Message of Peace – Jealousy at Home

By Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin on 07-06-2013

Her sisters Rukiya and Qmmu Kulhum had died earlier. Mohammed felt deep sorrow in the death of Sainaba. He remembered how she loved her husband,  Abul Bin Rabbay, who was a prisoner in the battle of Badr. She offered to pay money as ransom money to release him. She was a Muslim but her husband was a non Muslim. He fought against Muslims in the battle of Badr. Had the Muslims were defeated in the battle, her own father Mohammed would have been killed. In spite of all these she had loved her husband very much and she came forward to offer ransom for the liberty of her husband. Such was her love for her husband.
Mohammed also remembered the suffering of Sainaba due to prolonged illness. Mohammed was a person who had great concern for the poor and suffering. He used to travel to the suburbs of Medina to visit suffering persons and give relief to them. Now, his own daughter died after great suffering. His sorrow did not last for long. A boy was born to Mohammed through Maria. He named him Ibrahim. Maria was presented to Mohammed by an Egyptian emperor Muquaqus. Maria became pregnant when Mohammed was nearing 60. He was overjoyed on the birth of Ibrahim. Naturally, this generated jealousy in the minds of other wives of Mohammed. Mohammed’s great affection to this boy escalated their jealousy. One day, Mohammed took Ibrahim and approached Aisha. Mohammed asked about the boy’s similarity with the features of Mohammed. She remarked that she could not find any similarity of the boy with Mohammed. She added, If any child gets nursing and care as Ibrahim got, he would have similar beauty and health as that of Ibrahim. This was a clear indication of the jealousy of the wives of Mohammed at the birth of Ibrahim in Maria. 
Such a conduct from the sides of his wives was quite natural. Mohammed had bestowed such a high status and position to them which was unknown to the then Arabian Society. Umer had said, “By God, until the Holy words were revealed about women, the Meccans had not given any importance to their rights.“ Once I was about to grant permission for some purpose, then wives asked me whether he could not do in this day. I said, that you need not interfere with the thing I wanted to do. Then she said, “Umar Bin Quatab, your conduct is surprising. You won’t allow me criticize you but your daughter Afsa used to criticize the prophet in such a way that anybody would have shown and the whole day. When I heard these I went to Hafsa my daughter and asked her are you in the habit of educating masses in such a way?” 

About The Author

Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin

Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin (High Court of Kerala) is a great Gandhian and a noted humanitarian, who could successfully steer World Fellowship of Inter-religious Councils. His relentless efforts for inter religious harmony was awarded by HH Pope John Paul 2nd and Parliament of World Religions.