The Excellence of a Righteous Wife

‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr (radiallaahu `anhu) said that the Messenger of Allaah [sallalaahu `alayhi wa sallaam] said: “All of this world is a utility and the best utility is a righteous wife.”¹

Sa’d ibn Abee Waqqaas (radiallaahu `anhu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaan) said: “Four things are from prosperity: a righteous woman, a spacious dwelling, a righteous neighbour and an agreeable riding beast; and four things are from adversity: an evil neighbour, an evil woman, a bad riding horse and a cramped dwelling.”²

Thawbaan (radiallaahu `anhu) narrated , “When revelation was sent down concerning silver and gold ³, they said, ‘So which wealth shall we possess?’ ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)  said, ‘I shall find this out for you’. So he hastened upon his camel and went to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaan) and I followed him. So he said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, which wealth shall we possess?’ So He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaan)] said, ‘Let one of you possess a heart which is thankful, a tongue whicvh makes mention of [Allaah], and a believing wife who helps one of you upon the affairs of the Hereafter.’ “4

The righteous wife is the one whom the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaan) advised should be obtained right from the beginning. As Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu `anhu)  narrated from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaan) that he said; “A woman is married for four reasons: for her wealth; her lineage; for her beauty; and for her religion [Deen] – may your hands be covered in dust.”(A phrase indicating encouragement and incitement.), 5

Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar said, “The meaning is that what is fitting upon the religion and of good manners is that the religion should be the aim which he gives importance to in all his affairs – particularly those affairs which he will be involved in for a long period of time. So the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaan) commanded him to obtain a woman who is good in her practise of the religion – which is the goal that is desired.” 6

From the book: “The Righteous Wife”
By: Muhammed Shooman |Translated by: Aboo Talhah Dawood Ibn Ronald Burbank (rahimahullaah)]
[1] Reported by Muslim (Eng. transl.2/752/no.3465), an-Nasaa’ee (6/69) (the wording is his) and others.
[2] Reported by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh (no.1232, al-Mawaarid) and others. Its chain of narration is declared Saheeh by saykh al-Albaanee and to be of the standard of al-Bukhaaree and Muslim in ‘as-Saheehah’ (1/509).
[3] Meaning the saying Allaah, the Most High; “Those who hoard gold and sliver…” Soorah at-Tawbah (9):34.
[4] Reported by at-Tirmidhee (no.3094), Ibn Maajah (no.1856), Ahmad (5/282) and others from other than Thawbaan and the wording of at-Tirmidhee is; ” ‘If we were to know which wealth to possess?’ So he said, ‘The most excellent of it is a tongue which remembers [Allaah], a heart which is thankful, and a wife who helps him with his eemaan.’ ”
[5] Reported by al-Bukhaaree (Eng. transl 7/18/27) and Muslim (Eng. transl. 2/749/3457)
[6] Fathhul Baaree (9/135)

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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