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20 June 2019 CE | 17 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Leaders of the Women of Jannah

“The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) drew four lines and said, ‘Do you know what these are?’ They said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘The best women of the women of Jannah are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Fatimah bint Muhammad, Maryam bint Imraan and Aasiyah bint Muzahim the wife of Pharaoh.’” [Ahmad]

The best women are those who attain the Jannah of delights. The women of Jannah are of different grades as are its men, and the leaders of the women of Jannah are Khadeejah, Fatimah, Maryam and Aasiya.

Maryam and Khadeejah are the best of the four. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best of its women is Maryam and the best of its women is Khadeejah.” [Bukhari]

Maryam is the best of all women. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The leaders of the women of Jannah, after Maryam bint Imran will be Fatimah, Khadeejah and Aasiyah the wife of Pharaoh.” [Tabarani]

These four women are beautiful examples of perfect, righteous women. Maryam the daughter of Imran is praised by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) in the Quran: “And Maryam, the daughter of Imran who guarded her chastity … and she testified to the truth of the Words of her Lord, and His Scriptures, and she was of the Qaaniteen (obedient to Allah).” [66:12]

Khadeejah as-Siddeeqah believed in the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) without hesitation; she consoled him and supported him in every way. Her Lord gave her the good news, during her lifetime, of a palace in Jannah in which there would be no noise and no exhaustion.

Aasiyah, the wife of Pharaoh, despised the power and luxuries of this world, and rejected Pharaoh and his false claims to divinity, so her husband tortured her until her soul departed and returned to its Creator.

Fatimah az-Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), was patient and forbearing throughout the trials that marked her childhood and short life, and feared Allah. She was a branch from the pure tree, brought up by the best of humanity.

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