Sawdah and 'A'ishah May Allah be pleased with them Sawdah and 'A'ishah May Allah be pleased with them

Sawdah and 'A'ishah May Allah be pleased with them

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Sawdah and A'ishah entered the life of the Prophet's household after the death of Khadeejah (R.A).

 

There is something that we would like to call the attention of the reader to here: The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) never had another wife for almost two decades in which he was married to Khadeejah, neither before he was commissioned as a Prophet nor after that. But when he died, he left behind ten wives who are mothers of the faithful. Before talking about Sawdah and 'A'ishah, attention needs to be paid to Khawlah bint Hakeem, the woman whose deep faith and strong love for the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) spurred her into interfering in the Prophet's, private family affairs, and who played an excellent role in this regard.

 

Khawlah was the wife of 'Uthman ibn Math'oon. And both of them were among the first persons who embraced the call of Islam and whom Islam embraced. They lived for this call and it lived by them. Islam moved in their limbs and veins like blood. Even their hearts pulsed for the love of this heavenly religion.

 

It was Khawlah who saw signs of deep sorrow in the lineaments of the Prophet's noble face, just like other female Companions. But she was the bravest of them all and the most daring to ask the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W). She said, "Messenger of Allah, it seems you have been afflicted by want since the death of Khadeejah." The Prophet (PBUH) replied, "Yes, she was the mother of the household and the care-taker for the family." Khawlah, the experienced lady, out of love and compassion, observed the need of the Prophet's noble household to someone who could fill the gap created by the death of Khadeejah.

 

Khawlah employed her maturity, farsightedness and deep faith to peruse the psychological, social and momentary conditions of the Prophet (PBUH).

 

After sufficient study and reflection, she suggested marriage to the Messenger of Allah (.) telling him: "If you like, you can many a matron and if you like you can many a virgin, 0' Messenger of Allah." So he asked her of the matron and the virgin and she replied that the matron was Sawdah bint Zam'ah and the virgin was' A’ishah daughter of Abi Bakr, who was the Prophet's most beloved of all men.

 

Perhaps, Khawlah suggested Sawdah who was a matron and experienced woman so that she could take care of the Prophet's family and cater for his household, and suggested' A’ishah who was a virgin and a young woman so his broken heart could be mended and serve as a way of strengthening the relationship between the Prophet and Abu Bakr.

 

The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) then told Khawlah, ''Mention me to them." So Khawlah commenced her efforts and the efforts were successful in both proposals.

 

The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) married Sawdah and consummated the marriage, but A’ishah was engaged to him because she was then too young for consummation of marriage. Thus did Sawdah enter the household of the Prophet (PBUH) as one of the mothers of the faithful.

Sawdah (R.A) was a widow. She started taking care of Umm Kulthoom and Fitimah and managing the affairs of the Prophet's household. She was very dark in complexion, slow and fat. But she had a clean heart and was one of the truthful believers. In spite of her being slow and fat, she was amiable and humorous, dispelling the Prophet's worries with her humours, just like an essential and effective timely remedy.

 

It was reported that one day she saw on the face of the Prophet (PBUH) paleness and distress and she told him jokingly, "0' Messenger of Allah! I prayed behind you yesterday and you prolonged the prostration so long that I felt like having nose-bleeding."

 

The Prophet (PBUH) then lunched into a laughter that his molars were visible and his gloomy look disappeared.

 

This is how Sawdah spent her days and years, recognizing the limits of her status in this great household and striving covetously to be a mother of the faithful. This is the greatest position that she sought in her worldly life and she sought nothing beside that, especially since the Prophet's days and nights were shared among a number of women who were his noble wives.

 

When Sawdah started feeling that she was becoming a liability, she voluntarily gave up the day and night which the Prophet apportioned her to A’ishah.

 

There are reasons for choosing A’ishah. She was her mate from the beginning and she was the most beloved of the Prophet's wives.

 

Sawdah was a pious worshipper and a generous giver of charity, as 'A'ishah has described her. She was blessed with longevity that she lived into the caliphate of 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (R.A), when she died and joined the High Companionship. Sawdah left a clean mark within the period in which she lived in the household of the Prophet that spanned thirteen years. She concluded that with the remaining years of her life in piety and worship.

 

Let us now go back to 'A'ishah (R.A).

 

Here, her personality is interwoven with that of her mother, Umm Rooman. Umm Rooman played a role in the life of the Prophet (PBUH) who is the husband of her daughter and the intimate friend of her husband, and what an intimate friend!

