Sayyedah Aisha Radi Allahu anha ( Part-2)   
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Incident of Iilaa.

The food was fixed for the wives of the Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam). They had only small amounts of food. One time there was an increase in the money and the wives wanted an increase in the amount of food.
Sayyidonaa Siddique Akbar (Radi Allahu anhu) stopped his daughter Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah (Radi Allahu anha) and Umar Faruuq (Radi Allahu anhu) stopped his daughter Sayyidah Hafsah (Radi Allahu anha) from this increase because they thought this would upset the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam).

One day when out riding on a horse Our Beloved Prophet Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) fell off the horse and injured one side of his body.
He Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) stayed on the second floor near Sayyidah Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) room and promised to not visit his wives for a month while he was healing.

The hypocrites spread a rumour that the Beloved Prophet divorced his wives.
Sayyidonaa Umar (Radi Allahu anha) heard the rumour and asked the Prophet Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam). Our Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu Tala said it was not true, And Hadrat Umar informed the wives this , who were very pleased to hear this.
After 29 days The Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) visited Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam), Hadrat Aisha was pleased and surprised to see him and said:
You promised me you would not strain yourself for a month but it has only been 29 days

The Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) smiled and said:

Sometimes there are only 29 days in the month.

After the incident of Iilaaa, one day the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam) went to Aisha (Radi Allahu Taala anha) and said:

I am going to ask you a question, tell me your answer after discussing it with your Parents.
She (Radi Allahu anha) said

Ya Rasulallah! What is the matter?

Our Beloved Prophet recited the verses of Ah-Zaab from the Quran
O Prophet (Muhammad Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam)! Say to your wives
If you desire the life of this world, and its glitter, then come! I will make a provision for you and set you free in a handsome manner.
But if you desire Allah and His Messenger, and the home of the Hereafter, then verily, Allah has prepared for the Al-Muhsinat (good-doers) amongst you an enormous reward.
(Al-Ahzab 33: 28-29)

Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah (Radi Allahu anha) replied:

There is no need to consult this matter with my parents. I choose Allah and his Messenger.

The other wives gave the same reply.

Her Excellences.

Many Hadith exhibit the exalted position of Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) among other Muslim ladies. Some of them are as under

The Blessed Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) says
[i] You had a dream shown to me for 3 successive nights in dream. An angel brought you (your photo) wrapped in a piece of white silk and said
It is your wife. I exposed your face and there you were. Then I said, If this dream is from Allah, He will realize it.
(Bukhari, Muslim)

Hence, she is the one whose marriage was suggested, decided and realised by Allah (Subhanah WA Taala) Himself.

Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) herself reports that the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) says:
O Aisha! This is Jibrail who greets you. She replied Salutation and Mercy of Allah be upon Him
(Bukhari, Muslim)

Another Hadith in the same context is as under:

Aisha has such superiority over women as sareed (A kind of food) has over other foods.

(Bukhari, Muslim)

Another Hadith confirms her prestigious status.
Amr Bin Aas said:


I submitted O Allahs Messenger! Who amongst all the people is the dearest to you?
He said (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) said Aisha.
I asked out of men? He sai; Her father.

(Tirmidhi)

Migration.

Allah (Subhanah Wa Taala) has raised the status of those companions of the Beloved prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) who migrated from Mecca to Madina over those who were not blessed with this bounty.

Allah Taala Says:
And those who left their homes and hearths in the way of Allah being oppressed, we shall surly give them good place in the world. And undoubtedly, the reward of the hereafter is much greater: any how people would have known.

(An-Nahl, 14:41 Kanzul Iman)

When Hadrat Muhammad (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) migrated from Mecca to Madina, Hadrat Abu Bakr (Radi Allahu anhu) leaving his family on the mercy of the enemies accompanied the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam).
When peace regained in Madina and dust also settled. Hadrat Abu Bakr (Radi Allahu anhu) sent Hadrat Abdullah to bring Umm-e-Rooman, Hadrat Asma and Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) to Madina.
Hence these people were also included on the list of the immigrants.

Audacity & Valour.


Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) was equally renowned for her generosity.
Hadrat Urwa bin Zubair reports that once she got seventy thousand dirhams.
She gave the entire amount in charity right in front of him and left nothing with her.

