Who are the Mothers of the Believers? You might have heard the expression Ummahat al-Mumineen. This translates into English as the ‘Mothers of the Believers’ and this is a title that refers to the wives of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon him. They were his wives in this dunya and will be his wives in the akhirah. Each of these women played a significant role in the dissemination of Islam and their behavior in various situations teaches us many lessons applicable today. They remind and teach us how to follow the Sunnah in our daily lives. They excelled in both religious and social life and many received the glad tidings that their final destination would be Paradise. They teach us integrity, loyalty, honesty and modesty and they showcase the unique status of women in Islam.
Allah refers to the wives of Prophet Muhammad in the Quran and He calls them the Mothers of the Believers. He says,
The Prophet is closer to the believers than their ownselves, and his wives are their (believers’) mothers (as regards respect and marriage)…” (Noble Quran 33:6)
By using this reference and title a special status was bestowed upon the wives of Prophet Muhammad. They were accorded a high level of respect and after Prophet Muhammad’s death they were not allowed to marry again because legally they were considered to be the mothers of all Muslim men.
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