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Ramadan Special: Prophet Muhammad And His Wives

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By Albert Afeso Akanbi

Islamists today would have us believe that Mohammad “was a perfect example of human conduct”.

So much is the respect of Muslims for their Prophet that a month is set aside for ‘fasting’, because, as they say, the man, received his “revealation” in the month of Ramadan.

Well, this is the first of a series with the above title, aimed at examining the Islamic prophet, starting with his private life…

We know that the Islamic prophet mandated his followers to marry a maximum of four wives, especially if such a “believer can love them all equally”.

As a perfect example of human conduct, is it wrong for us to expect the man to lead by example?

Now let us look at the life of the man himself and then as how many wives he himself married.

We start with Khadijah who was Mohammad ‘s wife for 25 years. I wonder why, for 25 years, the man stuck to this older woman. Some Islamists have even tried to have us believe that there is something positive about the fact that Mohammad married and remained faithful to a woman 25 years his senior for that long. But I don’t think so.

Recall that Muhammad ate from what Khadijah earned and that the woman was his benefactor and protector. In fact, when he first saw his “visions” in that cave, the first person he ran to was the woman. Now, imagine what will happen to him if he dared whispered, how much more cheated on the woman…

Aisha bint Abu Bakr was another of Mohammad’s wives who was only 6 years when betrothed to him and 9 when Muhammad, 53, married and consummated the marriage. She was Abu Bakr’s daughter, the first Muslim and the first Caliph. Islamists would argue today that the marriage was political since Abu Bakr definitely was a capable ruler and Muhammad gained a stability when he married his daughter. Now, the question is, a man who married for politics, can we make the case that he was a prophet who was God’s voice on earth?

Sawda bint Zamʿa was the only old woman that was married to Muhammad. She was over 60 and even gave up her “bed time rights” with Muhammad to Aisha rather than divorce him.

Hafsa bint Umar, was a widow of Khunais ibn Hudhaifa, and she married Muhammad at 20 years old. History tells us that she was beautiful and pious. There are those who have argued that, like most of his wives, her beauty was among the major reasons why Muhammad married her.

Zaynab bint Khuzayma was 25, beautiful, a widow and Muhammad’s wife, although she died quickly, in fact, she was married to him for just a mere eight months.

Hind bint Abi Umayya, was a 32 years old widow. She was beautiful, knowledgeable and wise.

One would notice that Muhammad only collected the most beautiful young widows, while his followers made do with the countless not so blessed widows that resulted from the countless wars he instigated and led.

Rayhana bint Zayd, a beautiful Jewish slave was taken after the war with Banu Qurayza. Some Islamists say she was given choice: either to convert and become Muhammad’s wife or become his slave. Now, the question is, what option would a smart woman of her type have chosen? And why did Mohammad spare her in the first place, why did he even give her such a choice at all? So much for those who argue that the man never own or traded in slaves…

Zaynab bint Jahsh, was Muhammad’s own cousin who was married to Muhammad’s adopted son Zayd. It was told that “Zaynab seduced him and Muhammad fell into her charm”. Afterward, Muhammad claimed that Allah told him to make adoption invalid, so he could take Zaynab as his wive after forcing Zayd, his adopted son, to divorce her. The story of how this whole episode transpired and how it found its was into the Koran as a “revealtion” is well known to truth lovers.

Juwayriyya bint al-Harith was a captive from Banu Mustaliq. Records have it that her beauty was profound, so much so that Muhammad refused to release her, even after her father offered ransom. “Muhammad proposed to her afterward and she accepted”. After her acceptance, more than 100 captives from her tribe were released in exchange for her, making her marriage a barter deal for saving her clanmates.

Safiyya bint Huyeiy Ibn Akhtab, was also a very beautiful 17 years old daughter of the chief of the Jewish tribe Banu Nadir. She was very beautiful, so that it was recorded that even Aisha became jealous of her. Muhammad proposed her, and her refusal would have made her a booty for his men who did many horrible things to women of her tribe during and after the war. If she had not chosen
marriage to Mohammad at that time, what would have been her fate?

Ramla bint Abi Sufyan (Umm Habiba), was a very zealoous believer of Islam. She held on to her believe even when her husband was slow to convert. She was strong willed also. Muhammad quickly married her after her husband’s death.

Maria al-Qibtiyya, also known as Mary the Copt, was an Egyptian slave that was given to Muhammad when he threatened Egyptian rulers to accept him as prophet or else he would a war. She was delivered to assuage Muhammad and deflect his attention elsewhere and the tactic worked since Muhammad then re-focused his attention to Persia instead. She was then sent to Hafsa, another wife, as maid.

Maymuna bint al-Harith, was another woman whose marriage was political, to appease Muhammad’s longtime ally, Abbas, and his former enemy, Banu Makhzum. Of course her beauty was an icing in the cake and also a favour to consider for Mohammad.

These are the generally accepted wives of the Islamic prophet, asides his concubines and sex slaves, which the Islamists today, even though records confirms, continue to deny.

Apart from just two, all of Muhammad’s other wives were very beautiful and young women compared with his age when he married them.

This would leave one wondering what Muhammad’s motivation was in marrying these numerous women.

Recall that Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity and the saviour of the world was never married, and never fought a war or took a life. He even said ” I come to do the work of my father” not to take women in marriage and kill people or instigate wars, or threaten rulers and whole people.

