Women can achieve the reward of jihad by being dutiful to their husbands

Question

What is the translation and status of this Hadith?

عن ابن عباس، رضي الله عنهما، قال: جاءت امرأة إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقالت: يا رسول الله إني وافدة النساء إليك هذا الجهاد كتبه الله على الرجال فإن نصبوا أجروا، وإن قتلوا كانوا أحياء عند ربهم يرزقون ونحن معاشر النساء نقوم عليهم فما لنا من ذلك؟ قال: فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: أبلغي من لقيت من النساء أن طاعة الزوج واعترافا بحقه يعدل ذلك وقليل منكن من يفعله

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in Musnad Bazzar on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

The translation is as follows:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported: “A woman once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said: ‘I came as an emissary to you from a group of women. Allah Ta’ala ordained jihad upon men. If they [are wounded], they are rewarded and if the are martyred, they are alive and are being well provided for by their Rabb. We women take care of them, what [reward] do we get?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Convey to all the women you meet that obedience to the husband and acknowledging/fulfilling his rights equates to the reward of [jihad], but very of you do so.'”

(Musnad Bazzar; Al Bahruz Zakkhar, Hadith: 5209)

 

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator weak.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 305. Also see Imam Bazzar’s comments after citing the Hadith)

 

However, the Hadith is well corroborated and is suitable to quote. See here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

In essence, a woman who assists her husband and cares for him, and in his absence she cares for his home, wealth and children, will -insha Allah- share in the reward of whatever good that her husband engages in.