Advice to the New Bride

A man came in the presence of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny and said: I like to perform Jihad in the cause of Allah, but my mother is not at all inclined towards my doing so. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny replied: Go back and remain with your mother. I swear by the Lord that has sent me on a true mission that to remain with one's mother for one night (and serving her and doing good to her) is better than performing Jihad in the cause of Allah for a year."

Did your mother give you any advice when you got married? I received a lot of mother's counseling before I got married, free of course! Did I listen? Probably not as carefully as I should've. It's only with maturity that we get to understand certain things that our mothers warn us about! When my mother told me that marriage was not easy, I smiled, while she was giving me advice I listen with one ear. I was so sure that I knew it all....After I got married, I wish I'd listened more, maybe I would've learn one thing or two from her. What did you learn from your mother that's been useful in your day to day life? What advice will you hand down to your daughter?

When 'Awf ibn Muhallim al-Shaybani, one of the most highly respected leaders of the Arab nobility during the jahiliyyah, married his daughter Umm Iyas to al-Harith ibn 'Amr al-Kindi, she was made ready to be taken to the groom, then her mother, Umamah came into her, to advise her and said:

'O my daughter, if it were deemed unnecessary to give you this advice because of good manners and noble descent, then it would have been unnecessary for you, because you posses these qualities, but it will serve as a reminder to those who are forgetful, and will help those who are wise'
'O my daughter, if a woman were able to do without a husband by virtue of her father's wealth and her need for her father, then you of all people would be most able to do without a husband, but women were created for men just as men were created for them.

'O my daughter, you are about to leave the home in which you grew up, where you first learned to walk, to go to a place you do not know, to a companion to whom you are unfamiliar. By marrying you, he has become a master over you, so be like a servant to him, and he will become like a servant to you.
'Take from me ten qualities, which will be a provision and a reminder for you.
'The first and second of them are: be content in his company, and listen to and obey him, for contentment brings peace of mind, and listening to and obeying one's husband pleases Allah.
'The third and fourth of them are: make sure that you smell good and look good; he should not see anything ugly in you, and he should not smell anything but a pleasant smell from you. Kohl is the best kind of beautification to be found, and water is better than the rarest perfume.
'The fifth and sixth of them are: prepare his food on time, and keep quiet when he is asleep, for raging hunger is like a burning flame, and disturbing his sleep will make him angry.

'The seventh and eighth of them are: take care of his servants (or employees) and children, and take care of his wealth, for taking care of his wealth shows that you appreciate him, and taking care of his children and servants shows good management.
'The ninth and tenth of them are: never disclose any of his secrets, and never disobey any of his orders, for if you disclose any of his secrets you will never feel safe from his possible betrayal, and if you disobey him, his heart will be filled with hatred towards you.
'Be careful, O my daughter, of showing joy in front of him when he is upset, and do not show sorrow in front of him when he is happy, because the former shows a lack of judgment whilst the latter will make him unhappy.
'Show him as much honor and respect as you can, and agree with him as much as you can, so that he will enjoy your companionship and conversation. 'Know, O my daughter, that you will not achieve what you would like to until you put his pleasure before your own, and his wishes before yours, in whatever you like and dislike. And may Allah choose what is best for you and protect you."


muslimahh said...

Such good advice sister! Thanks!!!

Yasmin said...

I wish my mom would have given me advice. Well I guess she couldn't cuz both times I got married she didn't know til afterwards lol. But yea marriage isn't easy. It takes a lot of work but its still satisfying.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hijabee in DC,
I was very pleased to see your comment and go through your wonderful blog. I'm verry sorry I didn't get respond to your comment earlier.(time didn't permit).
Very impressed ith your blog and your points of view and i'll make sure to follow as closely as possible.

I'm not married yet, but I'm sure my mother will have more than a thousand advices for me once I do.


*~Ange~* said...

i love babies in hijab.. cute pics

hijabee said...

you got it girls, marriage is not easy!
Thanks for stopping by! I love your blog as well, plus we share the city we live in, how random is that?

I'd invite other hijabis to please stop by Amayel's blog she has an interesting view about Hijab and though we do not agree on the points raised, I thought it'd be great to see different stances on this.

hijabee said...

So do I, they are so cute mashallah

Mina said...

Nice post on marriage advice, my mum has givin me some useful advice about the treatment towards your husband etc etc, similar to your post, one in paticular about kindness and the caring of your husband.

hijabee said...

Im sure you will follow them :)And she is right, kindness is a must. I remember reading a hadith of the prophet saw where he said something like: kindness was never bestowed upon one thing unless it beautified it, it was never removed from that thing unless it made it ugly....

Mina said...

Yeah I remember that one:)
Good quote