The Prophet’s Wives -Hafs Bint Umar


March 8, 2013 by theislampost

She was Hafsa bint ‘Umar Ibn al-Khattab. Allah supported Islam by means of her father ’Umar. She was beautiful and pious woman. She got married to Khunis Ibn Hudhata Ibn Qays as-Sahami from Quraish. He was a part of the two emigrations: to Abyssinia and to Madina. He fought in Bard and Uhud. In the latter battIe he was fatally wounded and died shortly thereafter. Hafsa was eighteen years by then.

Umar was depressed for his daughter’s, affliction who became a widow at such a young age. Whenever he went home and saw his sad daughter, he grieved. After a long period of thinking he decided to choose a husband for her to provide her with what she had lost of repose along six months, or more.

He first chose Abu Bakr, (may Allah be pleased with him) the dearest person to the Prophet (pbuh) ‘Umar, at once, went to Abu Bakr to offer him his daughter for marriage. ‘Umar thought that Abu Bakr would not refuse to marry a young pious woman who was the daughter of the man by whom Allah supported Islam. Having sympathetically listened to him, Abu Bakr did not respond.

’Umar went back with a broken heart and almost did not believe what had happened. He then went to Uthman Ibn Affan whose wife, Ruqayya, the daughter of the Prophet had recently died. Having
offered him his daughter to marry, he apologized by saying, “I think 1 would not like to marry at the present time.”

Umar’s gloom increased by Uthman‘s refusal, which followed Abu Bakr’s. He became angry with his two intimate friends. Then, he went to the Prophet (pbuh) complaining about Abu Bakr and ’Uthman. Thereupon, the Prophet (pbuh) smiled and said,

“Hafsa will get married to someone who is better than Uthman and Uthman will get married to someone who is better than Hafsa.”

                            (Reported by al-Bukhari)

Accordingly ’Umar was elated to receive such a great honour which he never thought about it. He went off to tell whomever he met. When Abu Bakr met him, he realized the source of his joy. Therefore, he congratulated him and apologized by saying, “Do not be angry with me, ’Umar. The Prophet has mentioned Hafsa before and I could not disclose the Prophet’s secret (pbuh). Had he left
her, I would have married her.”

All people in Madina was pleased with the Prophet’s marriage to Hafsa bint ‘Umar. It was contracted in the month of Sha’ban in the third year of Hijra. They blessed the marriage of ’Uthman to Umm Kulthum bint Muhamrned (pbuh) in the month of Jumada al-Akhirah in the same year as well. Thus, Hafsa joined the rank of the Prophet’s pure wives, mothers of the faithful who were, by then, Sawdah and ‘Aisha.

Among the other wives of the Prophet (pbuh), ’Aisha was the most intimate and closest one to Hafsa. His father, once, said to her, “How would you be like ‘Aisha and how would your father be
like hers?”

lt is Hafsa and ‘Aisha who backed up each other against the Prophet (pbuh). Consequently Allah the Almighty said,

(if ye two tum in repentance to Allah, your hearts are indeed so inclined,. but if ye back up each other against him, truly Allah is his protector and Gabriel)
                                      (A t- Tahrim: 4)

It is narrated that the prophet (pbuh) divorced Hafsa once when she backed up against him. Then he took her back according to Jibreel’ s command:

“Take Hafsa back; she fasts and prays in the night all the time.”

Hafsa realized the gravity of what she had done to her noble husband when she disclosed his secret. But after the Prophet forgave her, she lived in tranquility and repose again.

When the Prophet (pbuh) died and Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) succeeded him, it was Hafsa who was chosen to keep the first copy of the glorious Qur’an. She kept on worshipping Allah devoutly, fasting, praying and keeping the copy of the Muslim constitution, the immortal miracle and the source of legislation and belief.

When her father, the caliph of the Muslim felt that he was about to die after he was stabbed by Abu Lu’lu’a, the Zoroastrian in the month of Zul-Hijjah; 23 AH Hafsa was the guard of what he left of

She (may Allah be pleased with her) died in Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan’s era after she commended her brother ‘Abdullah with what she had been commended by her father. May Allah be pleased with
the guard of the Qur’an.



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2 thoughts on “The Prophet’s Wives -Hafs Bint Umar

  1. luci2nura says:

    Masha Allah.


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