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Rufaidah bint Sa'ad was a pioneer of nursing in Islam. She lived at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the 1st century AH/8th century CE. Her full name was Rufaidah bint Sa'ad of the Bani Aslam tribe of the Khazraj tribal confederation in Madinah. She was born in Yathrib before the migration of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She was among the first people in Madina to accept Islam and was one of the Ansar women who welcomed the Prophet on arrival in Madina.