Hafsa was the daughter of Umar ibn al Khattab. Abdullah bin ‘Umar was her brother. In her growing years, she was brought up in an Islamic environment. Her parents, her aunts and uncles were already Muslims. Hafsa was an extremely religious lady who used to spend her time in prayer and fasting. An excellent writer and orator, an ardent follower of Islam.
She was married to Khanis bin Huthafah. He was influenced by the teaching of Abu Bakr (R.A) and had accepted Islam. Khanis (R.A) was a Martyr in the Battle of Badr. Hafsa (R.A) was then 19 years old.
Grieved by Hafsa being made a widow so young, Umar asked both Abu Bakr and Uthman ibn Affan, one after another, if they would like to marry her, but they both declined because they knew that Nabi (S.A.W) had expressed an interest in marrying her. When Umar went to Nabi (S.A.W) to complain about their behaviour, Nabi (S.A.W) smiled, and said, “Hafsa will marry one better than Uthman and Uthman will marry one better than Hafsa.” Umar was startled and then realized that it was the Rasool of Allah (S.A.W) asking for her hand in marriage. He was overcome with delight.
A’isha and Sawda were already part of Nabi (S.A.W)’s household. Thus Hafsah was joined in marriage to Nabi (S.A.W) in the 3rd year after Hijrah, before the Battle of Uhud. At this time, Hafsa was about twenty years old and Nabi (S.A.W) fifty-six. By this marriage, Nabi (S.A.W) strengthened the ties between two of His (S.A.W) closest Companions. The two who would become the first two rightly guided Khalifs after His (S.A.W)’s death. He was now married to the daughter of Abu Bakr, A’isha and to the daughter of Umar, Hafsa.
Hafsa was never at a loss for words, and was not afraid to argue with Nabi (S.A.W), who was content to allow her to say what she thought. One day, while speaking to Hafsa’s mother, Umar said, “I think I shall so and so.” Whereupon his wife replied, “But it would be better if you did such and such.” “Are you arguing with me, woman?” said Umar. “Why not?” she answered. “Your daughter keeps arguing with Nabi (S.A.W) until she upsets him for the whole day.” Umar immediately put on his cloak and went directly to Hafsa’s house. “Is it true that you argue with Nabi (S.A.W)?” he asked. “Indeed I do.” She replied. Umar was just about to chastise her for what he considered were bad manners, when Nabi (S.A.W) came into the room and would not allow him to even touch her.
After Nabi (S.A.W) passed away, Hafsa was made responsible for preserving the original writings of the Qur’an. Like A’isha, Hafsa memorized the entire Qur’an by heart. A’isha and Hafsa were close friends. Hafsa had such noble qualities and such an amiable nature that A’isha remarked that among wives of Nabi (S.A.W) only she could compare with her.
Jibra’eel (A.S) once told Nabi (S.A.W) about Hafsa (R.A): “She is an often fasting and worshipping lady and she will be your wife in Paradise too.” [Mustadrak Al-Hakim 4/15]
Hafsa lived with Nabi (S.A.W) in Madinah Munawwarah for eight years and lived on for another thirty four years after his death. She had narrated about 60 Ahadith. Hafsa passed away, aged 63. Hafsa (R.A) was fasting at the time of her death. Before passing away, she asked Abdullah (R.A) to give all her property in charity.
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