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Quranic Stories: Women of Distinction: Sayyidatina Hajar a.s – the Mother of a Nation

The story of Hajar (May Allah be pleased with her) gives all Muslim women an excellent example of deep faith in Allah. Hajar (May Allah be pleased with her) teaches us beautiful lessons that can be derived from her great character. She was truly a strong Muslim woman with such a strong character. When Allah has tested her she had this belief that Allah would not forsake her.

When Ismail (alayhis salam) was still a small baby, his father Ibrahim (alayhis salam) took him and his mother, Hajar, to the site of the Ka’ba. He gave them some dates and a goat skin full of water and left them there. At that time no one lived at the Ka’ba, and there was no water nearby. As Ibrahim (alayhis salam) was walking away, Ismail’s (alayhis salam) mother followed him, asking why she and her son were being left in such a desolate place. She asked several times but he would not answer her. Finally, she asked if Allah had ordered him to do this and he replied that it was so. Upon hearing this, she accepted Allah’s will and returned to the site where Ibrahim (alayhis salam) had left her.

As soon as Ibrahim (alayhis salam) was out of sight, he turned and prayed to Allah to protect and provide for his family which he had left:
“O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; In order, O our Lord that they may establish regular prayer; So fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits; So that they may give thanks.” (al-Qur’an 14:37)

Ismail (alayhis salam) and his mother lived for some time on the supply of water and dates, but finally the water began to give out, and Ismail’s (alayhis salam) mother could no longer produce sufficient milk to nurse her baby. The baby became agitated and near to death because of his thirst. The mother could not bear to see her child suffering, so she ran to the top of nearby Mt. Safa to see if she could find someone to help her. When she could see no one, she ran down the mountain and across the valley to Mt. Marwa. Seven times she ran from one mountain to the other, looking in vain for assistance. After the seventh time she heard a voice and she called out to it for help. When she looked she saw an angel digging the earth with his heel until water flowed forth. That place was the site of Zam-zam. She carefully made a depression around the place where the water was flowing, and filled her waterbag with her hands. Then she was able to drink water and nurse her baby. The angel told her not to be afraid, that she and her son would be provided for.

Ismail (alayhis salam) and his mother continued to live at the Ka’ba all by themselves for some time. One day some people of the Jurhum tribe were passing through the valley. They didn’t intend to stop, because they knew that there had never been any water in that valley. But they saw a kind of bird which was known to frequent wet spots, so they followed it to the spring of Zam-zam. There they found Ismail’s mother sitting by the water.

Ismail’s (alayhis salam) mother was a very sociable person who loved the company of others, so she readily agreed to their request to stop there for a while, provided that they did not claim possession of the water. Some of the people of Jurhum decided to settle permanently by Zam-zam and sent for their families. Ismail (alayhis salam) grew up with these people and learned to speak Arabic from them. When he grew up, they urged him to marry one of their women.

You can read about Ismail and his mother in Sahih al-Bukhari IV:582-584.

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zamzam water

Asalaamu alaikum sisters
So I went out and bought zamzam water for my son so he throughly understands inshaAllah about the story behind it. The zamzam well was revealed to Hajar (ra), the wife of Ibrahim (as) and mother of Ismail. Ibrahim (as) was commanded by Allah swt to leave them in the dessert, with only one skien of water, as a test. After a while, Hajar finished the water was desperately seeking more for her infant son, but could find none. Hajar ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between the two hills of safa and marwah, looking for water. *Upset and getting thirstier by the second, Ibrahim scraped his foot against the  ground. Allah saw how desperate Hajar was so he sent angel jibreel down to make water come up out of the ground under her son’s feet and it turned into a well and since has never stopped flowing. Zamzam means exactly that, nonstop, and alhamdulillah, it has been running for thousands of years up to now.

*note: the version of this I had heard was that Allah saw how determined Hajar was and He sent the angel Jibreel to hit the rock and the water started flowing for Hajar, as sr.muneera mentioned in the comments below, although I was not able to find this online, though it is close. Another version also mentions that once Hajar was able to drink from the water, her breastmilk increased so she was able to feed Isma’il mashaAllah.


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