Day 15 of #INKTOBER:
Asiyah | آسیة •
•When I reverted to Islam, I chose the name Asiyah as my Muslim name after the Wife of Pharaoh. It is narrated by the Prophet Muhammad (saw) that she is one of the four women of paradise along with Maryam (mother of Jesus), Khadija (wife of the prophet) and Fatima Zahra (daughter of the prophet). Asiya found Prophet Mūsā (Moses) basket floating in the river. She told Pharaoh about the baby which the incident has been described in the Quran, ‘And Pharaoh's wife said: A refreshment of the eye to me and to thee – slay him not; maybe he will be useful to us, or we may take him for a son. And they perceived not.’ [28:9]
Because her faith became apparent to Pharaoh, he forbade her from her faith however Asiyah refused to reject God and the teachings of Moses. As a result, on the Pharaoh's order, she was tortured to death. He ordered for her hands and feet to be crushed with a nail under the burning sun. Then he ordered that a large rock be put over her chest. As death approached, she said ‘My Lord! Build me a home near You in paradise.’ Although she was the Queen of Egypt, she rejected the position of power, wealth, and glory, for she saw something that was better: proximity to God. She rejected every possible material pleasure to have something that was more worthy in her eyes, which was nothing other than a home in paradise in proximity to her Lord. That Asiyah asked for a home is extremely thought-provoking as it is clear that in this world she was a spiritual refugee; her only home was that of her husband’s—a place that was not her own, and neither could she be comfortable in it. In a verse from the Qur’an, she specifically asks for a house for herself and considering how she had no home of her own in this world, it is not surprising that she ask for a house in heaven where she could truly be free to express her beliefs and be comfortable. After all, what is a home without comfort and autonomy?
[info from al-Islam.org] •