You’ve heard of movie ‘superheroes’ but have you heard of Naseebah Bint Ka’ab (also known as Nusaibah) who was a real life super-heroine?
May Allah be pleased with her.
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She fought in numerous battles from the battle of Uhud, to the war of Yamamah, and her skills were praised by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself.
Her name was Naseebah Bint Ka’ab (may Allah be pleased with her) and she was a 7th-century Muslim warrior,
From the Ansar, she was one of the first two brave women of Madinah to come and pledge allegiance to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) even though, if caught she could be tortured or even killed by the Makkans.
During the battle of Uhud, the Muslims were on the verge of defeat and were scattering,
so Naseebah, along with her husband and two sons, surrounded the Prophet (peace be upon him) to protect him from attackers.
The Muslim soldiers marvelled at Naseebah’s skill with a sword and the Prophet (peace be upon him) said in whichever direction he looked, he saw Naseebah fighting and defending him.
She sustained at least 12 major wounds on the battlefield, one which took a year to heal.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: “From where can anyone get courage like you oh Umm Umaarah (Naseebah)”
Impressed by her valour and commitment, the Prophet (peace be upon him) made dua that he would be friends with Naseebah and her family in paradise.
Even when Naseebah was in her sixties, during the rule of Abu Bakr As-Siddique (may Allah be pleased with him) she was sent with the Muslim army to challenge the false prophet, Musailamah, and lost her arm in the battle.
But her courage was not limited to the battlefield. After both of her sons were martyred,
she displayed immense patience and strength.
Not only was she a warrior, but she was also learned in the Quran and hadith.
After her conversion, she also devoted herself to the education and training of the women of Madinah.
Naseebah Bint Ka’ab’s courage and skill impressed the Muslim soldiers and the Prophet (peace be upon him).
In her lifetime she became an inspiration and remains one to this day.