Father and husband, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
Despite the fact that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) bore the burden of the entire world’s responsibilities on his shoulders while he preached Islam and drew people to Allah, he (peace be upon him) respected and cared greatly for his family. Look at the Prophet (peace be upon him) and how he interacted with his daughters, wives, and the ladies in his community to learn how women are considered in Islam or how they should be treated.
Because of their gender or the fact that they were daughters rather than sons, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never treated his daughters unfairly. He cherished his girls, took great pride in them, and was never hesitant to publicly express his love for them.
Fatima, while the youngest of his daughters, had always provided her father with solace, encouragement, and fortitude during those early trying times in Makkah when the Quraysh men mocked and injured the Prophet (peace be upon him). He never chastised her for her courage and outspokenness when it came to expressing the truth and upholding justice, and she was never scared or embarrassed to defend her father in public.
Ali bin Abi Talib, the Prophet’s cousin, requested Fatima’s hand in marriage after the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his family moved to Madinah. Even though Ali had the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) blessing, he nevertheless talked to Fatima to make sure she was okay with the union. None of his daughters were ever coerced against their choice into marriage.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) always stood up to greet Fatima when she came to see him and gave her his seat. She would then kiss his forehead in return. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) adored Fatima and her sons, and he was frequently seen cuddling and amusing his grandkids. He (peace be upon him) treated his family with kindness and gentleness.
Ruqayyah, the Prophet’s daughter, became ill as he (peace be upon him) was preparing for the Battle of Badr against the Quraysh. Instead of leaving her and taking part in this crucial battle, the Prophet (peace be upon him) urged her husband, Uthman bin Affan, to stay with Ruqayyah and take care of her. Before the Muslim army arrived in Madinah following the Battle of Badr, Uthman stayed with his wife during her illness in accordance with the Prophet’s instructions. She passed away later that month.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never struck or even raised his hand to strike a woman or a kid during his entire life.
He used lovely nicknames to address his wife or daughter in order to make them feel special. Fatima was addressed as Al-Zahra, Arabic for “the radiant one.” Because of her beautiful, crimson cheeks, he referred to his wife, Aisha, as Al-Homaira.
After Khadijah passed away, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) remarried. Allah granted the Prophet exclusive permission to marry nine women, each for a very specific cause. Each of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was revered, treated fairly, heard their complaints and comments, and had their sentiments taken into consideration.
No matter what difficulties he might have been facing outside the home, he always made time to speak to his wife, comfort them, and demonstrate his love for them.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) showed consideration for Aisha, his wife. He could tell when Aisha was upset and knew what made her sad, so he made an effort to make her feel better.
I know when you are furious or pleased with me, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reportedly told Aisha. How do you know that, I questioned. In response, he said, “You say, ‘By the Lord of Muhammad,’ when you are happy, but you say, ‘By the Lord of Abraham,’ when you are sad.” “Yes, I do not desert unless in your name,” I replied. (Hadith Al-Bukhari)
That is our Prophet, putting a smile on his wife’s face when she is angry, making light of an unpleasant situation.
He assisted with domestic duties at home. His wife Aisha said, “He constantly participated in domestic chores and occasionally fixed his shoes, clothes, and swept the floor. He would go grocery shopping, milk, tether, and feed his animals. (Hadith Al-Bukhari)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) valued his wives, recognised the value of their counsel, and sought it out from them.
A party of Muslims, including the Prophet (peace be upon him), travelled to Makkah with the intention of performing the trip, but Quraysh stopped them. When Quraysh signed the Hudaibiyah Treaty with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), they agreed to allow Muslims to conduct the trip the following year.
Some of the companions disapproved of the treaty’s provisions and expressed disappointment that they were prevented from making the pilgrimage. The companions initially disobeyed the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) orders to shave their heads, throw away their pilgrimage attire, and return to Madinah.
The Prophet’s wife, Umm Salama, was wise, and she counselled him to have his head shaved in front of his companions. She reasoned that it would be better for them to follow his example than to just be told to shave their heads if they saw him doing it. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) wisely followed Umm Salama’s instruction.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was in Madinah when the women of his community complained to him that the men spent more time with him and learnt directly from him, while the women desired to learn and had questions. Every week, the Prophet (peace be upon him) designated a day for the ladies to congregate at his mosque for a lecture during which they could ask him any questions.
Even the woman who lived solely in the mosque and was in charge of maintaining and cleaning the masjid was known to and respected by the Prophet (peace be upon him). He became concerned when he saw she was missing from the masjid one day and enquired about her from his friends. He questioned why they had not told him before they revealed that she had passed away at night. In order to say the funeral prayer for her, he enquired as to the location of her burial.
The Prophet of Allah never cursed, swore, used obscene language, or spread obscenity. The Holy Qur’an’s powerful description of the Prophet, “You are of the highest noble character,” captures the essence of the Prophet’s character. (4th verse of Chapter 68)
It is understandable why his wives, daughters, friends, and servants cherished him more than their own souls.