When I first started this blog, my first post was about Zainab bint Jahsh. So, I thought it only fitting that her sister Hamnah bring us back from our hiatus.
Hamnah is the sister of Zainab bint Jahsh, cousin to the Prophet ﷺ and niece to Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib. She married Musab Ibn Umair. Upon migrating to Medinah, she took the shahada at the hands of the Prophet ﷺ among the women of the Ansar and the Muhajirin.
As was usual during that time, women were major participants in the battles, either as fighters or working with the injured. During the battle of Uhud, Hamnah worked in the tents with the nurses healing the injured and providing the soldiers with water. Little did she know, this was the battle where she would lose her uncle Hamza, her brother Abdullah, and her husband Musab. While she took the news of the loss of her brother and uncle with patience and strength, losing her husband, the father of her children, and the man she entered Islam with was especially hard for her handle.
Years later, she married Talha ibn UbaydAllah, one of the ten promised Paradise. She had two children with Talha, Sajjad and Imran.
During the incidence of slander against Aisha, Hamnah participated in the rumor spreading, although her sister Zainab decided not to. Hamnah has narrated a number of hadith.
With many of these past women we only have a little bit of information. We don’t know much but what we do know gives us an important insight. They were human. Sometimes when we think of the sahaba we think of them as flawless great Muslims. Great Muslims they were, flawless they were not. Her participating in the rumors or not being able to have as much strength when she lost her husband shows that she was just like one of us. That is why the Quran and Sunna are so timeless. They appeal and address issues of human nature, which never changes with time.

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