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Eminent Female Companions of Prophet Muhammad-Atikah bint Abdul-Muttalib


Atika bint Abdul Muttalib  ibn Hashim , an aunt of the prophet(peace and Allah's blessings be upon him). Her mother was  Fatimah bintu Amr, who was from the Makhzum clan of the Quraysh tribe. Atika was born in Makkah. She first married to Abu Umayya ibn Al-Mughira of the Makhzum clan before she embraced Islam, thereby becoming the stepmother of Umm Salama(prophet's wife) and she had Abdullah and Zuhayr from him.

She embraced Islam in Makkah and pledged allegiance to the prophet(peace be upon him) with the early Muslim women in Makkah and joined the general emigration to Madinah.

It was narrated that Atikah reported a frightening dream to her brother Abbas. She had dreamed that a camel had halted near Mecca and that its rider had shouted: "Come forth, O people, and do not leave your men to face a disaster that will come three days hence!" Then the man had climbed a mountain and thrown down a rock, which had shattered, spraying pieces on every building in the city. Abbas warned Atika not to tell anyone about this dream, but he told a friend, who told his father, and soon it was common knowledge in Mecca. Abu Jahl asked Abbas: "Are you not satisfied that your men should play the prophet(peace be upon him), that your women should do so also? Atika has predicted that there will be war in three days. If the three days pass and nothing happens, we will write you down as the greatest liars in Arabia." Three days later, a messenger from Abu Sufyan arrived in the valley, stood up on his camel and tore his shirt, shouting: "O Quraysh, the merchant-camels, the merchant-camels! Muhammad and his companions are lying in wait for your property, which is with Abu Sufyan. I do not think that you will overtake it. Help! Help!" Thus alerted, the Quraysh armed themselves for the Battle of Badr. However, Atika's brother Abu Lahab did not join the army, saying he was afraid of Atika's predictive dream.

When Atikah's dream became true, she became increase in Allah's love and His prophet(peace be upon him) till she died in Madinah. May Allah be pleased with her.

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