Friday, May 3, 2013


By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal


By Shaykh Abdullah Faisal
PalTalk– April 23, 2013

Aisha bint Abu Bakr

Aisha is undoubtedly the greatest Scholar of Islam to walk the face of the EARTH
The first person to embrace ISLAM was a woman (Khadijah)
-the first person to die for ISLAM was a woman (Sumaya)
-the greatest scholar of ISLAM was a woman (Aisha)
-the closest person to the Prophet (saws) was a woman (Aisha)
-the person who saved the life of the Prophet (saws) at the Battle of Udud was a woman (Umm Amaraa)

Narrated By 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle said (to me), "You were shown to me twice in(my) dream. Behold, a man was carrying you in a silken piece of cloth and said to me, "She is your wife, so uncover her,' and behold, it was you. I would then say (to myself), 'If this is from Allah, then it must happen.'"[Sahih Bukhari, Vol 9, Book 87, Hadith #139]

A'ishah (RA) said, "The Messenger of Allah came back from the campaign of Tabuk or Khaybar, and there was a curtain covering her room. The wind came and lifted the curtain, revealing some toys belonging to 'A'ishah. The Prophet said: (What is this? O 'A'ishah) She said, "My toys.'' Among them he saw a horse with two wings made of cloth. He said: (What is this that I see in the midst of them?) She said, "A horse.'' The Messenger of Allah said, (And what is this on it?) She said, "Wings.'' The Messenger of Allah said, (A horse with two wings?) She said, "Did you not hear that Sulayman (AS) had a horse that had wings'' She said, "The Messenger of Allah smiled so broadly that I could see his molars.'' [Sunan Abu Dawud (4/283) No. 4932]

Aisha (r.a.) was extremely brave and she constantly requested the Prophet (saws) to allow women on the Battlefield.

Narrated Anas: On the day of the battle of Uhud, the people ran away, leaving the Prophet , but Abu-Talha was shielding the Prophet with his shield in front of him. Abu Talha was a strong, experienced archer who used to keep his arrow bowstrung and well stretched. On that day he broke two or three arrow bows. If any man passed by carrying a quiver full of arrows, the Prophet would say to him, “Empty it in front of Abu Talha." When the Prophet stated looking at the enemy by raising his head, Abu Talha said, "O Allah's Prophet! Let my parents be sacrificed for your sake! Please don't raise your head and make it visible, lest an arrow of the enemy should hit you. Let my neck and chest be wounded instead of yours." (On that day) I saw 'Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr and Um Sulaim both lifting their dresses up so that I was able to see the ornaments of their legs, and they were carrying the water skins of their arms to pour the water into the mouths of the thirsty people and then go back..

The above Hadith is clear evidence of the fact that Aisha (r.a.) was on the BATTLEFIELD of UHUD.

(On that day) I saw 'Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr and Um Sulaim both lifting their dresses up so that I was able to see the ornaments of their legs, and they were carrying the water skins of their arms to pour the water into the mouths of the thirsty people and then go back and fill them and come to pour the water into the mouths of the people again. (On that day) Abu Talha's sword fell from his hand twice or thrice. [Sahih Bukhari (5/37) No. 3811]

-Therefore, if Aisha (r.a) was on the Battlefield of Uhud,
- how could she have been only 10 years old at the battle.
- In fact, she was 19 when she rushed to help the Mujahideen on the Battle of Uhud.
- She did not consummate her marriage when she was 9 years old.
- A young wife is able to help you with the spread of Islam
- not only intellectually but through righteous actions as well.

'Aisha was born in 614 CE, she had claims to noble birth from both sides of the family. Her mother was Umm Roman and her father was Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. She said that there were nine blessings of Allah which distinguished her from all other women in the world except Maryam bint 'Imran, the mother of 'Issa. The Angel Jibril had presented her portrait wrapped in green silk to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and told him that this was the picture of the lady chosen by Allah, to be his consort both in this world and the next. She was the only virgin to have become the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

When the Prophet passed away, he was resting in her lap and was buried in her apartment. Many times angels encircled her apartment with love and respect. Very often divine revelation would come to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) when they were lying together resting in peace and tranquility. She was the daughter of a true friend of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. Ayat had descended from the heavens from Allah proving her innocence. She was born a Muslim and had been brought up in a pure environment, and spent her formative years with the best of creatures, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Allah, the Lord, the Sustainer of the Universe promised her Divine Forgiveness and abundant bounties. As a girl she used to play with dolls, Once Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) visited her father, he saw her playing with a winged horse; she was barely five years old at the time. When he inquired she said it’s a horse. He smiled and answered that horses didn't have wings! She promptly retorted that the Prophet Sulaiman had winged horses, which showed even at this tender age she was intelligent on religious and historical matters. At the age of 8 years, she experienced an historic move, when the first Islamic state was on rise, she was able to recall all the minor details. Next year she joined the household of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Small rooms were constructed around the Prophet's Mosque, and Ayshah occupied one of these, on the eastern side of the Mosque it had earthen walls with a roof made of leaves and twigs. It was covered with a blanket to prevent rainwater from seeping through and the roof was so low that a person standing upright could touch it. The door never closed and a blanket hung as curtain. Close to the room, on a slightly higher level was another small room. A mat, a thin mattress, a pillow filled with the bark of trees, a water bag, and a small plate for dates and a glass for drinking water were all the things in the room. This sparse little room was filled with spiritual treasures. When the whole of Arabia was under authority of Islam, huge quantities of grain and cash flowed into the central treasury. But on the day that Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) passed away, there was not even food for a single day in his household. Ayshah maintained this tradition up to her last days.

