Zaynab bint Jahsh: Wife of the Prophet and Mother of the Believers

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The Quranic Evidence on Prophet Muhammed’s pbuh Marriage To Zaynab RA

The Quranic verses of Surah Ahzaab..

“And [remember, O Muhammad], when you said to the one on whom Allah bestowed favor and you bestowed favor, “Keep your wife and fear Allah ,” whileYOU CONCEALED WITHIN YOURSELF THAT WHICH ALLAH IS TO DISCLOSE. And you feared the people, while Allah has more right that you fear Him. So when Zayd had no longer any need for her, WE MARRIED HER TO YOUin order that there not be upon the believers any discomfort concerning the wives of their adopted sons when they no longer have need of them. And ever is THE COMMAND OF ALLAH ACCOMPLISHED.” – Quran 33:37

I hope this article will give a totally different perspective to truth seeker. when he will learns the reality and wisdom of God behind . To accept God as Creator and Sustainer is fairly easy but it’s very difficult to accept the authority of God.

Zaynab bint Jahsh is the daughter of Umayya bint Abdulmuttalib, the paternal aunt of Rasulallah. Her real name is “Barra” and the name Zaynab was given to her by Rasulallah. Zaynab’s father is Jahsh bin Riyab, who moved to Mecca and settled there. Zaynab was born in the year 588 Hijri and she married Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)he fifth year of Hijra. Zaynab, who was given the title “Umm-ul Hakam,” is among the first female companions of the Prophet to have migrated to Medina.

Zaynab RA and Muhammed pbuh were cousins who knew each other since childhood. They grew up together, whereas Zayd RA was a former slave, later adopted by Khadijah RA, and freed by Prophet Muhammed pbuh. Prophet pbuh arranged and married the former slave Zaid RA to Zaynab RA. Her family members did not want her to be married to a former slave. The Prophet pbuh insisted that they marry each other, to break and put a stop to the backward Jahiliya (pre-Islamic ignorance) culture of marriage being between certain classes only (or skin colour). Unfortunately, this marriage didn’t last long since there was a lot of arguments and “quarrels” at home due to different lineage. The marriage was not a success, for they proved to be incompatible for each other. Finally, Zayd RA divorced Zaynab RA.

As the matter of fact this is the last revelation, God want to eliminate the Ignorance custom of the Arab society which considered adopted sons as real sons, and hence God commanded that adopted sons could not be claimed as real sons. It’s lawful to marry his wife as there is no blood relation (Mahram). It’s very important to abolish these customs, for God wants to ease your affairs and avoid hardship for you. Which was demonatrated through prophet Muhammed pbuh, so that later none can make any changes or alter any laws according to his own desire.

Prophet Muhammed’s pbuh marriage to Zainab, the wife of zayd (who was the adopted son of Prophet pbuh) was done so to break the taboo in the Arab society that adopted sons were considered as primary relations (real sons) But God responded by saying that these are mere sayings from their mouths. The revelation had a big impact in the society, who was going to break that ancient tradition? It was none other than Muhammed pbuh, as God commanded him to do so. Whatever a prophet executes as decisive action and commandment is purely by the will of God. So whatever the prophet has done, it is with and in the consent of God

Many fabricated stories have been rumored to disgrace the the Prophet’s character. Though Prophet pbuh was demonstrating the most noble conducts meant for mankind to be followed to fulfill desires in the legal boundary of God’s command and not exceed by acquiring evil ways to fulfill them. Hence the Prophet pbuh as commanded by God was acting upon these commands to abolish ignorance and backwardness of mankind’s intellect and maturity, it was not for himself, as he bore a lot of troubles from a rebellion society for these acts, but he did for the sake of mankind to emerge in the future and for them to abide by the best utopia, both of civilization and of the human self. Indeed there is great wisdom in every order of God and every demonstration of the prophet pbuh for all all ages and species of human kind to come further. This marriage was Divine Decree imposed on Him pbuh. The clear evidence shown from the Quran and Hadith.

“Narrated Anas: Zaid bin Haritha came to the Prophet complaining about his wife. The Prophet kept on saying (to him), “Be afraid of Allah and keep your wife.” Aisha said, “IF ALLAH’S MESSENGER WERE TO CONCEAL ANYTHING (OF THE QUR’AN HE WOULD HAVE CONCEALED THIS VERSE.” Zainab used to boast before the wives of the Prophet and used to say, “You were given in marriage by your families, while I WAS MARRIED (TO THE PROPHET) BY ALLAH FROM OVER SEVEN HEAVENS.” And Thabit recited, “The Verse:– ‘But (O Muhammad) you did hide in your heart that which Allah was about to make manifest, you did fear the people,’ (33.37) was revealed in connection with Zainab and Zaid bin Haritha.” (Sahih al-Bukhari )


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