Moreover, its form clearly suggests paraphrasing and interpolation by some narrator who mentioned the fact of Zainab and Prophet (ﷺ) being cousins and then guessed the feelings of the Prophet (ﷺ).
She said: “He is not here, Messenger of God. She said: ‘He has left shortly before O Messenger of Allah!’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) stood up to leave while he muttered. Moreover, in this narrative reported in his name none of three persons is said to be relating the happening rather it is all reported in third person which makes one wonder if his source got it directly from one of the three person involved? After that happened she was made unattractive to the other man. When he was eight years old, she took him along to her parents.
That’s why she got the nickname “mother of the poor”. When he was released from it, he smiled and said, “Who will go to Zaynab to tell her the good news, saying that God has married her to me?” …The narrative weakness of this account is evident. And since Zainab is supposed to be his first cousin, perhaps the prophet felt some desire to protect her honour (and her inheritance) from other potential suitors. But the Prophet (ﷺ) told him: ‘keep your wife to yourself, and fear Allah.’ The Prophet (ﷺ), however, wished that he would divorce her but he also feared what people might say if he asked Zaid to divorce her. And if, after having put her away, he should return to her, let another marry her. “Allah is to disclose”, that which was hidden by the Prophet (p) about God telling him that he will eventually marry Zaynab, this will be unveiled by God soon.3. ‘Athma – Musa b. Ya‘qub – ‘Abdul Rahman b. al-Munib – Abu Bakr b. Suleman b. Abi Hathma: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) went to the house of Zaid b. Haritha and asked permission to enter. The Prophet asked her about Zaid. We, therefore, begin with the verse and a simple traditional account of the episode before a detailed critical analysis of the reports that appear to give form to the trash talk on this issue involving the blessed personality of the Prophet (ﷺ). Imagine you implement waiting rules for divorce and your own (adopted) son is the one who abuses the clear loopholes in your “Allah-designed” system.But if we further hypothesize that neither Aisha nor the Prophet ever reveal that the actions of Zaid/Zainab were the basis for the divorce law amendments then perhaps most other muslims are clueless as well. Zaynab bt. And you concealed within yourself that which Allah is to disclose} he said: “and he was hiding in himself the desire to divorce her”Vol 6 Page.639), Ibn Arabi (Ahkam Al-Quran vol 3, Page.577), Al-Sha‘bi’s freedslave Sulaim who had the paedonymic surname Abu Salama is considered a weak narrator.In Ibn ‘Adi’s version ‘Ali b. Nuh is not a well-known narrator and as such his reliability or otherwise cannot be established.Pointing out some of these discrepancies al-Albani has placed this report in his work on weak and rejected reports. There the people of Bani Qain bin Jasr raided their camp, plundered their good: and took some men prisoners, Hadrat Zaid included. The Quranic verse and the Hadith quoted, both tell us that which was concealed was which God had told Muhammed (p) about, that he would marry Zaynab, a Divine Decree imposed on him.