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"'Umar took his wife Zaynab, their daughter Hafsah and their young son Abdullah. Hafsah's husband, Khunays of Sahm, was also with them." - Muhammad, Life Based on Earliest Sources by Martin Lings.
- The companions of prophet Mohammad migrated from their homeland to save themselves from the persecution.
- Among them were a lady named Hafsah and her husband.
"In the year which followed the return from Badr (The Battle of Badr) the family of Umar suffered two losses. The first of these was the death of his son-in-law Khunays, the husband of his daughter Hafsah. He had been one of the emigrants to Abyssinia, and it was on his return that the marriage had taken place. Hafsah was only eighteen years old when she became a widow." - ibid.
- The lady Hafsah became a widow after her husband died in a battle.
The Fourth Marriage
"For her father it was very painful to see his daughter in this state. Her silent courage under these circumstance, her patient prayers and her study of the Quran irradiated her countenance with spiritual beauty and innocence, but there was also a sadness because of the harsh loneliness that had become part of their life." - Great Women of Islam by Ghadanfar
- Sadness and sorrow affected this widowed woman's family, especially to her father.
The father of this widowed women approached one of the prominent person named Uthman, to receive his widowed daughter, in marriage.
"Uthman answered that he was not presently planning on marriage" - ibid.
He again, approached another prominent person named Abu Bakr, to receive his widowed daughter, in marriage.
"He too lowered his gaze and did not answer him." - ibid.
With the decline of the offer to marry his daughter, by the two prominent persons, the father of this widowed woman was upset.
"He was very upset and worried at the turn of events; in a sense it was an affront to him and his position as a sincere defender of the faith. People, he thought, would consider it an honor to have an alliance by marriage with him."- ibid.
As the leader of the faithful, he approached prophet Mohammad.
"With this grievance he went to prophet and explained to him the position he found himself in. The Prophet smilingly answered that he should neither grieve nor worry and Allah willing he would find a man better than Uthman for Hafsah"- ibid.
This was the point at which prophet Mohammad implied his willingness to marry the widowed women.
The Response of The Father
"Umar Farooq could not believe his ears; his daughter would have the honor of joining the selected band of women who were known as The Mothers of The Believers!"- ibid.
- The wives of prophet Mohammad are mothers of believers.
Who Was This Woman?
"She was from the women who fasted and prayed in the night. And from those women who feared Allah." - Imam Ad-Dahabi
Here again, we see prophet Mohammad marrying a widowed women, who was leading a life on the principles such as the Marriage Principle - 1 i.e.
"A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a losers." - Prophet Mohammad.
What a Life It Was
Prophet Mohammad married Hafsah. One day the father of this woman came to visit prophet Mohammad.
Umar said: "I visited Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he was lying on a mat. I sat down and he drew up his lower garment over him and he had nothing (else) over him, and that the mat had left its marks on his sides." - Imam Bukhari.
Umar said: "I looked with my eyes in the store room of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him). I found only a handful of barley ..." - Imam Bukhari.
Umar said: "I was moved to tears (on seeing this extremely austere living of the Holy Prophet)" - Imam Bukhari.
Prophet Asked: "Son of Khattab, what makes you weep?" - Imam Bukhari.
Umar said: "Apostle of Allah, why should I not shed tears? This mat has left its marks on your sides and I do not see in your storeroom (except these few things) that I have seen; Caesar (The King of Rome) and Closroes (The King of Persia) are leading their lives in plenty whereas you are Allah's Messenger. His chosen one, and that is your store!" - Imam Bukhari.
Prophet said: "Ibn Khattab, aren't you satisfied that for us (there should be the prosperity) of the Hereafter (life after death), and for them (there should be the prosperity of) this world?"
- Imam Bukhari.
Her Contribution as A Wife of Prophet Mohammad
1. A Scholar of Her Time
"She memorized 60 Hadith from prophet peace be upon him. She was considered as one of the great scholars among the companions of prophet Mohammad. She was from the people who memorized entire Quran." - Imam Ad-Dahabi
2. The Guardian of Glorious Quran
"She was The Guardian of Quran" - Imam AdDahabi.
- She was The Only Woman who was given The One & Only Written Copy of Quran, at that time, to guard it.
"Then the complete manuscripts (copy) of the Qur'an remained with Abu Bakr till he died, then with 'Umar till the end of his life, and then with Hafsah, the daughter of Umar" - Imam Bukhari.
- She was among the few ladies who knew how to read and write and in whose hands the one and only manuscripts of Quran remained.
Among other things, as a wife of prophet Mohammad, she contributed on the following titles.
* Etiquette on Fasting
* Etiquette on Recommended Prayers
* Rules on Friday Prayer
* Rules on The Recitation of Quran
* Rules on the recommended Pilgrimage
* News on The Anti Christ
Her position as the wife of prophet Mohammad was illuminated by her title - The Guardian of Glorious Quran. This title paved the way for the billions of copies of Quran throughout the centuries, till this day.
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