With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Surah 58 (Mujadila)
Allah needs no intermediaries
Verse 1-2: Allah has indeed heard (and accepted) the statement of the woman who pleads with thee concerning her husband and carries her complaint (in prayer) to Allah: and Allah (always) hears the arguments between both sides among you: for Allah hears and sees (all things). If any men among you divorce their wives by Zihar (calling them mothers), they cannot be their mothers: None can be their mothers except those who gave them birth. And in fact they use words (both) iniquitous and false: but truly Allah is one that blots out (sins), and forgives (again and again).
The evil practice of Zihar, separating from one’s wife by saying she is his mother is here abolished by Allah swt. This was tantamount to abusing one’s wife and such nonsensical action is being criticized by Allah swt using common logic. A striking lesson is that the distressed lady had her prayer answered directly by Allah (SWT) even though she had access to the beloved Muhammed (SAW). Allah (SWT) reminds us in S2 V186:
“When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.”
The next important lesson is that although she had approached the Prophet (SAW), the legislative rulings were reserved for Allah (SWT) alone.
Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah