The Prophet’s Marriages

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Beneficient, The Most Merciful

One of the examples of Islam-bashing that we see on the TV and the internet these days is the one liner statement like: “Muhammad was a womanizer; he had nine wives.” For Muslims who have studied the books of the Orientalists and the Crusade-minded missionaries, such statements are not new.

Study the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and you will see that the Prophet was a man of highest character even long before he started preaching Islam.

At the age of twenty-five, Prophet Muhammad married a famous and a highly respected lady of Mecca, by the name of Khadija bint Khuwaylid, who was older than him in age. (refer Ibn Kathir in Bidayah Wal Nihayah vol 2, pg 360 Beirut edition)

(According to the popular opinion, she was 15 years older than the Prophet, but based on further research into this matter, we can say that she was only two years older than the Prophet).

The important thing is that he remained married to her for twenty-five years until she passed away in Mecca. Two years after her death, the Prophet migrated from Mecca to Medina where he founded the first Islamic society.

So for the first 50 years of his life, the Prophet had only one wife, Lady Khadīja, whom he loved dearly and who was one of the strongest pillars of support in promoting his cause. During the last 13 years of his life, he married other wives.

Prophet Muhammad:

  • From birth to age 25: single.
  • From age 25 to age 50: married to one wife, Khadija.
  • From age 50 to age 63: married ten wives.


The Other Wives

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Prophet Muhammad (s) and the Christian priest Baheera

In The Name of Allah The Most Beneficient The Most Merciful

The Quraish traders usually made annual business trips to Syria and Yemen. Abu Talib being a chief of Quraish also participated in these tours. After the demise of his grandfather, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) came under the guardianship of his honourable uncle Abu Talib and consequently, also made one of these trips along with the latter. He was not more than 12-years-old when he participated in this excursion. The caravan had not yet reached its destination when an incident took place on the outskirts of a city called Busra near Damascus which affected the voyage of Abu Talib considerably. For many years, a Christian priest, albeit a monotheist, named Baheera had a monastery in Busra and was engrossed in it in worship. He had a great deal of information about the previous divine books. Basically, generations of Christian priests had lived in this monastery who appointed successors for following them after their death. They also handed down their books from one generation to another which were protected as invaluable heritage and was the source of their information and knowledge.

This year the caravan incidentally halted near the monastery. Surprisingly, Baheera came down from the monastery and invited them for dinner. A person from Quraish questioned, “O Baheera! By God, what you did today is indeed amazing. For years we have been passing by your monastery, but we have never seen you act in this manner.” Baheera retorted, “Yes, you’re right. But you are my guests. I like to honour you and to prepare food for you.” All of them gathered at the dining table but for the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who, being the youngest, remained near the goods. When the Christian priest glanced at the guests, he could not find the person he was looking for. He queried, “O Quraish! Is someone from you not attending to my dinner?” They replied, “All are present except a youth who is tending to the goods.” He said, “No. All of you must come.” Somebody from the Quraish remarked, “We deserve to be reproached for not bringing along with ourselves the son of Abdullah Ibn Abdul Muttalib.” They went and brought the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) to the dining table. The priest stared only at this youth. Continue reading