Q: Did Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) really divorced his two wives for the reason they were unable to conceive. If yes, how can an act of a person who is so respectable in the religion – considering he did have his kids from other wives and there were great Prophets in the history who had wives unable to have children yet they weren’t respected, rather they were kept as wives and their statuses were honored forever.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.