The people debate the hadith relating to Umm Waraqah. Oh, but this is a pomegranate, that their thirst could be quenched for a moment. If only their quarrel could break the skin.
Believers, take this garment to the masjid:
The noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), along with his Companions, would go to visit Umm Waraqah (ra) at her home on the day of Friday. When the noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) announced his decision to go to war at Badr, Umm Waraqah (ra) humbly requested, “Grant me permission to go to war with you. I will look after the sick and wounded. Maybe Allah (most high) will honour me with martyrdom.” The noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied, “Stay at your home. Certainly Allah (most high) will grant you martyrdom.” For this reason she became known as Shahidah (female martyr) from then on.
She requested permission from the blessed Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that if someone could perform the Adhan in her home. (Perhaps she had difficulties in determining the times of Prayer, or wished to gain blessings from the Adhan, as she did not request permission for performing the Imamah). Eventually, the noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) appointed an old man as a Mua’dhdhin (caller to the Prayer) for her and also granted Umm Waraqah (ra) permission to lead her household in Prayer. Umm Waraqah (ra) had already informed her male and female slave that they would go free upon her death. But this slave and slave-girl, during the Caliphate of Umar (ra), by strangling Umm Waraqah (ra) martyred her. Thus, in compliance with the prophecy of the noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), she died as a Shahidah in her own home.
What is the Dar of Umm Waraqah? It is the House of the Names of God. The prophet (pbuh) visited her House, and ascended those names, and his ascent is our possibility. And prophet brought the companions to her House in Jummah: that was how close the companions are to the prophet’s Jummah.
The Lady of the House leads the House in prayer, because prayer is the gate of the House. Any person may lead the prayer, biologically man or woman, if they seek the comfort of that Guardian of the House, if they know Umm Waraqah’s hospitality. The good sheikh will be admitted by her.
Who is Umm Waraqah? She was indeed “just” a woman at the time of the Reawakening.
Who is Umm Waraqah? A player in our guide’s parables. And the parables are for the friends.
You who believe, men and women!
Desist in your arguing, lest you mirror the male and female slaves of Umm Waraqah. They indeed gained freedom from the guardian of their house, and so will you may gain divorce from the House of Truth with your debate, if that is what you desire.
Their actions mirrored the original fall, the sexual fall, the fall into manhood and womanhood. Beware, lest your debate mirror that action.
Don’t dwell on your manhood or womanhood, even though this is the nature of our fall.
Look instead to the path. In the path, there can be comfort. Rise, don’t fall, stand behind a good sheikh, one who seeks the comfort of the Guardian of the House!