Surrounded by the Wives

By Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin on 14-06-2013

Asked, If Hafsa’s daughter is in the habit of criticizing
the prophet, she replied, “By truth we use to criticize him.” I inducted her
and said, “Beware of God’s punishment and anger of the prophet.” Ummu Selma
said, “Oh son of Khatab. “Your conduct is very strange. You are interfering
with everything. Are you going to interfere in the affairs of the prophet and
his wives ?”

There is another story quoted by Muslin. Once Abu
Becker came to the residence of Mohammed and sought his permission for entry
into his room. He was given permission. Accordingly, he entered into the room.
He saw Mohammed sitting gloomy in the midst of his wives. Soon after Umer also
came and sought permission of Mohammed for entry to his room. Permission was
accordingly granted. He also saw Mohammed sitting amidst his wives  in a gloomy mood. With a view to change the
mood of Mohammed Umer said, “Oh prophet of God, if Binthu Kharij bargain with
you for maintenance, I would have given her a clear place.” Mohammed laughed
and said. “They have surrounded me demanding maintenance.” Hearing this Abu
Becker gave a slap on his daughter Aisha. Umer also slapped his daughter Hafsa.
He asked, “Are you demanding something which is not within the reach of the
prophet?” Thereupon the wives of Mohammed said, “By God, you see that we did
not demand anything from the prophet.”

Once Mohammed did not go to mosque, that became a
matter of talk among the people. The reason for Abu Becker and Umer go to
Mohammed residence was this. It is in this background that the following verse
was revealed in the Quran. “Oh prophet, tell your wives,  if you want the world and the material and
its resources, I will leave you …. If you want Allah and his prophet and his
wives thereafter, God will reward to the righteous among you.” There is another
incident which would reveal the liberty with him used by his wives. Once
Mohammed went to his wife Saineb’s house. He stayed there longer than usual. It
was not liked by his other wives. Aisha said, “I and Hafsa decided to say when
Mohammed comes, some bad odor was emanating from his mouth.”

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.