Assalamualikumwarahmatullah to all, just need quick clarification on this hadith please

"I noticed that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was missing from bed, so I started to look for him, and I thought that he had gone to one of his concubines. Then my hand fell on him when he was prostrating and saying: "Allahummaghfirli ma asrartu wa ma a'lant (O Allah, forgive me for what (sin) I have concealed and what I have done openly).'

reference : Sunan an-Nasa'i 1124
In-book reference : Book 12, Hadith 96
English translation : Vol. 2, Book 12, Hadith 1125

What is meant by the word "concubines" does it mean "wives" or something else, any assistance would be appreciated.

  • Concubine itself means female-slaves. But somehow at the hadith website in my native language they translated the hadith you're referring to with "wives". I think you may need a direct arabic translation to get the best answer Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 20:43

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جواري is the plural of جارية and can mean a young woman or a female slave.

In this hadith it is possible that it means 'concubines', who are female slaves with whom sexual relations are lawful, see Did the Prophet (SAW) have a sex slave?.

However it is also possible that 'wives' is meant here, as the word can be used for them and there is a version that uses a synonym:

فظننت أنه ذهب إلى بعض نسائه

I thought that he had gone to one of his (other) wives.

Muslim and Nasai

Ref: شرح سنن النسائي

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