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Hazrate Lutaifah (R.A)

Hazrate Lutaifah (R.A) was the sister of Hazrat Aamar bin Fuhayrah (R.A). Hazrat Aamar bin Fuhayrah (R.A) was a slave who Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) freed and later became a good friend of Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A). Hazrate Lutaifah (R.A) was the slave girl of Hazrat Umar (R.A) before he (R.A) became a Muslim.

Hazrate Lutaifah (R.A) and another slave girl of Hazrat Umar (R.A) embraced Islam together. Hazrat Umar (R.A) proved very ruthless to these poor girls before embracing Islam, he had a grudge against Islam and the Muslims. Hazrat Umar (R.A) used to beat these ladies till exhaustion, putting his lash aside he used to say he had not left them for mercy but due to exhaustion.

One day Hazrat Umar (R.A) was tormenting the ladies and when he was exhausted, Hazrate Lutaifah (R.A) said, “O Umar, if you do not embrace Islam my Lord will torment you like this”. (Al-Syrat-ul-HaIbia, Imam Muhammad Abu Zuhra,Vol-I, p. 286)

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) purchased Hazrate Lutaifah (R.A) and set her free. His father, Abu Quhafah, who had not yet embraced Islam when he saw his son spending a lot of money on purchasing the poor slaves and was setting them free, he said to Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A), “O my son! I see you set free such slaves who are poor and weak.

If you are fond of setting the slaves free you must set free the powerful and young ones, who may help you in distress and shield you against your enemies”.

Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) replied, “O my father! What am I doing, I am doing for the will of my Lord”. During the conversation between father and son, Hazrat Jibrael (A.S) came to the Beloved Prophet (S.A.W) saying, “So he who gives away (his wealth in the way of Allah) and commits himself to piousness, - And affirms the good (the Din [Religion]) of truth and life after death through charity and Godwariness, - Soon We shall facilitate him in seeking (Allah’s pleasure) with ease. (Surah Al-Layl, Ayah 5-7) (2 Sabal-ul-Huda Walrrashad. Vol. I, P. 483)