Monday, October 22, 2007

Khansa’ (ra), Mother of the Martyrs

When Muthanna bin Haritha ash-Shaibani (ra) went Qadisiyya during the Caliphate of ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra), Khansa’ (ra) was with her four children that were accompanying the army on the day of battle and the night before it.

Khansa’ (ra) gathered her children to guide and incite them to fight with bravery. She warned them from wanting to flee from battle while reminding them of the merits and rewards of martyrdom in the way of Allaah (the Exalted).

She said them: “O my children, you have accepted Islaam in obedience and you have migrated by your own choice …..and you know of the plentiful reward that Allaah has prepared for believers for fighting those that do not believe. Know that the final adobe is better than this transient one.”

Allaah (the Exalted) says:

“O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allaah, so that you may be successful.” (Quran 3:200)

Khansa’s children went forth to fight with determination and firmness in Faith. They were all martyred, by Allaah’s will. Upon hearing this news, she uttered: “All praise is for Allaah, Who has honoured me with their martyrdom and I hope from my Lord that he unites me with them in their final destination, under His mercy.” .

May all our mothers emulate her example and willingly send forth their sons to sacrificing in Allaah’s path defending our elders, children, and daughters unleashing terror and rage upon the your enemy that is Allaah’s enemy- Ameen.

May Allaah bless all mothers with Khansa’s sacrificing, patient heart, and a mothers love for her offspring and above all her Rabb- Ameen.