The story of a married couple

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Story submitted by Ishrat Ali

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem

Once in a beautiful land lived a girl named Summaiyya who was married to a man called Khalil. They were both very pious and strived to make Islam a central aspect of their lives. Soon after their marriage, Summaiyya felt bored staying at home; she wanted to do something for the Ummah. She loved to read and write, and would read a Hadith each day to her husband. Summaiya loved her husband deeply and treated him with kindness. She obeyed him, and, in return, her husband loved her very much.

One night after dinner, she asked Khalil if it would be possible for her to work. Khalil did not say anything. The next day however, after Fajr, she noted that he did not go into work. He had locked himself in a room without telling Summaiyya what he was doing and was making a lot of noise.

After Maghrib prayer, her husband asked her to get ready. While driving he asked her what kind of books she liked to read. She told him she liked to read Islamic books relating to literature, arts, and history. Soon after, Khalil stopped his car at an Islamic bookstore and asked her to pick out some books for him. She asked him what was going on but he would not tell her anything. Next, they went to a bookstore and got many different kinds of books. Sumaiyya also picked out some Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese cookbooks.

That evening they had dinner together at their favorite Afghan Restaurant, and afterwards went to the masjid to pray Isha Salat. When they returned home Khalil carried all the books they had bought earlier on in the day to his room. He asked her to go to sleep but Summaiya could hardly sleep! She was wondering what was going on and was tempted to go to the room and see but had eventually fallen asleep. At around 4am Khalil woke her up for Tahajjud prayer. Afterwards, he asked her to close her eyes and took her to the room he had been in all day, and asked her to open them. She opened her eyes and was surprised to see a beautiful small library. Her husband had made her an office at home! He had even bought her a laptop and set everything up, ready to use!

Khalil turned to her and said, “O my dear wife, I love you for the sake of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. I am responsible for you and I want to protect you always. You have asked me for permission to work and I respect you for that, however, I want you to relax at home while I go out to work. I want to give you happiness and everything you could ask for. I hope you like my gift to you. I do not want you to work for any other man but me. Still, if you feel that you want to work outside the home, then I will not stop you. It would however make me upset.”

“Men are the protectors and maintainers [qawwaamoon] of women, because Allah has given the one more [strength] than the other, and because they support them from their means…” (Qur’an 4:34)

Sumaiyya smiled and jokingly said that he can work for her. She thanked him for the office and agreed to stay at home. Every day when Khalil came home, he would find his wife engrossed in books taking in the knowledge and wisdom that they gave her. As the months went by, she started to give him advice from what she had learned and which was to prove beneficial for his company. Khalil also taught her about his business, and even allowed her some responsibility with some of the projects at work. He in turn paid her generously for the little work he gave her everyday and spent lots of time with her so that she would not feel alone.

This arrangement worked successfully for both husband and wife, and in time, they had four beautiful children.

One day, Khalil had a car accident. He was rushed to the hospital having suffered a knee injury. The doctors said that he would not be able to walk for at least six months or so. Sumaiyya did everything she could to take good care of her husband and the home. After a month, she felt there was a shortage of money in their bank account. She first looked for some jobs online and found a teaching position at an Islamic school. Then she wisely explained to her husband about the financial crisis they were going through and asked him if she could contribute to the household needs. After a little while, her husband agreed.

Sumaiyya would work all day at the school and would then come home to take care of her children and Khalil. She would make dua for Khalil and her children every day. Very soon, her burden eased when Khalil regained his health and was able to return to work. Now that her husband had recovered from the accident, Sumaiyya was able to leave her job and stay at home to look after the children. Khalil was grateful for what she had done and thanked her for being such a wonderful and supporting wife.

The Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) made every individual in the Islamic Society responsible for those under his or her authority in such a way that no-one, man or woman, may evade responsibility (Ideal Muslimah, 190).

