A Muslim Hero for All Times: The Lady of the Two Girdles

Posted on April 5, 2014



‘The Lady of the Two Girdles’, Asma’ bint Abu (ra) with her was an excellent example of dignity and heroism.
She bravely and steadfastly faced two tyrants. One of them was Abu Jahl, ‘Amr ibn Hisham, the ‘Pharaoh of this Ummah’, according to the title the Prophet of Allah (s) had given him. The second one was Hajaj ibn Yusuf ath-Thaqafi.

She was A’ishah’s (ra) half-sister; she was some years older than her, for she was born seventeen years before the Prophet (s) began his mission. Asma’ had embraced A’ishah since she was a baby and was in fact like a mother to her. A’ishah grew up loving Asma’, respecting her and giving her due preference.

Asma’ may Allah be pleased with her, witnessed the beginning of the Prophet’s mission and participated in it, and no wonder! She was a valuable member of Abu Bakr’s household, which was — of all the households of Makkah — the place of refuge and rest for the Prophet of Allah (s).

The Prophet (s) would visit the homes of his earliest Companions occasionally, but he would not miss visiting Abu Bakr’s home every day; this is according to what A’ishah may Allah be pleased with her told us. This was the case until the day of the Prophet’s migration, after thirteen years of calling people to Islam, and during which the Muslims encountered the severest obstinacy and cruelest confrontation from the tyrants of ignorance. All this confrontation only increased Asma’s resilience and strength.

The Prophet’s plans — to leave the city in the company of his Companion Abu Bakr and escape his would-be assassins by hiding in the Cave of Thawr — were laid at Abu Bakr’s home. It was there that roles and tasks were assigned.

  • Abdullah ibn Abu Bakr was to go and eavesdrop in order to leave the plans of the polytheists. He would bring the news to the Prophet (s) and his father at their hideout that night, and then return to Makkah.
  • Amir ibn Fuhayrah, Abu Bakr’s freed slave who was the shepherd of his flock, would herd his sheep at ‘Abdullah’s heels to erase his footprints, so that no one could track his movements. He would then bring the sheep close to the cave, milk them and give the evening milk to the Prophet of Allah (s) and his Companion for their supper.
  • Asma’ would prepare food at home and would then carry it secretly to them, far from the sight of potential enemies. Anyone who follows the path from Makkah to the Cave of Thawr through the rocky and rugged mountainous paths will realize how astute Asma’ was in choosing her route.

[Please click here to read the remainder of her incredible and heroic story.]