Wife is husbandry for her husband
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 222b & 223a of 286, Section – 28 of 40 (Part - 2)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
222b. And go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness.
222b. Wa laa taqrabuu-hunna hatta yat-hurn. Fa-‘izaa ta-tahharna fa’-tuu-hunna min hay-su ‘amara-kumUllaah. ‘InnAllaaha yuhibbut-Tawwaa-biina wa yuhibbul-Muta-tahhiriin.
‘At-Tawwaa-biina – (who turn unto Him), it aims all those people who, whenever err by chance, afterward; they repent of their sins solemnly and become much ashamed before God Almighty.
‘Al-Muta-tahhiriin – (who have a care for cleanness), it signifies particularly towards those people who remain away from their wives (ignore the act of intercourse) during their days of menstruation (until they are cleansed).
In the previous lesson, Holy Qur’an described that the menstruation is an illness and nastiness. It has been explained in this verse that whenever this filthy blood stops and the woman cleanses then it is lawful to sleep together (intercourse process is permitted). This lawful act should be performed naturally and with the lawful method. It should not be committed with un-natural method.
We have learnt in the previous lessons that Allah Almighty has kept sexual attraction among the male and the female, and with the sensual process, although both persons get enjoyment but this enjoyment is not the last aim. Real aim and consequence of the relationship between husband and wife is acquiring children. Forgetting it, if any individual wants to get enjoyment by any other method; then it will be quite unlawful.
It has been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an that the nation of Prophet Lot (peace be upon him) had fallen in sodomy. The Prophet (peace be upon him) made them to understand but they didn’t agree entirely, and at last, God Almighty ruined them with His wrath and made them example for forthcoming breeds/people. So, everyone should bear in mind that if the human beings will indulge in that sin again, His agony may come again upon them.
In the last of this verse, Holy Qur’an says that Allah Almighty likes those people who turn unto Him, who renounce solemnly, become ashamed due to their wrong and abstain from committing any error/sin in future. So, if any individual has committed this sin in the past, he should repent at once, God Almighty will forgive him. Allah Almighty likes those people who remain cleansed.
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223a. Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will,
223a. Nisaaa-‘ukum harsul-lakum; fa’-tuu harsakum ‘an-naa shi’-tum;
Hars – (husbandry, agricultural land, farm), that piece of land is called hars where seed is sown and vegetable, grain and vegetation are gotten, as though; the wife is the source of producing children and increasing your breed/race.
Allah Almighty has cleared in this verse about the true position of the wife in connection with wedding relationship. That is to say, the wife is like a farm for her husband, and as the farmer; he keeps his farm very precious considering it as his very big wealth, watches and guards it, earns grain from it, likewise; the husband should also consider his wife as his very great fortune. He should look after and guard her, and get children from her.
As though, it is proved that in Islam, real purpose of intercourse is acquiring the children only. Even its other aspects like demand of sensual pleasure have not been ignored too. It has also been evident that control over this production (birth control) is not a natural issue, because, which stupid farmer would be that who sows the seeds but doesn’t want the crop, uproots the plant before its growth? Then this matter also enlightens that as the farmer prays for pity rain from God Almighty, discloses his wish to bud and blossom the crop, like this, the husband should also pray for getting virtuous children from God Almighty.
Allah Almighty Has admonished very much quoting the example of tilth (husbandry). Would that the human beings thought upon this instance and made happy these relationships lastly with reliance of their lives.
‘An-naa shi’-tum – (as you wish), ‘an-naa means ‘where’, it has been used for the meanings of ‘when, just as’ also. How the Holy Qur‘an has advised about this matter pointing it with wisdom that there is no restriction on the method and time. But it has been forbidden to destroy one’s strength and race; adopting un-natural method. More detail will be discussed in the next lesson (last part of this verse).