What is the meaning of the following Hadith?

عروة بن الزبير، أن عائشة، أخبرته: أن امرأة رفاعة القرظي جاءت إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، فقالت: يا رسول الله، إن رفاعة طلقني فبت طلاقي، وإني نكحت بعده عبد الرحمن بن الزبير القرظي، وإنما معه مثل الهدبة، قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لعلك تريدين أن ترجعي إلى رفاعة؟ لا، حتى يذوق عسيلتك وتذوقي عسيلته



The explanatory translation of this Hadith is as follows:

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) informed ‘Urwah ibn Zubayr (rahimahullah) that the wife of Rifa’ah Al Qurazi came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, O Rasulullah! Rifa’ah has divorced me irrevocably. Thereafter I married ‘Abdur Rahman ibn Zabir Al Qurazi, but he [is impotent]. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘It seems like you want to return to Rifa’ah, no, not until he experiences your sweetness and you experience his [i.e. the marriage is consummated].'”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5260. Also see: Hadith: 2639, 5317, 5792, 6084 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1433)


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Note: I have merely provided the explanatory translation of this Hadith. It should therefore not be viewed as a fatwa. Kindly refer to a reputable Mufti/Darul Ifta for a fatwa (juristic ruling) regarding the intricacies of this issue.


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