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The Righteous Wife


The Excellence of a Righteous Wife

Abdullaah ibn Amr, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, said that the Messenger of Allaah said, “All of this world is a utility and the best utility is a righteous wife.” (Reported by Muslim (Eng. transl. 2/752/no. 3465 an-Nasaa’ee 6/69 the wording is his and others.)

Sa’s ibn Abee Waqqaas, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, said that the Messenger of Allaah said, “Four things are from prosperity: a righteous of Allaah 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 beast and cramped dwelling.” (Reported by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh no. 1232,

al-Mawaarid and others. Its chain of narration is declared saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaanee and to be of the standard of al-Bukhaaree and Muslim in as-Saheehah 1/509.

Thawbaan, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, narrated, “When revelation was sent down concerning silver and gold,(Meaning the Saying of Allaah, the Most High, “Those who hoard gold and silver…” Soorah at-Tawbah 9:34) they said, ‘So which wealth shall we possess?’ ‘Umar said, ‘I shall find this out for you.’ So he hastened upon his camel and went to the Prophet and I followed him. So he said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, which wealth shall we possess?’ So he said, ‘Let one of you possess a heart which is possess?’ So he said, ‘Let one possess a heart which is thankful, a tongue which makes mention of (Allaah) and a believing wife who helps one of you upon the affairs of the Hereafter.’ ” (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 w
ith his eemaan.’ “)

The righteous wife is the one whom the Messenger of Allaah advised should be obtained right from the beginning. As Aboo Hurayrah, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, narrated from the beginning. As Aboo Hurayrah, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, narrated from the Prophet that he said, “A woman is married for four reasons: for her wealth; for her lineage; for her beauty; and for her religion (Deen). So marry the one who is good in her religion (Deen)- may your hands be covered in dust.(A phrase indicating encouragement and incitement.) ” (Reported by al-Bukhaaree Eng. transl. 7/18/27 and Muslim Eng. transl. 2/749/3457.)

Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr said, “The meaning is that what is fitting for a person upon the religion and of good manners is that the religion should be the aim which he gives importance to in all of his affairs-particulary those affairs which he will be involved in for a long period of time. So the Prophet commanded him to obtain a woman who is good in her practice of the religion- which is the goal that is desired.” (Fathhul Baaree 9/135.)

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