Aisha was very charitable, all money that came her way was given away as soon as possible One day a beggar came to her and asked for food. She told her maid to give the lady the piece of bread they had. The maid answered that there was nothing else with which she could break her fast. 'Ayshah said help the hungry woman and the evening would take care of itself. By the blessings of Allah in the evening someone sent her a dish of cooked meat; She also sold the house she owned to give the price in charity.

She loved her sister's son, 'Abdullah bin Zubayr, very deeply. He loved her and always looked after her needs. Once he remarked that her generosity needed to be restrained. 'A'ishah was upset when she heard this; she swore she would never to talk to him. Finally, when she calmed down and made up with him, she freed several slaves as penance for breaking her oath
'Aisha was soft-hearted. On one occasion when a beggar carrying two children came to her door; Ayshah had only three dates in the house. These she gave her; the woman gave one each to the children and started eating one herself. One of the children ate his share quickly and started looking at his mother eating her date. The woman could not bear her child's hunger and took the date from her mouth, broke it into two halves, and gave a piece to each of the children. When ‘Ayshah saw this heart-rending scene she could not control her tears.

In the month of Sha'ban, Aisha accompanied Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) who led the Muslim army towards Qadid, where a minor battle started with tribe of Banu Mustalaq. Several hypocrites were also part of the army during this particular battle. She had borrowed a necklace from her sister Asma'. On the way back the army camped in the desert, and Aisha went far into desert to relieve herself. Suddenly she realized that the necklace dropped along the way.

She found it after a long search. When she reached the site, the caravan had left, the normal procedure was that the ladies, who were segregated from the men folk, would get into their litter and draw the curtains. Then the camel drivers would place the litter on the camel's back. Since 'Aisha was very light no one realized her absence. She lay down, waiting for her companions to return.

Safwan bin Mu'attil had the responsibility of checking the camp site for things which might have been left behind, at daybreak he arrived to find someone lying down in a Jilbab. When 'Aisha heard him she woke up, and got on to the camel. Heathen walked leading the camel by the bridle. At noon when the caravan had just reached the next camp site to rest, they saw 'Ayshah arriving with Safwan. Madinah was flooded by loose talk that ‘Aisha was a loose woman and her character was suspect, led by 'Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul. Hasan bin Thabit, Hamnah bint Jayash, and Mastah bin Athathah who joined the hypocrites. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was extremely disturbed when he heard this talk, but 'Aisha was blissfully ignorant of all this.

One night when she went out with the mother of Mastah bin Athathah. The lady tripped and started cursing her son. 'Ayshah said that he was a Companion of the Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him) who fought in the Battle of Badr and deserved respect. The old lady retorted that 'Ayshah was ignorant of the fact that he was involved in an awful plot; she revealed what had been taking place behind her back.

On returning home, she took the permission of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him),and went to visit her parents. She was heartbroken, her sympathetic and loving parents advised her to be patient and everything would be cleared up. But she could not accept the fact that people could descend to such cruel depths. After two days and nights of continuous weeping she fell ill.

On the third morning, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came to see her. He told her very gently that if she erred she should ask Allah for His forgiveness. She said to her husband that if she denied she was guilty, nobody would believe her; but she was innocent and only Allah knew it. The best answer to these accusations was to quote the answer of the father of Yusuf,

"So (for me) patience is most fitting. And it is Allah Whose help can be sought against that (lie) which you describe." [Noble Quran 12]

At precisely this moment, the Ayat announcing her innocence were revealed. When the revelation ended he then turned to 'Ayshah with a smile and started reciting the Ayat, Imaamal-Awzaa’ee (d.157H) - rahimahullaah - said: "Patiently restrict yourself to the Sunnah and pause where the people paused, say what they said and avoid what they avoided. Take to the path of your Salaf-us-Saalih, for indeed, what was sufficient for them, is sufficient for you." Related by Imaam al-Aajurree in ash-Sharee’ah (p.58) and also al-Bayhaqee in Madhkal ilas-Sunan (no.233).

