The reception, held by Muhammad, to celebrate an event that the Pagans considered to be highly licentious and therefore harmful to, and contagious for, their social order, brings to light one of his hitherto hidden characteristics, it being: though he had taken a multiple of women in his wedlock, he is not reported to have ever thrown a party to welcome any one of them to his harem. The strange behavior he displayed in case of Zainab was representative of a sadistic pleasure he derived from the successes he achieved through manipulations and illegal and unethical maneuvers he is known to have used throughout his life to fulfill his desires, goals and ambitions.
What had followed after Muhammad’s invited guests arrived at his home is clearly
mentioned in verse 33:53. This verse came to him from a Book that Allah had written down, and preserved in Luh-e-mahfooz,
long before He began the process of creating the Universe
and everything it contains. Allah’s Plan called for Muhammad’s guest to arrive at his home
before the time of feast not only to satisfy their hunger, but also to have a glimpse of his new, but unwed, wife. Their early arrival caused Muhammad a serious problem: though he wished
to ‘spend’ with Zainab –
his life-long passion - as much time as was possible for him, the early arrival of his guests forced him to come out of her cabin to give them company. And, he did not like this at all and became angry at them. Again, all the guests did not leave his home immediately after partaking of their meal; instead, three of them became engrossed in a conversation, thus delaying their departure.
Since Muhammad could not leave them to themselves, he failed to return to Zainab at the height of his craving for her. This made him impatient and restless. While being in the company of his guests
, Muhammad’s desire to have sex with Zainab (or should we say ‘to torture her’), drove him crazy. Restlessness was visible on his face, but his
insensitive guests failed to take notice of his condition. But Allah was not insensitive like them. Having dedic
ated Himself to Muhammad’s service,
Allah came to his rescue and required the three callous guests, through the above revelation,
to leave Muhammad’s house immediately, telling them simultaneously that although their
host was shy at asking them to leave him alone, but He (Allah) was shameless, hence His directive to them. Allah also told them that if they needed anything before leaving, they should ask
Muhammad’s wives from before a screen (‘hijab’); for, it was good for keeping the hearts of
theirs and the
Prophet’s wives pure. Taking advantage of a gathering of many guests, Allah also asked them not to marry Muhammad’s widows after he was gone from the earth...
A close reading of verse 33:53 makes the following points clear: 1. Allah put the responsibility for creating, and observing the barrier (hijab) between
Muhammad’s wives and his male visitors squarely on the guests, hence the words “when ye ask (his ladies) for anything ye want, ask them from before a screen.”
Above instruction was given to men;
so, it were they, and not Muhammad’s wives, who were
responsible for creating a barrier (hijab) in front of their eyes, before asking anything from
Muhammad’s wives. It does not say, nor imply, that Allah had required Muhammad’s wives
to go behind the scre
en before attending to their male guests’ requests.