Sunday, December 13, 2009

Muslim Women to look up to : Hazrat Hafsah

It's important that as Muslimahs we have our own role models to look up to. We don't look to the latest stars, celebrities, models and politicians for our examples. Instead we look to the Muslimahs of yesterday and today. We are beautiful, strong, intelligent women with voices to be heard. Always have been and always will be. We are the mothers, the teachers, the listeners, the supporters and the backbone of our Ummah.

Her name and lineage
Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha) was the daughter of Hazrat Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu), the second Caliph of Islam. She was born four years before the declaration of Prophethood by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Her mother’s name was Zainab bint Mazoon, and Hafsah was also the real sister of the famous companion Uthman Bin Mazoon (Radi’Allahu Anhu).

Marriage to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha)’s first marriage was to Khunais Bin Hazafa who belonged to the family of Banu Sahm. She accepted Islam along with her husband and her parents and migrated to Medina. In the Battle of Badr, Khunais received injuries and because of these, was eventually martyred. Hazrat Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu) was very concerned about Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha)’s re-marriage. At the time, Hazrat Ruqayya (Radi’Allahu Anha) (daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) who was married to Hazrat Uthman (Radi’Allahu Anhu)) also passed away. Knowing this, Hazrat Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu) met with Hazrat Uthman (Radi’Allahu Anhu) and expressed his wish to give his daughter Hafsah in wedlock to him. Hazrat Uthman (Radi’Allahu Anhu) promised to consider but declined after a few days. This disappointed Hazrat Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu).

Hazrat Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu) mentioned the whole episode to Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radi’Allahu Anhu) who remained quite, this further disappointed Hazrat Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu). After this, he himself proposed the re-marriage to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) which the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) accepted. After the marriage, Abu Bakr (Radi’Allahu Anhu) met with Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu), and told him that his silence on the proposal was because he wished to keep secret the intention of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to marry Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha).

Her Knowledge
Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha) had an excellent knowledge base for religious points. Seeing this eagerness in her, the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) took a keen interest in her learning and education. As many as sixty traditions are reported to be narrated by Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha) on the authority of Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu) and the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

Once the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha), that he hoped all the companions who had fought in the Battle of Badr, and all who were associated with the Peace treaty at Hudaibiya never enter the Hell-Fire. To this Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha) stated, “Allah has declared in the Holy Qur’aan that every one of you shall have to pass over the bridge of Hell. The next part of the verse reads, ‘Then We shall exonerate and save those who feared God in their earthly life and let those who had been unjust fall in the Hell-fire on their knees’.”

Conduct and Behaviour
Ibn-e-Sa’ad stated, “Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha) was constant and persevering in observing her fasts and in her long prayers at night. In another narration, it is stated that she observed fasts even up to her last moment when she left this world.

Hafsa (Radi’Allahu Anha) was a little sharp in temperament, at times she argued with the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Imam Bukhari has narrated in his Book of Traditions on the authority of Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu), who said, “During the pre-Islamic days of Jahiliyya, we cared not in the least for the women folk. Islam granted them a social status and verses of the Holy Qur’aan were revealed in favour of their rights which made us (male Muslims) mindful of their dignity and social status. One day my wife gave her opinion to me on a particular matter. I said to her, ‘What business do you have in extending views and opinion?’ On this she said to me, ‘Ibn-e-Khattab! You do not tolerate even such slight things from me whereas your daughter enters into argument with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), making him unhappy for the whole day.’

Her Death
Hafsah (Radi’Allahu Anha) died in the month of Sha’ban in the year 45AH. Marwan, the governor of Medina said her funeral prayer and accompanied her pier for a long distance. Abu Hurairah (Radi’Allahu Anhu) took the dead body to the precincts of her grave and her brother, Abdullah Bin Umar (Radi’Allahu Anhu), accompanied by his sons, Asim, Salim, Abdullah and Hamzah, laid her to her eternal rest.

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  1. A'salaamu alaikum. Jazakallahu khair sisters for posting this story! I love reading about the lives of the sahaba, especially the Mothers of Islam that we, as modern women, can look up to and hope to emulate insha'allah.

