Oomaamah bint Abi Al-Aaz - The Most Beloved Knight
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Called Medina in which a little orphan girl lived. But this tiny tot was a fortunate orphan as orphans go, for she was neither unloved nor alone in the world. As his grandfather had taken him in and cared for him when his parents had died, so had Muhammad, the Prophet and Messenger of God, taken in his own tiny orphaned grandchild. Her name was Oomaamah, and she was the daughter of Muhammad's beloved eldest daughter, Zainab.

There are many stories about this precious granddaughter of the Prophet PBUH but there are two which have gained the most fame and will be mentioned here:

  1. When a Muslims prays, they are standing before God and speaking directly to Him. So many people argue about how once Salaat (prayer) is begun it is wrong to so much as scratch an itchy nose. Yet, the Prophet PBUH used to pray while carrying his tiny granddaughter. When he stood he held her in his arms, with her head resting on his shoulder. Then when he bowed and knelt he would sit her beside him. He could have easily asked someone else to look after little Oomaamah while he prayed. Instead, he chose to respond to her orphan's insecurity by keeping her close and reassuring her of the love and attention she so desperately needed.

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  3. One day, the Prophet Muhammad PBUH was given a beautiful necklace among other gifts. Once the ladies of his household saw the necklace, there was quite a bit of interest as to who would receive it. So someone innocently asked him to whom he intended to give the lovely necklace. He readily replied, "I will give it to the family member I love the most." He then called in his young granddaughter Oomaamah and, much to her happiness and delight, hung the necklace round her neck. Henceforth, many referred to her as the Most Beloved of the Prophet's Family and many treated the small girl, much to her bemusement, with a great deal of reverence and respect.


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  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Muhammad : خاتم الأنبياء الرسول محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم
    • Oomaamah bint Abi Al-Aaz: أمامة بنت أبي العاص بن الربيعة القرشية الهاشمية
    • Zainab bint Muhammad : زينب بنت محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم

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