Yahya related to me from Malik that he heard that a beggar asked A'isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, for something while she was fasting and there was only a loaf of bread in her house. She said to her female mawla, "Give it to him." The mawla protested, "You will not have anything to break your fast with." A'isha repeated, "Give it to him," so she did so. When evening came, the people of a house or a man who did not usually give to them, gave them a sheep and some food to go with-it. A'isha, umm al-mu’min, called her mawla and said, "Eat from this. This is better than your loaf of bread." ... (muwatta malik) (sadaqa)

Anas ibn Malik said, "A woman came to 'A'isha and 'A'isha gave her three dates. She gave each of her two children a date and kept one date for herself. The children ate the two dates and then looked at their mother. She took her date and split in it two and gave each child half of it. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came and 'A'isha told him about it. He said, 'Are you surprised at that? Allah will show her mercy because of her mercy towards her child.'" ... (al adab al murfad) (looking after children)

Aisha(r.a.) inherited the kindness of her father Abu Bakr As Siddieeq and was extremely sensitive and ever ready to sacrifice for the benefit of Muslims.

The Hypocrites once accused Aisha (r.a.) of having an affair when she happened to get lost during a journey.

This rumour was started by Abdullah Bin Ubay who was the chosen king of Medina before the Prophet (saws) arrived, and because of whom he ended up without a throne. His jealously and spite led him to cause trouble for the Prophet (saws)by spreading lies to in order to get back at him.

Aisha (r.a) was severely affected by the lies that were being spread about her and herhealth deteriorated.

Narrated By Az-Zuhri: Urwa bin Az-Zubair, Said bin Al-Musaiyab, 'Al-Qama bin Waqqas and 'Ubaidullah bin 'Abdullah related the narration of 'Aisha, the wife the Prophet, when the slanderers had said about her what they had said and Allah later declared her innocence. Each of them related a part of the narration(wherein) the Prophet said (to 'Aisha). "If you are innocent, then Allah will declare your innocence: but if you have committed a sin, then ask for Allah's Forgiveness and repent to him." 'Aisha said, "By Allah, I find no example for my case except that of Joseph's father (when he said), 'So(for me) patience is most fitting.' " Then Allah revealed the ten Verses: "Verily those who spread the slander are a gang amongst you..."(24.11) [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 6, Book 60, Hadith #212]

Usama bin Zaid told Allah's Apostle of what he knew about the innocence of his wife and of his affection he kept for her. He said, "O Allah's Apostle! She is your wife, and we do not know anything about her except good." But 'Ali bin Abi Talib said, "O Allah's Apostle! Allah does not impose restrictions on you; and there are plenty of women other than her. If you however, ask (her)slave girl, she will tell you the truth."... [al-Bukhari (4750) and Muslim(2770)]

Allah revealed verses to the Prophet (saws) and cleared Aisha (r.a) of any misconduct on her part and her innocence was confirmed.

And it is not (right) for you that you should annoy Allah’s Messenger, nor that you should ever marry his wives after him (his death). Verily! With Allah that shall be an enormity. (Al-Ahzab 33:53)

Aisha further said: Allah's Apostle also asked Zainab bint Jaysh about my case. He said, "O Zainab! What have you seen?" She replied, "O Allah’s Apostle! I protect my hearing and my sight (by refraining from telling lies). I know nothing but good (about Aisha)." Of all the wives of Allah's Apostle, it was Zainab who aspired to receive from him the same favor as I used to receive, yet, Allah saved her(from telling lies) because of her piety. But her sister, Hamna, kept on fighting on her behalf so she was destroyed as were those who invented and spread the slander. [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 6, Book 60, Hadith #274]

In Islamic-wives are supposed to support and love for each other what they love for themselves, and not be jealous and cause disunity in the family.

And they brought his shirt stained with false blood. He said: "Nay, but your ownselves have made up a tale. So (for me) patience is most fitting. And it is Allah(Alone) Whose help can be sought against that which you assert." (Yusuf12:18)

Aisha (r.a) was put through a very hard trial due to the event of her slander and she persevered because of her knowledge, piety, Tawakkul and patience.

Verily! Those who brought forth the slander (against 'Aishah the wife of the Prophet SAW) are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. Unto every man among them will be paid that which he had earned of the sin, and as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment. (An-Nur 24:11)

After the proof of her innocence was established, three Muslims were flogged for their lies whereas the Hypocrite who started the rumor was let free of punishment.

