رَبِّ ابْنِ لِي عِندَكَ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ
“…My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise…” (Quran 66:11)
This is the dua that Asiya, peace be upon her, made to Allah. She was the wife of the most oppressive Pharaoh in history who made people worship him. Asiya was a very righteous and pious woman who attained perfect iman (faith) according to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He stated that she is one of the four greatest women that ever lived. She was known for her generosity.
After the Pharaoh learned his wife believed in Allah, the Glorious, he wanted to disgrace her, so he took her to the desert to starve and torture her while others were laughing at her. At that moment, Asiya made a prayer to Allah, asking to be near to Him and asking for a home in Paradise. It was at that moment Allah then opened the skies and allowed her to see her home in Paradise. Then Asiya smiled and laughed in joy. Then the Pharaoh ordered a huge boulder to be thrown to her, but before the boulder touched her, Allah raised her soul back to Him.
Asiya is a great role model. She displayed that no matter the situation you are in, as long as you stay firm to your faith and uphold your dignity and honor, Allah will always find a way out for you.
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