He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would watch his wives joke together and smile:
‘ “Sawdah bint Zam’ah (the Prophet’s wife) visited us oneday. The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, sat between me and her placing one of his legs in my lap and the other in her lap. I had cooked Hareera (soup made from a variety of vegetables with lentils, chickpeas, and coriander) for her. I said to her, ‘Eat.’ but she refused, so I said: ‘By Allah, you will eat or I will splash it on your face.’ She still refused to eat, so I took from of it and splashed it on her face. The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, started laughing and protected Sawdah with his thigh and said to her: “Splash her face” so she did, and he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, started to laugh again. Suddenly, we heard ‘Umar saying, ‘O ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (his son), O ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar’! The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said to us: “Get up and clean your faces, because I think ‘Umar will come in now.””
If something like this were to happen nowadays between two wives while their husband was present, he might divorce them. These wrong reactions or behaviors usually happen due to the lack of knowledge regarding Prophetic guidance, and how the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, dealt with his wives and how he was humorous and joked with them.
This narration highlights the justice of the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, between his wives even in their lighter moments. Even though he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, loved ‘Aa’ishah more than the rest of his wives, yet this did not make him an unfair husband. He did not incline towards her and act in her favor and helped the other wife splash her face as she had splashed hers. He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, succeeded in making the gathering a fun one and they all laughed joyfully.