This wonderful woman is most beloved to me, out of all the female sahaabah (companions) that I have heard of. Her achievements at such tender age, never fails to leave me in awe of her. I think I love her most because her life sets a vivid example for me to live by.
Aishah (R.A.) was the favorite daughter of one of the dearest friends and companion to the Prophet (S.A.W) –Abu Bakr As-Siddique (R.A.). A lot of verses of the Qur’an were associated with her when they were revealed. She was in a desirable position among the Mothers of the Believers, as she was considered the foremost among them.
Aishah (R.A.) was born in late 613 or early 614 CE. Her mother was Umm Rooman (R.A.) and her father was Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A.).
Her father and mother were two of the most trusted companions of the Prophet (S.A.W.). Her mother, Umm Rooman was formerly married to AbdullahAzdi and had a son named Abdur-Rahman, for him. After the death of her husband, she got married to Abu Bakr As-Siddique (R.A.).
She was barely nine years old when she became part of the Prophet’s household.
Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) said (to me), “You have been shown to me twice in (my) dreams. A man was carrying you in a silken cloth and said to me, ‘This is your wife.’ I uncovered it; and behold, it was you. I said to myself, ‘if this dream is from Allah, He will cause it to come true.’”
Theirs was a marriage that was simple, yet full of blessings.
It was said that Aisha was the most jealous out of all the wives of the Prophet (S.A.W) as she loved him the most. But her jealousy was not of the destructive kind, as she still treated all her co-wives with good manners.
‘Amr bin ‘Aas once asked Muhammad (S.A.W) who he loved most in this world, and he replied that he loved ‘Aishah (R.A) more than anyone else. Then he asked him about the men folk. And the Prophet (S.A.W.) answered that he loved Abu Bakr Siddique the most.
The Story of the Slander of Aishah
Aisha had followed the Prophet (S.A.W.) on an expedition. On their way back, she lost her necklace when she went to relieve herself far from the caravan, in the desert. Her absence was not noticed when the caravan was about to leave, because women were segregated from men and were carried on a hawdaj (a small tent/house put on a camel). She was very light in weight, so when the hawdaj was being carried, her absence went unnoticed.
When she went back to look for her necklace, the caravan had gone by the time she came back. So she waited for them to come back to pick her when they noticed that she wasn’t there.
A companion of the Prophet, named Safwan bin Mu’attal had the task of checking if they forgot anything at the camp, and along his way, he met Aishah (R.A.) on the road. So he lowered his camel for her to climb up to, and proceeded.
When they arrived to where the caravan was, and people saw them together, strange rumors started and Aishah was not aware of it. She was later made aware when she went out one night with an old woman.
She noticed that the Prophet’s behavior had changed towards her, and she was sick at that time, so she took permission to go to her parents’ house.
She stayed at her parents’ house till the verses of the Qur’an were revealed to prove her innocent from the slander. (Q24: 11-21)
Her Knowledge and Achievements
Abdullah bin Zubair (R.A) mentioned that Aishah and her sister Asma were both very large-hearted and benevolent.
The incident about her playing with a winged horse when the Prophet (S.A.W) entered upon her showed that she was very brilliant, smart and knowledgeable on religious and historical matters –at a very young age.
Aishah not only possessed great knowledge but took an active part in education and social reform. As a teacher she had a clear and persuasive manner of speech and her power of oratory has been described in superlative terms by al-Ahnaf who said: “I have heard speeches of Abu Bakr and Umar, Uthman and Ali and the Khulafa up to this day, but I have not heard speech more persuasive and more beautiful from the mouth of any person than from the mouth of Aishah.”
She had a sharp and retentive memory and as a resultshe learnt and memorized a large number of the statement of the Prophet (S.A.W). She was the most prolific female narrator and the fourth most prolific amongst all the sahaabah; narrating a total two thousand two hundred and ten hadeeths of the Prophet. She was also an expert and a recognized authority in poetry, medicine and in Islamic law. Due to her extensive knowledge of hadeeth and Islamic law, the sahaabah used to seek her advice on legal matters.
She left this earthly existence for Paradise in the year 58 Hijrah on the 17th of Ramadan at the age of 66. She was buried in the Jannat al-Baaqi in the City of Light, beside other companions of the Prophet.
Her story presents so many lessons that one could learn from. Her generosity and soft-heartedness, her kindness, her intelligence, and so many other qualities that she possessed were envious. She was that strong woman who didn’t attend any university of her days, but possessed knowledge of subjects that we go to university to study.
Although she had no children of her own, she was one of the Mothers of the Believers and her influence was felt on every companion of the Prophet during her days. She was a teacher whom leaders and scholars traveled from far and wife distances, to learn from her.
She was also the most beloved of our Prophet (S.A.W), a good and pious wife in which the Prophet found comfort in, especially in the last days of his life.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, teacher, leader, and companion, whose noble life influences us.
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…. soaked in Sirooh
R.A.Radillahuannha/anhum (may Allah be pleased with her/him)
S.A.W.Sallahualayhi wa salam (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)
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