 

Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq (R.A) had been the Prophet's umbrageous shade. Never did he leave him. He supported him with his money and self and he was never lacking in generosity. He was so generous that he spent as it is famously known in the way of Allah, all his money with which he traded, in spite of the abundance of his wealth.

 

His house was a place that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) unfailingly visited every day. She would receive him with courteous manner and welcome him whenever he visited. And she would provide him with all means of comfort.

 

Umm Rooman (R.A) was formerly married to al-Harith ibn 'Abdillah al-Azdi who brought her from Sarah to Makkah. Her former husband entered into alliance with Abu Bakr but he died soon

thereafter. So Abu Bakr married her as a sign of respect for the alliance, neighbourliness and friendship that were between him and her former husband. to She had two children by him who are 'Abdur Rahman and 'A'ishah. Abu Bakr had two other children from his other wife and they are 'Abdullah and Asma'.

 

As for her faith and her love for Allah and His Messenger, that is wonderful. It is enough for her the testimony of the Prophet for her on the day of her death and burial. For he said while she was being lowered into her grave:

 

"Let him who wants to see a woman among the beautiful women of Paradise who have wide and lovely eyes, look at Umm Rooman." In another narration, he (S.AW) said, "Let him look at this (woman)."

 

Umm Rooman was naturally endowed with qualities that qualified her to be among the wide-eyed beautiful women of Paradise. And what will tell you what these women are? They are an embodiment of purity, sincerity, modesty and honesty.

 

All this manifested in two stances and they are enough a proof:

 

One: The day marriage proposal was made to A’ishah her daughter. Khawlah bint Hakeem came to Abu Bakr's house and talked to Umm Rooman informing her of the Prophet's proposal to A’ishah. She was very happy for she realized that this anticipated marriage relationship with the Prophet (PBUH) would fetch the blessings of this world and the Hereafter. She did not register any opposition. She did not speak a word about the youthfulness of A’ishah or about the wide age gap that was between her and the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) or any other matters of this world. She only said, "Talk to Abu Bakr about that."

 

The major reference in matters like this is the head of the family, for he might have an opinion different from hers. Expectedly, she took a very positive and encouraging stance while this matter was being presented to Abu Bakr. The matter then ended as Umm Rooman had willed and A’ishah become engaged to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) and the marriage was to be consummated after the Hijrah.

 

Months passed while the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) was concerned with the new situations of the Muslims in Madeenah among which were: construction of the noble Prophet's Mosque, making brotherhood between the immigrants and the helpers, entering into pacts and treaties with Jews of Madeenah and firmly establishing the new Muslim society upon solid foundations, in accordance with the revelations that were being revealed.

 

Umm Rooman, the wife of the Truthful and the mother of the Truthful did not utter a word while she saw the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) in a state of being seriously preoccupied.

 

It was only on a certain day; after there had been a relative, stability that Umm Rooman opened a conversation with her husband, Abu Bakr and reminded him (of 'A'ishah who was engaged to the

Prophet). Abu Bakr went to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) and told him in a courteous and modest manner, "0' Messenger of Allah! Didn't you want to consummate the marriage with your wife?"

 

The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) smiled and said, "Surely, and upon the blessing of Allah."

 

Before the marriage was consumed, A'ishah (R.A) had been affected with the weather of Madeenah and she had, as a result, become weak and emaciated and her face had become pale. Umm Rooman took care of her until she regained her health.

 

A'ishah said, "My mother was treating me so that I could become plump, grooming me for the house of Allah's Messenger (S.A.W). She did not succeed in doing so until she made me eat cucumber with fresh dates, then I became plump in the best form one can be."

 

My dear reader, this is one of the qualifications and distinctions of Umm Rooman as a woman, mother and Muslim woman. She was aspiring for the pleasure of Allah and the love of His Messenger (S.A.W).

 

Two: During days of the slander!!

 

It was really a great trial for the victim, 'A'ishah and her parents, Abu Bakr and Umm Rooman. It was rather the generality of the Muslims that was put in trial so that Allah might separate the evil from the good and distinguish the believers from the hypocrites.

 

The trial was also a violent storm that nearly destroyed everything if not for Allah's benevolence, care and mercy.

