The Wives of Prophet Muhammad - I
The Prophet married different women with whom he consummated the marriage:
Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid: She, may Allah be pleased with her, was the first person to believe in Allah The Almighty and the Prophet . During the Jaahiliyyah (the Age of Ignorance before Islam), she was known as At-Taahirah(the pure). She was previously married to a man called Abu Haalah ibn Hind ibn An-Nabbaash, andbore him a son. After him, she married ‘Ateeq ibn ‘Aa`ith al-Makhzoomi, from whom she had a daughter. Then, the Prophet married her and raised her daughter.
When the Prophet wed her before the Prophetic mission, he was twenty five years old and she remained with him until Allah The Almighty blessed him with the rank of a Prophet. When this happened, she was his most loyal supporter, and she remained sincere and faithful to him and his message.
She, may Allah be pleased with her, died three years prior to the emigration of the Prophet from Makkah to Madeenah, and between her death and that of Abu Taalib, the uncle of the Prophet was a time span of three days. She died at the age of sixty-five and was buried in a graveyard called Al-Hujoon.
She was distinguished because:
- She, may Allah be pleased with her, was the only wife that the Prophet did not take another wife with while he was married to her.
- All his children were from her except for Ibraaheem, whose mother was MaariyahAl-Qibtiyyah.
- She, may Allah be pleased with her, is one of the best women from Ummah (Muslim nation).
- Allah The Almighty sent the angel Jibreelto greet her with the salutation of Salaam (peace), and the Prophet gave her glad tidings of this greeting from her Lord. Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet said: “Jibreel came to me and said, `O Messenger of Allah! Khadeejah will come to you now holding a container of food, so when she comes, convey the greeting of Salaam from her Lord and from myself, and give her glad tidings that she will have a house in Paradise made of pearls, in which she will neither feel tired nor be disturbed.’”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
- She, may Allah be pleased with her, never angered the Prophet or did something that annoyed him, and she never complained about anything.
- She, may Allah be pleased with her, was the first woman from the Ummah to believe in him and his message.
- She was the one about whom the Prophet said, as related by Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him: “The best amongst the women in Paradise is Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad (his daughter), Maryam bint ‘Imraan (the mother of prophet ‘Eesaa, may Allah exalt his mention) and Aasiyah bint Muzaahim (the wife of Pharaoh).” [Abu Ya'laa and An-Nasaa’i]
Sawdah bint Zam’ah bin Qays:She, may Allah be pleased with her, was from the tribe of ‘Aamir bin Lu’ay. The Prophet married her in Makkah after the death of Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her, and before he wed ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her. Before her marriage to the Prophet she was married to a man named As-Sakraan ibn ‘Amr Al-‘Aamiri.
After he married her, the Prophet was going to divorce her, but she requested that she remain with him, in return for giving up her right (i.e., her turn for the Prophet to be spending the night in her apartment) to ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her. She, may Allah be pleased with her, said to him, “Do not divorce me; I wish to be resurrected on the Day of the Judgement as one of your wives, so keep me and I will give up my turn to ‘Aa’ishah.” So, he retained her until he died whilst she was still his wife, and she, may Allah be pleased with her, passed away during the caliphate of ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him.
She was distinguished because:
- One of the most distinct qualities of hers was that she, may Allah be pleased with her, relinquished her turn to ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, as a means of gratifying the Prophet because she knew that he loved her dearly. This indicated her consideration and sensitivity.