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Umm Hani is Fakhitah/Hind bint Abi Talib b. 'Abd al-Muttalib b. Hashim b. 'Abd Manaf b. Qusayy b. Kilab b. Murra.  She was the sister of Ali, the daughter of Abu Talib and Fatimah Asad.  She was a cousin of the Prophet.

Umm Haani' was married by her father to Hubayrah ibn ‘Amr, who was from the Banu Makhzum clan.

 

She embraced Islaam, believed in Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), and followed the guidance. Sadly, her husband remained a polytheist and so she stayed with her husband and children in Makkah and did not migrate (this was before it was revealed that Muslim women are not allowed to be married to non-Muslim men).

 

On the day of the conquest of Makkah, one of the polytheists escaped to her house, seeking her protection and fearing for his life. ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him), who was her brother, followed this refugee to her home. But Umm Haani’ stood in front of him, preventing him from hurting the man. This caused an argument between Umm Haani’ and her brother ‘Ali and almost resulted in a fight. The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then arrived and when he heard of her protection, he honoured her right of giving protection and said,

 We have given protection to those you have given protection, Dear Umm Haani’.”

 

She then felt relieved by the comforting words of the noble Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Her date of death is unknown; however, she outlived her brother Ali, who was killed in 661.

 

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