Sarah Alaihas Salaam the wife of Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam and the mother of Ishaaq Alaihis Salaam. Her speaking to the angels and the angels informing her that she is a source of Allah’s mercy and blessings on all families is mentioned in the Qur’aan.
A story concerning her piety and acceptance of her duas has been mentioned in a Hadith. When Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam migrated towards Syria, she also accompanied him. On the way they approached the village of an oppressive king. Someone went and informed him that a very beautiful woman has come to your state. He sent for Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam and asked him : “Who is the woman that is accompanying you?” He replied: “My sister in Deen.” He did not say that she is his wife because if he did so, the king would have killed him. When he returned to Sarah, He said to her” Do not deny what I said (to the king) because you are my sister in Deen.” Thereafter, the king had her captured and brought to him. When she realized that he had evil intentions, she made wudhu, offered her salaat, and made dua to Allah saying:” O Allah! If I have brought imaan on your prophet (i.e. Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam) and have always protected mu respect and honour, then do not allow this kaafir to gain control over me.” The result of this dua was that the moment he tried to touch her, he was overpowered (by Allah), he choked and began striking the ground with his feet (in agony). He said to her Pray to Allah for me and I will do you no harm. She thought to herself that if he dies, people will say that she killed him. She therefore made a dua and he immediately recovered. He tried to touch her again, but she made another dua (and he was overpowered once again). He repeated his promise, but broke it once more. She therefore made another dua. In short, this incident took place 3 times. Eventually he shouted to his servants asking them :” What is this calamity that you have brought to me. Take her away and let her go.” Hajirah Alahas Salaam who was from the Qibti tribe was also wrongfully enslaved by him. Allah had protected her honour aswell. He handed her over to Sarah for her service. They both went back to Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam with respect and honour.
Lesson: O, women! Look what a great thing piety is and how Allah safeguards such people. We also learn that salaat removes calamities and duas are accepted. If one experiences any problems and difficulties, one should immediately occupy oneself I optional salaat and duas.