Pearl of Wisdom
By Allah! Allah wants but two traits to be present in people: to acknowledge His favors so that he may increase them, and to confess their sins so that he may forgive them.'
Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir [as]
al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 426, no. 2
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Muslim Marriage Stories: How to stay young after marriage?
A group of people went to ask the three brothers of Banu Ghannam for a solution for their complicated question.
As they met the first one, who was old man, and asked him for a solution, he referred them to his brother saying, 'You may find a solution with him because he is older than I am.'
When they went to meet his brother, they found a middle-aged man. Having sought a solution from him, he said, 'You may see my third brother and, because he is older than I am, you can find a solution with him.'
Hence, they went to the third brother to meet a young man. As they could no longer conceal their astonishment, they asked him about his two brothers and his manner. He answered: 'My brother whom you first met is the youngest among us. Unfortunately, he had to suffer the misbehaviors of his ill-tempered wife because he anticipated an intolerable matter if he would divorce her. His wife therefore has been the main reason beyond his growing old at an earlier time. The second one you met is the middle among us. His wife has gathered both good and bad mannerism. She sometimes pleased him, but she also displeased him. Hence, you can see him as middle-aged man. I have a well-mannered wife who never shows misbehavior with me. Hence, I could keep my youth with her.