Mazar Shairf of Hadrat Maimoona Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anha in 1901 before Demolition.
Hadrat Sayyida Maimoona was the last wife of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam). She belonged to the tribe of Banu-Hilala. The Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) had another wife from the same tribe. The other wifes name was Zainab, commonly known as Ummul-Masakeen (Mother of the needy and poor) . Maimoona was her second adopted name. Her first name Barra was changed by the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) and the new name Maimoona was given. Her father Harith bin Hazam was one of the respected chief of tribe Banu-Hilala and he had sixteen daughters. One of his daughters namely Umm-ul-Fazal was the wife of Hadrat Abbas, who was the Holy Prophets uncle. His another daughter namely Umm-e-Salma was married to Hadrat Hamza, another uncle of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam). Another daughter Lubaba was the mother of Hadrat Khalid bin Walid (A renowned General of Muslims who fought against Iranians and was given the title of Sword of Allah by the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam). Hariths some other daughters were later married to Hadrat Umar, the second Caliph and Hadrat Ali, the fourth Caliph. Another daughter Asma was married to Hadrat Jafar. Thus most of Hadrat Maimoonas sisters were married to the pioneering revolutionary leaders of Islam.
Hadrat Maimoona was the last wife of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) and he did not marry afterwards. The Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) was about sixty years old at the time of his marriage with Hadrat Maimoona. She lived three years married life with the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam). Prior to her marriage twice. Her first marriage took place with Masood bin Amr. Masood divorced her and then she was married to Abu Rahim bin Abdul Aza. Abu Rahim died in the seventh year of Hijra. After Abu Rahims death the Holy Prophets Uncle Hadrat Abbas persuaded the Holy Prophet Mohammad (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) to marry Maimoona.
Hadrat Maymuna or Hadrat Barra as she was then called, yearned to marry the Prophet. She went to her sister, Umm al Fadl to talk to her about that and she, in turn, spoke to her husband, al-Abbas. Al-Abbas immediately went to the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with Maymunas offer of marriage to him and her proposal was accepted. When the good news reached her, she was on a camel, and she immediately got off the camel and said, The camel and what is on it is for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). They were married in the month of Shawwal in 7 AH just after the Muslims of Medina were permitted to visit Mecca under the terms of the treaty of Hudaybiyya to perform umra. Allah Almighty sent the following Aayah about this:
And the believing woman if she gifts her life to the Prophet, if the Prophet desires to take her in marriage; this is exclusively for you, not for your followers [Surah al-aHzaab, Verse 50]
The Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) was wearing Ihram (Ihram is the dress for performing Hajj or Umrah comprised of two sheets of cloth, one wrapped around the waist and the other around the shoulder. After putting on Ihram, one can not trim his hair, cut his nails, abuse or have sex etc.). In the same condition he sent five hundred Dirhams as Mehr to Hadrat Maimoona and the Nikah ceremony was Performed While on return after Umra from Makkah to Madina, he stayed at a place called Saraf. This place is ten miles away from Makkah on way to Madina. At Saraf, the feast of Walima ( The feast, i.e. lunch or dinner offered to friends and guests on the next day of the marriage) was held.
A great event followed the marriage of Hadrat Maimoonas to the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam). Hadrat Maimoonas nephew Hadrat Khalid bin Walid embraced Islam. He was a very talented and brave man from the Quraish tribe. He was also a great warrior and renowned soldier. After her marriage when Hadrat Maimoona went to Medina with the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), Hadrat Khalid bin Walid addressed his tribe and declared, I can no longer remain in your fold. Thus a great force in the shape of Hadrat Khalid came to Islams side.
The Prophet gave her the name, Maymuna, meaning blessed, and Maymuna lived with the Prophet for just over three years, until his death. She was obviously very good natured and got on well with everyone, and no quarrel or disagreement with any of the Prophets other wives have been related about her. Sayyida Aisha said about her, Among us, she had the most fear of Allah and did the most to maintain ties of kinship. It was in her room that the Prophet first began to feel the effects of what became his final illness and asked the permission of his wives to stay in Aishas room while it lasted.
Hadrat Maimoona had a great love for teaching and preaching of Islam. She has narrated forty-six traditions and according to some, seventy-six traditions. People used to come to her for the solution of their various religious problems and she always guided them with intelligent replies to their questions.
Hadrat Maimoona lived only three years with the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam). After the Prophets death, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) Maimoona continued to live in Medina for another forty years, dying at the age of eighty, in 51 AH, (may Allah be pleased with her), being the last of the Prophets wives to die. She asked to be buried where had married the Prophet at Saraf and her request was carried out.
Hadrat Ibn-e-Abbas led her funeral prayers. When her coffin was lifted and was carried towards the grave, Hadrat Ibn-e-Abbas said:
Dont shake her bed. Be respectful and carry her with ease. She is the wife of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam).
She was the last wife of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) and was the last to die among his wives. She was a kind and very pious lady. During her life, she set many slaves free. Once during the life of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam), she set a slave free to enjoy the rights of a free citizen, the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) praised her saying, Maimoona, Allah will reward you for this act.
She was also a great scholar of religion even her nephew Ibn-e-Abbas, who later became a great scholar interpreter and commentator of the Holy Quran, was her pupil.
Mazar Sharif of Sayyida Maimoona Radi Allahu Anha after Demolition.
The Tomb over the Blessed Grave of Sayyida was demolished and it was even
planned to remove the Qabr Sharif as well to make the road over it but the Bulldozers
went off whenever they try to bulldoze the Qabr Sharif of Sayyida Maimoona Radi Allahu Anha