The Islamic history is well aware of the name Hazrat Maria R.A. Hazrat Maria R.A was one of the wives of the Holy Prophet S.A.W. She was blessed with a son named Ibrahim. The son died at a very young age. This is not it, Hazrat Maria’s marriage to the Prophet S.A.W holds an interesting story. Hazrat Maria R.A is the Coptic Christian wife of the Prophet. She belonged to Egypt and was gifted by the then Egyptian leader to the Prophet S.A.W. During 7TH Hijri, when Islam was being spread to different countries, Hattib Bin Abi Beltaa was sent to Egyptian ruler on the orders of Holy Prophet S.A.W with an invitation to Islam.
AL Muqawqis, the ruler of Egypt at that time sent Hattib back with kind words and gifts. He addressed Holy Prophet that the greatest Copt has understood the message. He honored Prophet Muhammad S.A.W message and ensured that he knows the last Prophet. He further added that he is sending gifts that are very valuable for a Copt. He also presented the Prophet with a mule to ride upon and 20 dresses.
Other gifts were two Coptic maidens and a thousand bag of gold. The two maidens were daughters of Shamoun: Hazrat Maria bint Shamoun and Serine. The Prophet S.A.W chose Hazrat Maria R.A as his life partner. The other sister, Serine was gifted to Hassan ibn Thabit. Ibn Thabit was a poet.
The Egyptian wife of the Prophet was born in the village named Sheikh Ebada. The village resides near Millawi center and is only 400 km south of the Egypt’s capital, Cairo. The village has a population of 60 thousand people. The Sheikh Ebada is named after Ebada bin al Samit. He was a follower. The interesting fact is that the village still possesses the remains of Hazrat Maria’s house. A mosque is established which is named after her in her honor. The sheikh Ebada village, which is the birth place of Hazrat Maria R.A, is composed of very interesting monuments. These monuments have Ancient Egyptian, Roman, Coptic and Islamic origins.
“In the times following the Pharaonic era, the village was called “Hufn’, and in the Islamic era, the followers of the Prophet looked after the village, and Muawiya exempted it from the levies,” he added.
Many historical sources claim that an army led by sheikh ebada took hold of the village during the rule of Amir ibn al Aas. Sheikh decided to reside at the village when he was informed that it was Hazrat Maria’s birth place. The first mosque of Mlawi was built on his orders and that too near Hazrat Maria’s house.
Source: Al Arabiya