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Fatimah bint al-Khattab was the sister of the second Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab along with Zayd ibn al-Khattab and one of the early women followers of the Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). She was the youngest daughter of Khattab ibn Nufayl, who married her off to his nephew; Saeed ibn Zaid. Fatima (May Allah b pleased with her) along with her husband both reverted to Islam together at the same time during the early days of Islam.


Fatimah bint Al–Khattab had a pure heart that was free from the filth and deviations of the age of ignorance. Her purity met with Saeed’s and then the two noble elements were joined together in marriage that gave birth to a pure Islamic home with untainted seeds of Eeman that in turn produced ripe fruits.


It is enough of an honour and glory for her and her husband that Allah made them the cause of 'Umar’s acceptance of Islam. Truly, Allah guides whomever he wills to the straight path.


Her merits:


One of the merits of Fatimah bint al-Khattab is that her story is always mentioned whenever the story of her brother 'Umar’s Islaam is narrated. Whenever the name of her husband, Sa’eed ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him), a great companion and one of the ten who were given the glad tidings of the paradise is mentioned, her name is also mentioned. Whenever the name of Khabbaab ibn al-Aratt, a great companion, famous reciter and teacher of the Muslim, is mentioned, her name also mentioned. Whenever Surah Ta-Ha is recited, Fatimah bint al-Khattab is remembered. Her mention reminds us of the perfect harmony that existed between the recitation of this Surah and her courageous valor that mysteriously changed ‘Umar’s anger into the acceptance of Islaam. This is due to the grace of Allah, and the Prophet’s invocation: “O Allah! Strengthen Islaam by the one who is dearer to you from the two ‘Umars: ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab and ‘Amr ibn Hishaam.”


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