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Maintenance of Divorced Woman

Yahya related to me from Malik from Abdullah ibn Yazid,the mawla of al-Aswad ibn Sufyan from Abu Salama ibn Abdar-Rahman ibn Awf from Fatima bint Qays that Abu Amr ibnHafs divorced her absolutely while he was away in Syria.His agent sent her some barley and she was displeasedwith it, saying, "By Allah, I don't expect anything fromyou." She went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah blesshim and grant him peace, and mentioned it to him. Hesaid, "You have no maintenance." He then ordered her tospend her idda in the house of Umm Sharik. Then he said,"This is a woman whom my companions visit. Spend the iddain the house of Ibn Umm Maktum. He is a blind man and youcan undress at his home. When you are free to remarry,tell me."

She continued, "When I was free to remarry, I mentionedto him that Muawiya ibn Abi Sufyan and Abu Jahm ibnHisham had asked for me in marriage. The Messenger ofAllah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Asfor Abu Jahm, he never puts down his stick from hisshoulder (i.e. he is always travelling), and as forMuawiya he is a poor man with no property. Marry Usamaibn Zayd.' I objected to him and he said, 'Marry Usamaibn Zayd,' so I married him, and Allah put good in it andI was content with him."