 

We deem it suitable to mention the story of this trial in full as narrated by 'A'ishah (R.A), herself. She said:

 

"Whenever Allah's Messenger intended to go on a journey, he used to draw lots among his wives and would take with him the one on whom the lot had fallen. Once he drew lots when he wanted to carry out an expedition, and the lot came upon me. So I proceeded with Allah's Messenger after Allah's order of veiling (the women) had been revealed and thus I was carried in my hawdaj (on a camel) and dismounted while still in it. We carried on our journey, and when Allah's Messenger had finished his expedition and returned and we approached Madeenah, Allah's Messenger ordered to proceed at night. When the army was ordered to resume the homeward journey, I got up and walked on till I left the army (camp) behind. When I had answered the call of nature, I went towards my hawdaj, but behold! A necklace of mine made of Jaz' Dhufar (a kind of black bead) was broken and I looked for it and my search for it detained me. The group of people who used to carry me, came and carried my hawdaj on to the back of my camel on which I was riding, considering that I was therein. At that time women were light in weight and were not fleshy for they used to eat little (food), so those people did not feel the lightness of the hawdaj while raising it up, and I was still a young lady. They drove away the camel and proceeded. Then I found my necklace after the army had gone. I came to their camp but found nobody therein so I went to the place where I used to stay, thinking that they would miss me and come back in my search. While I was sitting at my place, I felt sleepy and slept. SafWan ibn al-Mu 'attil asSulami adh-Dhakwani was behind the army. He had started in the last part of the night and reached my stationing place in the morning and saw the figure of a sleeping person. He came to me and recognized me on seeing me for he used to see me before veiling. I got up because of his saying, ‘Inna Lilldhi wa inna ilayhi rdjioon', which he uttered on recognizing me. I covered my face with my garment, and by Allah, he did not say to me a single word except, Inna Lilldhi wa inna ilayhi rdjioon', till he made his she-camel kneel down whereupon he trod on its forelegs and I mounted it. Then SafWan set out, leading the she-camel that was carrying me, till we met the army while they were resting during the hot midday. Then whoever was meant for destruction, fell in destruction, and the leader of the Ifk (forged statement) was Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Salool. After this we arrived at Madeenah and I became ill for one month while the people were spreading the forged statements of the people of the Ifk, and I was not aware of anything thereof. But what aroused my doubt while I was sick, was that I was no longer receiving from Allah's Messenger the same kindness as I used to receive when I fell sick. Allah's Messenger would come to me, say a greeting and add, 'How is that (lady)?' and then depart. That aroused my suspicion but I was not aware of the propagated evil till I recovered from my ailment. I went out with Umm Mistah to answer the call of nature towards al-Manasi, the place where we used to relieve ourselves, and used not to go out for this purpose except from night to night, and that was before we had lavatories close to our houses. And this habit of ours was similar to the habit of the old Arabs (in the deserts or in the tents) concerning the evacuation of the bowels, for we considered it troublesome and harmful to take lavatories in the houses. So I went out with Umm Mistah who was the daughter of Abi RuJ;un ibn 'Abd Manaf, and her mother was daughter of Abi Ruhm ibn 'Abd Manaf, and her mother was daughter of Sakhr Ibn ‘Amir who was the aunt of Abi Bakr as-Siddeed,and her son was Mistah ibn Uthatha. When we had finished our affair, Umm Mistah and I came back towards my house. Umm Mistah stumbled over her robe whereupon she said, 'Let Mistah be ruined!' I said to her, 'What a bad word you have said! Do you abuse a man who has taken part in the Battle of Badr?' She said, '0' you there! Didn't you hear what he has said?' I said, 'And what did he say?' She then told me the statement of the people of the Ifk (forged statement) which added to my ailment. When I returned home, Allah's Messenger came to me, and after greeting, he said, 'How is that (lady)?' I said, 'Will you allow me to go to my parents?' At that time I intended to be sure of the news through them. Allah's Messenger allowed me and I went to my parents and asked my mother, '0' my mother! What are the people talking about?' My mother said, '0' my daughter! Take it easy, for by Allah, there is no charming lady who is loved by her husband who has other wives as well, but that those wives would find fault with her.' I said, 'Subhan Alldh! Did the people really talk about that?' "

 

Here, dear reader, we would like to pause a little and later continue the A’ishah's story.

 

Let us ponder over how motherly and experienced Umm Roomful was. See how she controlled the anger and how truthful she was in her reliance on Allah in the light of her deep faith that equals high mountains in solidity and firmness.

 

"Take it easy...?!"

 

Yes, there a relief-giver for every distress, there is a supporter in the face of every injustice and there is disprover for every false accusation. That is Allah, the True Lord, be He glorified.

