The Village Woman - A Miraculous Encounter
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where a woman was laboriously conveying water back to her tiny village. She was in the middle of the desert, riding a grumbling camel that had two skins full of water strapped to its swaying back when she saw two horsemen in the distance. Unsure what to do, the woman continued on her way hoping the horsemen would do the same.

When the two men beheld the woman, they rode up to her and courteously greeted her. Reassured by the men's words and courteous greeting, the woman relaxed a little and paused to speak with them.

The two men told the women that they and their companions had run out of water and they had been sent out to look for water. They then asked her where water could be found in the area. The woman replied that the water source was over a day's ride away.

Upon hearing her words, the two men asked the woman to accompany them to speak to the Messenger of God, Muhammad PBUH.

"He who they call Al-Sabi' (he whose religion is new to his people)?" she asked.

Both men replied simply, "Yes, that is the man."

Not long after, the two men and the woman arrived at the Muslim camp, whereupon the two men asked the woman to tell Muhammad PBUH about the water source. When she finished her tale, Muhammad PBUH asked the men to help the woman off her camel and then had the two water skins full of water brought to him.

Muhammad PBUH untied the tops of the water skins and poured some water from each skin into a pot. Then he tied the two skins shut again and untied the smaller openings in the skins and allowed the water to flow. It was then announced to the people in the camp that there was water to be had so they all came and drank their fill and watered their animals.

The woman stood by as her precious water was used. Yet to her bewilderment, the skins did not seem to be emptying. Water kept copiously pouring out of the skins as first the men, and then their animals, drank their fill. The men even filled their own water skins from the two miraculously full water skins.

When everyone in the camp had refilled their own water skins, drank their fill and watered their animals, Muhammad PBUH had the people of the camp gather food and goods together to give to the woman. When the men had finished gathering the camp's contributions, everything was packed into a bundle. Then the two water skins, now even more full than they had been originally, were strapped to the back of the woman's camel. The woman was courteously helped onto the back of her camel and given the bundle of food and goods.

"You know we did not take any of your water," Muhammad PBUH said to the woman, "But God has given us water."

Then the woman parted company with the Muslims and made her way to her village. When she arrived, her family and neighbors all asked her what had delayed her so.

"Incredible things," she replied, "I came across two men who took me to meet the man known as Al-Sabi' who did such-and-such (relating the story) and by God he is either the greatest magician between that", said the woman pointing to the sky, "and this" said the woman pointing to the ground, "or he is truly a messenger from God!"

Years later, when the Muslims and various Arabian tribes were raiding back and forth, as was usual in that region of the world, the village of that woman was never bothered. Noting this, the woman said to her fellow villagers, "It is my opinion that they leave us in peace on purpose. If you are interested, why not become Muslims?"

As a result of her suggestion, every single person in that village became a Muslim.

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Notes:
  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Muhammad : خاتم الأنبياء الرسول محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم

Sources:
  1. Az-Zubaidi, Zain-ud-Din (1994 AD). مختصر صحيح البخاري [Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari (M. Khan, Trans.)]. Riyadh: Maktaba Dar-us-Salam. Page 152-155.

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