The Four Queens of Jannah (Heaven)
“The best women in the world are Asiya, Maryam, Khadijah bint Khuwaalid, and Fatimah bint Muhammad.”
-Rasulullah (ﷺ )
Bibi Khadijah ul-Kubra
Bibi Khadijah was known as Tahira, the pure one, the clean one, even before the coming of Islam. When she married Rasulullah (ﷺ), she was a millionaire and extremely wealthy; however, she eventually gave all her wealth away to charity out of love for her husband (ﷺ). Many powerful and wealthy people wanted her hand in marriage; however, she was compelled by the honesty and trustworthiness of Rasulullah (ﷺ). Bibi Khadijah believed in Rasulullah (ﷺ) when people disbelieved. She accepted him, comforted him, and consoled him in his most difficult times. She was the coolness of his eyes, and a treasure for him in this world. In love, she passed away by his side, supporting him even in her last breaths.
Bibi Fatimah az-Zahra
Bibi Fatimah az-Zahra
When the companions looked at Bibi Fatimah, they would see Rasulullah (ﷺ). She resembled him in character, manners, and radiation of light. Syedah Fatimah was the most beloved person to Rasulullah (ﷺ). She was the youngest of Rasulullah’s (ﷺ) four daughters, and learned Islam ever since she was a child. Whatever pleased Syedah Fatimah, pleased Rasulullah (ﷺ), and whatever angered Syedah Fatimah, angered him as well. Allah Azawajal mentions her purity in the Qur’an and asks us to love her and her family. Not only that, but her rank is such that she is called the Syedul Nisa un Jannah, the Leader of the Women of Paradise. Indeed, it is no surprise that the Princes of Jannah, Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain, were born and raised by her.
Bibi Maryam bint Imran
Bibi Maryam, Mary, is the mother of Prophet Isa, Jesus. She was a very chaste and devout servant of God. She would spend all her time praying and worshiping Allah. Her story is one that shows us the true meaning of Tawwakal, reliance on Allah. Having never married, Bibi Maryam could not have a child; however, through a miracle of Allah, He placed a baby in her womb. Everyone at that time thought Bibi Maryam had become pregnant from committing a bad deed; however, this was not the case. Having no means of supporting herself, Zakariyya would often check on her to see if she needed any food. Instead, whenever he went to see her, there would be piles of food and fruit already in front of her! When he asked where this came from, she would reply, “It is all from Allah.”
Bibi Asiya wife of Fir’oun (Pharaoh)
The duniya can blind people with money, status, or beauty; however, Bibi Asiya had all of these as the wife of Pharaoh; yet, she rejected them all and turned to Allah. She saved Prophet Musa (Moses) when he was a baby and brought him up during the time when Pharaoh was killing every infant. Her faith was so strong that she was unaffected by his evil presence, and believed in Prophet Musa. When Pharaoh found out about her faith, he tortured her, asking her to give up her belief in Allah. She could have had anything she wanted if she listened to Pharaoh, but she chose the pleasures of the afterlife over the pleasure of this world. Bibi Asiya loved Allah so much, she couldn’t bear giving up her belief in Him, so she never gave in. Pharaoh tortured her to death; however, Allah granted her a house near Himself in Jannah.