Among the duties towards our Prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), is to glorify his wives – The ‘Mothers of the Believers’ and to respect and honor them and to remember them, in our dua (supplications).
Did Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala not praised them in his book when he says which translates as; “O Wives of the Prophet you are not like any other women”(Al-Ahzab: 32), and he also said in the same Surah in the next verse, which translates as; “Allah wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs, (evil deeds and sins) from you, O Members of the family of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), and to purify you with a thorough purification”.
As we have explained before, the wives of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) are included in this verse as his relatives. Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala asserts their virtue, high rank, and great rights when He says which translates as: “The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is closer to the believers than their own selves, and his (SallaAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) wives are the believers mothers” (Al-Ahzab: 6). They are mothers in the sense of them being unlawful to marry and the obligation to respect them, honor them, and glorify them. Glorifying and respecting the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is to glorify respect and honor his wives and his family members.
He, who glorifies them and respects them, does so out of love and respect for the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).
It is the consensus of the scholars that the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) married eleven women. Ten of his wives are from Arab lineage and one from the children ofIsrael – the descendants of Haroun (Alaihi Sallam). Two of his wives died in His (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) lifetime, they are Khadijah bint Khuwailid and Zainab bintKhuzaymah. The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) died leaving behind nine of his wives. They are: Sauda bint Zama’a, Aisha bint Abubakar As-Siddiq, Hafsah bintUmar bin Farooq,Hind bint Abi Umayah, Umu Salama, Zainab bint Jahsh, Juwairiyah bintl Harith, Ramla bint Abi Sufiyan that is Um Habibah, Swafiya bintl Huyayilfrom the descendants of the Prophet Haroun (Alaihi Sallam) and finally Maymuna bintl Al Harith Al Hilaliyah – may Allah be pleased with all of them.
These noble women are the wives of our Prophet Mohammed (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and they are the best of women, most pure, kind, and good, among all women. How could they not be? They are the wives of the most kind and pure creation – the highest in rank – Mohammed (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Allah says which translates as: which translates as: “Good women are for good men and good men are for good women”. (An-Nur: 26)
Two of the Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) wives were chosen by Allah, they were A’isha (Radhiyallahu Anha), the daughter of Abubakar (Radhiyallahu Anhu), when, before the marriage, Jibreel came to the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) in her shape, dressed in a silken garment. The other one was Zainab bint Jahsh, the one who Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala referred to in Surah Al-Ahzab which translates as: “So when Zaid had accomplished his desire from her, and divorced her that is, we gave her to you in marriage” (Al-Ahzab: 37).
Allah gave her in marriage to the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and she was always proud of that and she boasted of it saying; “Allah married me to the Prophet(Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) from above the seven heavens”.
These are the wives of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his wives are the ‘Mothers of the Believers’, the most kind and the most pure of all women and all wives. Allah made them the ‘Mothers of the Believers’ giving them great rank, position and great rights.
So the believers must know their position and rank and fulfill their due rights by glorifying them, respecting them and honoring them.
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