    Ma salaama,

    Sr. Jeanna

  2. Thanks for the Story guys should just do one on all the Mothers of Islam and sahabas! :-D

  3. Wow why are all women so typical? "Girl power!" "We can do it!" "Women can do what men can do!" I mean seriously? If you think women have "soo many problems" think again. Women are not the only ones who deal with racial prejudice you know. I know a guy who has been accused of being in FBI's most wanted at the airport because of his name. Seriously SOME women are so ignorant and they don't realize what the men are going through themselves. Its all about "girl power" and "we can do what men can do, like growing Adam's Apples." You know part of men's problems is the women because they are so selfish. For example, I want to buy a car and the navigation is $2,000. The wife would be like, "noo way don't waste our money on that crap." First: its the my money since I am the one working and i earned it; second: how is a $2,000 rock any better? I mean diamonds are shiny but all they do is NOT break. That's it, they don't do something. At least navigation will get me to places and I can use it plus it's a nice little touch to the car that will show off as a valuable and nice accessory. Yeah, I bet if it's the wife's car she wouldn't say a thing. So don't go on making blogs about "female power" or "power to the 'X' chromosome." You don't see men making blogs about their "struggles." Besides, a lot of the things on this website isn't modest, no woman is supposed to wear that much make up if they wear hijab because hijab is a symbol of modesty.

  4. What is with all the "girl empowering" crap. You're a woman, the 19th Amendment already gave you all your rights so quit blogging about your issues. When i found this website after looking up hijab images (don't ask why), i laughed so hard. There isn't a "" talking about how "man power. Nobody knows what we're going through but us. Ugh we have so many many problems as men lets blog about it." Why don't you pay attention to bigger things like talking about supporting Palestine or the issues with Iraq. You know, things that matter. Or maybe the struggles that Muslims ,in general, face. Seriously nobody cares if somebody thought you were weird because you wear a head scarf. Kids at my college think I'm gay because I don't hang out with girls or because I'm a virgin. I get called a terrorist like everyday. It's not insulting, although it should be, but it's very annoying. So don't feel sorry for yourselves because everybody has problems. It's called life and most of the time it isn't fair.

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  6. As Salaam Aalaikum Sisters,
    May Allah(SWT) reward you all for the good job you're doing. Ameen and May Allah(SWT) continue to guide the Ummah to the right path. Ameena Ya Rabbi

    This is a respond to the ANNONYMOUS PERSON #1 WHO. I pray that Allah(SWT) clean your heart and have mercy on you and forgive you for attacking the Sisters at Muslimah 2 Muslimah. Ameen. This is a letter to you for Fisabillah. If I said anything right in this letter it is from Allah(azza wal jallah) and I said anything wrong it is from me and shaytaani. It was not necessary to write such a negative comment. What has happened to Al Adab (the Islamic etiquettes) that our Habibi Rasula (SAWS) taught us? Here are Aahadith (Sahiih Sunnah from our Beloved Anbiya (SAWS) - In Imam Bukhari's Book of Manners #313, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, and Hakim
    "AbdAllah reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, "A believer is not a fault-finder and is not abusive, obscene, or course." We are brothers and sisters in the deen. And here is another AAHadith - From the same book #889 and Ibn Hibban-
    "Amr ibn al 'As said, "...I am amazed at one who spots an impurity in the eye of another but is unable to detect it in his/her own eye, or who attempts to remove a grudge from another's heart while making no attempt to remove grudges from his/her own heart. I have never blamed anyone for the confidences of mine that they have betrayed. How could I, when already they have given me reason for pause?"
    We are Muslims, unlike the Non-Muslims, we should follow all of the ways and doing of our Beloved Prophet(SAWS). Allah(SWT) blessed us with a Book, Al Kitabul Quddus, that is a guidance for us in this life, and a key to Al Jannah. I understand that that is your opinion and in this so called freedom of speech society we are told to speak our opinions. However, we are not like them, we are not Kuffar, We are Mumineen and we are the best of this Society. In every parts of our life, we should act and behave like Mumineen. I pray that Allah(SWT) forgive us for our sins and have mercy on us and make us return back the true teaching of Al Islam and AS- Sunnan.
    As Salaam Aalikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

  7. "O you who believe! do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, and do not speak loud to him as you speak loud to one another, lest your deeds became null while you do not perceive." (Quran, al-Hujraat: 2)

    You want a person (regardless of being a man or a woman) who argued with Prophet Muhammad (s) and was sharp in temperament to be a role model for Muslim women! The fact that Marwan ibn al-Hakam who was exiled by Prophet Muhammad (s) during the Prophet's own lifetimes, did her funeral prayers says enough.

    In addition, you claim not to want Western role models but have put on hijab on a "Western" symbol based on "Western" ideology as your article's picture.


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