- Are you off without stopping in the valley
- and leaving Umm Fadl in Mecca?
- Out would come what she bought from the pedlar,
- her bottles, henna and hair-dye.
- What lies between elbow and ankle is in motion
- when she tries to stand up and does not.
- Like Umm Hakim when she was with us,
- the bond between us strong and unbreakable.
- She is the one Amirite who bewitches my heart,
- and if she wished, she could cure my sickness.
- The glory of women and of a people is their father,
- a people held in honour, true to their oath.
- Never did I see the sun rise at night till I saw her
- display herself to us in the darkness of the night!
Amid all this, Umm al-Fadhl was expecting the decision of Allah concerning ‘Abbas’s acceptance of Islam. She eagerly wished that her beloved would see the light soon, before it was too late. She was also hoping that he would stop indulging in people’s wealth unlawfully, for he was of those who dealt in usury. In fact, he was well known for this, just as he was well known for his love of money.
It was at this point in time that the light of iman (faith) began to creep into the heart of of ' ibn 'Abdul-Muttalib as the darkness of arrogance began to drift away. All praise is due to Allah alone! The Battle of Badr infact turned out to be an even greater victory because Rasulullahﷺ dear uncle accepted Islam. What a blessed household! None remained among them who disbelieved in the message of the Final Messenger, in-fact they became his ardent supporters. Umm Fadhl had always wanted ‘Abbas to acceptance Islam and now Allah Almighty had given her her hearts desire and the greatest gift for a Muslim Wife.
Hajjaaj ibn ‘Allat as-Sullami sought Rasulullahﷺ’s permission to go to Makkah and recover his money and debts which were owed to him. Rasulullah ﷺ permitted him to go and also permitted him to say whatever he needed to as a strategic method by which Hajjaaj could retrieve his wealth from the Quraysh. Hajjaaj went to Makkah and began to spread the news that the Jews had killed Rasulullah ﷺ and that the Muslims had been defeated. He also told them that Muslims had been killed in great numbers and their women had been taken as captives by the Jews and the Quraysh actually believed him! In this way he retrieved all of his wealth and debts owed to him and he headed back to Rasulullah ﷺ in Madinah.
He went out into the courtyard of the Ka’bah where the Quraysh leaders and public usually gathered. When they saw him dressed in this fashion, exuding perfume and shining with happiness, they began to mock him. They said, “Is that how one should show patience over a calamity, O Abul-Fadhl?!” They were referring to the supposed defeat the Muslims had suffered at Khaybar. Their mocking did not upset 'Abbas; he simply informed them of the truth and how Hajjaaj had fooled them all so as to retrieve his money and the debts which people owed him.
‘Abbas then added,
‘And Muhammad, my nephew, is now the husband of the daughter of the Jewish king, Huyay ibn Akhtab!’
After all of the pilgrims left Makkah, ‘Abbas and Umm al-Fadhl also migrated to Madinah with their entire family.
In Madinah Umm al-Fadhl was a frequent visitor to the Prophet’s house. She would either come to visit her sister Maimunah or in order to visit the other wives of Rasulullahﷺ. Her character was such that all of them enjoyed her company and acknowledged her excellence.
One night, Umm al-Fadhl had a dream; surprised and confused, she went to Rasulullahﷺ seeking the interpretation of her dream. Umm al-Fadhl explained to Rasulullah ﷺ,
“Messenger of Allah, I saw in my dream that a part of your body was in my house!”
She also possessed deep insight about the Deen. There are authentic narrations which clearly indicate her understanding and comprehension of the religion of Allah. For example, she performed the farewell pilgrimage with Rasulullahﷺ in the company of her husband 'Abbas and her children. SubhaanAllah! How lucky she was and what an honorable company to have in such an honorable place! What made this honor even greater is the fact that this was on the blessed day of ‘Arafah. But on this day people where debating over a matter which they were unsure of. They were asking one another: “Is Rasulullah ﷺ fasting or not?”
There is no doubt that Umm al-Fadhl had indeed previously heard from Rasulullahﷺ that it isn't permissible for the pilgrim to fast on the day of ‘Arafah. With her intelligence and wisdom she was able to clarify the confusion surrounding this issue without having to speak unnecessarily before the men.