"O ye who believe! …Nor is it right for you that ye should annoy Allah's Messenger, or that ye should marry his widows after him at any time. Truly such a thing is in Allah's sight an enormity."
Such polemics try arguing that it was unjust to the wives to be forbidden to remarry. But such an argument shows total ignorance of the details of the issue and status of the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) in the House of Islam.
Wives of the Prophet (pbuh) are Mothers of the Believers:
In very clear terms Quran calls the Wives of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as the Mothers of the Believers. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
"The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers." (Quran 33:6)
This shows the strong spiritual relation between the Holy Prophet's wives and the Believers and obviously the command under discussion goes very much in consonance with their status mentioned here. None with even the slightest sense of morality will ever take an exception to it.
They will remain the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) even in the Hereafter:
Further we read in Hadith a prayer of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) regarding his wives. It is stated:
Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said: 'I asked Allah that I marry none of my people but she be with me in the Heaven and I was granted.' (Mustadrik Al-Hakim, Hadith 4650. Hakim termed it as Sahih)
And as they were to be the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) both here and hereafter so the wives of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) were not allowed to marry any other person. Following narration makes it absolutely clear:
Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: ‘[In the Paradise,] a woman will be with her last husband.’ (Tabaqaat Abu Shaikh p.270. Albani classified it as Sahih in Silsala Sahiha H. 1281)
His wives never showed any will to remarry after him:
And above all, never did anyone of his wives show any desire to remarry after him. Infact there are many of their statements which show that they understood and made claim to their motherly right over the Believers. Moreover those who had been the wives of the Best of Humankind must have willed to enjoy the same status in eternity and thus no idea of remarriage would have ever hit them (Recall above narrations).
So when they never had any problem with the Quranic Law why on earth should someone talk of that?
INDEED ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST!
...by Waqar Akbar Cheema