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Ploygamy and the Wives of the Prophets

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Ploygamy and the Wives of the Prophets

Who was Zaid?
Adoption was used in the term “son.” Zaid was a slave of the Prophet salAllahu alaihi wasalam. He freed Zaid and referred to him as his son.

Who was Zainab?
Zainab was the cousin of the Prophet salAllahu alaihi wasalam. It was not a sudden lust that birthed the marriage, rather a decree from Allah The Almighty. In fact, our Nabi salAllahu alaihi wasalam attempted to hide the command to marry Zainab but Allah revealed His resolution in Surah 33.

How did Zaid and Zainab marry?
Zainab married Zaid because his character was exemplary, but differences arose within the marriage. And divorce became evident.

How did Muhammad come to marry Zainab?
Allah revealed His decree in Surah 33:37 – “Behold! Thou didst say to one who had received the grace of Allah and thy favour: “Retain thou (in wedlock) thy wife, and fear Allah.” But thou didst hide in thy heart that which Allah was about to make manifest: thou didst fear the people, but it is more fitting that thou shouldst fear Allah. Then when Zaid had dissolved (his marriage) with her, with the necessary (formality), We joined her in marriage to thee: in order that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the Believers in (the matter of) marriage with the wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have dissolved with the necessary (formality) (their marriage) with them. And Allah’s command must be fulfilled.”

Allah reassured Muhammad, salAllahu alaihi wasalam, in what matters: “…in order that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the Believers in (the matter of) marriage with the wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have dissolved with the necessary (formality) (their marriage) with them. And Allah’s command must be fulfilled.”