Saturday, 28 January 2017

LOVE STORY between Zainab bintMuhammad and Abu El'Ass ibn Rabee'

This is the LOVE STORY between Zainab bint
Muhammad and Abu El'Ass ibn Rabee'; Zainab
was the daughter of the Prophet (PBUH) and her
cousin Abu El'Ass, was Khadeeja's (RA) nephew.
He was one of the nobles of the Quraish, and the
Prophet (SAW) loved him very much.
One day Abu El'Ass went to the Prophet (SAW)
before he had received his mission of
Prophethood and said: "I want to marry your
eldest daughter". So the Prophet replied: "I must
ask her first". He (SAW) went to Zainab and
asked her: "Your cousin came to me and he
wishes to marry you, do you accept him as your
husband?" Her face turned red with bashfulness
and she smiled.


So Zainab married Abu El'Ass, the beginning of a
great love story. They had two children; Ali and
Omama.
Then Muhammad became a Prophet while Abu
El'Ass was away from Makkah. Abu El'Ass
returned to find his wife a Muslim. When he first
came back, his wife said "I have great news for
you". He stood up and left her. Zainab was
surprised and followed him as she said, "My
father became a Prophet and I have become a
Muslim". He replied, "Why didn't you tell me
first?" Hence a big problem began between the
two; a problem of religion and belief.
She told him, "I wasn't going to disbelieve in my
father and his message, he is not a liar, and he is
"The Honest and Trustworthy". I'm not the only
believer; my mother and my sisters became
Muslims, my cousin Ali ibn Abi Taleb became a
Muslim, your cousin Othman ibn Affan became a
Muslim, and your friend, Abu Bakr, became a
Muslim".
He replied, "Well, as for me, I don't want people
to say, 'he let down his people and his forefathers
to please his wife'. And I am not accusing your
father of anything". Then he said, "So will you
excuse me and understand?" She replied, "Who
will excuse and understand you if I don't? I will
stay beside you and help you until you reach the
truth." And she kept her word for 20 years.
Abu El'Ass remained an unbeliever, and then
came the migration. Zainab went to her father
and asked him for the permission to stay with her
husband. The Prophet (SAW) replied, "Stay with
your husband and children".
So Zainab stayed in Makkah, until the battle of
Badr occurred. Abu El'Ass was to fight in the
army of Quraish against the Muslims. For Zainab,
it meant that her husband will be fighting her
father, a time Zainab had always feared. She kept
crying out: "O Allah, I fear one day the sun may
rise and my children become orphans or I lose my
father".
So the battle started, and ended in victory for the
Muslims. Abu El'Ass was captured by the
Muslims, and news of this reached Makkah.
Zainab asked, "What did my father do?" They told
her, "The Muslims won". So she prayed to Allah,
thanking Him. Then she asked: "What did my
husband do?" They said: "He was captured". She
said, "I'll send a payment to release him". She
didn't own anything of much value, so she took
off her mother's necklace, and sent it with Abu
El'Ass's brother to the Prophet.
While the Prophet (SAW) was sitting, taking
payments and releasing captives, he saw
Khadeeja's necklace. He held it up and asked:
"Whose payment is this?" They said: "Abu El'Ass
ibn Rabee". He cried and said "This is Khadeeja's
necklace". As soon as the Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) saw that necklace, he had a feeling of
extreme compassion and his heart palpitated for
the great memory. The Companions who were
present there gazed in amazement having being
captivated by the magnificence of the situation.
After a long silence, the Messenger of Allah (SAW)
stood up and said "People, this man is my in-law,
should I release him? And do you accept the
return of this necklace to my daughter?" They
answered in unison "Yes, Messenger of Allah".
The Prophet (SAW) gave the necklace to Abu
El'Ass and said to him: "Tell Zainab not to give
away Khadeeja's necklace". Then he (SAW) said,
"Abu El'Ass, Can we speak privately?" He took
him aside and said, "Allah has ordered me to
separate between a Muslim and a disbeliever, so
could you return my daughter to me?" Abu El'Ass
