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Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A)

Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (R.A) was the father of Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A), and Hazrat e Sayyidah Zainab bint Mazoon (R.A) was her mother. Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) was first married to Hazrat Khanees bin Huzaafah (R.A), and both later made Hijrat to Madina Shareef.

Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) was unfortunately widowed when her husband passed away from an injury he had sustained in either the Battle of Badr or Uhud. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) later performed Nikaah (Marriage) with her.

Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) was a very generous, fearless and intelligent person who was a shade of her father. She would always recite the Holy Quran, keep fast and constantly engage herself in Ibaadat (Worship).

Hazrat Umar (R.A) remained in constant thought of her, hoping that she may not cause sadness to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) due to her hot temper, and would always say, “Hafsa (R.A), ask me for whatever you want. Don't demand anything from Rasoolullah (S.A.W) or make Him sorrowful. If He (S.A.W) becomes angry with you, you'll cause the anger of Allah (S.W.T) to befall you”.

Together with being devoted to Ibaadat, Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) was also a recognised Jurist and Scholar of Hadith with a total of 60 Hadith Shareef being narrated by her. Five of which are recorded in Bukhari Shareef, while the others in several other books of Hadith.

Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) had many students from the Sahabah Iqraam (R.A) and Taabi'een (R.A) in the field of Hadith, including her own brother Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (R.A).

Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) passed away in the month of Shabaan 45 AH in Madina Shareef, during the rule of Hazrat Ameer Muaawiya (R.A).

The appointed governor of Madina at that time, Marwaan bin Hikam (R.A), lead her Janazah Salah (Funeral Prayer) and also carried her Janazah for some distance along with Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R.A).

Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) was then laid in her grave by her two brothers, Hazrat Aasim (R.A) and Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (R.A), as well as, Hazrat Salim, Abdullah and Hamza (R.A) (sons of Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (R.A)).

Her blessed grave is in Jannatul Baqi with the other Azwaaj e Mutaharaat (R.A). Hazrat e Sayyidah Hafsa (R.A) was either 60 or 63 at the time of her demise. (Zarqaani, Vol. 3, Pg. 236-8).