Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nameless Nailah

While editing a voice-over for a TV program on the Caliph Uthman, I grew very solemn.  It was a dark day for the ummah when his house was beseiged---not by the enemy but by other Muslims.  I truly greived for this generous man who gave so much for the Muslims and in the end gave his life.

The writer included the names of those men at the gate who tried to protect this great leader.  The men didn't realize that the back of the house would be the entry point.  They couldn't stop the group from threatening Islam's elder statesman with a knife.

Who would be the one to sheild him from harm?

"His wife was injured in the attack."

That's what was in the original script. 

"His wife"

In front of Allah we all have our names.  Our names are so important.  Naming the men at the gate was important to this (male) writer.  Naming the wife was not important.

Astragferallah, her fingers...I'm so sorry to say...her fingers were cut off as she tried to protect her beloved husband.  She didn't have to be there; to put her life in harm's way.  She could have run.  She didn't.  She lost her fingers and could have died.

I researched and found that of course she has a name.

This brave lady's name was Nailah.  

Nailah is to be remembered and praised.  It's not that we don't have strong women in Islam.  It's that others have chosen to marginalize them for us. 

I gave her back her name in the script,  "Uthman's brave wife Nailah tried her best to defend him but she was also attacked and wounded."

May Allah be pleased with our sister Nailah, forgive her any sins and grant her the highest level of Paradise.  And as we hear stories of nameless Muslimahs may we stop to learn their names, remember their great contribution to our faith and allow their greatness to inspire us.


Anonymous said...

You too are a beautiful poet,just as nailah was.
I named my daughter na'ilah 6 years the time we only read that it meant poet/successful.its only recently that we found out that she was the wife of uthmaan RA.and tonight is the first time I read this brave story.
I can't wait to share it with my daughter.she will be so pleased.
She always thinks that her name is not significant.because its not the name of a proPhet or someone well known,but I'm sure after she reads this poem.she will wear her name with pride,mashallah.

Shukran for this beautiful story of the nameless na'ilah.

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom,

I'm really happy to read that your daughter shares this name. May she stand up taller when she learns of this story. She can be proud of her heritage.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me. May your Ramadan be filled with goodness and may Allah accept your prayers and fasting.

Love and Light!