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regards the number of wives he can hold than other Muslims in order to achieve noble and
honourable purposes.
However, the treatment of the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) to his wives was of
honourable, noble, and superb nature. His wives were on tops in respect of honour, satisfaction,
patience, modesty, and service (that is to say the performance of housework and marriage duties).
Although the Messenger’s house-life was hard and unbearable, none of his wives complained. Anas
said about the Prophet’s life: “According to my knowledge, the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon
him) has never tasted a thin flattened loaf in all his lifetime, nor has he ever seen with his own eyes
roasted mutton.”
‘Aishah said: “Over two months have elapsed— during which we have seen three crescents— and
yet no fire has been kindled in the houses of the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) (i.e. they
did not cook food).” “What did you eat to sustain yourselves?” ‘Urwah asked. She said “The two
blacks: dates and water”. Lots of information about the hard life of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)
were told.
In spite of these hardships, straits and adversity of life in the house of the Prophet (Peace be upon
him), none of his wives uttered a word of complaint worthy of reproach— but once. This exception
was required by human instinctive inclinations. However, it was not so important and consequently
it did not require the decree of a legislative rule. Allâh has given them an opportunity to choose
between two things, as clearly stated in the following verses:
“O Prophet [Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ]! Say to your wives: ‘If you desire the life
of this world, and its glitter, — then come! I will make a provision for you and set you free in
a handsome manner (divorce). But if you desire Allâh and His Messenger, and the Home of
the Hereafter, then verily, Allâh has prepared for
(good doers) amongst you an
enormous reward.’” [33:28,29]
They were so noble and honest that none of them preferred ‘the life of this world and its glitter’ to
the abode in the Hereafter.
Although they were many in number, nothing of the dispute occurrences that normally happen
among co-wives, took place in their houses. Very few cases could be the only exception; but they
were quite normal. Allâh reproached them for that, so they ceased to do such a thing. This incident
is mentioned in
“O Prophet! Why do you ban (for yourself) that which Allâh has made lawful to you …”
[66:1] (to the end of the fifth verse).
Discussing polygamy — in my opinion — is not a necessity; since a person who is familiar with the
Europeans, and indecent practices, sufferings, wickedness, their sorrows and distresses, the horrible
crimes they commit in this respect as well as the trials, the disasters that they are involved in, and
which emanate directly from their disregard of the principle of polygamy form a good reason (to
justify the soundness of polygamy). The distorted picture of life in Europe with the ill-practices
featuring it, could truthfully justify the existence and practice of polygamy. In this, there are Divine
signs for all people possessed of lucid mind.
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