Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in several hadith, described the following four women as the best women in the world.
Maryam Bint Imran, the mother of Prophet Isa عليه السلام, devoted her entire life to worshiping Allah. Although she never married, miraculously, she gave birth to the Prophet Isa عليه السلام.
After childbirth, when Maryam عليه السلام carried Prophet Isa عليه السلام to the city, people started blaming her for committing adultery.
In the meantime, Prophet Isa عليه السلام, a few hours old baby, started talking;
- I am truly a servant of Allah. He has destined me to be given the Scripture and to be a prophet. – Maryam 19:30
Khadija bint Khuwaylid
Khadija bint Khwaylid رضي الله عنها was exceptionally intelligent, wise, and kind. She was blessed with the name of Tahira, which means “pure,” even in the era of ignorance. She was blessed with much wealth and was considered a successful businesswoman.
When Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was 25, and Khadija رضي الله عنها was 40, they got married. She was the first lady who accepted Islam.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Maryam Bint-e-Imran, was the best among the women (of the world of her time), and Khadija is the best among the women (of this nation). – Sahih al-Bukhari 3432
Asya Bint Muzahim
Asya Bint Muzahim was the wife of the pharaoh when he adopted Prophet Musa عليه السلام. When she declared her faith in Islam, Pharaoh punished her. She had two choices, either leave Islam or face death. She chose faith and got martyred.
“And Allah presents an example of those who believed: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people.” – At-Tahrim 66:11
Aisha bint Abubakr
Aisha bint Abubakr رضي الله عنها was the wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the daughter of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه. She is one of the most renowned Mothers of Muslims primarily because of the fact that she narrates a vast majority of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Many persons amongst men are quite perfect, but there are none perfect amongst women except Maryam Bint-e-Imran, Asiya wife of Pharaoh, and the excellence of ‘A’isha as compared to women is that of Tharid over all other foods. – Sahih Muslim 2431