Bismillah Har Rahman Hir Raheem
All praise is for Allah, The Almighty, Lord of the Universe and Sustainer of the worlds. And blessings and Peace be upon our beloved Nabi Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alahi Wasallam).
This article is dedicated to every Muslim woman who is content with Allah, Islam as her religion, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as her mentor, who follows the path of truth, piety, values, sincerity, modesty, charity and who rejoices in being a Muslim woman.
Aishah, literally means life, prosperity and vivaciousness. Hazrat Aishah was the daughter of the most beloved companion and closest friend and associate of the Prophet (saw) Abu Bakr Siddiq, and Fatimah bint Asad (Umm Rooman), beloved sister of Abdur Rahman. She was the third woman to enter the house of our beloved Prophet (saw). She belonged to the tribe of the Quraish.
Her life is worthy of study, coming as she did from a background where each and every member of her family was a trusted confidant and companion of the Prophet (saw). She was a born Muslim and had been brought up in a pure environment. Her cradle was the Cradle of Islam. She was a pure, virtuous crusader of Islam who was given the glad tidings of Paradise during her lifetime. Allah (SWT) had chosen her Himself in the heavens as a bride for our Prophet (saw), a portrait of hers, wrapped in silk, was brought to him in his dream by the Angel Jibrail. She was the only virgin and barely nine years old when she joined Rasool(saw) in matrimony.
Post her marriage she was not put in a mansion, but in a little room located on the eastern side of Masjid Nabwi. There were no signs of wealth and pomp, but this little apartment was filled with spiritual treasures. Needless to say her apartment was the centre of the sanctuary. Her favourite pastimes as a girl were; swinging and playing with dolls. In spite of her inherent magnanimity and benevolence, she would easily break into tears. She was extremely tender-hearted and no needy person ever left her house empty handed.
Hazrat Aishah possessed a brilliant memory and an equally inquiring mind, which makes her one of the most remarkable personalities. She could not write, but only read, she hardly ever forgot something, once she heard it. Hazrat Aishah was not only intelligent and quick witted but well informed and intuitive on religious and historical matters at a very young age. She has the distinction of being the source of many Ahadith and had knowledge on many branches of religion like Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Shariah and Arabian literature. She had complete mastery of the teachings and was very wise in interpretation of various hadith. To her credit are 2210 hadith. She was often consulted by other companions on the finer points of religion and she was the only lady with whom women both young and old could enter into conversation and discuss their problems. There was no sphere of activity: social or cultural which was not influenced and assisted by her.
Very often divine revelation would come when our Prophet (saw) was in her apartment. There are two recorded incidents, when she saw Angel Jibrail personally. On one occasion, she saw the Prophet (saw) with his hands on the mane of a horse talking to the rider. It was Angel Jibrail in vision of a human and he requested that his greetings be conveyed to her. On another occasion, the Messenger of Allah (saw) was praying; when she informed him and after he finished his prayers and stepped out to find Angel Jibrail standing.
The Prophet’s relationship with her was very different from that with his other wives. It was very intellectual and he knew that this knowledge of hers would most certainly benefit humanity, and it was for this very reason he advised, that more than half of Islam should be learnt from her. He loved to listen to her talking and always smiled when she spoke. She was an extremely eager student. He often tried to please her and many a times just to entertain themselves, they would weave in stories and narrate to each other, without even realizing that so much time has passed. A companion of the Messenger, Amr bin Aas once asked the Messenger of Allah (saw) whom he loved the most in this world, and he replied that he loved Aishah more than anyone else. She shared a very special bond of love, affection, friendship and even womanly jealousy with her co-wife Saudah bint Zam’ah, whereas she was in complete awe with the beauty and modesty of Juwairiah bint Harith, her other co-wife and looked up with respect and admiration to Umm Habibah Ramlah and Zaynab bint Jahash.
She attained a lofty status because of the knowledge and wisdom with which she had been blessed. She choose a life of hardship and near starvation, she preferred a life with Prophet (saw) to the world and its attractions and temptations. Hazrat Aishah was far superior to all other women, in her knowledge, wisdom, piety, purity and integrity and why not when she was born to and nurtured by Abu Bakr Siddiq and imbibed divinely wisdom from the very fountainhead of knowledge-Messenger of Allah.
She was a theologian of the highest order and a horizon for all the ladies of Islam. She lived on almost 50 years after the passing of the Messenger (saw). She passed away in 58 A.H in the sacred month of Ramadaan. She is buried in Jannatul Baqi, Al-Madinah.
Article submitted by Sarah Zameer Shaikh