Sadmah Abdullnaby Marafie
1884 – 1958
Born in 1884 and married to Hussain Marafie, Sadmah
Abdullnaby Marafie gave birth to four sons; Ali, Mohammad
Jawad, Mohammad Rafie, and Abdulhameed.
She had inherited the fortune and trade from her father
Abdulnaby, who was a well known businessman. He owned large
fleet of ship, and was considered as one of Kuwait’s five
men, who saved the people of Kuwait from severe famine known
by the name of "Alhailak", which means "The Famine." Sadmah,
a distinguished Kuwaiti lady, was widely known as "Um Ali"
(the mother of Ali). She was smart, and obliging. She was of
a tremendous help to Kuwaiti women on all occasions. People
of those days were friendly and affectionate. She
established her wheat trade business by importing wheat from
Bandar Ma'shoor. Haj Nassrullah Marafie would market the
imported produce. She also was interested in textile and
ornaments that were imported from India.
She expanded her trade. She took a house beside her
residence on rent. The house was one of Al-Barrak’s family
properties. She used the rented property both as storage for
her merchandize and as a beauty saloon. She enjoyed her gift
of dressing up the bride with gold and jewellery.
Sadmah Abdullnaby was a skilled herbal practitioner. This is
something she acquired when her husband Hussain Marafie had
been indisposed due to lack of appropriate treatment
availability in Kuwait. In search of a right treatment they
left for Sheeraz in Iran and stayed during the entire course
of herbal treatment received from an authentic practitioner.
He treated patients using wild herbs.
Sadmah being smart and intelligent observed and learnt the
scientific, technical and practical applications of herbs
for various illnesses. By His grace, by the time Hussain
Marafie recovered completely after having undergone the most
skilful and effective treatment of the renowned
practitioner, Sadmah too mastered the skill through her keen
observation. While returning, Sadmah brought along with her
the herbal treatment methods too to be applied on the needy
in Kuwait. An agreement with the practitioner facilitated
her to replenish the stock of medicine whenever needed.
Sadmah opened her own clinic to treat the people of Kuwait
and those of the desert (the Bedouin). She was known among
the Bedouins for her generosity and patience. Her clinic was
well received especially by ladies and kids. She even dealt
with pregnancy and infertility, all on humanitarian and