Women whom the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, divorced
Fatwa No: 105379

Question

Did Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) divorce any of his wives? I heard a narration that one of his wives on the first night of their marriage told him “I seed refuge in Allah from you”, then Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) left the house. Is this an authentic narration? If yes, did he just leave her or divorce her?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

 

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) did divorce some of his wives, among whom was Hafsah bint ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her. However, it is confirmed that he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, took her back. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Jibreel (Gabriel) said to me: “Take Hafsah back, as she is a woman who frequently fasts during the day and regularly prays at night, and she will be your wife in Paradise.” [Al-Haakim]

As for the woman who sought refuge in Allaah The Almighty from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) she was Umaymah bint Sharaaheel  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) divorced her and it was not reported that he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, took her back.

It is reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told her: “You sought refuge in The Greatest (i.e. Allaah), go back to your family”, meaning “I am divorcing you”. [Al-Bukhari]

Allaah Knows best.

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