What did the daughter of Abu Bakr R.A tell her son when he was about to die?

Asma bint Abubakar R.A gave birth to a son while she was migrating to Madina. Since long, Muslims were not being blessed with male children and this made enemies joyful as they believed that the generations of Muslims would finish up soon and no Muslims would be seen.

Abdullah bin Zubair: With the birth of, Abdullah bin Zubair, Muslims got excited. The Prophet PBUH took the boy in his arms and gave him a piece of the date that he PBUH had first chewed to make it soft for the child. Abdullah bin Zubair grew up being an intelligent, passionate and courageous young man.

Caliphate of Banu Umayyah: He denied Caliphate Banu Umayyah and people supported him as he was a dignified man. Problems for Muslim arose when the throne was taken over by Abdul Malik bin Marwan. Having control of major provinces, Bin Marwan was a powerful leader.

Hajjaj bin Yousuf: He commanded Hajjaj bin Yousuf to go to Hijaz and take control there. An intense war started there. During the critical time, Asma got ill and ‘Abdullah bin Zubair paid her a visit.

The mother gave her child the strength he needed. She told her that she wants her son to live, she wants to live by herself.

She said that if he died she would accept the death of him with patience as he would be honored as a martyr. On the other hand, if he would return after ending up his enemy, she would be more than glad.  In Makkah the war got intense; ‘Abdullah bin Zubair's army was being defeated.

What did the mother tell him? He gave another visit to his mother who was at a mosque. He asked his mother if he should give up as they were being defeated by the army.

On this Asma replied that why was he worried about his death? He said that he knows that the enemy would cut his body into parts.

On this, the mother told the son that once a person dies, whatever happens to his body doesn’t give pain to him. She told her son to remain courageous, do not fear death and to die with honor. She told him that it won’t suit a strong man like Abdullah bin Zubair to live in disgrace.

Live like a Hero and die with Honor: He should live like a hero and die with honor. Leading a life after surrender would be no honor. The young man approached the battlefield with great passion and more courage.

His army got defeated and he was martyred. His body was hung up high by Hijjaj bin Yousuf for three days.

After two days of her son’s death, the old mother went to his son’s corpse. The blind mother (she had lost her sight due to age) went near the body of her respectful son. When Hajjaj saw her near the corpse of her son, he demanded her to appear in front of him.

Hajjaj ordered her to come to him: When Asma got the invitation, she said she won’t see the man who killed her son. On this, the cruel man threatened her that she would be dragged down by her hair to his place. She said that she doesn’t care, he can do whatever he wants but she won’t go meet him.

So Hajjaj himself went to meet her, she told her that she has listened to Prophet PBUH that a man from Banu Thaqif would rise, he would be a barbarian and a liar. Now she has seen his (PBUH) words come true. 

Hajjaj left ashamed and despair. He said to Hazrat Asma R.A that I have finished the life of your son to that she replied that yes but my son has finished your hereafter life forever.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.