reluctantly agreed.
Zainab stood on the gates of Makkah waiting for
the arrival of Abu El'Ass. When he finally came he
said, "I am going away". She asked, "Where to?"
He replied, "It is not me who is going, it is you.
You are going to your father. We must separate
because you are a Muslim". She implored him,
"Will you become a Muslim and come with me?"
But he refused.
So Zainab took her son and daughter and
traveled to Madinah, and for 6 years she refused
to remarry, hoping that one day Abu El'Ass would
come.
After 6 years, Abu El'Ass was traveling in a
caravan from Makkah to Syria. During the
journey, he was intercepted by some of the
Prophet's companions. He escaped and asked for
Zainab's home. He knocked on her door shortly
before the dawn prayer. She opened the door and
asked him "Did you become a Muslim?" He
whispered "No, I come as a fugitive". She
implored him once more "Can you become a
Muslim?" Again his answer was a negative. "Do
not worry." She said, "Welcome my cousin,
welcome, the father of Ali and Omama".
After the Prophet (SAW) prayed the dawn prayer
in congregation with the people, they heard a
voice from the back of the mosque, "I have freed
Abu El'Ass ibn Rabee". Zainab had granted Abu
El'Ass' freedom. The Prophet (SAW)asked, "Have
you heard what I heard?" They all said, "Yes,
Messenger of Allah". Zainab said, "He is my
cousin and the father of my children and I have
freed him". The Prophet (SAW) stood up and said,
"O people, I declare that this man was a very
good son-in-law, he never broke his promise, and
neither did he tell lies. So if you accept, I will
return his money back and let him go. If you
refuse it's your decision and I will not blame you
for it." The companions agreed, "We will give him
his money". So the Prophet (SAW) said to
Zainab, "We have freed the one you have freed, O
Zainab." Then he (SAW) went to her and told her
"be generous to him, he is your cousin and the
father of your children, but don't let him get near
you, he is prohibited for you." She replied, "Sure,
father, I'll do as you say".
She went in and told her husband, "O Abu El'Ass,
didn't you miss us at all? Won't you become a
Muslim and stay with us?" But he refused. Abu
El'Ass then took the money and returned to
Makkah. Once he returned he stood up and
announced, "O people, here is your money. Is
there anything left?" They replied, "No, Abu El'Ass,
there is nothing left, thanks a lot." So Abu El'Ass
said, "I testify that there is no god but Allah, and
Muhammed is His Messenger." Then he went
back to Madinah and ran to the Prophet (SAW)
as he said, "Dear Prophet, you freed me
yesterday, and today I say that I testify there is
no god but Allah and you are His Messenger." He
asked the Prophet, "Will you give me the
permission to go back to Zainab?" The Prophet
(SAW) smiled and said, "Come with me"; he took
him to Zainab's house and knocked on her door.
The Prophet (SAW) said, "O Zainab, your cousin
came to me and asked if he can return to you".
Just like 20 years before, her face turned red with
bashfulness and she smiled.
The sad thing was, a year after this incident,
Zainab died. Abu El'Ass shed hot tears because
of her death and drove those who were around
him to tears. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) came
with eyes full of tears and a heart full of sorrow.
Zainab's death reminded him of the death of his
wife, Khadeejah. He told the women, who
gathered around Zainab's corpse, "Wash her three
times and use camphor in the third wash." He
performed funeral prayers on her and followed her
final resting place. Abu El'Ass returned to his
children, Ali and Omama. Kissing them and
wetting them with his tears, he remembered the
face of his departed darling.
May Allah be pleased with Zainab, the Prophet's
daughter! May He reward her with Paradise for
her patience, endurance and struggle!
Abu El'Ass would cry so profusely that the people
saw the Prophet himself weeping and calming him
down. Abu El'Ass would say, "By Allah, I can't
stand life anymore without Zainab". He died one
year after Zainab's death.

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