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The Story of Rukaya (R.A.)

Name and Genealogy

According to a famous tradition, she was the second daughter of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). She was born in the 33rd Hijra before Apostlehood.


She was first married to Abu Lahab's son ('Utba) which was held before Apostlehood. The Holy Prophet's third daughter, Umm-Kalthum was married to 'Aitaba Abu Lahab's second son.

Embracement of Islam

When The Almighty chose Muhammad (S.A.W.) as His Prophet and he proclaimed Islam, Abu Lahab called his sons and said to them: Should you not forsake Muhammad's daughters, I would never come near you. Both the sons obeyed their father and the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) married Hadrat Rukaya (R.A.) to Hadrat 'Uthman (R.A.A.).

General Events

Hadrat 'Uthman (R.A.A.) migrated to Syria in the 5th year of Apostlehood. When she returned, the people of Mecca were thirsty for their blood more than ever. So she had to migrate for the second time. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) could not know their whereabouts for long. In the meantime, a woman informed him that she had seen both of them. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) prayed for them and said: After Ibrahim (Abraham) and Lot, Hadrat 'Uthman is the first to migrate with his wife.

This time she stayed in Abyssinia for a long time. When she knew that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was going to migrate to Medina, a few men including Hadrat 'Uthman and Hadrat Rukaya came to Mecca and migrated to Medina with the permission from the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). They stayed in Hadrat Hasan's brother, Aus bin Thabit's house.


In the 2nd Hijra, the year in which the battle of Badr was fought, painful boils covered her body. When the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) set out for fighting, he left Hadrat 'Uthman to look after her. On conveyed the glad tidings of victory, Hadrat Rukaya died. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), being busy in fighting, could not participate in her Janaza (burial). Hadrat 'Umar stood up for flogging, but the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) held his hand and said: 'There is no harm in weeping, but raising much hue and cry and wailing loudly is strictly prohibited, being the doings of Satan.' The chief of the women, Hadrat Fatima was also present and continued weeping beside the grave. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) wiped her tears with the border of a cloth.


During her stay in Abyssinia, a son was born to her whose name was 'Abdullah. Hadrat 'Uthman's Kunhya, Abu Abdullah was after his name. He lived for six years. Once a cock pecked at his face due to which he died. This event occurred in Jamadi Al-Awwal, the 4th Hijra. There was no issue to her, after the birth of 'Abdullah.

The Islamic Bulletin
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March 1991
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The Virtues of Fasting
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Fasting (Siyam)
The Kid's Corner
Women in Islam
The Prophet Sheth
The Prophet Idris
Islamic Dietary Laws
Teachings of the Prophet
Why I Embraced Islam
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