She is Al Ghomaysaa Bnt Melhan, surnamed the Mother of Sulaim. Al Ghomaysaa the daughter of Melhan was approaching 40 years old when Islam enlightened the earth. And her husband was Malek Bn Al Nader, filled her life with love and joy.
On one of Allah’s unforgettable days, the first beam of the Mohamadian (the Prophet’s) guidance reached Yathreb on the hands of the Makkian preacher Mosaab Bn Omir –- so Al Ghomaysaa’s heart unfolded like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. She announced her Islam when Muslims could be counted on the fingers of one hand in Medina.
Then the loyal wife called her husband to sip from this divine, pure, fresh river, and enjoy what she is enjoying from happiness and faith. But Malek Bn Al Nader didn’t open up to the new Religion, Al Ghomaysaa had strong negotiation skills what shut down her husband, and he had a wooden statue that he worshiped instead of Allah. She used to argue with him saying: Do you worship a tree trunk growing in the land that you put on your feet, and throw away your waste?!
Do you worship a trunk sculptured by an Abyssinian instead of Allah?!
When the husband was fed up with his wife arguments, he left Medina and headed towards Levant, he didn’t spend much there until he died as a polytheist.
As soon as they knew that she became a widow in Medina; men started to look up at her and try to approach her, if only they weren’t afraid that she turns them disappointed due to the difference in Religion.
But Zaid Bn Sahl known as Abi Talha, aimed at her satisfaction due to familial bonds between them, as both of them is from “Al Naggar” people.
He went to her house and called her by her surname: O Om Sulaim, I came asking for your hand, hoping that you won’t turn me disappointed.
She said: By the name of Allah, no one like you should be rejected. But you are an unbeliever, and I am a Muslim woman and I am not allowed to marry you. If you embraced Islam that would be my dowry and I don’t want from you any dowry “sadaq” other than Islam.
He said: “Let me think about it.”
And on the next day and returned back and said: I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant/slave and His messenger.
She said: “As you became a Muslim, I accept you as a husband.”
So people kept saying: We never heard about a woman who got a more expensive dowry than Om Sulaim as her dowry was Islam.