Umm Sulaym was one of the first women of Yathrib to accept Islam. She was influenced by the refined, dedicated and persuasive Musab ibn Umayr who was sent out as the first missionary or ambassador of Islam by the noble Prophet.
“I saw a man who is clearly handsome and with a beautiful face. He is well-built. He is neither blemished by a big belly nor disfigured by an unusually small head. The pupils of his eyes are very dark, the edges of his eyelids are long and the area around the pupils of his eyes is so white....
Al Miqdad sought protection from a man called Al-Aswad bin `Abd Yaghuth, they became so close that Al-Aswad decided to inform the Quraysh that he was 'adopting' Al Miqdad, he declared he was going to be his son. Al-Miqdad then became known as Al-Miqdad ibn Aswad.
Have you ever heard of the woman who was given the title “the martyr” even though she haven’t died a shaheeda [female martyr] yet… but she was known by this title and the Messenger of Allaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam along with the great Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum would only address her with this title, the martyr?
I engaged in fighting and started protecting the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam with the sword while at the same time, shooting arrows until I was wounded.