THREAD: "It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire." Hadith, clarified.
They often quote just the last part.
The answer lies in the verse revealed quoted just above this line. Here is the full verse: "It is up to you ΛΉO ProphetΛΊ to delay or receive whoever you please of your wives. There is no blame on you if you call back any of those you have set aside.1 That is more likely that they
will be content, not grieved, and satisfied with what you offer them all. Allah ΛΉfullyΛΊ knows what is in your hearts. And Allah is All-Knowing, Most Forbearing." 33:51
This brief context is this: That the Prophet Muhammad PBUH had to divide between his wives, such that a day must be given strictly for each wife he had: i.e. a schedule, where it would become a burden on the Prophet's wives and himself too.
This verse was revealed allowing flexibility such that the Prophet PBUH doesn't have to divide between his wives anymore: so that a wife isn't given strictly a particular day in a week only. This also comes to giving money, so that the Prophet PBUH can give his wives
money depending on their needs.
This lies in "defer them anyone of them you wish and take to yourself any you wish", where if it would be cumbersome, one of the wives of the Prophet PBUH could have her day with the Prophet PBUH on another day
so that the "schedule" isn't restricted to a paradigm: it should be flexible and with ease, such that if one of the wives miss the Prophet's PBUH company, the Prophet PBUH could give her that, if not then the Prophet...
could give company to those of his wives who need it at the given moment. This "ease" is what is referred to in the Hadith.
The word ΩΩΩ is what is presumably literally translated to "desires", when the implied meaning is "ease" in this case, as the whole decrement is to lift the burden and that they should not be sad in " will be content, not grieved, and satisfied with what you offer them all"
There were women who offered themselves to get married to the Prophet PBUH, of whom the Prophet PBUH never married, despite it being allowed for him. So what's the issue?
These women came to the Prophet and asked for marriage, when normally it's the man who'd ask for the woman to get married. Naturally, Ayesha, may God be pleased with her, being the Prophet's wife PBUH would get jealous.
The verse meant that the Prophet PBUH would give her company in a day without a restricting schedule in the week if she wanted it at the moment, and that she can be deferred till she wants it later: basically that he doesn't have to divide amongst his wives pertaining
to a set schedule. So this is where she'd come and say "It seems to me that the Lord hastens to satisfy your desire", when actually the implied meaning was regarding the flexibility obtained through this verse ONLY.
It should be noted that there are a multitude of instances where God reprimands the Prophet PBUH in various occasions, most notable of which:
A severe reprimanding in: "Had it not been for a prior decree from Allah,1 you would have certainly been disciplined with a tremendous punishment for whatever ΛΉransomΛΊ you have taken."
This is just one reprimanding in the chapters, in which God reprimanded the Prophet. The chapters are: Al-Anfal, Al-Ahzab, Al-Tahreem, 'Abasa, Al-Tauba (Bara'ah), so God is not always in favour of the Prophet.
Also, explain me this: