Hind was the daughter of ‘Utbah, son of Rabee’ah, son of ‘Abd Shams, son of ‘Abd Manaaf.
She was from the clan of Banu Haashim from the famous tribe of Quraysh.
She was the wife of Abu Sufyaan ibn Harb, the well-known leader of the Quraysh tribe, as well as the mother of Mu’aawiyah, hence her honorific name Umm Mu’aawiyah (the mother of Mu’aawiyah).
She was known for her beauty, strong opinion, intelligence, eloquence, rhetoric, poetry, self-esteem and horsemanship.
She lost three members of her family in the battle of Badr, namely, ‘Utbah ibn Rabee’ah, her father, and Shaybah ibn Rabee’ah, her paternal uncle, as well as Al-Waleed ibn ‘Utbah, her brother.
She was present at the battle of Uhud along with her husband Abu Sufyaan while they were still unbelievers, and she chanted the following verses that day to encourage the fighters,
We, Taariq’s daughters, Walk on the carpets, If you advance, we will embrace you, If you retreat, we’ll leave you. Leave and no more love you.
When Hamzah, may Allah be pleased with him, was killed, she mutilated him, ripped open his abdomen and took out his liver which she chewed.
However, finding it unpleasant, she spat it out.
According to another narration, the person who mutilated Hamzah, may Allah be pleased with him, was Mu’aawiyah son of Al-Mugheerah, son of Abul- ‘Aass, son of Umayyah, the grandfather of ‘Abdul-Malik ibn Marwaan on his mother’s side.
On the way to Madeenah from Uhud, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ordered that Mu‛aawiyah ibn Al-Mugheerah be killed. Hind embraced Islam on the Day of the Prophet’s victorious return to Makkah after her husband had embraced it.
She asked her husband to lead her to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and he replied, “
Oh, You didn’t like that yesterday!”
She said, “
I have never seen good worshipping of Allah like what the Muslims did last night. They spent all the night praying, kneeling and prostrating.”
Abu Sufyaan said, “
You should then go to Him with one of your relatives.”
Therefore, she went with Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan, may Allah be pleased with him. She stood veiled before the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, because she feared he would punish her for what she had done to Hamzah.
She said, “
Messenger of Allah, praise be to Allah who has granted victory to the religion which He has chosen for Himself. Let your blood relations be of benefit to me, O Muhammad. I am a woman who believes in Allah and His Messenger.”
Then, she showed her face and said, “
I am Hind bint Utbah.”
The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Welcome.” Then she said, “
by Allah, there was no other household upon the surface of the earth than your household about which I cherished Allah bringing disgrace upon it, [and now] there is no other household upon the surface of the earth than your household about which I cherish Allah granting it honour.”
Allah’s Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “It is so.” When she was in the process of pledging allegiance to the Prophet, she said what pleased him and made him forgive her.
During his speech with the Muslim women, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, asked them to swear that they would not steal and commit adultery.
Hind was so alarmed to hear such a plea. “
Does a free woman commit adultery and steal?”
she asked. When he said, “You will not kill your children”,
she said, “
We raised them young and you killed them old.”
Then she complained to him about her husband Abu Sufyaan, saying that he was tight-fisted and did not provide for her and her children to their satisfaction. He said to her, “
Take what is sufficient for you and your children, on a reasonable basis.”
Hind embraced Islam on the Day of the Prophet’s victorious return to Makkah after her husband had embraced it.
She took part in the battle of Yarmook and urged the Muslims to fight against the Romans along with her husband Abu Sufyaan.
She died during the caliphate of ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allah be pleased with him, on the same day Abu Quhaafah, Abu Bakr’s father, died, may Allah be pleased with them all. [See Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar. Fath Al-Baaree, 9/58; and Al-Isaabah, 8/347.]