She was one Of those who stood firm and resolute upon the worship of Allah when the Muslims were few and their success were only through patience upon the truth.
It is Sumayya, the mother of Hadhrat Ammar ibn Yasir. When the heat of noon intensified, and the heat became unbearable, Banu Makhzum (a clan of Quraish), took her and her son and husband out to the desert where they dragged them on the boiling hot desert sand, and stoned them.The Messenger of Allah (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam- peace be upon him), said: “patience, the family of Yasir you are promised Paradise!”
Sumayya held patience, and settled to torment, and refused to give the disbelievers what they asked for, of disbelief, after faith. They took her life and killed her in a horrible way. Thus Sumayyah (radi Allahu anha) had the distinction of being the first woman martyr of Islam. This incident took place seven years before the Hijrah. Her husband also fell victim to the torture of the disbelievers and he also died a martyr. After the martyrdom of both his parents, Hadhrat Ammar took a special place in the affections of the Prophet (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam- peace be upon him). He used to address him lovingly as ibn Sumayyah. The Prophet (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam- peace be upon him) often spoke of the family of Yasir in the highest terms of praise.
What an amazing destiny of Allah that the first martyr in Islam was a woman. The first to water the soil with her blood for the pleasure of Allah was a woman.
Where are we? Still lagging behind with idle talk, fashion and spotlights?