What was Allah doing the whole time when Muhammad was marrying Zaid with a wrong girl? If the marriage was to turn unfortunate in future Allah would have known this before hand. Why didn't Allah tell Muhammad not TO marry Zainab with Zayd in the first place if he knew that there would be conflicts between them making them marriage unsuccessful?Eagle wrote: The person you're vaguely referring to was Zaynab, the Prophet's cousin, from a noble lineage who at first, the prophet arranged her to be united with Zayd ibn Haritha, a slave bought and freed by the prophet, and then adopted by him. It was simply unthinkable at the time for such unions to happen between the daughters of the aristocracy and a slave even if he was freed. This was a radical step taken by the Prophet in order to bring down the sense of superiority the Arabs had over slaves, a process that had already started through the countless verses of the Quran speaking of dealing with slaves as one would deal with his own family.
By persuading Zaynab and her family, the marriage did finally happen but it did not last as she would keep looking down upon Zayd, boasting of her lineage, she was hard to manage and live with, for a simple man.
If Zaynab had conflicts with Zayd then the verse should stop at saying “zayd should divorce Zaynab”. Why should Muhammad replace Zayd?? I guess even you know the answer but I know you are never going to accept it so I am going to prove it in my post further.Eagle wrote:He complained many times to the Prophet and wanted to divorce her at one point but the prophet would keep telling him to be patient 33:37"And when you said to him to whom Allah had shown favor and to whom you had shown a favor: Keep your wife to yourself and be careful of (your duty to) Allah". But the situation did not improve and Zayd finally divorced her.
Your theory falls flat to face with a simple logic..Eagle wrote: At the time Arab custom viewed adopted children as blood children, which is against nature, and would pass onto them the adopter's genealogy and name, his investments with all the rights of the legitimate son including that of inheritance and the prohibition of marriage on grounds of consanguinity. This was the opportunity to erase these customs first through admonishment 33:4-5 and then through a practical example with the prophet's marriage proposal to Zaynab, the ex-wife of an adopted son. He was at first reluctant to make the proposal known publicly because of the pressure of society who viewed such relation as incestuous but at the end, the important thing was to bring to light what Allah intended to improve in this society 33:37"and you concealed in your soul what Allah would bring to light, and you feared men, and Allah had a greater right that you should fear Him. But when Zaid had accomplished his want of her, We gave her to you as a wife, so that there should be no difficulty for the believers in respect of the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their want of them; and Allah's command shall be performed. There is no harm in the Prophet doing that which Allah has ordained for him; such has been the course of Allah with respect to those who have gone before".
The verse goes on to say that Marriage of Muhammad was arranged with Zaynab so that there may be no difficulty to believers regarding marrying their adopted son’s wife but when the concept of adoption itself is banned then the difficulty of dealing with adopted son;s wife would never arise because you would never have an adopted son at all to start with and hence the difficulty of marrying the adopted son’s wife would never arise. SO it is obvious that verse 33:37 never came to clear a difficulty for disbelievers in terms of adopted son’s wife because it was shortly banned .
If that verse served anyone then it was Muhammad alone. Had you theory been valid i.e it was done to set a practical example then Muhammad would not have committed the mistake of banning adoption !
Further there is no need to have any practical example to show us this. All he could have said is you can marry adopted son’s wife and the issue would be solved. If Muhammad really wanted to set examples then he should have started with himself marrying 4 rather 9 to 11 wives that he had. Isn't it surprising that Muhammad claims to set an example only when it earns him more women but not when it deals with having for yourself less women and showing restraint?
If what you claim is true then How could Muhammad marry Khadija in that case? Khadija was a widow when Muhammad married her. Muhammad did not even claim to be a prophet when he married her. So there never arose a question of lifting the burden which society put on the divorced women because they never placed a burden to start with.Eagle wrote: And the 3rd repercussion of this marriage was to lift the burden which society put upon divorced women who were degraded and often couldnt remarry. The degradation of divorced women is still present in the bible Matt5:31-32 and many societies throughout the world.
A man can develop attraction for a woman any time in his life. It is not difficult at all. You try to tell us as if it is impossible for such a thing to happen! According to the islamic literature he saw her semi naked and therefore he was aroused! That can happen to anyone however decent human beings do not react and snatch the wife of their sons and suddenly terminate a beautiful concept of adoption . Well this is so pathetic. You suddenly make a person who considered you as his father for all his life fatherless within a matter of minutes!Eagle wrote: As an aside, the story of Zayd and Zainab as reported in some traditions is fantastically absurd and has been criticized by specialists in hadith. It's a fabricated story for multiple reasons, amongst them, Zaynab was the cousin of the Prophet, and it was the Prophet that arranged the wedding in the first place, and the Prophet knew her through familial relations going back to Mecca. The idea that he one day saw the 'beauty' of this woman is just so ridiculous by all intents and purposes, because he had seen 'her beauty' multiple times before. In fact, the Quran expressly contradicts the story-telling of the seera writers who collected it, simply by saying the Prophet was trying to tell Zayd to keep Zaynab as his wife and he was doing everything possible to prevent the marriage from breaking up. After he was ordained to marry her as a matter of moral reform meant at addressing the deeply ingrained social stigma of marrying the former wife of an adopted son, the Prophet feared the reaction of the people, thus the term "you feared the people, when you should have feared God." In fact, as Aisha is reported to have said, if any revelation were to be covered up by the Prophet, this would have been it.
Secondly the reason why Muhammad wanted to buy time was because he was afraid of the society and that is why he was postponing the issue. This is what the quran says and not us. Anyway using logic I will prove that Muhammad desired to marry Zainab.. So here we go..
Anyway I am going to prove to you using the quran and the ahadith that the Muhamamd desired Zainab and therefore the verse came to satisy his desires.! Lets see.