How Is Muhammad?

The women surrounding the Prophet (saws) had deep love and respect for him, so much so that they would care about his well-being over their own brothers, husbands and fathers.

During the battle of Uhud, distress overshadowed Medina when the cry spread that the Messenger of Allah (saws) had been martyred, and all of Medina was weeping. A Sahabiya (female companion) from the Ansar said that she would never believe this until she saw it with her own eyes, and so she mounted her camel and set off for the battlefield of Uhud.

Nearing Uhud, she asked an approaching Sahabi (male companion): “How is Muhammad?” He said that he did not know, but told her that he had seen her brother fall in battle. She was not distressed by this at all and pressed onward to find out about the Messenger of Allah (saws).

She asked another Sahabi the same question, and he told her that he was not aware, but told her that her father had also been martyred at Uhud. The third Sahabi she came across informed her that her husband also had fallen in battle. But even this grave news did not distract her from her resolve of finding out the truth about the fate of the Messenger of Allah (saws). She was only concerned about his well-being.

Upon finally seeing the Prophet (saws) atop a certain hill, she dismounted her camel and clutching the Prophet’s shawl, she said: “Every distress is easy after seeing Muhammad.”

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