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Hazrate Umm Haram Bint Milhan (R.A)

Hazrate Umm Haram Bint Milhan (R.A) was a woman of great excellence and reputation. Hazrate Umm Sulaim (R.A) was her sister. In the Battle of Uhud, she lost both her husband and son, but bore this shock with patience and perseverance.

She had another terrible shock when her dear brother (R.A) was brutally murdered by the enemies of Islam in the famous incident of Bi'r Ma'una. Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) was overtaken by grief but submitted patiently to the Will of Allah (S.W.T). The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) also felt this brutal murder of Hazrat Haram (R.A) very much.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) had a great regard for Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) and her sister Hazrate Umm Sulaim (R.A) and He often visited their houses and took meals with them. One day, after the Farewell Pilgrimage, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) went to Quba and visited Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) in her house and had a meal and then rested there.

Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) began to comb His (S.A.W) hair with her fingers when He (S.A.W) went to sleep. But after a while, He woke up and said smilingly, "I saw in a dream some people of my Ummah on a sea journey in the way of Allah (S.W.T)." She (R.A) said, "O Allah's Messenger! Pray that I also may have the honour to be in the company of those people." The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) prayed and again went to sleep. After some time, He woke up smiling and narrated the same dream. She again requested the same prayer. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said that she was with this party.

During the third Caliphate, Hazrat Uthman (R.A) sent the governor of Syria Hazrat Maawiya bin Abi Sufyan (R.A) a naval force with some of the most noble of the Holy Prophet's Companion (R.A). The force engaged in a battle named the Thaat al-Sawari (the Battle of Masts), on the 28th year of the Hijra and were greatly victorious. Upon their victory Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) began to laugh, when asked about why she was laughing she recalled the Hadith of The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) about this very victory that she would take part in.

After the Muslim army entered Cyprus, the nation was peacefully surrendered to Muslim rule. As Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) and her party prepared to head back to Madina she got on a mule to ride. The mule stirred and threw Hazrate Umm Haram (R.A) off, throwing her onto the ground which consequently killed her. She was buried there in Cyprus while on a mission of Jihad, commissioned by the Commander of the Muslims Caliph Hazrat Uthman bin Affan (R.A) himself.

Imam al-Thahabi writes that Hazrate Umm Haram's (R.A) grave became known of the grave of the righteous woman and was visited by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.