Umm Zufar al Habashiyyah radiya Llahu ‘anha

Fatimah bint Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam
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Umm Zufar al Habashiyyah

 

She is Umm Zufar al Habashiyyah radiya Llahu ‘anha. She was dark skinned and tall. She is mentioned in Sahih al Bukhari.[1] It is said that her name was Sa’irah, while others name her Shaqirah. And it has been said that she is Umm Zufar, Khadijah’s handmaiden.[2]

She has been assured Jannat in the hadith of Sayyidina Ibn ‘Abbas and Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhuma. I will suffice on quoting the former:

 

فعن عطاء بن أبي رباح قال قال لي ابن عباس ألا أريك امرأة من أهل الجنة قلت بلى قال هذه المرأة السوداء أتت النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قالت إني أصرع و إني أتكشف فادع الله لي قال صلى الله عليه و سلم إن شئت صبرت و لك الجنة و إن شئت دعوت الله أن يعافيك قالت أصبر قالت فإني أتكشف فادع الله أن لا أتكشف فدعا لها

‘Ata’ ibn Abi Rabah reports that Ibn ‘Abbas told him, “Should I not show you a woman of Jannat?”

“Most definitely,” I replied.

He said, “This African woman came to the Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and submitted, ‘Indeed, I have epileptic fits and I become exposed. So supplicate to Allah for me.’”

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “If you wish, you can observe patience and Jannat is yours. And if you desire, I can beg Allah to grant you relief.”

She said, “I will observe patience.”

She then requested, “I become exposed so pray to Allah that this does not happen.” Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam prayed for her accordingly.[3]

 

Narrated by al Bukhari, Muslim, al Tirmidhi, al Nasa’i, and Ahmed from ‘Ata’ from Sayyidina Ibn ‘Abbas radiya Llahu ‘anhuma.

At the end of the narration, al Bukhari quotes a chain from Ibn Jurayj who says that ‘Ata’ informed him that he saw Umm Zufar radiya Llahu ‘anha the tall African woman, on the covering of the Ka’bah.

 

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[1] Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith: 5328.

[2] Al Khatib al Baghdadi: al Asma’ al Mubhamah fi al Anba’ al Muhkamah, pg. 11; al Isti’ab, vol. 2 pg. 129; Usd al Ghabah, vol. 1 Biography: 1438; al Isabah, vol. 8 pg. 210, 211.

[3] Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith: 3528; Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2576; Sunan al Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3578; al Sunan al Kubra, Hadith: 7490; Musnad Ahmed, Hadith: 3240.

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