‘’ O, our lord! I have settle some of my off spring in this valley, where in there is no cultivation in the neighborhood of your sacred house, O our lord! In order that they may establish prayers, so cause people’s hearts to the incline towards them with love and devotion, and provide them with fruits, haply they may be thankful,’’
The story of Hazrat Hajirah mother of Hazrat Ismail A.S has been mentioned in detail in the Bible. The Holy Quran has also insinuated to it at various places, since that, the Holy Quran does not give comprehensive detail of any incident but focuses only on the substance of that very incident. The purpose behind this philosophy is to consolidate the attention of human being towards admonition.
Allah had deputed Hazrat Ismail A.S’s mother for bringing up her son when father of Hazrat Ismail A.S Hazrat Abraham A.S left both of them in a barren valley. The anxiety of Hazrat Hajirah for her son, her eagerness on his inextinguishable thirst and palpitation, her running between Safa and Marwah in search of water has become the part of history and an example for the people. This is unforgettable and lasting picture of motherly love. Her pains and exertions are so purified that they have been regarded as a part of worshiping.
Who is Hazrat Sayyidah Hajirah?
She was a frail and feeble maidservant. She was daughter of the king of Egypt. Having being impressed by dignity and nobleness of Hazrat Sairah, the king decided to send his daughter with her as a house maid and thought it a great privilege for him and his family. He said,
‘’ It is better for my daughter to live like housemaid in Sairah’s house then to live a queen in any other house.’’It was the tradition of that society that the second wife was considered the maid servant of the first wife. Sairah the wife of Hazrat Abraham A.S took Hajirah along with her from Egypt to Kennan. Sairah had become very old but was not blessed with any child. One day she thought to bequeath her maid servant to Hazrat Abraham A.S. After some time, be the Grace of Allah Hajirah became pregnant. Now, Hazrat Sairah started blazing with womanish jealousy, which lies in almost every woman. She felt that her maidservant was looking down upon her with a great pride.
One day she complained against her to Hazrat Abraham A.S that she had given him, her maidservant who was expressing her pride and superiority for a few days. He replied very politely. ‘’ She is your maidservant, you may treat her as you wish.’’
Hazrat Sairah didn’t say anything to her maidservant and became silent. But when Hazrat Ismail A.S was born to Hajirah, she could not endure it and swore that she would no longer live with her maidservant in the same house.
Sairah kept on afflicting Hazrat Abraham A.S even, one day he left his home and set off towards the South. Sayyidah Hazrat along with her innocent newborn baby Ismail A.S also followed him. He thought of finding a place of refuge for his son in Makkah, where there were some relics of Allah’s house (Bait Ulla). This is the same Bait Ulla (Allah’s house) in which the very first prayer was performed on the earth. Makkah was barren in those days, and there was no sign of population. Bedouin’s caravan had rarely come and stayed there. Some people of Amaliqah tribe were living away from Makkah. They used to come in search of water and grass time and again.
Hazrat Abraham A.S left Hajirah and Ismail A.S on the mound, while giving some dates and a leather bag of water. He further told them to make a hut with leaves and branches of date palms. When he was returning while leaving them alone. Hajirah terrified by that dreadful barren desert and said,‘’ Please don’t go back leaving us alone in this deserted plain.’’
But neither paid any heed to her nor replied. He feared of surrendering before motherly love of a broken hearted, confused and miserable mother. Hajirah repeated her question again ‘’ Where are you going while leaving us alone? Where there is no sign of any human being’’ But again he did not pay any attention, even when he reached at the end of the valley he heard a heart-rending voice of Hajirah. She asked. ‘’ Has Allah commanded you to leave me and my son in this barren valley?’’
Hazrat Abraham A.S did not turn back to her and replied. Yes! Having heard this reply, she surrendered and said. ‘’ Alright, Allah will never leave us helpless.’’ She bowed her head quietly and paid no attention to Hazrat Abraham A.S. no sooner did Hazrat Abraham A.S cross the valley and went behind a mound then he prayed to Allah submissively and humbly.
‘’O our Lord! I have settled some of my off spring in this valley, where in there is no cultivation in the neighborhood of your Holy house. O our Lord! So that they may be constant in prayer; so cause people hearts to incline towards them love and devotion and provide them with fruits, haply they may be grateful.’’
O our Lord! Verily you know what we conceal (in our hearts) and what we disclose. And nothing is hidden from Allah in the earth or in the heaven.
After this prayer he set out for Kennan and reached to his wife Sairah. Now Hazrat Hajirah paid her full attention to her son. Seeing him, she got some consolation and affection with which she forgot some impending troubles and painful sufferings in the solitude for the time being. And as much as she absorbed in his love, she forgot the feelings of loneliness and ill fate, which were destined to her in this desolated valley. But when she ran short of dates and water and the innocent son was anguish with thirst. She stood puzzled and started looking for water.
When she could not find anything somewhere, she thought of climbing up a hill. The nearest hill was Safah in this valley. She climbed up Safah hill and put a glance at the surroundings to find something and set ears to listen any voice but there was nothing but calmness and horror ……………..Then ……………… (To be continued)
Preface Umm-Ul Nabi (PBUH) // Authoress Dr, Ayesha Abdul Rehman
Eminence Muhammad Abdul Wahid Qadri