Umm Abdillah bint ash-Shaikh Muqbil al-Waadi’ee (may Allah preserve her) wrote:

“Verily from the greatest forms of rectification for the children and their excellence is sitting with the People of Knowledge, and encouraging them upon that. Imam at-Tirmidhi (may Allah have mercy upon him) reports in his Sunan (no. 3781) from the Hadith

of Hudhaifah bin al-Yamaan (may Allah be pleased with them) who said:

سَأَلَتْنِي أُمِّي مَتَى عَهْدُكَ – تَعْنِي – بِالنَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ فَقُلْتُ مَا لِي بِهِ عَهْدٌ مُنْذُ كَذَا وَكَذَا ‏.‏ فَنَالَتْ مِنِّي فَقُلْتُ لَهَا دَعِينِي آتِي النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَأُصَلِّيَ مَعَهُ الْمَغْرِبَ وَأَسْأَلُهُ أَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرَ لِي وَلَكِ ‏.‏ فَأَتَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَصَلَّيْتُ مَعَهُ الْمَغْرِبَ فَصَلَّى حَتَّى صَلَّى الْعِشَاءَ ثُمَّ انْفَتَلَ فَتَبِعْتُهُ فَسَمِعَ صَوْتِي فَقَالَ ‏”‏ مَنْ هَذَا حُذَيْفَةُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قُلْتُ نَعَمْ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ مَا حَاجَتُكَ غَفَرَ اللَّهُ لَكَ وَلأُمِّكَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ إِنَّ هَذَا مَلَكٌ لَمْ يَنْزِلِ الأَرْضَ قَطُّ قَبْلَ هَذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ اسْتَأْذَنَ رَبَّهُ أَنْ يُسَلِّمَ عَلَىَّ وَيُبَشِّرَنِي بِأَنَّ فَاطِمَةَ سَيِّدَةُ نِسَاءِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ وَأَنَّ الْحَسَنَ وَالْحُسَيْنَ سَيِّدَا شَبَابِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ ‏

“My mother asked me: ‘When is your planned time – meaning with the Prophet (ﷺ)?’ So I said: ‘I have not had a planned time to see him since such and such time.’ She rebuked me, so I said to her: ‘Let me go to the Prophet (ﷺ) so that I may perform Maghrib (prayer) with him, and ask him to seek forgiveness for you and I.’ So I came to the Prophet (ﷺ), and I prayed Maghrib with him, then he prayed until he prayed Al-‘Isha. Then he turned, and I followed him, and he heard my voice, and said: ‘Who is this? Hudhaifah?’ I said: ‘Yes.’ He said: “What is your need, may Allah forgive you and your mother?’ He said: ‘Indeed, this is an angel that never descended to the earth ever before tonight. He sought permission from his Lord to greet me with peace and to give me the glad tidings that Fatimah is the chief of the women of Paradise, and that Al-Hasan and Al-Husain are the chiefs of the youths of the people of Paradise.'”

The righteous mother ‘Ulayyah bint Hasaan the Mawlah of Bani Shaybaan (may Allah have mercy upon her) came with her son Isma’eel to Abdul-Waarith bin Sa’eed. al-Khateeb al-Baghdad reported in Tareekh al-Baghdad (9/230) in the biography of Isma’eel bin ‘Ulayyah with a Saheeh Isnad from the route of Ubaidullah bin Aisha, who is Ubaidullah bin Muhammad bin Hafs who said: Abdul-Waarith said: ” ‘Ulayyah came to me with her son and said: “This is my son who will be with you to take from your good manners”. He said: “He (Isma’eel) was the most beautiful boy in Basrah”. He said: “If I passed by a people sitting. I said to him: “Go forth”. And then I would come after him to the Muhaddith. Ibrahim al-Harbi said, and he is the narrator from Ubadiallah bin ‘Aisha: “Ibn Uyaynah and the people of Basrah left from there not doubting that Isma’eel was more firm in knowledge then Abdul-Waarith”.

And ‘Ulayyah bint Hasaan (may Allah have mercy upon her) was a honorable and intelligent woman as Ibn Sa’d described her in at-Tabaqaat in the biography of her son Isma’eel (7/190)” [Sifaatul-Mar’atis-Saaliha (pg. 133)]

Translated by

Faisal bin Abdul Qaadir bin Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan