Abu Salama: A Trusted Companion

Continuing our journey of recording major incidents of the Islamic calendar months, Jumada Al-Thani marked the death of Abu Salama Abdullah Al-Makhzomi.  Abu Salama was the husband of Um Salama who was married to the Prophet (SAW) after Abu Salama’s death and became one of the mothers of the believers.  Her actual name was Hind Abi Omaya (RAA).  Both Abu Salama and Um Salama are considered pioneers amongst the early Muslims.

Um Salama was also the sister of Ammar Ibn Yassir, the husband of Sumayyah who was the first woman martyr in Islam.  Abu Salama himself was one of the first to accept Islam.  It was reported that he became a Muslim even before the Prophet (SAW) gathered the early Muslims in Dar Al-Arqam.  Abu Salama migrated to Abyssinia (Habasha) twice with his wife, Um Salama, and two sons: Salama and Omar.  When they returned, Abu Salama was among the first Muslims to migrate to Madina.  Upon his arrival, he stayed in Masjid Quba but was not allowed to bring his wife, Um Salama, and younger son, Salama with him.  Salama had to stay behind for a year before he was able to join his father in Madina.  Once Um Salama also joined her family in Madina, she became the first woman to migrate there.

Abu Salama was one of the elders that the Prophet (SAW) trusted so much that when the Prophet (SAW) left for a campaign, he assigned Abu Salama to take care of Madina.  Imam Muslim reported that after Abu Salama’s death, Um Salama said, “I came to the Prophet and said, ‘You know Abu Salama has died, what do you want me to say?’”  The Prophet replied, “Say, ‘Oh Allah!  Forgive me and forgive him and compensate me with something better.’”  She said, “I was amazed when Allah (SWT) made the Prophet (SAW) to be my husband.”

Upon the death of a loved one, it was a custom of the time for one to grieve by weeping and sobbing over the deceased.  The death of Abu Salama was very difficult for Um Salama to the point where she said, “I will mourn him and weep like nobody has wept on somebody before.”  When the Prophet (SAW) heard her saying this, he said, “Oh Um Salama, do you want to allow the Shaytan to enter a house that Allah (SWT) drove him out of?”   These words convinced Um Salama to stop what she planned to do.

Imam Muslim reported that the Prophet (SAW) told Um Salama that, “No Muslim who faces the calamity of death and then says inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’oon but Allah (SWT) will compensate him for his calamity with something better than what he lost.” Um Salama said, “When I said that, Allah (SWT) gave me nobody better than the Prophet (SAW) to be my husband.”

Um Salama was the oldest wife of the Prophet (SAW) and the last one who died after him.  Among her children was her daughter, Zaynab, who was raised by the Prophet (SAW) in his household.  It was reported in Sahih Muslim that it is in her house that the Prophet (SAW) came with Al-Hasan, Al-Husain and Fatima and said, “Assalamu Alaikaum Ahl-il-Bayt.”  Upon hearing this, Um Salama began to cry.  The Prophet (SAW) then asked, “What is making you cry?”  She said, “Oh Rasul Allah!  You specifically took your children and said they are a part of your household and left me and my daughter out.” The Prophet (SAW) then said, “You and your daughter will be from Ahl-il-Bayt.”  This further notes the elevated status of Um Salama.

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