THE IDEAL MUSLIM HUSBAND (Part-8)

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It is recorded in the Hadith collections of Bukhari and Muslim that someone asked the Prophet: "Who among all people is most beloved by you?" And he said "Aisha".
This love and understanding for Aisha did not eclipse his high regard for his first wife Khadijah, who had been his only wife for about 25 years until her death. Aisha reported that he always treasured the memory of Khadijah who had supported and encouraged him through the difficult years in Mecca, and that he used regularly to make gifts to Khadijah's close friends as an expression of his undiminished esteem and love for her.
He never held himself aloof from his wives as if they were by their nature as women inferior. On the contrary, he included "playing games with one's wife" as one of the legitimate entertainments. According to a Hadith in Abu Da'ud, Ibn Majah and Baihaqi:
': .. There is no amusement which is praiseworthy except three, namely training a horse, sporting with one's wife and shooting arrows with a bow. ..
In illustration of this practice, Aisha records that on more than one occasion she and the Prophet (SM) ran races and sometimes she won and sometimes he won,
Most men of nowadays consider it far beneath their dignity to play any sort of game with their wives, and their marriages are the duller and poorer for it.
I think this is one of the problems we encounter in the way we learn about the life of the Prophet. Most of the history books dwell on the political and military aspects of the Prophet's life, and his personality, which was obviously very attractive, eludes us. We tend for this reason to picture him as always serious, while the Hadith informs us that although he rarely laughed aloud, "nobody used to smile as much as he did". This is fully in accordance with the Hadith:
"Smiling at your brother (Muslim) is charity'"

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