Aminah bint Mihsan: An Early Immigrant
- Noble Families Accepting Despite All Types Of
Islamic Perspectives - Muslim Journals
Arab News & Information - By Adil Salahi
When the Prophet (peace be upon him) started
advocating his message in Makkah, only people with
vision and clear minds gave him a positive response.
This is the case with all new ideas that seek to
initiate a fundamental change in human life. When the
advocated change touches on the core of people's way
of life, as is the case with all religions and with
Islam in particular, the new believers are bound to
suffer persecution by those who want to maintain the
status quo. This is what happened to the early Muslims
in Makkah. They suffered much persecution. Even those
among them who belonged to noble families were put
under much pressure, mental and often physical, by
their own families. Some families felt it to be their
duty to punish their own sons and daughters who became
Muslims. Despite all types of pressure, the message of
Islam continued to gain ground, and there were many
families in Makkah whose all members became Muslim.
When the situation in Makkah became intolerable for
Muslims while Islam was able to make significant gains
in Madinah, the Prophet advised his companions in
Makkah to immigrate to Madinah. Aminah bint Mihsan and
her brother Ukkashah were among the early immigrants.
They left Makkah together with a large group of their
own people, including whole families, abandoning their
homes and property.
Aminah was keen to have an insight into Islam, and she
used to learn directly from the Prophet. Therefore,
scholars of Hadith have related 24 Hadiths which she
reported directly from the Prophet. This is evidence
of her achievement, as there are many of the Prophet's
companions, men and women, who did not report a single
The Prophet's companions sought his guidance on all
matters. He did not lose a moment in delivering his
message and establishing it as a way of life; yet he
had time to attend to people's personal concerns. He
was like a loving father to all people. He addressed
their personal concerns and blessed their children.
One day Aminah brought her baby to the Prophet so that
he would bless the child. The baby was still fully
breast-fed. The Prophet took the boy and began to
bless him and talk to him, when the boy wet himself
and the Prophet's clothes were wet. The Prophet
smiled, called for some water, and he sprinkled some
water over his clothes, without washing them. We learn
from this that this is the way to remove such
impurity, by a breast-fed child.
Aminah also reports another occasion when she took her
son to the Prophet, as he was suffering from a throat
infection that gave him tonsillitis. She apparently
had tried to push the boy's tonsils back physically,
as people used to do at the time. The Prophet told her
that that was useless and would give the child more
pain. He told her what to do with the child.
Her brother, Ukkashah ibn Mihsan, was a dedicated
servant of Islam. One day the Prophet mentioned to his
companions that seventy thousand of his followers will
be admitted to heaven without having to face any
reckoning of their deeds. Ukkashah spontaneously said:
"Messenger of God, pray to God to make me one of
them". The Prophet said: "You are one of them."
Another man made the same request, but the Prophet
said: "Ukkashah has beaten you to it." Perhaps we
should add here that in Arabic, the numbers seven,
seventy and their multiples do not signify actual
numbers, but indicate plenty. So the number seventy
thousand in the Hadith could be taken to mean a huge
crowd that may be much more than seventy thousand.
Ukkashah reported something to the Prophet about his
sister, who lost her son. She said to the man who was
preparing the child's body for burial: "Do not wash my
son with cold water; you will kill him if you do." The
Prophet smiled and said: "What is the matter with her?
May God give her a long life." This was a prayer by
the Prophet. Like all his prayers, it was answered in
the best form. She lived to very old age. Al-Nassaie,
who reported this Hadith adds: "We do not know of any
woman who lived as long as she did."