FORTITUDE IN THE FACE OF TRIAL AND TORTURE

The finance minister of Fir’oun was Kharbeel Bin Nauhaabeel who was a Mu’min who had concealed his Imaan for a hundred years. He had met the Sahaabah (Companions) of Nabi Yusuf (Alayhis salaam). His wife who was also a Mu’minah, was in the employ of Fir’oun. Among her duties was to comb the hair of Fir’oun’s daughter. One day whilst combing the hair of the princess (Fir’oun’s daughter), the comb slipped from her hand. On picking up the comb, she said: Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem. Surprised and perplexed, Fir’oun’s daughter exclaimed: “Do you have another god besides my father?” She responded: “My God and the God of your father is the God of the heavens and the earth. He is the One God Who has no partner.” The daughter immediately went to her father crying. Fir’oun asked: “What makes you cry?” She said: “The comber of my hair, the wife of the finance minister believes that your God, her God and the God of the heavens and the earth is One God, and that He has no partner.” Fir’oun summoned the Mu’minah and interrogated her on this issue. She fearlessly responded: “Yes, she (the daughter) spoke the truth.” Fir’oun commanded: “May you be destroyed! Reject your God and acknowledge me to be your god.” She said: “Never shall I say so.” She was then dragged, placed on her back with her hands and legs tied to four steel pegs. Her two daughters were brought. It was said to her to recant her belief otherwise the girls will be slaughtered. When she refused, the elder daughter was slaughtered in her presence. When she remained firm on her Imaan, the infant girl was slaughtered on the mother’s breast. The blood flowing all over the mother. A few moments prior to the baby being slaughtered, she (the baby) spoke and said to her mother to be firm on Imaan. Allah Ta’ala has prepared a special palace for her in Jannat. Thus, the mother remained steadfast and was tortured to death.

from the majlis vol 25 number 10

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