Difficulty in Freedom

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Addressing the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), Allah Ta‘ala says: “Know well that the Rasul of Allah Ta‘ala is in your midst (referring to the time when he lived with them). If he (Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were to obey you in many matters, you would face difficulty (ie. if he had to obey your whims, this would lead to you falling into much difficulty). (Surah Hujuraat, v7)

We are to follow Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and in this is our own well-being and protection. It is not for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to follow us since we will fall into difficulty. 

In the same way the protection of a woman lies in her obeying her husband. If she disobeys and opts for freedom and authority, she will fall into destruction since this goes against the natural system that Allah Ta‘ala has ordained. Our success lies in submitting to Allah Ta‘ala in every respect.