God and hold
on to the other for your family's living." Thabit
said: "Then be my witness that I am making the better
one for God. It is an orchard that contains 600 date
trees." The Prophet said: "Then God will reward you
for it with admission into heaven."
What Thabit did was exceptional by any standard. Yet
what was his wife's attitude? We can imagine any
woman's reaction when her husband tells her that he
donated half his property to a noble cause. She would
naturally think of the effect of such donation on her
children's lives. Yet Umm Al-Dahdah said to her
husband: "You have done a profitable deal."
She immediately gathered her children who were in that
orchard, emptied their pockets of any dates they had
gathered, and even took whatever was in their hands.
She told them that that orchard no longer belonged to
In the Battle of Uhud, when Muslims were in chaos,
Thabit was one of the few who remained steadfast. He
gathered a group of the Ansar fighters around him and
fought hard to repel the unbelievers' attack. They
were heavily outnumbered by enemy forces.
He was one of the Muslim martyrs. When the news of his
death was broken to his wife, she did not lament,
because she knew that a martyr remains alive in
heaven. She was keen to know that the Prophet was
safe. When she saw him, she said: "Any tragedy is
light, as long as you are safe."
We see her attitude toward sacrificing life and
property. In both cases she was exemplary,
demonstrating that Islamic values were deeply rooted
in her heart.