Anas, reported: Safiyya fell to the lot of Dihya in the spoils of war, and they praised her in the presence of Allah’s Messenger and said: We have not seen the like of her among the captives of war. (Sahih Muslim Book 8, 3329)
Safiya was amongst the captives, She first came in the share of Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet. (Sahih Bukhari Book 59, 512)
He was given two young cousins of Safia in lieu of Safia by the prophet. (Muslim Book 8, 3329)
Allah’s Messenger got her (Safiyya) in exchange of seven (camel) heads. (Sahih Muslim, Book 8, 3328)
The Prophet said to Safiyya: “Why didn’t you say: ‘So how can you be better than me? Muhammad is my husband. Aaron is my father, and Moses is my uncle.”
Narrated Anas: The Muslims wondered, “Is she (Safiyya) considered as his wife or his slave girl?” Then they said, ”If he orders her to veil herself, she will be one of the mothers of the Believers; but if he does not order her to veil herself, she will be a slave girl. So when the Prophet proceeded from there, he spared her a space behind him (on his she-camel) and put a screening veil between her and the people.
(Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 22)
On the eve of his death in 632, when all his wives gathered around his bed, Safiya was the only one who expressed her loyalty to him. She talked about her admiration for him: “I wish that I had what is in you,” she told him, resulting in hostile looks from the rest of his wives. (al-Salihi)
Who is the woman, won in battle and exchanged for seven heads of cattle? That which is equal to two cousins? That secret which abides within Torah, fathered by Aaron and uncled by Moses.
The Hebrew bride.
The prophet took her from her Hebrew tribe and made her his own.
The seven heads: the seven lower names that make up the image of Man. Love, Judgement, Beauty, Glory, Victory, Foundation and Royalty. The seven are contained within the last. The two cousins: Judgement and Royalty, the female names of the seven: Judgement is inscription upon Royalty and has Royalty as its precondition for effective realization. Aaron and Moses: Glory (Hod, Reception) and Victory (Netzah, Transmission), the father and uncle of Royalty. Prophecy is Beauty (Tiferet).
And Prophecy married Royalty.
Royalty: they praised her in the presence of Allah’s Messenger. Royalty: the experience of the presence of God within speech. Royalty: the archetype of primordial Eve, removed from the androgynous Adam to form the feminine companion that accompanied us out of the garden, as a Comfort and Grace.
Royalty is obtained through struggle: as we struggle with our inner demons, we win our little battles. We pass our judgements, make our choices and guide ourselves a path upon the Gifted Body. And our judgements capture and enslave the signs, albeit temporarily (all human slavery is temporary, except from slavery to the higher hand).
They said: we have not seen the like of her among the captives. Exactly. The beauty of the princess is almost beyond captivity: it is the experience of the presence of God. The people question whether Royalty is enslaved to Beauty: no, they are married. And Royalty is kept within the Ark of the Covenant, the experience of the presence that is veiled from the people by a garment.
The experience of the presence is feminine, because it emerges from within speech, and the space of language is receptive, feminine. She is the bride of Prophecy, and Prophecy derives from the name of Beauty, the reflective mirror that shines. When Royalty is raised in marriage to Beauty, Prophecy is completed.
Royalty ascends and desires Beauty, because the presence would give voice to Divine speech. And so Royalty says “I wish that I had what is in you.”
Every man and woman on the planet spends their days enslaving the signs in the Age of Exploration. The marriage is only for the Prophet. But, through the veil, may Royalty be your blessing. May Royalty be your blessing. May Royalty be your blessing.