“but they (the wives) continued being referred to by the people as “Jews” and “Christians” 15th Factually incorrect statement
That should have been error number 16, Zaid, number 15 is already given out. The story about the horns on the horse was in jest; Mooser corrected me by saying that these were “palmate antlers” that act as stabilizers in thin high altitude air. Check out the link that Mooser posted of the flying horse and you’ll see what this is all about. Relax an stop taking this discussion so seriously.
Wife Rayhana, number 8 may or may not have been one of the official wives. After a monogamous 25-year life with wife number 1 and she died, the prophet had a series of about 20 wives, concubines and slaves, some of which were married to him in name only but most of the official wives had been widows that he wanted to help out. Rayhana was probably floating somewhere among these groups, which may have caused the confusion. Rayhana bint Zaid ibn Amar was a captured Jewish slave of the Banu Qurayza Jewish tribe that the Prophet defeated in battle. Wiki sums up opinions on her by Ibn Ishaq, al-Tabari and Ibn Saad via European writers as follows:
“Her (Rayhana) first husband was one of the 600-900 Qurayza men whom Muhammad beheaded in April 627. He enslaved all the women and selected Rayhana for himself because she was the most beautiful. When she refused to marry him, he kept her as a concubine instead. ”
As to the adoption story that I didn’t really want to get into, back then there was a religious law that prevented a man from marrying his daughter-in-law, even if she became divorced from his son, which in this story happened to involve an actually adopted son. A new celestial revelation to the father-in-law told him to abolish adoption , which he did, and made it retroactive thereby annulling his adoption of the son. Thereafter, the adopted son was no longer a son of any kind by virtue of the retro-law and his wife was free to marry her former father-in-law and the 3 went forward with a good relationship. The adopted son’s name was Zaid and the infatuating wife was Zeinab bint Jahsh that became wife number 7. And that’s how adoption became a no-no.
This discussion bound to take a bad turn which none of us want, so we should end it.