Shaded by the Wings of Angels

 وَضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا امْرَأَةَ فِرْعَوْنَ إِذْ قَالَتْ رَبِّ ابْنِ لِي عِنْدَكَ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَنَجِّنِي مِنْ فِرْعَوْنَ وَعَمَلِهِ وَنَجِّنِي مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

And Allah presents an example of those who believed: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people.”

(al-Tahrim: 11)

The wife of Fir’awn, Aasiyah bint Muzaahim, believed in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and not in her husband. And for this she was tortured and murdered. But she put her trust in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and made the dua mentioned in the ayah above, and by virtue of that she was saved.

She was tortured by having her hands and legs tied to pegs in the ground and made to lie in the burning sun. However, Allah ta’ala favoured her: when the heat of the sun caused her pain, the angels would come and shade her with her wings.

When she said in her dua, “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise,” she saw her house in Jannah being built – and it was made of pearls (or a single pearl). On seeing this, she started to laugh. This happened in the presence of Fir’awn, and he then said, “Are you not amazed at her madness!? Indeed, we are torturing her while she is laughing!”

Fir’awn ordered his men to go and search for the biggest rock they could find. They were then to ask her to recant her belief in Allah ta’ala. If she did, she would be his wife once again; if she didn’t, they would throw the rock on her. When they came to her, she raised her eyes to the sky and was shown her house in Jannah, so she remained firm on her belief. Her soul was then taken and the rock was thrown on a body in which there was no soul.

Allah ta’ala saved her in the most noble of manners: for He raised her to Jannah, where she is eating, drinking and partaking of its pleasures.


This information was taken from the tafsirs of Imams al-Qurtubi, ibn Kathir, and al-Razi; but I put it in my own words.

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