Friday, May 20, 2011

Great Women in Islam

The answer for this week's quiz question (Which of the Prophet's (PBUH) wives was entrusted with the great task of preserving the written verses of the Holy Qur'aan? ) is:

  • She was the daughter of Umar ibn al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him).
  • She was 1st married to a man known as Hisn ibn Hudhafah, who participated in the Battle of Badr and then fell ill at Madinah and died.
  • She then became a widow and her father Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) became worried and decided to find her a suitable husband.
  • Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) thus approached Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with Him) and asked him if he would marry Hafsah (May Allah be pleased with her). On this request Abu Bakr remained silent and Umar was distressed.
  • Umar then approached Uthmaan (May Allah be pleased with him) for the marriage of his daughter Hafsah, but Uthmaan was still mourning the loss of his wife Ruqayyah (May Allah be pleased with her), the daughter of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
  • The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) then saw Umar in this distressed condition and inquired about this.
  • The Messenger (PBUH) calmed Umar down and said to him; “Hafsah shall marry someone who is better than Uthmaan and Uthmaan shall marry someone who is better than Hafsah.”
  • Although Umar didn’t fully understand, he was calmed.
  • When Umar told Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with them) what the Prophet (PBUH) had said, then Abu Bakr told Umar that the Prophet (PBUH) mentioned Hafsah to him and showed an interest in marrying her. This was the reason for Abu Bakr’s silence, and he said that he would otherwise have married Hafsah.
  • Uthmaan was promised in marriage Umm Kulthoom, who was also the daughter of the Prophet (PBUH) thus the Prophet’s (PBUH) words were understood.
  • That is the story of how Hafsah entered the household of the Prophet (PBUH) as one of the Mothers of the Believers.

  • She was the closest to A’isha of all the Prophet’s (PBUH) wives. It was like the two of them were sisters, and they always agreed and never argued.
  • Hafsah was somewhat stern and tough in nature.
  • Due to her nature, the Prophet (PBUH) divorced her once.
  • According to Ahadeeth, On this, the angel Jibra’eel (Gabriel) came to the Prophet (PBUH) and told him; “Take Hafsah back, for she frequently fasts and prays in the night. And she is your wife in Paradise.”
  • The Prophet (PBUH) thus took Hafsah back .
  • Hafsah could read and write. This was an accomplishment that was very rare amongst women and men at that time.
  • An indication of the importance of this ability was that Hafsah’s house was the place where the revealed verses of the Holy Qur’aan (written on palm branches, slates and other material) was kept.

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  1. Masha'Allah!! Sister, I have to say it again: It's such a gift that you take the time to share this with us and help educate us even more on our deen. May Allah (swt) award you for your efforts, ameen.
    <3 Lots of love and hugs in your direction.

  2. Jazakallah Khayr dear rose water, I can just hope that Allah (SWT) accepts my efforts whcih are minor, and inshaa Allah that Allah accepts all of our efforts. Alhamdullillah this is actually such a wonderful learning experience for me as well.

    Thanks so much for your constant positivity, stay well and have a great weekend.

  3. I join rosewater on her comment. It is a real blessing to have you nourishing our souls and lives with such beautiful exemples. May God reward you with many joys. Any effort, even minor, are true gifts.
    Stay well and have a lovely and bright sunday.

  4. Thanks so much Marie. I really appreciate you beautiful ladies, and I am so glad that we can all take inspiration from such beautiful and amazing women as these, May Allah always be pleased with them and with us, inshaa Allah.

    Have a wonderful day and a great week ahead!

  5. Assalaam Alaikum Zarina,

    JazakAllah khair for sharing more about the life of Hafsa (radhiAllahu 'anha). I love your Great Women in Islam series because I always take back so much from your posts, and love reading about the lives of the Mothers of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with them all).

    By the way, I know you've already recently completed this award, but I wanted to let you know that I passed back the Butterfly award to you because you totally deserve it again. =)

  6. Sara

    Jazakallah Khayr to you. Alhamdullillah I'm so glad you find these posts beneficial.

    Also, thanks so much for passing the award on to me!

    Stay well always;-]

  7. This is great information Zarina. Nice to browse around on your blog again. I hope you are well and in good health.

  8. Thanks Maryam

    Alhamdullillah I am doing well with the Grace and Mercy of Allah. I hope that you are doing well too.

  9. I'm doing well. Tired with a lot too do, but can't complain. I feel I'm learning a lot though. And I think its at times like these we get insight into meanings of the Quran.

    Do you think you'll be adding any info on Prophets? I know this is a Muslim women exposed blog, but you're doing a superb job in informing people about Islam and I'd love to see it. But don't feel pressured! If you can't right now or its not an interest that's no problem.

    Have a great day and weekend. :)
    May Allah Bless you and your family.

  10. Jazakallah Khayr Maryam

    I know about having a lot to do and sometimes it feels like time is way too short, but as you say, we can't complain. Alhamdullillah, we should be thankful for what Allah allows us to do.

    I honestly am so humbled that people are finding this series so beneficial, Allah is truly the greatest and I feel honoured to have the chance to write about the most amazing women.

    I haven't thought about doing something on the Prophets, but its actually a good idea, and there are so many lessons for us to learn from the lives of the Prophets (alaihis salaam), even as women. So inshaa Allah, who knows, if Allah wills then I may decide to do that after this series. We'll see how it goes.

    May Allah bless you and your family as well.

    Stay well always.

  11. i would like to say thanks a lot first, i do remember exact the time in my lower classes, when i was metric, or lower than it,, one of our great teacher, he used to tell us all the Islamic stories,,, and i do remember this one from there still.. in today world, every is busy with their lives, and no body can have enough time to read, understand Quran and go for the Islamic information,, i would suggest them the internet would be the best tool for them to keep in touch with Islamic information's,, and many more,, in any free time, they can get good inflammations form internet..

  12. Anonymous, Thank you for your comment, it's true that there is a lot of good information that you can get from the internet, and many people prefer reading things on the internet, we must just be careful of the sites we read things on because there's not much control of what people can put up and not everyting is true.