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He was devoted to his wives
The Prophet’s loyalty and devotion to his wives ean be witnessed through the following hadiths:
'A'ishah (Ra) narrated that whenever the Prophet (SM) slaughtered a sheep, he would send some portions to Khadeejah’s friends, saying: Send this to Khadeejah’s friends. When I asked him about it one day, he said: Indeed I was nourished by her love.1
'A’ishah (Ra) narrated another hadith: An old woman came to the Prophet (SM) while he was with me. He asked her: Who are you? She replied, I am Jassamah Maziniyah. He said to her: In fact, you are Hassanah2 Maziniyah. How are you (all), how have you been doing? How did you fare after we left (Makkah)? She replied: Very well; may my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah ! When she left, I said: You welcomed that old woman with such warmth? He replied: She used to visit us during Khadeejah’s time, and it was certainly a beautiful era of faith.3
'A'ishah (Ra) said: Khadeejah’s sister (Halah bint Khuwaylid) sought permission to enter the Prophet’s rooms. It reminded him of how Khadeejah would seek permission, and he was overcome with grief, and said: O Allah! Halah bint Khuwaylid! This made me feel jealous, so I said: What do you miss so much about an old woman of Quraysh, one who had red jaws.4 She perished with time, and Allah has replaced her for you with something better.5
Allah (SWT) has created his messengers to be true in thenspeech, their feelings, and their actions. This is what a poet has written about the concept of wafa':
Loyalty and devotion between the two spouses make one of the pillars that hold up a marriage, and on which the couple’s happiness depends. Such devotion and loyalty should not only be maintained in the lifetime of both spouses, but also after the death of either of them. However, in our times, it is very rarely found in our social relationships.
The hadiths above tell us about the importance of loyalty and devotion in a marital relationship in particular, and in other social relationships on a general level. Our beloved Prophet (SM) has taught us how to be loyal and devoted to our wives and in all our relationships. The Arabic word wafd which is translated here as ‘loyalty and devotion’, is a word steeped with meanings of perfection and completion, as we can see from the Qur’anic verse where Allah has used this word to describe Prophet Ibraheem (A):
[سورة النجم:٣٧] إِبْرَاهِيمَ الَّذِي وَفَّىٰ
(And [of] Abraham, who fulfilled his obligations.) (Qur’an 53: 37)
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