A foremost characteristic of life in the home of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was love. Love is the quality most necessary to ensure happiness. When love is present, happiness is assured. The Prophet preferred a life of poverty, which was sometimes close to, if not below, the subsistence level. Yet this did not detract from the fact that his was a very happy home, with love spreading from its rooms to those who were associated in any way with the Prophet’s family.
Should love be removed from the life of any family, happiness becomes lacking for everyone, no matter how affluent the family may be. Wealth can buy comfort and luxury, but it cannot buy love and happiness. Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) experienced first a life of poverty when he was brought up by his uncle Abu Talib, who had a large family and small means.
His life with Khadijah was the symbol of happiness. She cherished his company and looked after him in the most exemplary way. She realized that he combined characteristics of the noblest type that made him unique among men. On her part, Khadijah combined beauty, good sense, mature judgment, and a loving and generous heart. They were the happiest of couples.
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Yet he was assured that once he steps home, a comforting heart will be there to receive him and dispel all that troubled his caring soul. He was pained by the fact that people could not realize that the guidance he gave them was for their own good and happiness in both this life and the life to come. She reassured him that such stubborn rejection was the result of ignorance or selfishness, and that it was bound to be temporary, and once people saw the truth inherent in it, they were bound to accept it.
|Despite the fact that some of these marriages were in quick succession, love spread its wings on the Prophet’s homes.|
Allah allowed him any number of wives, exempting him from the condition that allows man no more than four wives at the same time. Despite the fact that some of these marriages were in quick succession, love spread its wings on the Prophet’s homes, with all inhabitants benefiting from it. No man’s life was documented in such details as the Prophet’s life, yet we do not have a single incident when any of his wives felt anything other than love toward him. Never was any of them hurt by an angry word or an insult. He never raised his hand in earnest or in jest to express an angry feeling.
`A’ishah was the one he loved most, but this did not mean that he did not love the others or that he showed them any disfavor. He felt for them and prayed that God would not hold him accountable for his feelings, which were beyond his control. Yet his treatment of all his wives was an exemplary exercise in complete fairness. However, `A’ishah knew how to impart her feelings to him without putting this in words. The Prophet once told her that he knows when she is pleased or angry with him. As she was keen not to let her anger surface, she was surprised. She asked him: “How do you know that?” He said:
"When you are pleased with me and you want to emphasize something, you say: ‘By God, the Lord of Muhammad!’ But when you are angry with me, you say: ‘By God, the Lord of Abraham!’" She said: ‘By God, I forsake only your name.’”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
It was the love he emanated in his family life that made each of his wives happy with her situation, despite the fact that there were several others sharing the same position with her. None would exchange her position as the Prophet’s wife for being the wife of any man on earth. When they all joined together in demanding a better standard of living, he was angry with them and left them all for a whole month. After which he gave them the choice that he would either divorce them and give them plentiful gifts or they would remain with him accepting the sort of life he gave them, which was one of hard poverty. Every one of them said unhesitatingly that she would stay with him and never make a similar demand.
|Allah elevated the rank of the Prophet's wives, making them mothers of the believers.|
Allah also elevated their rank, making them mothers of the believers, in all generations. Each one of them is Umm Al-Mu'mineen, i.e. Mother of the Faithful. This was a real status, and all their contemporaries treated them as such. Later generations of Muslims venerated them in the same way. As mothers of all Muslims, they could not marry anyone after the Prophet had died. Thus, they kept this status for all times.
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