Cii Radio | 18 Rabi uth Thani 1436/09 February 2015

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) treated every single one of the Sahabah (radiallahu anhum) so well that they all thought that they were the most beloved to him. Amr bin al-As (radiallahu anhu) decides one day that he was going to ask Rasululla (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in front of everyone else, “Who is the most beloved to you?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Aisha (radiallahu anha).” This was something that was very different. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said he loved his wife more than anyone else. Amr bin al-Al (radiallahu anhu) asks Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), “From the men, who do you love the most?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Her father.” He did not mention Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) by his name but rather mentioned him in reference to Aisha (radiallahu anha) once again. Amr bin al-Al (radiallahu anhu) asked, “Then who?” and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Umar”. Amr bin al-As (radiallahu anhu) said he just stopped asking because he was afraid that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would not say his name.

Aisha (radiallahu anha) was that woman who was the most beloved to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that comparing Aisha (radiallahu anha) to all the women of the world was like comparing the dish of thareed to all other dishes and tharee was his (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) most favourite dish. Thareed was a delicacy amongst the Arabs. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said she’s that special. When we look at the life of Aisha (radiallahu anha) we truly do see a special woman and this woman excelled in so many ways. There was a reason she was so beloved to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Allah SWT revealed to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to marry Aisha (radiallahu anha) in a dream as he saw Jibreel (alayhi salaam) directing him to Aisha (radiallahu anha). Her name is As Siddiqah bint us Siddiq. She is the truthful one, the daughter of the truthful one – Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu). Aisha (radiallahu anha) grew up primarily in Madinah and had the characteristics of the women of the Ansaar. She was a very assertive woman. She was a very intelligent woman as the women of the Ansaar were. We learn so much from Aisha (radiallahu anha) about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). She gives us access to his life which no one else could give us because she lived a very long life after Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). She passed away 58 years after Hijrah. She was a scholar and many of the Ahadith come from Aisha (radiallahu anha), How Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) slept and other tasks that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would do behind closed doors. We all owe Aisha (radiallahu anha) a great deal of love and respect because it is through her that we gain that access into the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). She narrates the arguments that she and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would have in which she was wrong, yet she narrated these about herself in order to educate the Ummah.

We learn from Aisha (radiallahu anha) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to love to joke with her. She narrates that on one occasion they were travelling with the companions and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) told them to go ahead and Aisha (radiallahu anha) did not know what was going on. As the companions (radiallahu anhum) moved forward, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) looked at Aisha (radiallahu anha) and said, “Let’s race.” Aisha (radiallahu anha) said the first time she beat Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the second time – she had put on some weight – and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) beat her and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would make fun of her for that. There was this level of playfulness and romance and a strong connection in their relationship. Aisha (radiallahu anha) would drink from a glass and he would ask her which part she drank from and place his Mubarak lips on that same spot to drink. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would take Aisha (radiallahu anha) to watch the Abyssinians during their war games until she was happy. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) loved to play games with Aisha (radiallahu anha) and even at the time of his death he joked with her.

Allah SWT mentions the slander that was made towards Aisha (radiallahu anha) by the chief of the hypocrites, who accused her of adultery to hurt Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) because everyone knew that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) loved Aisha (radiallahu anha). This was a very difficult moment in the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). When Mariam (alyhi salaam) was accused, Allah SWT allowed a baby – Isa (alayhi salaam) – to be born to her and speak as a baby to defend her. When Yusuf (alayhi salaam) was accused, Allah SWT allowed a young man from the family of the wife of al-Aziz to bear witness to what had actually happened and to declare the innocence of Yusuf (alyhi salaam). But with Aisha (radiallahu anha), Allah Himself revealed ten verses in the Qur’an (Surah Nur, verses 10 to 20) to defend her. That Allah SWT knew her honour and Himself defended her, shows us Aisha’s (radiallahu anha) status.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed away while resting on Aisha’s (radiallahu anha) lap. Aisha (radiallahu anha) once had a dream that three moons fell into her lap. She asked her father, Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) about its meaning. Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) said to her that there was going to be good news that would come to her. When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed away, he was buried in the same room in which he passed away. Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) came to Aisha (radiallahu anha) and said, “The first of those moons has fallen and he is better than the other two moons.” The prophecy of that dream was that in the room of Aisha (radiallahu anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would be buried, then Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) and then Umar (radiallahu anhu).

Aisha (radiallahu anha), like all of the wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who are referred to as theMothers of the Believers – had a very special status. Just in her personality, she was the most knowledgeable of all of the women. Aisha (radiallahu anha) was confident, assertive, and knowledgeable and she loved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). ‘Urwah ibn Zubair (radiallahu anhu), her nephew, narrates – among many of his beautiful narrations – walking in one day and seeing Aisha (radiallahu anha) reading one verse from the Qur’an for the entire day and night, standing up, crying and making dua. The 27th verse from Surah At-Tur, “So Allah conferred favour upon us and protected us from the punishment of the Scorching Fire.”

‘Urwah (radiallahu anhu) said he had heard the speeches of Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu), Umar (radiallahu anhu), Uthman (radiallahu anhu) and the speeches of Ali (radiallahu anhu) and she was more eloquent than all of them. She even excelled everyone, he said, in her knowledge of Fiqh and poetry and her knowledge of medicine. Through Aisha (radiallahu anha) we have 2210 Ahadith which gives us access to the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).