But on the other hand we saw a “prophet” who was so “superman” he could “treat 11 wives equally” while setting the limit of 4 wives for his followers…

Next, we will look at his life as a Warrior…

About the author: AKANBI, ALBERT AFESO, Writer, Researcher & Humanitarian

Instagram: afeso82 Twitter: @afeso82

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  1. Dawaye Georgewill

    May 25, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Prophet Muhammad must be a strong man to have these many wives. He set the stage for muslim marrying many wives. What a legacy

  2. Jesuit Onye

    May 25, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Afeso the scholar where have you been I miss your articles

  3. kunle Ilahor

    May 25, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    I personally think he married too many women may be he is a ***addict

  4. Josiah Jude

    May 25, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Islam is a man made religion that is why we have so many violence from it. Muhammad was a warrior that is why we have so many warriors fighting and killing to keep his legacy.
    I wish he had promoted peace and unity.

  5. Cynthia

    May 25, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    Amanda where are you do you agree with what they wrote about your prophet

  6. Aderopo

    May 25, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    Peace be upon him.
    Please where are the wives, grnad children and great grand kids now

  7. Amanda

    May 25, 2018 at 10:05 PM

    It is irrelevant to arguing with ***** fellow. Everything he said isnt new. He wasnt the first to say ****. I am just gonna address the last part of his ****. If Jesus didnt marry, if that’s parameter for holiness, why then do Christians marry?. Why dont you guys follow his example?.

    Besides, why is Afeso’s obsession with prophet Muhammad (saw) and islam?. Good thing always have enemies. Lastly, I wonder if those christians at Catholic and vatican also follow example of Jesus?. A christian organisation riddled with ****, sexual assault of minors and their support of gay practices. All these are examples of ***** as well?.

    And Afeso lied for claiming Jesus a founder of Christianity. Hehehehe, the dude didn’t read his Bible well

    • fifelomo

      May 26, 2018 at 10:15 AM

      Ma Sha Allah sis Amanda.

      • Amanda

        May 27, 2018 at 6:30 AM

        Thank you

  8. Damola Oniru

    May 25, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    I trust Amanda, a faithful soldier of allah. u deserve some respect for always being on guard even if u go overboard sometime. I hope u are following the right path and not the religion ur parents born u into

    • Amanda

      May 26, 2018 at 5:23 AM

      Lol, Many muslims chose to ignore him. The last time he wrote articles in parts, he was replied to on another platform asides from comments i made on here. You may be need visit ACADIP where they usually reply him.

      What’s so funny is that, an ****** thinks Afeso is vast in islamic knowledge. Shaking my head. This is what happens when people don’t study. Imagine a Hindu writes rubbish about christianity and claim to have knowledge while fellow hindus praise him for his writeup.

      That sounds crazy isnt?

      Anyways, this platform doesnt allow me to effectively respond to Afeso but I am sure some muslim will eventually write back to counter ******he wrote.

      • Me

        May 26, 2018 at 3:43 PM

        Hi Amanda I refer you to answeringmuslim very good site for this kind of thing you will love that site you can help a lot of people to understand the true meaning of Islam

        • Amanda

          May 27, 2018 at 6:21 AM

          Lol, @answeringislam hehehehe, Shannon and the other f****s. I used to deal with them. I dont tire them now. I guess you’re just learning about them LOL I knew them 10 yrs ago hahahaha

  9. iron bar

    May 26, 2018 at 2:04 AM

    The writer is well versed and i dare the foot soldiers to challenge him..knowledge is indeed power.great article and hope the ignorant ones should adhere to this.

    • Darugbo Shetz

      May 26, 2018 at 2:18 AM

      I agree @ Iron Bar, they are silent now because they know everything he said about their prophet is the truth

  10. Mr Veritas

    May 26, 2018 at 5:29 AM

    Amanda, you are being hypocritical. Jesus did not marry but did not also ask his followers not to marry, in fact he told them, a man shall leave his parent and be one with his one wife, that God created one man for one woman. However, your prophet married over 10, had so many concubines and sex slaves, yet asked you his followers to marry 4, are there two set of rules in Islam, one for you and one for your prophet?
    The Catholic Church never supports priests who engage in child molestation, even though Islamic supports terrorism and Mohammad was indeed the first official *******.
    Jesus indeed founded Christianity, when he was asked what is the greatest commandment, he quite the great Jewish Shema, and then added his own twist, Christianity, and then appeared to Saint Paul….
    Islam is e***

    • am

      May 27, 2018 at 6:29 AM

      Mr. Vertas, you need not to worry about my prophet(saw). His legacy still pretty much effective after 1400 yrs he left with now well over 1 billion followers. That alobe defeat your rubbish.

      You should rather worry about your pastors, bishop, pope and so on who are ***** behind closed doors. We hear their nasty activities everytime. And the last time I check, marrying more than one wife is not a sin. It is a God-given right. You christian are bunch of hypocrites. Don’t You have pastors with multiple women?.

      You and Afeso have nothing to say.

      Over 1 billion muslims in the world today, that should ring a bell in your hairs. Truth has come, falsehood has vanish. For falsehood is bound to perish

      • Mr Veritas

        May 29, 2018 at 12:33 AM

        So you call marrying a child legacy? So you call taking you sons wife a legacy?
        So you call killing of innocent people legacy?
        So much for 1 billion followers, go and read about Christianity… Maybe then you will keep quiet…

  11. faith

    May 28, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Ma sha Allah sis Amanda. All he wrote was absolutely false. May Almighty Allah Reward him with his intentions. he fails to realized that Islam is a perfect religion which no body on the earth surface can alter any of the doctrines.

    • Mr Veritas

      May 29, 2018 at 12:36 AM

      Islam the perfect religion indeed… The most intolerant, blood thirsty religion…
      Remove death penalty for those who leave Islam, allow the free study of the holy bible in Islamic lands and see if Islam will still exist in 10 years…

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