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  • In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
  • Why did the Prophet Mohammad have many wives?
  • Here is the answer, as given in a lecture by Amro Khalid about the Mothers of the believers ( the Prophet’s wives )
  • Let’s first ask ourselves, how many wives did the Prophet marry?
  • They were twelve. When he died there were ten wives with him, while Khadija and Zaynab died in his life
  • Their names are: Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid Sawdah Bint Zamaah Aaishah Bint Abi Bakr Hafsah Bint Omar Zainab Bint Khuzaymah Om-salamah , Zainab Bint Jahsh Juwayriyah Bint Alharith Safiyah Bint Huyay Ibn Akhtab Ommo Habibah Ramlah Bint Abi Sofian Maria Bint Shamoun the Egyptian Maymonah Bint Alharith
  • Were they young beautiful girls ?
  • Aaishah was the only wife he married who was young and who had him as the first man in her life, all the other wives were either widows or divorcees.
  • Were they all Arabs?
  • All were Arabs, except for Mariya, who was from Egypt.
  • Where they all Muslims?
  • All but two; Safiya, who was a Jew , and Mariya, who was a Christian.
  • Now, let’s answer the main and very important question: Was it lust that drove the prophet to have so many marriages?
  • To answer the question we have to mention the following facts:
  • 1- The Prophet married for the first time when he was 25 years old. Too old for someone who is driven by lust.
  • 2- The first woman he married , Khadijah, was 40 years old, already married twice before him and already had children. He stayed married to her alone for 25 years, until she died. He stayed single after her death for two years in grief and mourning over her death. He was, then, 52 years old. Can this be a women loving man ?
  • After tow years of living single , he married Sawdah, an 80 year old widow in order to honor her because she was the first widow in Islam. Not an act of a lustful man after a long period of single life.
  • 3- From 52 to 60, he married several times for political and social reasons.
  • It’s not logical to say that lust had appeared suddenly at the Prophet’s life at the age of 52, and in the middle of the fierce physical and psychological struggle to spread Islam.
  • There is only one conclusion we can extract from the above: 1- Mohammad the man married Khadijah 2- Mohammad the Prophet married the rest of his wives.
  • But , was Mohammad the only Prophet to have multiple wives? Or polygamy was taken by other Prophets before him?
  • Mohammad was not the only prophet to have more than one wife. Polygamy was the norm at the times of Ibrahim (Abraham), Dawoud (David), Solayman (Solomon), all known in the Bible to have been polygamists.
  • Now, let me mention the political, social and religious reasons why the prophet had those marriages.
  • First: To spread the culture through eyewitnesses with all the details known only to intimate people. Aishah , being so young, was able to tell all those details to the Muslims for more than 42 years. She had seen and learned so much from him. Her young age was a great advantage in this regard. She could tell what the Prophet used to do or say in all aspects of daily life , so that people do and say the same in the same situations
  • Aishah , was the most knowledgeable person when it comes to the daily life of the Muslim and how it should go as was lived by the Prophet himself . There are more than 3000 Hadiths (sayings and doings of the prophet) narrated by the prophet’s wives.
  • But how come he married Aishah when she was only nine years old? The desert climate answers to that . In such environments, girls reached puberty very young. Not only in Arabia, but also in Rome and Persia, girls were married that young
  • Second: To strengthen the relationship with his companions, he married Aishah ( Abi Bakr’s daughter) and Safiyah ( Omar's daugter ), and married his daughters to Othman and Ali, May God be pleased with them all.
  • Third: out of mercy and rewarding to the early Muslim widows and divorcees he gave them the honor of marrying them himself (their husbands either died in battles or were non Muslims who divorced them because they embraced Islam.). Sawdah, Om-salama and Habeebah were widows.
  • Fourth: In order to set forth rules and ethics, The Prophet was being a role model for the Muslims by being kind to the widows and to the people of the book (Jews and Christians) who newly embraced Islam. He married Safiyah after her father - a Jew - embraced Islam , so as to give him and his daughter the honor among their people
  • Fifth: He wanted to have ties and links with the different nations of the world. When he married Mariya, all Egyptians were on his side, and when he married Gowayriyah, all her people embraced Islam (they were called Bani Almustalaq and were captured by the Muslims after a battle)
  • Please include me in your prayers and supplications to Allah, God the Almighty (this is His name in Arabic)