 

A’ishah (R.A) continued:

''That night I kept on weeping the whole night till the morning. My tears never stopped, nor did I sleep, and morning broke while I was still weeping, Allah's Messenger called 'Ali ibn Abi Talib and Usamah ibn Zayd when the Divine Inspiration delayed, in order to consult them as to the idea of divorcing his wife. Usama ibn Zayd told Allah's Messenger of what he knew about the innocence of his wife and of his affection for her. He said,'O' Allah's Messenger! She is your wife, and we do not know anything about her except good. 'But 'Ali ibn Abi Talib said, '0' Allah's Messenger! 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.' 'A'ishah added, 'So Allah's Messenger called for Bareerah and said, '0' Bareerah! Did you ever see anything which might have aroused your suspicion (as regards 'A'ishah)?' Bareerah said, 'By Allah Who has sent you with the truth, I have never seen anything regarding A'ishah which I would blame her for except that she is a girl of immature age who sometimes sleeps and leaves the dough of her family unprotected so that the domestic goats come and eat it.' So Allah's Messenger got up (and addressed) the people an asked for somebody who would take revenge on 'Abdullah. ibn Ubay ibn as-Salool then. Allah's Messenger, while on the pulpit, said, '0' Muslims! Who will help me against a man who has hurt me by slandering my family? By Allah, I know nothing except good about my family, and people have blamed a man of whom I know nothing except good, and he never used to visit my family except with me,'Sa'd ibn Mu'adh al-Ansari got up and said, '0' Allah's Messenger! By Allah, I will relieve you from him. Ifhe be from the tribe of (Bani) al-Aws, then I will chop his head off; and if he be from our brethren, the Khazraj, then you give us your order and we will obey it.' On that, Sa'd ibn 'Ubadah got up, and he was the chief of the Khazraj, and before this incident he had been a pious man but he was incited by his zeal for his tribe. He said to Sa'd (ibn Mu'adh), 'By Allah the Eternal, you have told a lie! You shall not kill him and you will never be able to kill him!' On that, Usayd ibn Hudayr, the cousin of Sa'd (ibn Mu'adh) got up and said to Sa'd ibn 'Ubada, 'You are a liar! By Allah the Eternal, we will surely kill him; and you are a hypocrite defending the hypocrites!' So the two tribes of al-Aws and al-Khazraj got excited till they were on the point of fighting with each other while Allah's Messenger was· standing on the pulpit. Allah's Messenger continued quietening them till they became silent whereupon he became silent too.

 

On that day I kept on weeping so much that neither did my tears stop, nor could I sleep. In the morning my parents were with me, and I had wept for two nights and a day without sleeping and with incessant tears till they thought that my liver would burst with weeping. While they were with me and I was weeping, an Ansari woman asked permission to see me. I admitted her and she sat and started weeping with me. While I was in that state, Allah's Messenger came to us, greeted, and sat down,. He had never sat with me since the day what was said, was said. He had stayed a month without receiving any Divine Inspiration concerning my case. Allah's

Messenger recited the Tashahhud after he had sat down, and then said, 'Thereafter, 0' A’ishah! I have been informed such and-such a thing about you; and if you are innocent, Allah will reveal your innocence, and if you have committed a sin, then ask for Allah's forgiveness and repent to Him, for when a slave confesses his sin and then repents to Allah, Allah accepts his repentance.' When Allah's Messenger had finished his speech, my tears ceased completely so that I no longer felt even a drop thereof. Then I said to my father, 'Reply to Allah's Messenger on my behalf as to what he said.' He said, 'By Allah, I do not know what to say to Allah's Messenger.' Then I said to my mother, 'Reply to Allah's Messenger.'

 

She said, 'I do not know what to say to Allah's Messenger.' Still a young girl as I was and though I had little knowledge of Qur' an, I said, 'By Allah, I know that you heard this story (of the Ifk) so much so that it has been planted in your minds and you have believed it. So now, if I tell you that I am innocent, and Allah knows that I am innocent, you will not believe me; and if I confess something, and Allah knows that I am innocent of it, you will believe me. By Allah, I cannot find of you an example except that of Joseph's father: 'So (for me) patience is most fitting against that which you assert and it is Allah (Alone) Whose help can be sought.'

 

Then I turned away and lay on my bed, and at that time I knew that I was innocent and that Allah would reveal my innocence. But by Allah, I never thought that Allah would sent down about my affair, verses that would be recited (forever), as I considered myself too unworthy to be talked of by Allah with something that was to be recited: but I hoped that Allah's Messenger might have a vision in which Allah would prove my innocence. By Allah, Allah's Messenger had not left his seat and nobody had left the house when the Divine Inspiration came to Allah's Messenger. So there overtook him the same hard condition which used to overtake him (when he was Divinely Inspired) so that the drops of his sweat were running down, like pearls, though it was a (cold) winter day, and that was because of the heaviness of the Statement which was revealed to him.

