By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
THE WIVES OF THE PROPHET (SAW) :: MAIMUNA (ra)
By Shaykh Abdullah Faisal
PalTalk – May 04, 2013
-She was considered the one who had no conflict with any of the wives
-this was her good character and taqwa
-like all the wives an incident happened that led to their marriage
-she was the one who proposed to the Rasul (saw)
-in the 7th year after hijrah
-she was 36 years and he was 60 years
-and she only spent 3 years with the Prophet [pbuh]
-Mother of the believers Maimuna bint al-Harith
She was the mother of the believers Maimuna daughter of Al Harith ibn Hazan ibn Bujair, ibn al-Hazm, ibn Rubwaiba ibn Abdullah, ibn Hilal, ibn Amer, ibn Sa’sa’a Al-Hilaliyya.
Her mother was Hind daughter of Auof ibn Zuhair ibn AlHarith ibn Hamata ibn Humair. She was known as the noblest old woman on earth.
Her sisters were Lubaba AlKobra (Umm Alfadl) and Lubaba As-soghra and her half-sisters were Asmaa bint Omais and Salma bint Omais
Her sister Umm AlFadl was the wife of Al-Abbas (the Prophet’s uncle). Her sister Asmaa bint Omais married Jafaar ibn Abu Talib (the Prophet’s cousin and a famous Muslim martyr) and then Abu Bakr As-seddique then Ali Ibn Abu Talib (the two famous companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah upon him, and both became Muslim Caliphs Her sister Salma bint Omais was the wife of Allah's Lion Hamza Ibn Abd Elmutallib (the Prophet’s uncle and the leader of martyrs). She was from a noble family from the Quraish tribe.
Maimuna 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 Maimuna'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 Madina were permitted to visit Makkah under the terms of the treaty of Hudaybiyya to perform Umra.
Allah Almighty sent the following ayah 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. (Al-Ahzab : 50)
After the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, had stayed for three days as stated in the Hudaybiya agreement, the people of Quraish asked him to leave. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, asked them to allow him to wed among them in Quraish and he would invite them to the wedding feast but they refused harshly. The polytheists of Quraish actually feared the Prophet’s stay among them because of the impact he has on the hearts, so they wanted him to leave as soon as possible. The wedding was held in a place called Sarf ten miles from Makkah, in the month of Shawwal in 7 AH (After Hijra)
In the Prophet’s House:
The Prophet gave her the name, Maimuna, meaning "blessed", because they were married after the “blessed” occasion of his peaceful visit to Makkah after seven years of emigrating to Medina. Maimuna 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, mother of the believers may Allah be pleased with her, said about her, "Among us, she had the most fear of Allah and did the most to maintain ties of kinship. It is from her merits that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, testified that she and her sisters Maymouna, Umm Alfadl, Salma and Asmaa are the believing sisters "
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.
She was a knowledgeable woman, she would teach Muslims Sunnah for example her nephew Ibn Abbas (who was one of the most knowledgeable Muslims in religious issues) visited her once with his hair uncombed, so she asked him why he didn’t comb his hair, he said that his wife was menstruating. She told him the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, would enter the house of his menstruating wife and would lean on her or sit on her lap and recite verses from the holly Quran.
She once knew that her nephew would not sleep in the same bed beside his wife when she was menstruating so she told him that this was not what the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, would do when any of his wives was menstruating It is narrated that once one of her relatives visited her and from his smell she knew that he was drinking so she ordered him to admit his guilt and accept getting whipped for drinking or he would never visit her Maimuna, Mother of the believers may Allah be pleased with her reported many Hadiths from the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him
Sheikh Ath-Thahabi said that she reported seven hadiths in the two Sahihs, another hadith was reported on her authority in Al-Bukhari alone, five in Muslim alone so the sum of the hadiths reported on her authority is 13 hadiths.
Maymouna, Mother of the believers may Allah be pleased with her died in 51 AH Ibn Ataa said, “When Maymunah died, I went out with Ibn Abbas who said, “Do not shake her and be tender with her she is my mother.”
Aisha, Mother of the believers may Allah be pleased with her said when Maymunah, Mother of the believers may Allah be pleased with her, died; “Oh Maimuna passed away. By Allah she was pious and kept good terms with her kinship ties. May Allah have mercy on her. She was buried in Saraf (the place where she and the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, wed) according to her will.
