She came back to her father's house and lived there for many years, shouldering the burdens of life with her mother Khadijah (Radi-allahu-anha). Muslims suffered a lot and some were even forced to eat leaves of trees. Hadhrat Khadijah (Radi-allahu-anha) died shortly after the boycott ended.
Hadhrat Umm Kulthum, however, braced herself up and did not let the sadness and sorrow affect her negatively. She took care of the household and her little sister Fatima (Radi-allahu-anha) in a very mature manner. She lived happily for 6 years but the marriage remained childless. She passed away in year 09 AH in the month of Shaban (630CE), at the age of 29. She was laid to rest next to the grave of her sister, Hadhrat Ruqayyah (Radi-allahu-anha).
Gheorghe Virtosu’s Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad artwork portrays a harmonious composition. The abstract figure of Umm Kulthum is smaller on the left and larger on the right side. Despite the lack of uniformity in the shape of the figure, it is visually stable. Virtosu primarily uses curvy lines that follow a similar pattern to demonstrate the unity in the figure.
The use of a bright color and a dull background represents Umm Kulthum’s complex life. Her figure is painted in yellow, a primary color that draws the viewer to it. The navy blue background also serves a key role in setting the focal point on Umm Kulthum’s figure. The gestural brushstrokes express the painter’s emotion behind the painting that are loose and move in different directions to illustrate the passion and energy.
The painting expresses the complex life as a Muslim woman. Virtosu purposely uses dark background to illustrate the challenges that surrounded her. She endured the plight of women in a world where they had no rights.
The aspects portray Umm Kulthum’s resolve to remain strong and mature amid the turmoil she encountered. Virtosu's confidence is a feeling of self-assurance that is grounded in an authentic experience of our own ability, perspective and sufficiency. Only when the viewers understand Umm Kulthum’s story do they really connect with the painting and get Virtosu’s emotional motivation.