Marriage with Sawdah -Allah be well-pleased with her-
Sawdah -Allah be well-pleased with her- was previously married to Sakran ibn Amr -Allah be well-pleased with him-. Together they were among the migrants of Abyssinia, where Sakran had passed away a short time later. Being one who had shown great loyalty and devotion to the path of Islam, Sawdah -Allah be well-pleased with her- had earned the praises of the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace-. Thus to help her out of the troublesome situation she would face as a widow, the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- took her hand in marriage.
Setting up the marriage was Hawla the wife of Othman ibn Mazun -Allah be well-pleased with them-. As was the custom, Sawdah’s father was asked to grant permission. As expected, he was more than happy for his daughter.
Yet, Sawdah -Allah be well-pleased with her- could not find in herself the courage to go ahead with the marriage, mainly because of the five or six small children she had from her late husband.
Seeing her hesitance, the Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- asked her the reason of her doubts.
“How could I have doubt about marrying you when there is nobody in the world dearer to me? But I fear my small children will end up disturbing you with all their noise. Otherwise I am more than happy to marry you…” (Ibn Saad, VIII, 53-57; Ahmad, I, 318-319; VI, 211; Haythami, IV, 270)
The marriage took place on the tenth year of prophethood, in the month of Ramadan.
Sawdah -Allah be well-pleased with her- cared enormously for the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace-. She became the other half of the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace-, always by his side at a time when he needed support the most, and took compassionate and loving care of his young daughters who were in need of tender, motherly affection.
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