Heritage and Legacy: Umm Salama, a Mother of the Believers

Hind bint Abi Umayya or Umm Salama(c. 596 AD – 64 AH)[3] was one of Muhammad’s wives. Umm Salama was her kunya meaning, “mother of Salamah”. Umm Salama was one of the most influential wives of Muhammad, recognized largely for recalling numerous Hadiths, or stories about Muhammad. The Shia belief is that Umm Salama was the most important wife of Muhammad, second to Khadijah. She is also said to have narrated sixty hadeeth from Muhammad.

Before her marriage to Muhammad, Umm Salama was married to Abu Salama ibn `Abdi’l-Asad al-Makhzumi, Abu Salama was one of Muhammad’s close companions. Umm Salama bore for Abu Salama four children: Salama, Umar, Zaynab and Ruqayyah. Umm Salama and her husband Abu Salama were among the first who converted to Islam.[10] Only Ali, Abu Bakr and a few others were Muslims before them.

Umm Salama was married to Muhammad at the age of 32.. Umm Salamah was a widow with 3 children and a fourth born almost immediately after their marriage. Because of her beauty, knowledge, and wisdom, Umm Salama held a prominent role in the house of Muhammad and society.