THE STORY OF HAJAR, THE MOTHER OF ISMA’EEL [2]

In the last edition, we started with the story of how Allaah's friend Ibraaheem (AS) and his wife Saarah (AS) went on journey and happened to pass by the land of a tyrant king, This king wanted to harm them but they were saved by Allah’s Mercy and he gave them Hajar as a servant. Hajar (AS) later became the wife of Prophet Ibraaheem (AS) and the mother of another Prophet and Messenger Ismaa'eel (AS).

 

In the meantime, Ibraaheem (AS) took both mother and son by Allaah's command to the place now known as Makkah and left them there alone with little sustenance, Their food and drink soon finished and Hajar became distressed looking at her child in hunger, In the process of seeking help, she ran to and fro between the Safa and Marwa mountains seven times", read on, The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) said, "This is the source of the tradition of the "walking of people between the Safa and Marwa during the Hajj," When she reached the Marwa Mountain for the last time she heard a voice and she asked herself to be quiet and listened attentively, She heard the voice again and said, 'O, whoever you may be! You have made me hear your voice; have you got something to help me?" And behold! She saw the angel Jibril (AS) at the place of lam-lam, digging the earth with his heel or his wing, till water flowed from that place, She was very surprised and started to make something like a basin around it, using her hand in this way, and started filling her water-skin with water with her hands, and the water was flowing out after she had scooped some of it."

 

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) added, "May Allaah bestow Mercy on Ismaa'eel's mother! Had she let the lam-lam flow without trying to' control it or had she not scooped from that water to fill her water-skin, .Zam-zam would have been a stream flowing on the surface of the eem:" 'Then she drank water and suckled her child, The angel said to her, 'Don't be afraid of being neglected, for this is the House of Allaah which will be built by this boy and his father, and Allaah never neglects His people.' The Ka'bah at that time was on a high place resembling a hillock, and when rainfall came, they flowed to its right and left. She lived in that way till some people from the tribe of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child, as they (i.e, the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada', They landed in the lower part of Makkah where they saw a bird that had the habit off lying around water and not leaving it. They said, 'This bird must be flying around water, though we know that there is no water in this valley.' They sent one or two messengers who discovered the source of water, and returned to inform them of the water. 

 

So, they all came towards the water." "Ismaa'eel's mother was sitting near the water. They asked her, 'Do you allow us to stay with you?' She replied, 'Yes, but you will have no right to possess the water,' they agreed to that." Ismaa'eel's mother was pleased with the whole situation as she used to love to enjoy the company of the people, so, they settled there, and later on they sent for their families who came and settled with them so that some families became permanent residents there, The child (i.e. Ismaa'eel) grew up and learnt Arabic from them and (his virtues) caused them to love and admire him as he grew up, and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them.

 

After Ismaa'eel's mother (AS) had died, Ibraaheem (AS) came after Ismaa'eel's marriage in order to see his family that he had left before, but he did not find Ismaa'eel there, When he asked Ismaa'eel's wife about him, she replied, 'He has gone in search of our livelihood.' Then he asked her about their way of living and their condition, and she replied, 'We are living in misery; we are living in hardship and total poverty,' complaining to him, He (AS) said, 'When your husband returns, convey my greetings to him and tell him to change the threshold of the gate (of his house).

 

When Ismaa'eel came, he seemed to have felt something unusual, so he asked his wife, 'Has anyone visited you?' She replied, 'Yes, an old man of so-and-so description came and asked me about you and I informed him, and he asked about our state of living, and I told him that we were living in hardship and poverty.' On that Ismaa'eel said, 'Did he give you any advice?' She replied, 'Yes, he told me to convey his salutation to you and to tell you to change the threshold of your gate.' Ismaa'eel said, 'It was my father, and he has ordered me to divorce you, Go back to your family,' So, Ismaa'eel divorced her and married another woman from amongst them (Jurhum)

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

 

 

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