He (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“Each of you is a shepherd, and each is responsible for those under his care. A ruler is a shepherd; a man is the shepherd of his family; a woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house and children. For each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for those under his care.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) indeed spoke the truth when he said:

“This world is nothing but temporary conveniences, and the greatest joy in this world is a righteous woman.” (Muslim 10/56)

Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“O people! Fear Allah concerning women, Verily, you have taken them on the security of Allah and have made their persons lawful unto you by Words of Allah! It is incumbent upon them to honor their conjugal rights and, not to commit acts of impropriety which, if they do, you have authority to chastise them, yet not severely. If your wives refrain from impropriety and are faithful to you, clothe and feed them suitably.” (Ar Raheeq Al Makhtum Page 541)


22 Comments to The story of a married couple

  1. masha allah, the story brought tears to my eyes just thinking about the strong love that they share. i pray Allah gives me the tawfeeq to become a righteous wife for my husband. ameen.

  2. Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen. May Allah (SWT) grant us pious n righteous companions n grant us piety n righteousness ourselves. Ameen thumma ameen.

  3. What a great story! May Allah give us a wisdom and guide us in right path.I was actually making a research to make a business at home. My husband support me on that, he liked my idea.

  4. Sundas Fatima

    With all the respect, I dont know whats so sweet about this story. I disagree with many things in this story. Why is it that Muslim men dont like their wives to work until they are forced by the circumstances to leave their houses and figure things out the hard way? Women need to have some sort of understanding of the “outside” world so if they are ever at a point in life where they have to support themselves or their families, they are not completely clueless about what to do. This story just made it sound like it is the easiest thing in the world for a women who stays home all day to get a job and start supporting her family. I doubt the practicality of this. Unfortunately I have come across many examples of families going through extremely hard times because of husband not being able to financially support the family anymore.
    About working for another man, that is such a negative way of thinking about it. I work. I respect my colleagues and they respect me. I am certainly not their slave. Relationship with family and colleagues are completely different and can not be compared.
    I am certainly not saying that women have to have a strong career and act like they run the world but i dont understand why a Muslim woman’s job hurts her husband’s ego. I think the time we are living in, it is more important for women if they have time to work and prove that Muslims are capable of doing a lot more than what world thinks. I work as an engineer in a really good company. When I walk around the company with a hijab on my head, I treat people very nicely with respect and in turn they treat me respectfully. I can bet there is at least one person in my company who before I started working their used to think that Muslim’s are weird but his opinion changed after working with me. I mean isnt this Dawah in a way?

    • asalam alekum Fatima,first the story is very sweet and it shows us how an ideal Muslim wife is supposed to be.Working is not forbidden but the best carrier for a Muslim women is being a mother to her children and a good wife to her husband.



      “Each of you is a shepherd, and each is responsible for those under his care. A ruler is a shepherd; a man is the shepherd of his family; a woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house and children. For each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for those under his care.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

      The Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) indeed spoke the truth when he said:

      “This world is nothing but temporary conveniences, and the greatest joy in this world is a righteous woman.” (Muslim 10/56)

      Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:


      • Sundas Fatima

        Calm down guys. I never said that a woman’s first responsibility is not her house and family. I clearly said that she should work if she has time because it can prepare her to support her family in circumstances where husband can not due to various reasons such as illness. May be you guys never came across examples of this but I have seen families going through very difficult times because the husband couldnt support the family and the wife had no idea whats happening in the world outside her house.
        Also, I know these hadiths but thanks for the reminder. However I do not know any which stops woman from working. If you guys find any which say that Muslim women staying in the limits set by Islam cant work, please let me know.
        Allah knows best.


  6. Vry nice story may Allah bless me wit a husband like khalil nd may he give me a nice hrt like dat of summaiyah

  7. The story was sweet and read like a fairytale. Unfortunately many women are not able to stay home. Many homes require two incomes. Also women need at least a bachelors degree to teach in schools.

  8. Nice story but nigeria situation demands dt women shld do somtin to assit d men ,even if d income is small.this has notin to do wit noma responsibilities as wife

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