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Ummul Mu'mineen Hazrat Safiyyah bint Huyay (R)

Name: Safiyyah bint Huyay bin Akhtab
Mother's name: Darrah
Demise: She passed away in Ramadan 50 A.H. and lies buried in Jannatul Baqi

Huyay was a Jewish chief from the progeny of Hazrat Haroon (AS), the brother of Hazrat Moosa (AS).

Hazrat Safiyyah (RA) was married to Salaam ibn Mishkam Qurazi. When he divorced her, she married Kinanah bin Abil Huqayq. During the Battle of Khaybar, Kinanah was killed and Hazrat Safiyyah (RA) was captured as a prisoner of war. Hazrat Dihya Kalbi (R) placed forward his request for a servant and Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) made her over to him. At this, other Sahabah (R) approached Rasulullah r and said, “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam)! Banu Nazir and Banu Quraizah (Jewish tribes) will feel offended to see the daughter of a Jewish chief working as a servant. We therefore suggest that she be taken as your wife.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) freed her and said to her, “You are now free; if you wish you may go back to your tribe or you may be my wife.” Hazrat Safiyyah (RA) replied, “I longed to be with you whilst I was a Jew, how can I leave you now when I am a Muslim?” Thus, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) accepted her into his Nikah with her freedom as dowry. Upon departing from Khaybar, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam), stopped at a place called Sahba. It was here that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) consummated the marriage and also had prepared a Walimah.

Virtues: On one occasion Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) went to Hazrat Safiyyah (RA) and found her crying. When he asked her the reason for this, she replied, “Hazrat Ayesha and Hazrat Hafsa y are claiming that they are more beloved and honoured in your eyes than me. Apart from being your wives they are also related to you.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) replied, “Why did not say to them, 'How can you be more honoured than me? My father is Hazrat Haroon (AS), my uncle is Hazrat Moosa (AS) and my husband is Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam).'” (Tirmizi)

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