The Prophet Muhammad

I know very little about Muhammad and I glanced at Wikipedia:

“At the age of 25, Muhammad married the wealthy Khadijah bint Khuwaylid who was 40 years old at that time.[215] The marriage lasted for 25 years and was a happy one.[216] Muhammad relied upon Khadija in many ways and did not enter into marriage with another woman during this marriage.[217][218] After the death of Khadija, it was suggested to Muhammad by Khawla bint Hakim that he should marry Sawda bint Zama, a Muslim widow, or Aisha, daughter of Um Ruman and Abu Bakr of Mecca. Muhammad is said to have asked her to arrange for him to marry both.[148]
“Traditional sources dictate that Aisha was six or seven years old when betrothed to Muhammad,[148][219][220] with the marriage not being consummated until after she had reached puberty at the age of nine, ten or eleven years old.[221][222][148][219][223][224][225] While the majority of traditional sources indicate Aisha was 9 (and therefore a virgin) at the time of marriage, a small number of more recent writers have variously estimated her age at 15 to 24.[226][227][228][229][230]
“After migration to Medina, Muhammad (who was now in his fifties) married several women. These marriages were contracted mostly for political or humanitarian reasons. The women were either widows of Muslims who had been killed in battle and had been left without a protector, or belonging to important families or clans whom it was necessary to honor and strengthen alliances with.[231]
“Muhammad did his own household chores and helped with housework, such as preparing food, sewing clothes and repairing shoes. He is also said to have had accustomed his wives to dialogue; he listened to their advice, and the wives debated and even argued with him.[232][233][234]
I would imagine that Muhammad in family and marriage matters followed the social conventions of his time and in some ways was in advance of them.
I can’t see that he would have been particularly worried about some obscure you tube made about him in 21st century USA by relatively minor individuals — some of his so- called followers would be far better spreading the enlightened aspects of Islam than rioting with violence in the Middle East and in Western cities. This sort of behaviour does nothing for the Prophet and their image around the world.
In my 76 years of life I’ve met a number of followers of the Islamic faith and one could ask for nothing better in terms of their moral stature and charming manners.
I would be interested to hear what my readers think.

1 Comment

  1. Bill Collins said,

    Reading your excerpt from Wikipedia makes me believe that the you tube from the States is pretty factual, if maybe somewhat badly acted, so what is all the fuss about? Believers give us all a break!

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