concerning them. And the order of God is to be performed.
No blame attaches to the Prophet where God hath given him a permission. Sura Al-Ahzab
This relaxation of the moral law for Muhammad's benefit, because he was a
prophet, shows how very easy the divorce between religion and morality becomes
Another difficulty was that Zainab was the daughter of Jahsh, the daughter of
his aunt Amina, who was the daughter of 'Abdu'l-Muttalib.1 A fresh
revelation, however, by bestowing upon the Prophet a special and peculiar
privilege, not accorded to his followers, removed the difficulty:
O Prophet, we have allowed thee thy wives whom thou hast dowered and the
slaves whom thy right hand possesseth out of the booty.2 God hath
granted thee, and the daughters3 of thy uncle and of thy paternal and
maternal aunts who fled with thee (from Mecca), and any believing woman4
who hath given herself up to the Prophet, if the Prophet desireth to take hera
privilege for thee above the rest of the faithful. Sura Al-Ahzab (xxxiii) 49.