|Wife of the Prophet (s)|
|Full Name||Hafsa bt. 'Umar b. Khattab|
|Well-known Relatives||The Prophet (s),'Umar b. Khattab, 'Uthman b. Maz'un|
|Birth||5 years before Bi'that/605-6|
|Place of Birth||Mecca|
|Places of Residence||Mecca, Medina|
|Burial Place||Al-Baqi' cemetery|
|Name||Date of Marriage|
|Sawda||(before Hijra/before 622)|
|Aisha||(1,2, or 4/622, 623, or 625)|
|Zaynab (bt. Khuzayma)||(3/624)|
|Zaynab (bt. Jahsh)||(5/627)|
|Juwayriyya||(5 or 6/626 or 627)|
|Umm Habiba||(6 or 7/627 or 628)|
Ḥafṣa bt. ʿUmar b. al-Khaṭṭāb (Arabic: حفصه بنت عمر بن الخطّاب) (b. 18 BH/605-6 - d. 45/665-6) was one of the wives of the Prophet (s), who got married to him in Sha'ban, 3/625, after the death of her first husband.
Together with Aisha, the other wife of the Prophet (s), they were the two who resented the Prophet (s), and the first and forth verses of the Qur'an 66 have observed this incident. She also was the one who, though discouraged later on by her brother, resolved to accompany Aisha in a rebellion against Imam 'Ali (a) in the Battle of Jamal.
Marriage to Khunays
Before the emigration of the Prophet (s) to Medina, she got married to Khunays b. Hudhafa al-Sahmi. Together with her husband then, they immigrated to Medina. Khunays, though sick, attended the Battle of Badr, and died a short while after the battle
Marriage to the Prophet (s)
There are historical reports that Abu Bakr and 'Uthman b. 'Affan had proposed to her before her marriage to the Prophet (s), but these reports are not reliable The Prophet (s) made her a bridal gift (mahr) of 400 dirhams
Taking orders from the Prophet (s) a woman named Shafa, the daughter of 'Abd Allah al-'Adwiyya, who was a literate woman in the pre-Islamic period, taught her how to write.
Hurting the Prophet (s)
It is narrated in some hadiths that the Prophet (s) was determined to divorce her, but Jabra'il (Gabriel) discouraged him. Likewise, those hadiths which have reported her divorce, have mentioned that Jabra'il suggested the revocation. These reports are mostly mentioned in Traditionalists and Hanbali sources and are not reliable.
By the time Hafsa and Aisha found out that the Prophet (s), due to his illness, was to send Imam 'Ali (a) to say prayer in the mosque in his place, they went after their fathers and brought them to the Prophet (s).
In the Time of 'Uthman
After the death of her father, 'Umar, also, she, according to his will, conserved the Qur'an manuscripts which were compiled during the caliphate of Abu Bakr, and in the process of the final compilation of Qur'an, she provided 'Uthman with those manuscripts, which were returned to her afterwards
Battle of Jamal
By the time Imam 'Ali (a) arrived at Dhu Qar, Aisha sent Hafsa a letter, describing Imam 'Ali (a) and his forces to be under siege. So pleased as she was, Hafsa gathered the children of the tribes Banu Taym and Banu 'Adi, and ordered her maidservants to recite poetry and cheer in happiness. Umm Salama, the wife of the Prophet (s), was too distressed as she heard of this, and had Umm Kulthum, Imam 'Ali's (a) daughter, go anonymously to Hafsa's festivity, and blame her on behalf of Umm Salama. Hafsa, therefore, was ashamed and stopped the festivity
Position among Sunnis
She has narrated from the Prophet (s), mostly regarding hajj, prayer, marriage, and fasting Also her brother, 'Abd Allah b. 'Umar, and some others such as 'Abd Allah b. Safwan al-Jumahi and 'Amr b. Rafi', have narrated hadith from her.
There is disagreement about the date of her death. Most historians though, such as Ibn Sa'd and al-Zubayr b. Bakkar, have dated her death in 45/665-6. Marwan b. al-Hakam, who was the governor of Medina at the time, said her funeral prayer and she was buried in al-Baqi' cemetery
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