Hadrat Abdullah bin Zubair, her nephew, sent one-lakh dirhams to her, which she gave out in the way of Allah (Subhanah Wa Taala) within a day.

She was observing fast that day. At night, the housemaid served her leaf and submitted that it would have been better if you had brought some meat out of that amount to finish up with the fast. At this Sayyidah Aisha (Radi Allahu Anha) said: You might have reminded me about it then.
(Mustadrak-e-Hakim, vol: 4)

It is in Moatta Imam Malik that once Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) was with fast and there was nothing at home to eat besides a loaf of bread. Meanwhile, a beggar woman called out for alms.
She directed her maid to give the beggar woman the loaf. The maid submitted:
With which thing will you finish up with your fast?

The mother of the believers replied:
First give it to her
In the evening, some one sent some mutton as a gift. Then Sayyidah said to her maid,

Look! Allah has sent something than a loaf of bread.
Mutual Love


Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) loved the Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) up to such a level that she always felt like a fish out of water in the absence of the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam).
Following incidence from her life, obviously, throws light on this aspect:
In a journey Sayyidah Aisha and Hadrat Hafsah (Radi Allahu anha) accompanied the Blessed Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam), on the way Sayyidah Hafsah and Sayyidah Aisha exchanged their camels.
At night, the Beloved prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi wasallam) went towards Sayyidah Aishas camel which Sayyidah Hafsah was riding then, Sayyidah Aisha could not bear the separation.
When they reached the terminal, Hadrat Aisha got down from the camel and putting her foot on the grass she said:

O my Lord! Send any scorpion or serpent to bite me up. And he is thy Prophet. I cannot say anything about him.
(Muslim)

Another incidence testifies to this fact that all the reverend wives of the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) cherished him to an extreme sense. Even all temptations, fascinations, charms, allurements of this material world could not debar their tender feelings for the Prophet Muhammad (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam)

Departure from this world, of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam)

In the last 8 days of his life he stayed with Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu Anha).This distinguished lady who also enjoyed the Status, that when the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam), abandoned this world his Sacred Head was in her lap when he passed away.
The Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam) was buried in the house of Sayyidah Aisha Siddique (Radi Allahu anha).

She herself narrates:
I would enter my house where the Messenger (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) of Allah was buried without observing my veil thinking that here are my Husband and father, but when Hadrat Umar (Radi Allahu anhu) was buried beside them, by Allah, then, to my shame from Umar, I would enter covering my head properly.

(Mishkat)

My dear Sisters you must ponder upon this episode in the life of Sayyidah Aisha (Radi Allahu anha).

She was 18 years old when the Beloved Prophet (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam) departed this world. Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) lived for 48 years after his departure.She (Radi Allahu anha) reported 2210 sayings of the Prophet (Sallall Allahu taala Alaihi Wasallam). The company of the Prophet (Sallall Allahu Taala Alaihi Wasallam) and her wisdom gave her an ocean of knowledge. Whenever the companions had any confusion, she solved it.

Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah (Radi Allahu anha0, was very generous, hospitable and kind to the poor.

She gave all her wealth to the poor in the name of Almighty Allah Azzawajal.

Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah (Radi Allahu anha), was fond of worshipping. She recited the Noble Qur’aan and offered Nawafil in abundance, she never left the prayers Tahajud and Chaast, and she kept all her fast.
She had a tent near mount Hiraa and Subair, from here she managed her school, and the believers came to her and learned religious doctrines.

Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah (Radi Allahu anha), passed away on the 17th of Ramadan -ul- Mubarak in 58 Ah.Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allahu anhu) led her Janaazah Prayer. (Funeral) Many people attended her Janaazah, and the Beloved of Almighty Allah was buried in Jannat-ul-Baqi (requested by her) where she is enjoying deep sleep in peace and tranquillity.

It is said by Scholars that after Sayyidah Khadijah (Radi Allahu anha) Hadrat Aisha (Radi Allahu anha) held the second highest rank amongst women.

This concludes the life of Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah (Radi Allahu anha) A very prestigious and distinguished lady who from an very early age shone in character and Status. Her ocean of knowledge cannot be compared to any other woman past or present in this world.


Author Irfan Butt & Sajid-ul- Hashemi.

Published by the Sunni Foundation.