She is also the daughter of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Her first marriage was with ‘Utaybah who was also a son of Abû Lahab. Before she could even go and live with this husband, Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam received prophethood. The father and son had not accepted Islam and the former ordered his son to leave her as well. When her sister, Ruqayyah, passed away, she married ‘Uthmân. When Ruqayyah had passed away, co-incidentally, Hafsah had also become a widow. ‘Umar radiyallâhu ‘anhu (the father of Hafsah) wanted to get her married to ‘Uthmân radiyallâhu ‘anhu. However, the latter did not show any interest. When Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam heard of this, he said to ‘Umar radiyallâhu ‘anhu: “I will show you a husband for Hafsah who is better than ‘Uthmân, and for ‘Uthmân a wife that is better than Hafsah.” Based on this, Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam married Hafsah, and got ‘Uthmân married to ’Umme Kulthûm.
Lesson: Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam spoke good of her and when he speaks good of anyone, it is based on that person’s ’îmân. O women! You should also put your ’îmân in order.