the four foremost ladies of the universe. They were Khadijah bint Khawaylid, Fatimah bint Muhammad, Maryam bint Imran, the mother of the Prophet Isa Alaihis Salam, and ‘Asiah bint Mazahim (the wife of the Pharaoh).

The, first named has the distinction of being the mother of all the believers, or practicing Muslims; the second Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet & was given the glad tidings that she would be the leader among the women of Paradise. Maryam, the Pure and Chaste is the only woman to have given birth to ‘Isa (Alaihis Salam), a Prophet of Allah without having been touched by any man.

‘Asiah the long suffering and righteous wife of the evil Pharaoh had advised her husband to adopt the infant Moses (flsS). This was at a time when infanticide was the law of the land. All the newborn boys of the tribe of Israel were being murdered because of the prediction that one of them would finally overthrow the Pharaoh and destroy him. She not only nurtured him in the very palace of Pharaoh, but also was one of the first to accept Islam, as preached by Moses (Alaihis Salam).

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