Monday, 29 December 2008

The Miraculous Marriages of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم

Indeed, I see God's miracles everywhere, I cannot but love, worship and obey Him.

(Quote from Marwa El-Naggar, An Egyptian Woman in her 20s.
From 'The no-nonsense guide to Islam’)

Often we are fascinated with miracles; the Shahadah in a tomato or the name of Allah سبحانه وتعالى in an aborigine, but we overlook those miracles which are truly unique and remarkable. The life of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was a miracle in itself which proves beyond doubt that he صلى الله عليه وسلم was indeed the prophet and messenger of Allah سبحانه وتعالى In this talk Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq explained how the marriages of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم were miraculous in nature and I would highly recommend readers to obtain a copy of this talk from Al Kawthar Academy. Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyardh ul Haq explores the miraculous nature of the Prophet Muhammad’s صلى الله عليه وسلم marriages in a notable and outstanding manner and illustrates how each marriage was significant in its own way.

Here I give a short insight into some of the noteworthy things Shaykh mentioned. I will present the talk in two parts: part one will be ‘The Miraculous Marriages of Rasullah صلى الله عليه وسلم– How Rasullah صلى الله عليه وسلم conducted himself within and outside the home.

Shaykh stated how it is disrespectful and incorrect to suggest that the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم marriages were for political reasons (e.g. cement political alliances with the tribes, to help widows or to assist those who were in difficulty). Shaykh said we should consider it very insulting that the noble and holy marriages of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم should be reduced to political expediency. Shaykh explained that if we were to say a person’s marriage today was only to save face, to establish a stronger relationship between his family and the girl’s family – that the entire marriage is based on a family/tribal alliance then this would be extremely insulting to the person and the families. Therefore, it is incorrect and disrespectful to the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to suggest that his noble and holy marriages should be reduced to political expediency.

Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyardh ul Haq stated that the marriages of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم were Miraculous in many ways and below are some of the significant points Shaykh made in this speech:

  • Shaykh explained how a normal individual; a man can act very pious outside his home, not just religiously observant people but generally all people. And people accept that no one knows the husband as well as his wife does. A man can put on a good show at work, for acquaintances, in social settings, in front of his colleagues, and not be themselves in a professional work environment. The work colleagues even after many years may never come to know the true person beneath the mask like the family and wife does. It is easy to be polite, humble and pleasant in a normal social setting, business meeting, when greeting someone or walking past someone for a few minutes or hours. It is at home, in front of the family, especially in front of the wife where a person can not keep up the act. A persons every posture, every movement, every moment is read, every action captured, observed and analysised. A person cannot conceal their true self in front of their wife.
  • Talking about religious people also, Shaykh stated that a man can act very pious and holy and sanctimonious in the public. A person may come to the masjid and perform prayers, listen to a speech, greet and exchange greetings and depart the masjid. Ones true nature is always concealed in such a setting. A person can keep up an act outside but if a wife was to explain to someone else how the husband is at home people would think they are talking about two completely different personalities. Shaykh stated that this shows we are able to keep a distinct personality for the outside and we can not be anything but our true selves at home.
  • Shaykh mentioned how if we apply the above understanding to the Holy Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم then this is a miracle itself. Shaykh said outside the home the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was observed, heard, watched, analysed, and waited upon by hundreds of thousands of people. The companions observed him so closely that he could not do anything, e.g. he could not smile, turn his head etc without being fully observed by those around him. They watched everything, memorized it and conveyed it to others. He was under the watchful eye of the public from the moment he left his home, and that is how we know so much about his appearance, and the sunnah.
  • Shaykh then stated that when the Holy Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم would go home he was not a different person. Throughout his life in Medinah the noble wives informed the companions of how the Messenger of Allah behaved at home. What he did at home conformed to what he did outside. He was never a different person. He was consistent, in his conduct, behaviour, mannerisms, walk, taste, likes, and dislikes. He behaved at home with his wives the same as he behaved outside.
  • Shaykh pointed out that no human being can manage that unless he is a Prophet of Allah. If there was any doubt about the character of the Holy Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم the first to detect and expose it would have been one single wife and yet at one time nine wives together collectively did not cast a single word that would cast any doubt on the trueness and integrity on the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم. That is a true miracle. Even the most pious men and greatest scholars in the world, their wives always view them in a different light.

Coming soon….. Part Two: ‘The Miraculous Marriages of Rasullah صلى الله عليه وسلم – How the wives conducted themselves with Rasullah صلى الله عليه وسلم

1 comment:

Student of Knowledge said...

Jazakumullahu khairan for posting the notes. I just wanted to add the details for this talk. The talk was given by the Shaykh at a Sisters Program on 16th March 2008, held at Maahdus Shuhada, Preston.