The Story of Akkaf Ibn Wadaah

The Story of Akkaf Ibn Wadaah
This true motivational story is for young Muslim men and women. Many young women and men think that they are not confident to get married though their ages are mature enough. This story is one of the stories on self-confidence.

This story is about one of Prophet's (PBUH) companions Akkaf ibn Wada'ah ra. I hope you will be motivated by these short motivational stories with morals.

Once Akkaf ibn Wada'ah, one of prophet's companions, came to Rasoolullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam. Rasoolullah asked him. "Have you got married, Akkaf?"

"Not yet, Ya Rasoolullah."

"Do you have a female slave?"

"No, Ya Rasoolullah."

Slavery was legal in that era. It was also not forbidden in Islam. A slave is like a thing we belong to. So the owners can do whatever they want to their slaves. However, the owner was responsible for her life. A man who had a female slave, in that era, was allowed to make love with his female slaves without marriage. If she had a kid from her owner, the kid belongs to her owner, and the status was independent.

Rasoolullah stared at Akkaf with wonder, then He said, "You are healthy and wealthy, right?"

"You're right, Ya Rasoolullah. Alhamdulillah."

Rasoolullah said firmly, "If so, you are the ally of Satan. If you're a nasara, follow their priest. But if you're in my community (belief in Islam), so you do what I did. And one of my sunnah is marriage. The worst man is he who unmarried. The very despicable deadman is he who died unmarried. Woe is you, Akkaf! Get married soon!"

Akkaf responded soon to what Rasoolullah PBUH said, "Marry me with whom you want. I will not get married unless you arrange it for me."

Rasoolullah smiled at him for his quick positive response. "I will arrange your marriage with Karimah Ibn Kultsum al Himyari in the name of Allah and His blessing."

Akkaf accepted it with pleasure. Rasoolullah then shook his hand and declare the ijab qobul. The marriage was witnessed by some prophet companions who came to that marriage party.

Once Rasoolullah PBUH said:
“Whoever has a child, he should give him a good name and teach him how to read and write. And when he matures, he should marry him off. When he matures and the father does not marry him off, then if the boy commits a sin, the sin will be on the father.”(Shu’ab al-Iman of al-Bayhaqi)

Umar ibn al-Khattab and Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with them both) narrate that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “It is written in the Tawrah that: Who’s daughter reaches the age of twelve years and he fails to marry her off, then if she commits a sin, the sin will be on the father.” (ibid. Also see: Mishkat al-Masabih, 2/939, no. 3139)

This hadith was narrated by at-Tabaraani in al-Mu‘jam al-Awsat (6733), and Ibn ‘Asaakir in his Tareekh (43/348), via ‘Amr ibn Sa‘eed al-Khawlaani from Anas ibn Maalik, according to which Salaamah the nurse of Ibraaheem, the son of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), said: O Messenger of Allah, you give the men all kinds of glad tidings but you do not give the women such glad tidings? He said: “Would it not please one of you that if she is pregnant from her husband and he is pleased with her, that she will have the reward of one who fasts and prays qiyaam for the sake of Allah?...”

This hadeeth is fabricated. It was narrated by Ibn al-Jawzi in al-Mawdoo‘aat (2/274).

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