Yasir Qadhi – Seerah – 97 Maria the Copt & Death of Ibrahim

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi now moves on to discuss the predicaments that were a part of the life of the Prophet ﷺ.

The major part of this lecture is focussed on yet another tragedy in the life of the Prophet ﷺ – the death of his son, Ibrahim. The mother of Ibrahim was Maria RA.

Who was Maria or Maria bint Shamun? She was gifted to the Prophet ﷺ by Juraih ibn Mina who was the king of Egypt. The reason for this gift was in reply to the letter that the Prophet ﷺ had sent him to convert to Islam. The king sent two sister slave girls – Maria and Sireen.

The Prophet ﷺ gifted Sireen to Hassan ibn Thabit RA and this union resulted in a son named Abdur Rahman ibn Hassan ibn Thabit.

Though the Prophet ﷺ was gifted Maria and she also bore the Prophet ﷺ a son, we do not as Muslims view her as a mother of the believers.the reason being she was a concubine initially, who when bore a son, got upgraded to the stature of Umm Walad. This meant that she was a wife to the Prophet ﷺ and her son was a valid inheritor of the possessions of the Prophet ﷺ. And, after the death of the Prophet ﷺ, she was free.

In Dhul Hijjah of the 8H, Maria gave birth to Ibrahim. But this happiness of the Prophet ﷺ was only short lived. Ibrahim lived for a year and four months only and sickness got the better of him. The Prophet SAW prayed his Janazah and he was buried in Jannatul Baqee where he remains till this day.

Numerous controversies and issues cropped up relating to Maria RA and a few make the cut in this lecture. Among them, is with regards to Aisha and Hafsa RA. what happened? Why were verses revealed in the Qur’an about this issue? What was the result of this issue? Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains.


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