When that state of Allah's Messenger was over, and he was smiling when he was relieved, the first word he said was, A’ishah, Allah has declared your innocence.' My mother said to me, 'Get up and go to him.' I said, 'By Allah, I will not go to him and I will not thank anybody but Allah.' So Allah revealed, 'Verily! Those who spread the Slander are a gang among you. Think it not...'

 

When Allah revealed this to confirm my innocence, Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq who used to provide for Mistah ibn Uthathah because of the latter's kinship to him and his poverty, said, 'By Allah, I will never provide for Mistah anything after what he has said about 'A:ishah.' So Allah (S.W.T) revealed:

And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give [any sort of help] to their kinsmen, alMasakeen [the poor], and those who left their homes for Allah's Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Qur 'an 24: 22)

 

Abu Bakr said, 'Yes, by Allah, I wish that Allah should forgive me.' So he resumed giving Mistah the aid he used to give him before and said, 'By Allah, I will never withhold it from him at all.'"

 

A’ishah further said: "Allah's Messenger also asked Zaynab bint Jahsh about my case. He said, '0' Zaynab! What have you seen?' She replied, '0' Allah's Messenger! I protect my hearing and my sight (by refraining from telling lies). I know nothing but good (about 'A:ishah).' Of all the wives of Allah's Messenger, it was Zaynab 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, Haamnah, kept on fighting on her behalf so she was destroyed as were those who invented and spread the slander."

 

The saying of Umm Rooman to her daughter 'A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with them) attracted my attention. When the verses that explained her innocence were· revealed and the house of Abu Bakr was purified, never to be touched with any harm again, Umm Rooman told her daughter, "Get up and go to him."

 

This expression carried, within its letters, all signs of great love that Umm Rooman had in her heart for the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W).

 

It also indicated the epitome of human experience in marriage, in the sense of love, companionship and mercy, so that the family could be established upon strong and firmly-rooted pillars which no circumstances can shake and no emerging event can weaken.

 

This nice summation did not come from Umm Rooman accidentally. It rather emanated from her pure origin that was refined by Islam, and from there, presented as an excellent example for the entire mankind.

 

Allah (S.W.T) says:

And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. (Qur'an 30: 21)

 

The days of slander and its trial had their toll on the body of Umm Rooman, because her big heart bore all the sorrows and pains of those days. It was this heart in which the husband, the daughter and all people, irrespective of their status, had a place. The heart then became weakened and it was only months after the incidence of slander that Umm Rooman died.

 

If the souls are big, bodies will toil in the way of achieving their goals.

 

We have no recommendation or testimony or comment for her after the recommendation of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W). He had said, "Whoever wants to see a woman among the beautiful women of Paradise who have wide and lovely eyes, should look at Umm Rooman." May Allah be pleased with her!

 

We can now go back to 'A’ishah's life journey with the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) and after that.

 

A’ishah spent nine years in the Prophet's house. How those years were and what did they produce? In spite of her being among rivals - and they were never rivals except within mild limits that left no adverse effect or caused any harm - 'A’ishah was the most beloved to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W).

 

Her marriage took place as an implementation of a divine revelation, for Angel Gabriel showed her to the Prophet (PBUH) in a piece of silk: and he told him, "This is your wife in this world and the Hereafter."

 

The Messenger of Allah told A’ishah, "You have been shown to me in (my) dreams on three nights. An angel was carrying you in a silken cloth and said to me, 'This is your wife.' And when I uncovered it; behold, it was you. I then said, 'If this dream is from Allah, He will cause it to come true.'"

 

At-Tirmidhi also reported on the authority of A’ishah that she said that Angel Gabriel came with her picture in a green silken cloth to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) and he told him, "This is your wife in this world and the Hereafter."

 

A’ishah was the youngest of the Prophet's wives at the time of her marriage. She would enjoy the seesaw and would love to play with dolls. Hers was really an innocent childhood. She had a father, a husband and a brother and all means of love, affection and compassion. She even enjoyed a refined fun. Many a time did the Prophet (PBUH) playfully call her, '0' 'Aish'.

