It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said that the Messenger of Allaah (may peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “On the night on which I was taken on the Night Journey (Israa’), a beautiful fragrance came to me.
I said: O Jibreel, what is this beautiful fragrance?
I asked: What is their story?
He replied: Whilst she was combing the hair of Pharaoh’s daughter one day, the iron comb fell from her hand and she said, ‘Bi-ismu-allaahi (With the name of Allaah).’
The daughter of Pharaoh asked her: ‘ Do you mean My father?’
She replied: ‘No! My Lord and the Lord of your father is Allaah.’
She said: ‘I will tell him about that.’ She said: ‘Yes.’ So she told him and he summoned her and said: ‘O So and so, do you have a Lord other than me?’
She said: ‘I have a request to make of you.’
He said: ‘What is your request?’
She said: ‘I would like my bones and my children’s bones to be gathered together in one cloth and buried.’
He said: ‘This will be done for you.’ He ordered that her children be thrown into it in front of her, one by one, until they came to the last one who was an infant boy who was still being breastfed.
It was as if she wavered because of him, but he said: ‘O mother, go ahead, for the punishment of this world is easier to bear than the punishment of the hereafter.’ So she went ahead.”
Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: Four infants spoke: ‘Eesaa ibn Maryam (may peace of Allaah be upon him), the companion of Jurayj, the witness of Yoosuf and the son of the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Brief Summary: From where did she got her courage and the motivational power? Why was she not afraid of the sure punishment? How could she was not able to control her tongue from speaking out ‘with the name of Allaah‘? If we can expect this from a “lady hairdresser” of that time who was not a “literate lady”, but was enough educated, then are we not eligible to live our lives like a motivated Muslim men, women and children?