A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?
“Because I need to,” she said.
“I don’t understand,” he said.
His mother just hugged him and said, “Perhaps you don’t, perhaps you never will.”
Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does Mother seem to cry for no reason?”
“All women cry for no reason,” his dad answered carelessly.
The little boy, still wondering why women cry, finally asked the old wise shaikh (an experienced and very learned teacher). “He surely knows the answer”, he thought.
“Ya Shaikh! Why do women cry so easily?”
The Shaikh answered:
“When Allah made the woman she had to be special.
He made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.
He gave an inner strength to endure both childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
He gave her a toughness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
He gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child hurts her badly.
He gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
He gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.
And lastly, He gave her a tear. This is hers and only hers exclusively to use whenever she needs it. She needs no reason, no explanation, it is hers.
You see my son, the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the beauty of her face, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is her devotion to Allah, her piousness, her righteousness. And that can sometimes be seen in her actions and of course, her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.”
“This world is just temporary conveniences, and the best comfort in this world is a righteous woman.”
Sahih Muslim 10/56, Kitab al-rida’, bab istihbab nikah al-bikr.
This story has been edited from a Facebook post by Sheikh Dr Reda Bedeir ( Reda Bedeir ; · )
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