The Prophet’s next beloved, A’isha, recorded:
`Although I had never met Khadija, I was never more jealous of anyone than her.’ Once, when Khadija’s sister Hala came to visit the Prophet (s), and called from outside for permission to enter, he trembled, being reminded of Khadija, for the two sisters had very similar voices. `It must be Hala,’ he said. A’isha said, `Why do you keep thinking of that elderly woman who has been dead for so long, when Allah has given you such good wives? ‘No, no, no,’ the Prophet (s) answered, `I was given no finer wife than her. She believed in me when everyone else belied me; when they denied me she became a Muslim; when no one would help me, she was my help. I had my children from her.’ And he asserted, `Allah gave me my love for her.’


Ibrahim (as) once went to the house of Ismail (as). He knocked and a young lady opened the door and invited him in. He asked about Ismail (as) and she said that he was out and not at home. So he asked the lady (who was apparently Ismail (as)’s wife) how he was towards her and the house. She started complaining and whining… saying things like…”he doesn’t do this for me”… “I wish he would be more caring”…and she went on venting for a while. After a while Ibrahim (as) got up to leave and said to her, “Tell Ismail when he gets home to change his door matt.” He then left.
When Ismail (as) came home and his wife informed him of an old man and what he had said, Ismail (as) said to her, “That was my father and he wants me to divorce you”- and he did.
Many days later, Ibrahim (as) again went to his son’s house. This time another lady opened the door (his new wife). Again Ismail (as) was not home so Ibrahim (as) asked her the same question about her husband. She started praising her husband and told him how much she appreciated him, how caring he was, and so on. Ibrahim (as) got up to leave and said to her, “Tell Ismail when he comes home to keep this door matt.”
When Ismail (as) came home and was told about what had occurred, he said to his wife, “That was my father and he approves of you and wants me to keep you.”


The Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “…Then I saw the (Hell) Fire, and I have never before seen such a horrible sight as that, and I saw that the majority of its dwellers were women.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for that?” He replied, “Because of their ungratefulness.” It was said. “Do they disbelieve in Allah (are they ungrateful to Allah)?” He replied, “They are not thankful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors done to them. Even if you do good to one of them all your life, when she seems some harshness from you, she will say, ‘I have never seen any good from you.'” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]


Ibrahim (as) to fulfill Allah (swt)’s commandment brought his belovd wife and son, Ismail (as), to a deserted, isolated, barren valley of Makkah, which did not exactly exist at that time.
As Ibrahim (as) was leaving them alone in Makkah and walking away, Hajar asked him (as in the Hadith): ‘O Ibrahim! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley where there is neither any person nor anything else (to survive)?’ She repeated that to him many times, but he did not look back at her. Then she asked him, ‘Has God instructed you to do so?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’…
That was enough for her, she said, “Then God will not neglect us.’ (In another version): ‘I am pleased to be (left) with God.”


The Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “The best of your women are those who are bearers of many children, loving (to their husbands), comforting, and tolerant – provided that they have taqwa of Allah.”
[Recorded by al-Bayhaqi in as-Sunan. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani]


Maymuna or Barra as she was then called, yearned to marry the Prophet. She went to her sister, Umm al Fadl to talk to her about that and she, in turn, spoke to her husband, al-Abbas. Al-Abbas immediately went to the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with Maymuna’s offer of marriage to him and her proposal was accepted. When the good news reached her, she was on a camel, and she immediately got off the camel and said, “The camel and what is on it is for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).” They were married in the month of Shawwal in 7 AH just after the Muslims of Medina were permitted to visit Mecca under the terms of the treaty of Hudaybiyya to perform umra. Allah Almighty sent the following ayat about this:

Any believing woman who dedicates herself to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her, that is only for thee and not for the believers. (Quran 33:50)

The Prophet gave her the name, Maymuna, meaning “blessed”, and Maymuna lived with the Prophet for just over three years, until his death. She was obviously very good natured and got on well with everyone, and no quarrel or disagreement with any of the Prophet’s other wives has been related about her. ‘A’isha said about her, “Among us, she had the most fear of Allah and did the most to maintain ties of kinship.” It was in her room that the Prophet first began to feel the effects of what became his final illness and asked the permission of his wives to stay in A’isha’s room while it lasted.


The story of Asmaa bint Abu Bakr remembering the gheerah of her husband, Az-Zubayr ibn Awaam. One day Asmaa’ was walking and carrying date stones on her head, and the Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saw her and stopped. He (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was with a group of Companions and her offered her a camel to ride behind them. However, Asmaa’ remembered the gheerah of her husband (Gheerah is the sense of pride that a man has which causes him to dislike his wives, daughters or sisters from being seen or heard by strangers. It is this gheerah which makes a man protective about his women) and she became shy. The Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) understood her shyness and left. Later when she narrated this to her husband, Az-Zubayr replied, “By Allaah, the thought of you carrying date-stones upon your head is more severe a burden to me than you riding with him.”


A’isha the wife of Allah’s Apostle (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), reported that one day Allah’s Messenger (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) came out of her (apartment) during the night and she felt jealous. Then he came and he saw me (in what agitated state of mind) I was. He said: “A’isha, what has happened to you? Do you feel jealous?” Thereupon she said: “How can it be (that a woman like me) should not feel jealous in regard to a husband like you…” [Sahih Muslim, Book 39, #6759]


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