- the Sahabiyat used to move on with their lives after their husbands die
- even though some of them died as shaheed
- Umm Fadel (r.a) was brave woman
- when the kuffaar lost at Badr, Abu Lahab hit the one who brought the news
- Umm Fadel hit Abu Lahab with an iron for the man who was her slave
- you are not allowed to break family ties even if they are kaafir
- unless if they are antagonistic towards Islam
bn Abbas narrated: "The Prophet married Maimunah while he was a Muhrim." [(Sahih) Jami’ at-Tirmidhi: Vol. 2, Book 4, Hadith 842]
It was narrated from Ibn 'Abbas that the Prophet married Maimunah when he was a Muhrim, and she appointed Al-'Abbas in charge of her marriage, and he married her to him. (Sunan an-Nasa'i English translation: Vol. 4, Book 26, Hadith 3275)
Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah say: 'One prayer in this Masjid of mine is better than a thousand prayers in any other Masjid except Al-Masjid Al-Haram.'" [(Sahih) Sunan an-Nasa'i 2898 English translation: Vol. 3, Book 24, Hadith 2901]
It was narrated that Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet, said: "The Prophet performed Ghusl from Janabah; he washed his private part then rubbed his hand on the ground or the wall, then he performed Wudu' as for prayer, then he poured water over his head and the rest of his body." (Sunan an-Nasa'i 428 In-book reference: Book 4, Hadith 33)
Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet narrated: The Messenger of Allah was upset one morning and Maimunah said to him: "O Messenger of Allah, you look upset today., He said: 'Jibril, peace be upon him, had promised to meet me last night but he did not come, and by Allah, he never failed to keep an appointment,; The day passed, then he thought of a puppy that was beneath a table of ours. He ordered that it be taken out, and then he took some water In his hand and sprinkled it over the place where it had been. That evening, Jibril, peace be upon him, came and met him. The Messenger of Allah said to him: 'You [promised to meet me last night,; He said: 'Yes, but we do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture,; the next day the Messenger of Allah Commanded that dogs be killed."(Sahih) [Sunan an-Nasa'i: English translation: Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 4288]
- the Rasul (saws) didn't marry whilst in ihram
- it is haraam to marry whilst in ihram
- you are not even allowed to propose marriage
It was narrated from 'Ubaidullah bin 'Abdullah bin 'Utbah that Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet, took a loan, and it was said to her: "O Mother of the Believers, why have you taken a loan when you do not have the means to pay if off?" She said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah say: 'Whoever takes a loan intending to pay it back, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, will help him."' (Hasan) [Sunan an-Nasa'i, English translation: Vol. 5, Book 44, Hadith 4691]
Abu Bakar Al-Hakam bin Farrukh said: "Abu Al-Malih led us in offering the funeral prayer and we thought that he had said the Takbir, but he turned to us and said: 'Make you rows straight and intercede properly.' Abu Al-Malih said: Abdullah - meaning Ibn Salit-narrated to me that one of the Mothers of the believers, Maimunah the wife of the Prophet, said: The Prophet told me: There is no deceased person for whom a group of people offers the funeral prayer, but their intercession for him will be accepted.' I asked Abu Al-Malih about the (number of that) group and he said: 'Forty."' (Hasan). [Sunan an-Nasa'I, English translation: Vol. 3, Book 21, Hadith 1995]
Narrated By Maimuna: The Prophet ate (a piece of) mutton from the shoulder region and then prayed without repeating the ablution. [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 4, Hadith 209]
Narrated By Maimuna: Allah's Apostle was asked regarding ghee (cooking butter) in which a mouse had fallen. He said, "Take out the mouse and throw away the ghee around it and use the rest." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 4, Hadith 236] (the scholars say it is weak)
Narrated By Maimuna: The Prophet was asked regarding ghee in which a mouse had fallen. He said, "Take out the mouse and throw away the ghee around it (and use the rest.)" [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 4, Hadith 237]
Narrated By Maimuna: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle performed ablution like that for the prayer but did not wash his feet. He washed off the discharge from his private parts and then poured water over his body. He withdrew his feet from that place (the place where he took the bath) and then washed them. And that was his way of taking the bath of Janaba. [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 5, Hadith 249]
Narrated By Maimuna: (The wife of the Prophet) During my menses, I never prayed, but used to sit on the mat beside the mosque of Allah's Apostle. He used to offer the prayer on his sheet and in prostration some of his clothes used to touch me." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 6, Hadith 329]
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas (RAA): "The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to wash with the water left over by Maimunah (RAA)." [Reported by Muslim.]
