I have watched the movie “Jodha Akbar” a couple of times simply because that era still fascinates me a bit. Princess Jodha, or Mariam-uz-Zamani, was a Rajput, just like me. She was offered in marriage to King Akbar to protect her father’s kingdom. I don’t like this about some of the Rajput men of that time. Some of them did not knew how to protect their kingdom; and thus many Rajput princesses were offered to Akbar. I believe that Akbar was a very confusing man because he called himself Muslim but had more than 4 wives, which he took through political pressure. Note that 4 wives are allowed to Muslim men but this requires free and aware consent from each woman. But the Quran says that in order for this ruling to be allowed the man must treat each wife fairly; but, most men can’t do this, which is why they are allowed to take only one wife. The idea behind the ruling about 4 wives is to dodge ball issues like “protecting divorced women” or “having children when the first wife cannot reproduce”. This is why despite this ruling, having a monogamous relationship is preferred given the current state of affairs and how just the man really is.
By marrying many Rajput princesses, King Akbar destroyed his name in history. He did one thing that fell under the category of “Abuse and Groom” and might have lead to “Stockholm Syndrome”. He did not let these women play any political role in his court.
Akbar took many Rajput princesses in marriage. The rajas had much to gain from the link to imperial family. Akbar made such marriages respectable for Rajputs. However, it is noteworthy that Akbar’s Rajput wives (including Mariam-uz-Zamani) did not play any political role in the Mughal court. Source: Wikipedia.
This is the usual “Abuse and Groom” phase that can cause “Stockholm Syndrome”.
In contrast, Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was a very different man who practiced a completely different path. For instance, he married women and gave them status during the times when women and girls used to be buried alive and sold in marriages. Islam gave them the right to have education, job, property, vote, and be politically involved (article 1, article 2). Some text state that Mohammad had polygamous relationships with around 13 wives; only wife Aisha was a virgin woman. Other text suggest that Mohammad did not had polygamous relationships but his marital affairs were monogamous in nature. In addition, Aisha was around 20 years old when she consented to marry Mohammad. Add to this the fact that Mohammad looked and appeared young because he was lucid in nature; I know this from experience because I am lucid too and thus I look younger as well. At some point, a Quranic verse was revealed to Mohammad telling him that the number of wives should be reduced to 4. He asked his wives their permission to leave; but, his wives didn’t let him go. One reason why they didn’t want to let go of him is because the protection he offered them extended to important things such as finishing the house chores as well.
So, this debate is over! Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was a better man than King Akbar.
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