She sent her son for Jihad in Afghanistan, and when he was martyred, the Mujahideen said, “how do we inform her about her son’s death?” So they said, “if Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (رحمه الله) talks to her it will lighten her burden.”

So Sheikh Azzam (رحمه الله) called her and gave her the glad tidings of her son’s Shahada and he told her words of comfort and patience, but she didn’t need those words at all, it was as if she was waiting for this news with longing.

So she replied to the Sheikh, “Alhamdulillah for Suraaqah’s martyrdom. In a week, Inshallah, I will send you his brother to replace him.”

It’s worth quoting what Shaykh Abu Qatada said, “The woman is the essence of our Ummah, and any shortcoming from her is a true defeat”

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