Great Women In Islam-Asiyah, Wife of Pharaoh

31 08 2007

Assiyya, Pharaoh’s Wife

Narrated Abû Mûsa (radhi Allahu anhu) : Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Many amongst men reached (the level of) perfection but none amongst the women reached this level except Assiyya – Pharaoh’s wife, and Mary – the daughter of ‘Imrân. And no doubt, the superiority of ‘Aisha to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (i.e. a meat and bread dish) to other meals.” (Sahih Al-Bukharî, Vol. 4, Hadîth No. 623).

Not much is known about Assiyya, the wife of Pharaoh. She brought Moses into her home when he was a baby, as is recorded in the Quran:

And We inspired the mother of Mûsa (Moses), (saying): “Suckle him [Mûsa (Moses)], but when you fear for him, then cast him into the river and fear not, nor grieve. Verily! We shall bring him back to you, and shall make him one of (Our) Messengers.”

Then the household of Fir’aun (Pharaoh) picked him up, that he might become for them an enemy and a (cause of) grief. Verily! Fir’aun (Pharaoh), Hâmân and their hosts were sinners.

And the wife of Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “A comfort of the eye for me and for you. Kill him not, perhaps he may be of benefit to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” And they perceive not (the result of that). (Surah 28:7-9)

Later, few believed in the Prophethood of Moses except some children of his People, because of the fear of Pharaoh and his chiefs. They feared the persecution of Pharaoh as certainly Pharaoh was mighty on the earth and one who transgressed all bounds. Yet, Assiyya, Pharaoh’s own wife recognized the truth of Moses’ message. She answered Moses’ call and became a Muslim, despite the fact that she was the wife of Pharaoh – the man who claimed to be God Himself – and despite all that she possessed through being the wife of a king. She refused that and chose to be in God’s company. This is a great example of how a woman chose the Hereafter over and above all of the wealth of this world. She remained firm on her faith in God despite persecution of all sorts:

(Pharaoh) said: “Believe ye in Him before I give you permission? Surely this must be your leader, who has taught you magic! be sure I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will have you crucified on trunks of palm-trees: so shall ye know for certain, which of us can give the more severe and the more lasting punishment!” (Surah 20:71)

The Quran sets her as an example for the believers to stay away from evil and sin despite the full assault of the devil:

“God sets forth an example for those who believe — the wife of Pharaoh who said: My Lord, build for me with Thee a house in heaven, and save me from the Pharaoh and his doings, and save me from an unjust people.”(Surah 66:11)





9 responses

31 08 2007
UmAbdurrahman, "Blanca"

Mash’Allah sis.. jazak allahu khair for posting this. I enjoyed reading it. I learned some new information.

Allah reward you for helping others understand names, events and the complete goodness that Islam represents.


31 08 2007

Beautiful entry.. You are going to make good documentary about women in Islam. Against what in christianity calls woman as major of sin, It shows situation of women in Islam and how much women in Islam are major of strong belief and faith..
Thank you for your lovely post.. 🙂

8 05 2008
Cheeky Angel

Loooovvvely entry!!!! Mashallah! This post has got a great deal of important infomation in it & i learnt a lot form it….JazakAllahu Khair for posting this!!!!!!

8 05 2008
Cheeky Angel

sorry about my mistake…*i learnt a lot FROM it…..!

5 06 2008

JazakAllahu khairan 🙂

The good finish with last verse which conveys everything, Allah has made her an example, a role model for believers ..

blog is mashallah, i have seen posts about Mother Aasiya, Mother Ayesha , i would also like to see a post from you about Mother Mariyam inshallah in whose name we have an entire chapter in Quran 🙂

5 06 2008
Umm Yusuf

wa iyakum,

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,

Actually, I have a post on Maryam. Insh’Allah you can read it here:

2 09 2008

very useful, thank you 🙂

24 01 2009

Assalaamu Alaikum
it is so very interssting to know about the people in the prophets time and i am very keen to learn more

6 01 2010





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