I need a convincing answer about the Muhammad’s (pbuh) having a physical relationship with his concubine.

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Dear Brother / Sister,

The Prophet (pbuh) had only one wife whom he married as a concubine: Our mother, Mariya (r.a.). The other women he married were free women.

Did the Prophet free Mariya first and get married then?

Answer

Mariya stayed with the Prophet (pbuh) as a concubine (female slave) and became the mother of Ibrahim.

“O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee…” (al-Ahzab, 33/50)

In the verse above, the women who were halal for the Prophet are stated as two groups: the free women whose mahrs were given and the concubines who were included in the booty of war.

It is understood from the expression of the verse above that the Prophet (pbuh) took some concubines into his family. According to the information given by the sources, among the concubines the Prophet (pbuh) took as war booty, he freed Safiyya and Juwayriyya - by giving them mahr - and married them as free women. He included Rayhana and Mariya, who was given to him as a gift by the Egyptian ruler Muqawqis, in his family as concubines (see Ibn Kathir, Mawardi, Baghawi, Samarqandi, Qasimi, Ibn Ashur, Alusi, Maraghi, the interpretation al-Ahzab, 50; Qurtubi, al-Ahzab: interpretation al-Ahzab 28-29).

Regarding the issue that Mariya was included in the family of the Prophet (pbuh) as a concubine, (see Tabari, Samarqandi, Ibn Juzay, Razi, The interpretation of at-Tahrim, 1).

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