 

A delegation would come from Abyssinia and its members would sit in the courtyard of the mosque and they would start playing with their arrows. 'A'ishah would stand in the door of her room behind the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), placing her head upon his noble shoulder so that she could watch them and amuse herself. She would stay in this position until the Prophet would ask her: "Have you heard enough?" And she would say: "Yes."

 

In a hadith reported by at-Tirmdhi, a man spoke ill of 'A'ishah in the presence of 'Ammar ibn yasir. 'Ammar rebuked the man saying, "May you be put to shame and disowned! Are you speaking ill of the sweetheart of the Messenger of Allah?!!!"

 

Anas ibn Malik said, "The first love in Islam was the love that the Messenger of Allah had for'A'ishah. May Allah be pleased with her."

 

Bukhari reported on the authority of 'A' ishah that she said:

 

"The people used to send presents to the Prophet on the day of my turn. My companions (i.e. the other wives of the Prophet) gathered in the house' of Umm Salamah and said, '0' Umm Salamah!

 

By Allah, the people choose to send presents on the day of 'A'ishah turn and we too, love the good (i.e. presents etc.) as 'A'ishah does.

 

You should tell Allah's Messenger (S.A.W) to tell the people to send their presents to him wherever he may be, or wherever his turn may be ..

Umm Salamah said that to the Prophet and he turned away from her, and when the Prophet returned to her (i.e. Umm Salama), she repeated the same, and the Prophet again turned away, and when she told him the same for the third time, the Prophet said, '0' Umm Salamah! Don't trouble me by harming 'A'ishah, for by Allah, the Divine Inspiration never came to me while I was under the blanket of any woman amongst you except her.

 

The other wives did not stop with Umm Salamah; they also sent Fatimah (R.A), his daughter, to him concerning the same issue.

 

'A'ishah said: "The Prophet's wives sent Fatimah, the Prophet's daughter to him. She asked permission to enter while he was lying down with me in my woollen blanket. He permitted her to enter and she said, '0' Messenger of Allah, your wives sent me to you demanding for fairness concerning (your treatment of) the daughter of Ibn Abi Quhafah (meaning 'A'ishah, daughter of Abu Bakr).' And I was there (listening but) silent.  The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) told her, '0' daughter, don't you love whatever I love?' She said, 'Yes.' He then said, 'Then you should love this (lady).''

 

Dear reader, this is a human side of the Prophet's person. Hearts, according to the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), are between the two of the Most-Merciful Lord's Fingers. He twists them as He wills!! And the heart is named qalb in Arabic because of its changing nature.

 

The supplication that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) used to make frequently in his prostration is:

 

"Allahumma ya Muqallibal-quloob, thabbit qalbee 'al al-Eeman." This means: "0' Allah, the One Who turns the hearts, make my heart firm upon faith."

 

The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said the truth when he said, "0' Allah, this is my division in that over which I have power. Do not blame me for that over which You have power and I have no power."

 

This great love was limitless. It transcended material feelings to things that are higher and more sublime: the soul, the heart and the mind. The emotional eradiation of this love reflects the picture of the distinctness in the Prophetic household and in the heart. It then preserved this distinctness in order to present it as lively and wonderful example that is full of understanding, knowledge, cognizance and honesty; and from there enrich the (Islamic) heritage with plentiful wealth of injunctions.

 

AI-Hakim said in his book, al-Mustadrak: "One fourth of the rule of Shari'ah was narrated on the authority of 'A’ishah."

 

Abu Moosa al-Ash'ari (R.A) said, "Whenever a hadith was unclear to us we the Companions of Allah's Messenger and we asked A’ishah about it, we always gained knowledge about that

hadith from her."

 

Masrooq ibn al-Ajda' said, "I saw the elders among the Companions of Muhammad (S.A.W) asking her about the law of inheritance.

 

Az-Zuhri said, "If 'A’ishah's knowledge is compiled and compared to the knowledge of all women, her knowledge will surely excel theirs."

 

He also said, "The first person to remove distress from the people and explain to them the Sunnah regarding that was 'A’ishah."

 

We are not here explaining in detail, the knowledge that the mother of the faithful, 'A’ishah possessed or the high status she had attained, we are only mentioning some examples to confirm the truthfulness of the Prophet's perspicacity. It was this that caused the great love he had for her.

 

Though, the hadith reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, "Take the half (of the knowledge) of your religion from this Humayra' (meaning 'A’ishah)" is weak, we, nevertheless, are not in doubt that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) used to estimate 'A’ishah's cleverness, mental alertness, knowledge and piety. May Allah be pleased with her.

 

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