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The simplicity of Islam, its harmony with the human nature and the Islamic moralities to which the Prophet Mohammed, along with the early Muslims, adhered to was the basic reason for which many of the early Muslims supporters (alias Al-Ansar) raced to declare their acceptance of the new religion in the city of Madina. Judaism was there for long time but it did attract none because of the complexities that arose from the human temperament.
Among the early woman in Madina who embraced Islam was Um-Warka bint Noufel, she was a devout believer, she was not much better than the others but for each of them there were situations that would place them so high among the saints.
She loved the Holy Quran and she loved reciting it and even learnt it by heart-the Holy Quran has a wonderful effect on the human soul.
The Holy Quran has a wondrous effect on the human soul, it liberates the human soul and raises the material handcuffs that fetter the human soul, with it you find deep desire to hover with angels and you find deep desire to meet your Creator and even victimizing yourself.
To meet your martyrdom is the highest rank of worship; nothing excels martyrdom as a sign to the devotion to God.
This was a short introduction to our story of a lady who raced to stand before the prophet the day when he called people to Jihad to take back what his enemies looted from the early Muslim emigrants.
Let's hear this dialogue between her and the prophet.
"HOW GREAT IF GOD BESTOWS ON ME MARTYRDOM."
Her goal was to nurse the wounded but there was another goal, another real goal, it was the martyrdom. It must have been her true belief that made her race to die in that war, a true faith, that in case it penetrates hearts, it makes life meaningful.
The great prophet who reads the future by the eye of prophethod looked at her and said:
Since that day she was hailed" The martyr". Such a designation was not a mere a coincidence, she would have this designation till she met her martyrdom, her story with the prophet when she met him would remain a proof, among that multitude of proofs, to the truthfulness of his prophethood, it would be another evidence to" whoever asks God for something faithfully, God will grant it to him."
She had stayed at her home, and she asked the prophet for permission to appoint "a prayer caller" in her house. She would confine herself to her house worshipping till she met her martyrdom.
The prophet used to ask his companions saying:
How great such epithet was! And how its meaning is!
Let's move the hand of the clock a little forward, a few years had now elapsed and the prophet died and Abu-Bakr came after him and then Umar.
Both of them used to pay her visits the same way the great prophet did.
This great lady had emancipated a boy and a girl to be free just after her death but they precipitated her death, so they decided to kill her.
A martyr in Islam is not just that person who dies in war," Whoever is killed oppressed is also a martyr" and also"
"Whoever asks faithfully God to bestow on him martyrdom, God will grant him martyrdom even if he dies on his bed."
Her voice while she was reciting Quran day and night at her home moved Muslims hearts.
One sday Umr ibn Al-Khatab said worriedly"
So he went straight to her house where he found her killed, he sobbed and said:
Truly he was a prophet from Allah, "He (Prophet Mohammad") used to say' let's go to visit the martyr'"
Her slaves whom she declared them to be free after her death killed her because they precipitated their freedom.