Zainab bint Jahsh, The Longest Hand, A Lesson in Charity

Narrated ‘Aisha (raa): Some of the wives of the Prophet (saws) asked him, "Who amongst us will be the first to follow you (i.e. die after you)?"

He said, "Whoever has the longest hand." So they started measuring their hands with a stick and Sauda’s (raa) hand turned out to be the longest.

When Zainab bint Jahsh (raa) died first of all in the caliphate of ‘Umar (raa), we came to know that the long hand was a symbol of practicing charity, so she was the first to follow the Prophet (saws) and she used to love to practice charity. Sauda (raa) died later in the caliphate of Muawiya (raa).

Obligatory Charity Tax (Zakat) – Sahih Bukhari: Volume 2, Book 24, Number 501

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Gary Larocque

Born and raised in Canada of French/English heritage. Founder of TSP Muslim (The Straight Path Muslim). Accepted Islam September 12th, 2007 after years of study.

11 thoughts on “Zainab bint Jahsh, The Longest Hand, A Lesson in Charity”

  1. may ALLAH bless you all… you brothers done a great job.. i really thankful to you all..
    may you all live long to effort for the companions of the last prophet MUHAMMAD(s.aa.w) ….. ameen

  2. ASSALAMUA’LAIKUM-WARAHMATULLAH-HI-WABARAKATU
    A great website.
    Totally amazing,it has so much of good knowledge to be shared by others .
    MAY ALLAH SHOWER HIS BLESSINGS AND LEAD ALL OF US TO THE PATH OF TRUTH SPECIALLY WHO DESIGNED THIS WEBSITE AND OTHERS WHO ARE PART OF IT INCLUDING THE VISITORS
    AAMEEN –YA–ALLAH.

    1. This story was very inspiring and at the same sad beasuce when she had accepted Islam she died two days afterwards which is very sad. What we learn from this is that we should pray to Allah to increase our faith and knowledge in Islam beasuce that would benefit us in the hereafter. We should hope and pray that some more non muslim’s become muslims and they submit to Allah.

    1. What an inspiring story! May we becmoe Muslims in the true sense. It also teaches us that we should continue to pray for the hidayah of people who have not entered Islam yet.

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