Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Haani رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا

The name of Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Haani رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا is also among those personalities who attained immense blessings from the affectionate and blessed company of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ .

Name and lineage

Her name is ‘Fakhitah [فَاخِتَہ] Bint Abu Taalib’ but is famous with her Kunyah, Umm-e-Haani. She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا belonged to the tribe of Banu Haashim and her mother’s name is Sayyidatuna Fatimah Bint Asad رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا . She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا is the cousin of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ and sister of Sayyiduna ‘Ali-ul-Murtada کَرَّمَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی وَجْہَہُ الْکَرِیْم. She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا embraced Islam in 8 Hijri at the time of the conquest of Makkah.

Marriage and offspring

She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا was already married to Hubayrah Bin Abi Wahb Makhzoomi before Islam. Hubayrah remained firm on his Kufr [disbelief] and did not embrace Islam. (Al-Isaabah, vol. 1, pp. 590) Hence, husband and wife both separated. She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا had four sons from Hubayrah Bin Abi Wahb Makhzoomi. Their names were ‘Amr, Haani, Yusuf and Ja’dah. (Al-Isaabah, vol. 8, pp. 485; Al-Istee’aab, vol. 4, pp. 517-518; Asad-ul-Ghaabah, vol. 7, pp. 442)

Below are few accounts mentioned in regards to how much blessings she رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا gained from the company of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ and how much he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ blessed her.

She held high esteem towards the sacred relics of the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ

Once, the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ drank some beverage and gave it to Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Haani رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا . She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا said, ‘Although I am observing Sawm, but I do not like to return anything leftover by the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ .’ (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 10, pp. 264, Hadees 26976)

Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ would also give her advice

The Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ once said to her while giving her advice that ‘O Umm-e-Haani! You should get a goat so that you benefit (get milk) from it day and night’. (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 10, pp. 262, Hadees 26968)

Holy Rasool’s arrival in her house

On the day of the conquest of Makkah, he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ performed Ghusl at her house and offered 8 Rak’aat Chasht Salah. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 397, Hadees 1176)

Whomsoever you have given Amaan[1] to, we have also given Amaan to him

Once, Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Haani رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا humbly said, ‘Ya Rasoolallah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ ! I have given Amaan to Haaris Bin Hishaam (brother of Abu Jahl) and Zuhayr Bin Umayyah. But my brother Sayyiduna ‘Ali رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ wants to kill them both because they both fought against the army of Sayyiduna Khalid Bin Waleedرَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ’ Upon this, he صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ said, ‘O Umm-e-Haani! Whomsoever you have given Amaan to, there is Amaan for him from us too.’ (Zurqaani, vol. 3, pp. 446-447)

She would ask the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ for Wazaaif (invocations)

Once, she رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا humbly said to the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ , ‘Ya Rasoolallah صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ ! I have become weak and old. Therefore, let me know of such an action that I may perform while sitting down.’ Therefore, the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ blessed her with Wazaaif (invocations). (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 10, pp. 264, Hadees 26977)

Yearning for the Islamic knowledge

She رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا narrated 46 Ahadees from the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ . Those Ahadees are cited in Sihah Sittah[2] [صحاح ستّہ] as well as other books. (Siyar A’laam-un-Nubala, vol. 2, pp. 34)

Moreover, she رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا would also learn the commentary of the Holy Quran from the Holy Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ . (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 10, pp. 260, Hadees 26956)

Demise

Year of her death has not been mentioned in the books of history and Seerah. However, it is mentioned in Zurqaani that she رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہَا passed away during the caliphate of Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ. (Zurqaani, vol. 3, pp. 445)

May Allah Almighty shower His mercy upon her and may we be forgiven without accountability for her sake!

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ



[1] Taking the responsibility of someone’s safety.

[2] 6 books of Ahadees, namely Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmizi, Abu Dawood, Nasa`ee and Ibn Majah.

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