There is an account in the hadiths about
Muhammad and his soldiers coming home from battle. There was a
soldier who was
excitedly racing home to embrace his new
bride. All this is very normal and
natural. What new bridegroom would not
be eager to see and to be with his lovely
bride after an arduous battle? So, the soldier of this hadith was driving his camel as fast as he
could towards the city of Medina. They
would kiss, embrace, and start to talk about
things that transpired while they were
apart, and then they would sit down to a
delicious meal she had prepared. They
were a couple in free and natural love, the
way Allah had decreed marriage to be.
Then the story becomes morally debased when
Muhammad arrives upon the scene. The
first thing the hadith records is that
Muhammad put down the
marriage of his soldier. Muhammad could
not understand why his soldier would marry a
matron. Muhammad understood human
copulation, but he did not appreciate the
true love of a husband for his own
wife. His thoughts of marriage were
thoughts of fondling young girls. The
hadith continues, noting that Muhammad prevented his men from entering
Medina until night had arrived. The
fast riding soldier was eager to see his
wife, and he was acting perfectly normal for
a husband who truly loved his wife.
But, Muhammad delayed his soldier's
anticipated embrace with his wife, so that
he could direct his soldiers' attention to
the genital area of their wives. All of his soldiers would have to stay on the outskirts
of Medina until night fell and their women
had ample time to shave their pubic
area. Bukhari records the narration as
Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah: While we
were returning from a Ghazwa (Holy Battle)
with the Prophet, I started driving my camel
fast, as it was a lazy camel A rider came
behind me and pricked my camel with a spear
he had with him, and then my camel started
running as fast as the best camel you may
see. Behold! The rider was the Prophet
himself. He said, 'What makes you in such a
hurry?" I replied, I am newly married
" He said, "Did you marry a virgin
or a matron? I replied, "A
matron." He said, "Why didn't you
marry a young girl so that you may play with
her and she with you?" When we were
about to enter (Medina), the Prophet said,
"Wait so that you may enter (Medina) at
night so that the lady of unkempt hair may
comb her hair and the one whose husband has
been absent may shave her pubic region.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 16.
So, instead of picturing a returning soldier embracing his new bride, Muhammad
turned the picture into a city where all the
married women were sitting around shaving
the hair off their external genitals before
the rude soldiers entered town.
Muhammad set the moral attitude and marital tone for
his soldiers' homecoming.
This historical account is not an account
recorded by the enemies of Muhammad.
Indeed, the enemies of Muhammad would not be
able to think up such sexually outlandish behavior as
this one. This account appears in the
most traditional and conservative hadith
recognized by all Muslims. It is left to the reader to
judge whether or not Muhammad's criticism of
the soldier's marriage and his reasons for
waiting to enter the city express the eternal will
of Allah for all of humanity for all time.
Is the Qur'an (68:4) true, when it states
that Muhammad is the standard of sublime
morality and character?
And most surely you conform (yourself) to sublime morality.
And verily, you (O Muhammad SAW) are on an exalted standard of character.
[Al-Hilali & Khan's translation]