As a child, I was always inspired by the story of Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her) even though at that time, I did not know exactly who she was. I do rememberbeing told about her and her infant son Prophet Ismael (alayhis salaam), how they were left in a desert with no food or water. My young mind could not understand why they were left like that at the time. What was their fault? Unfortunately, I did not get my answers as a child, but when I came to know much later as an adult about the real story of Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her), it really made me think deeply about her character, that of a strong woman. Here is her story:
The story of Hajar offers a Muslim woman the most marvelous example of deep faith in Allah (subhaana wa ta’ala) and sincere trust in Him. Ibrahim (alayhis salaam) left her at the ka`bah in Makkah, above the well of Zamzam, at a time and place where there were no people or water. Hajar had no-one with her except her infant son Ismael. She asked Ibrahim calmly and with no trace of panic: “Has Allah subhaana wa ta’ala commanded you to do this, O Ibrahim?” Ibrahim (alayhis salaam) said, “Yes.” Her response reflected her acceptance and optimism: “Then He is not going to abandon us.”(Reported by Bukhari in Kitab al-Anbiya)
Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her) was not a prophet, a saint or even a scholar. So, what made her faith so deep in Allah subhaana wa ta’ala? How she was honored by Allah subhaana wa ta’ala? Were it not for the deep faith and trust in Allah subhaana wa ta’ala that filled Hajar’s heart, she would not have been able to cope with such a difficult situation; she would have collapsed straight away and would not have become the woman whose name is forever remembered night and day by those who perform Hajj and `umrah at the house of Allah subhaana wa ta’ala, every time they drink the pure water of Zamzam, and run between the mounts of Safa’ and Marwah, as Hajar did on that most trying day.
This was her gift from Allah subhaana wa ta’ala. She was truly a strong Muslim woman with such a strong character. This is Allah subhaana wa ta’ala’s way of showing His love for His true believing slaves and He definitely rewards His servants in this world and the next as well…