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Prophet Muhammadís Treatment of Women - II

Wednesday 04/01/2012

His kindness with poor women and female slaves: He,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), used to give these two classes of people special care, due to their weakness and need, as well as because this is a source of great reward from Allah The Almighty. This was manifested in many ways, such as:

·        Not dealing with them arrogantly:The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), was extremely kind and gentle with them. He would stop and listen attentively to their complaints and attend to their needs. By doing so, he,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), set a high example for his nation and showed them (especially figures of authority in the Muslim community) the proper way of dealing with the weak and needy members of society.

·        Fulfilling their needs: The Companions of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), witnessed many incidents where the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), would personally attend to the needs of poor women and female slaves.Anas ibn Maalik, may Allah be pleased with him, reported,“A slave-girl from Madeenah would take hold of the hand of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and take him wherever she desired (to attend to her needs).”[Al-Bukhari] This reflects the humbleness of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and his compassion in dealing with them. Because they knew beforehand how humble and gentle he was, they would not hesitate to do this with him,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).

·        Caring for widows and supporting them:He,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), greatly encouraged people to do this in many Hadeeths (Prophetic narrations). Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “I shall regard the one who strives to help the widows and the poor as the one who stands up (for prayer) without rest and as the one who observes fasts continuously.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Striving to help and assist the widows and the needy results in the bestowal of the mercy of Allah The Almighty upon the person engaged in doing this. The similitude of the one who cares for them to the one who is engaged in incessant devout worship, eases the matter and enthuses Muslims to rush and compete in doing so. Additionally, this strengthens the bond between the Muslims, because the reward of the one who is engaged in devout worship continuously will be no less than Paradise.

Being playful with his wives: The example of him,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) racing with ‘Aa`ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, is one that manifests his kindness towards his wives. ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrates, “Once, whilst on a journey with the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) we raced and I won. A few years later, and after I had put on some weight, we went out on another journey and we raced again, but this time he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) won and then said to me:“This one is for that one.” [Abu Daawood]

Consulting his wives:When the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) signed a peace treaty with the Quraysh and agreed not to continue his trip to perform the pilgrimage, he,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), commanded his Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, to slaughter the sacrificial animals they had brought with them. The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, were in a state of shock, and were saddened by the fact that they were prevented from performing their act of worship. Thus, when he,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), commanded them, they did not reply, nor did they move. He,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), entered the tent of his wife Umm Salamah, may Allah be pleased with her, informed her of the reaction of his Companions, and consulted her as to what to do. She, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “Go out and do not talk to anyone and slaughter your sacrificial animal and call the barber and shave your head.” No sooner than he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) did as she suggested that they got up and did the same. [Ahmad]
 
His gentleness with his wives: Safiyyah may Allah be pleased with her, narrated, “The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) went out to perform Hajj and took his wives along on the trip. After traveling a part of the journey, my camel knelt down and I was the most exhausted of them all (the wives) so I started crying. So the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) came to me and wiped my tears with his garment.” [Ahmad]

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