LESSONS FROM THE BIOGRAPHY OF MAYMOONA
1. HER MOTHER WAS CALLED THE NOBLEST OLD WOMAN ON EARTH BECAUSE SHE MARRIED HER DAUGHTERS OFF TO THE FAMILY OF THE RASUL (SAWS)
2. A WOMAN WANTS TO MARRY A NOBLE MAN LIKE HER SIBLINGS
-Her sisters married to the elite and she was desperate to marry the Rasul (saws)
3. WHEN JAAFAR (RA) DIED A SHAHEED , ASMA HER SISTER MOVED ON
-So when your husbands’ die a shaheed, you should move on
-because you have successful that needs to be fulfilled
4. THE FEMALE SAHABAH WERE ABLE TO GET OVER THEIR HUSBANDS AND MOVE ON
5. THE RASUL (SAWS) CALLED HER MAIMUNA (THE BLESSED ONE)
-This means a man change the name of his wife if he doesn't like it
6. THE PROPHET [PBUH] CELEBRATED A SUCCESSFUL UMRAH WITH THE NIKAH OF MAIMUNA
7. HE SPENT THREE DAYS IN MAKKAH AND DIDN'T OVER STAY HIS WELCOME
-He kept to his word according to the treaty of Hudaibiyyah
8. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BATHE (HAVE GHUSL) NAKED WITH YOUR WIFE AFTER AN INTERCOURSE
-This is why she was able to tell us how the Rasul (saws) performed ghusl
9. SHE WAS THE ONE WHO PROPOSED TO THE RASUL (SAWS)
-A Muslim woman is allowed to propose to a Muslim man
-(provided he is not a munafiq)
10. SHE GOT MARRIED IN SHAWWAL
-And that is the sunnah
11. THE RASUL (SAWS) CAN MARRY HIMSELF OFF TO A WOMAN
-He doesn't need someone to perform his nikah
-he only have to say "I accept" (this is only for him)
12. QURAISH FEARED THE INFLUENCE OF MUHAMMAD
-They were desperate for him to leave Makkah after the 3 days elapse
13. HER WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT POLYGAMY GRACEFULLY
She was the last wife of the Rasul (saws)
14. HER NORMAL NOBLE CHARACTER; SHE DIDN'T CAUSE ANY PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER WIVES
15. AISHA (R.A) TESTIFIED TO HER TAQWA
16. SHE KEPT THE TIES OF KINSHIP
Narrated By Jubair bin Mut'im: That he heard the Prophet saying, "The person who severs the bond of kinship will not enter Paradise." [al-Bukhari (5984) and Muslim (2556)]
17. SHE WAS FROM THE NOBLE TRIBE OF QURAISH
18. SHE CORRECTED IBN ABBAS FOR NOT DRESSING UP FOR HIS WIFE BECAUSE SHE WAS ON HER MENSES
-Ibn Abbas was her nephew
-when a woman is menstruating everything is halal except intercourse
19. THE RASUL (SAWS) GOT SICK IN HER HOUSE AND HE SOUGHT PERMISSION TO BE NURSED BY AISHA
-When you are sick you should be nursed by wife who loves you the most and the one you love
-this will accelerate a speedy recovery
20. SHE ASKED TO BE BURIED AT THE SAME SPOT (AT SARAF) SHE GOT MARRIED TO THE RASUL (SAWS)
-You are allowed to put in your will where you want to be buried
-and who you want to pray over you
-this was carried out
-and who you want to wash your body
-the best person to wash your body is your husband
Aisha is reported to have said: "Allah's Messenger returned from al-Baqi (the believers' graveyards; found me while I was experiencing headache and I was uttering, Ah, my head!" Thereupon, he (the Holy Prophet) said, "Nay, I: Ah my head, O Aisha." Then he observed, "Nothing will harm if you pass away before me. I shall take care of you, I shall give a bath, wrap you in a shroud, invoke blessings upon you (in the funeral prayer) and bury you." [Ibn Majah, Vol. 2, #1465] (According to al-Zawaid, "The authorities of the isnad are reliable (and authentic). Bukhari has transmitted it in brief from another angle.")
Sayyida A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) would kiss her whilst he was fasting (m, refer to the fiqh of kissing during fast) and he would suck her tongue." (Sunan Abu Dawud, No. 2378) "
21. A WOMAN CAN BE QUITE SENTIMENTAL
-They are from a different planet than men
-this is why they get hurt in a relationship
22. FOR HER TO ASK TO BE BURIED AT SARAF PROVES THAT SHE CHERISH THE DAY SHE MARRIED THE RASUL (SAWS)
23. SHE CHOSE THE RIGHT PERSON [IBN ABASS] TO INTERCEDE FOR HER TO MARRY THE RASUL (SAWS), WHICH SHOWS SHE HAD GRAVITAS.