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Al-Shifa' bint Abdullah

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Al-Shifa' bint Abdullah

Al-Shifa bint Abdullah (Arabic: الشفاء بنت عبد الله‎) was one of the female sahabas of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.[1] She was from banu Adi clan of the Quraysh tribe. She was a very wise and knowledge seeking woman. She was one of the few literate women in Arabia and Muhammad asked her to teach his wife Hafsa bint Umar how to read and write. Before her conversion to Islam, she was a female educationist and a skilled physician. After her conversion, she continued her work with the Prophet's encouragement. She was married to Abu Huthmah ibn Hudhaifah of her own clan and they had a son named Sulaiman. During the caliphate of Umar, Umar appointed her as the market controller of Madinah, then Yathrib.[2] She also showed her proficiency there.


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