Narrated By 'Aisha: The Prophet used to stay (for a period) in the house of Zainab bint Jaysh (one of the wives of the Prophet) and he used to drink honey in her house. Hafsa and I decided that when the Prophet entered upon either of us, she would say, "I smell in you the bad smell of Maghafir (a bad smelling raisin). Have you eaten Maghafir?" When he entered upon one of us, she said that to him. He replied (to her), "No, but I have drunk honey in the house of Zainab bint Jaysh, and I will never drink it again." Then the following verse was revealed: 'O Prophet ! Why do you ban (for you) that which Allah has made lawful for you?... (up to) If you two (wives of the Prophet turn in repentance to Allah.' (66.1-4) The two were 'Aisha and Hafsa And also the Statement of Allah: 'And (Remember) when the Prophet disclosed a matter in confidence to one of his wives!' (66.3) i.e., his saying, "But I have drunk honey." [al-Bukhari (5267) and Muslim (1474)]

This is because, the Muslims who were flogged were punished on Earth and will not be asked about the slander on the Day of Judgement. However, the Hypocrites will have their punishment doubled on the Day of Judgement.

Prophet! Why do you ban (for yourself) that which Allah has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (At-Tahrim 66:1)

Allah has already ordained for you (O men), the dissolution of your oaths. And Allah is your Maula (Lord, or Master, or Protector, etc.) and He is the All-Knower, the All-Wise. (At-Tahrim 66:2)

Zainab Bint Jaysh was the biggest rival of Aisha for the affection of the Prophet (saws). Aisha's jealously led her to plot with Hafsa, to discourage him to go to Zainab's house by telling him that his mouth smells foul after visiting Zainab's house. The Prophet (saws) would drink Honey at Zainab's house.

The Prophet (saws) decided to give up honey, but Allah revealed Ayah to correct this mistake of the Prophet (saws), because you cannot make Haram what Allah has made Halal in order to please your wives. Also, Honey has been ordained for Mankind because of its healing properties.

This incident caused the Prophet (saws) to stop talking to his wives for 29 days because of their bad behaviour. Many people taught that he divorced them.

The Prophet (saws) divorced Hafsa because she told Aisha about his over-stay at Zainabs house but then took her back after he saw she was heavily regretful.

There is mistranslation in the Hadith books that claims that the Prophet (saws) hit Aisha (r.a), however, he pushed her because she came out of her bed dressed inappropriately in order to follow the Prophet (saws) in the middle of the night, thinking he was going to the house of another wife.

The Rasool(saws) did not hit Aisha and you must not say that he did. The enemies of Islam on the other hand like to quote mistranslations to hamper Islam, but they will never succeed
He (Muhammad b. Qais) then reported that it was ''A'isha who had narrated this: Should I not narrate to you about myself and about the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him)? We said: Yes. She said: When it was my turn for Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) to spend the night with me, he turned his side, put on his mantle and took off his shoes and placed them near his feet, and spread the corner of his shawl on his bed and then lay down till he thought that I had gone to sleep. He took hold of his mantle slowly and put on the shoes slowly, and opened the door and went out and then closed it lightly. I covered my head, put on my veil and tightened my waist wrapper, and then went out following his steps till he reached Baqi''. He stood there and he stood for long time. He then lifted his hands three times, and then returned and I also returned. He hastened his steps and I also hastened my steps. He ran and I tore.
He came(to the house) and I also came (to the house). I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet)entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O ''A'isha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness(of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you? Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 2127:

"Struck" is a bad translation here. The word used is 'lahaza' , which could be translated as "Push" and at most "slap with an open palm" but not a hard, violent slap (and note translating it as "slap" is weaker and less probable). A correct translation would be: - He pushed me (lahadani) in the chest (fi sadri) with a push (lahdatan) which made me sore (awja'atni).



This is because when you are old, your memory fails you and because you might feel intimidated to seek knowledge from people who are younger than you.


Aisha (ra) turned out to be the greatest scholar of Islam.
She narrated over 2200 Hadith of the Prophet (saws) and is among the top 7 narrators of Hadith.


Aisha's father Abu Bakr was the successor of the Prophet (saws). Her marriage to the Prophet (saws) made the brotherhood between Abu Bakr and the Prophet (Saws) stronger.


The incident of the Honey that caused the Prophet (saws) to spend a lot of time at Zainab's house caused Aisha to plot against her.
Zainab knew it was Aisha's day but also knew that the Prophet loved Honey and would end up spending more time with her.


By saying that he would not drink honey anymore was a mistake.


The Prophet (Saws) did not speak to his wives for one month.



Verily! Those who brought forth the slander (against 'Aishah the wife of the Prophet SAW) are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. Unto every man among them will be paid that which he had earned of the sin, and as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment. (An-Nur 24:11)


This is a lesson for the sisters who live in Dar ul Harb and think polygamy is war


Her vast knowledge led her to advice of the Khalifas who she lived under,


Her vast knowledge led her to advice of the Khalifas whom she lived under,
Aisha (ra)died 58 Years after the Hijar at the age of 66, and is buried in Janaat AlBaqi.
Her Salatul Janaza was performed by Abu Hurairah