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Accusation: Sayyidah Aisha commanded Sayyidina Bilal to put Abu Bakr forward for salah[1]

 

Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam instructed:

 

مروا أبا بكر فليصل بالناس

Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in salah.[2]

 

In compliance, the people put him forward for salah. However, the Rawafid do not believe that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam gave such an instruction. They believe that Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha was the one who commanded Sayyidina Bilal radiya Llahu ‘anhu to put Sayyidina Abu Bakr radiya Llahu ‘anhu ahead of everyone.

 

Ibn Taymiyyah says:

 

فيقول هؤلاء الكذابين إن بلالا لما أذن أمرته عائشة أن يقدم أبا بكر كذب واضح لم تأمره عائشة أن يقدم أبا بكر و لا تأمره بشيء و لا أخذ بلال ذلك عنها بل هو الذي آذنه بالصلاة و قال النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم كلم من حضره لبلال و غيره مروا أبا بكر فليصل بالناس فلم يخص عائشة بالخطاب و لا سمع ذلك بلال منها

These liars claim that when Bilal called out the adhan, Aisha instructed him to put Abu Bakr ahead. This is a blatant lie. Aisha did not give him such an instruction. In fact she did not instruct him at all, and Bilal did not take this instruction from her. In fact, he informed Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam of salah and Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to all those present—Bilal and others, “Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in salah.” Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam did not address Aisha alone, nor did Bilal hear this command from her.[3]

 

They should be asked: Do you have any reliable isnad for your claim? Or is it only recorded in the books of the Rawafid who are renowned for deception and falsehood? Furthermore, this claim is ludicrous for it suggests that Sayyidina Abu Bakr radiya Llahu ‘anhu only led one salah. It is well-known that he — with Rasulullah’s salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam permission and appointment — continued leading them in salah until Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam passed away. This appointment of Sayyidina al Siddiq radiya Llahu ‘anhu is mutawatir and established in the Sihah[4], Sunan,[5] and Masanid[6] from more than one narration.[7] Al Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Khuzaimah[8], Ibn Hibban, and other authors of Sahih have narrated from Abu Musa al Ash’ari radiya Llahu ‘anhu:

 

مرض النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فاشتد مرضه فقال مروا أبا بكر فليصل بالناس فقالت عائشة يا رسول الله إن أبا بكر رجل رقيق متى يقم مقامك لا يستطيع أن يصلي بالناس فقال مري أبا بكر فليصل بالناس فإنكن صواحب يوسف

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam fell ill and his illness intensified. He thus instructed, “Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in salah.”

Aisha submitted, “O Messenger of Allah! Abu Bakr is a very soft person. When he will stand at your place, he will not be able to lead the people in salah.”

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Instruct Abu Bakr to lead the salah. You are just like the women of Yusuf.”[9]

 

It appears in the tradition of Sayyidina Anas radiya Llahu ‘anhu in Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim:

 

أنه أومأ إلى أبي بكر أن يتقدم فيصلي بهم الصلاة الآخرة التي هي آخر صلاة صلاها المسلمون في حياة النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم

He gestured to Abu Bakr to go ahead and lead them in the last salah, the final salah performed by the Muslims in the lifetime of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.[10]

 

Here, he gestured to him either during salah or prior to it. In the beginning, he sent messengers to him commanding him to lead the salah. Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha was not the one who conveyed his message to her father as suggested by the Rawafid.

The reality is that Umm al Mu’minin Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha suggested to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to relieve Sayyidina Abu Bakr radiya Llahu ‘anhu of leading the salah. It appears in Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim from her:

 

لقد راجعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في ذلك و ما حملني على كثرة مراجعته إلا أنه لم يقع في قلبي أن يحب الناس بعده رجلا قام مقامه أبدا و إلا أني كنت أرى أنه لن يقوم أحد مقامه إلا تشاءم الناس به فأردت أن يعدل ذلك رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم عن أبي بكر

I requested Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in this regard [to relieve him from performing the salah]. Nothing prompted me to request him except that I never thought in my heart that people will ever love a man after him who stood at his place. On the contrary, I used to imagine that none will stand at his place except that people will be pessimistic about him. Therefore, I wanted Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to avert this from Abu Bakr.[11][12]

 

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[1] Minhaj al Karamah of al Hilli pg. 188.

[2] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 664; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 418.

[3] Minhaj al Sunnah al Nabawiyyah vol. 8 pg. 569.

[4] Plural of Sahih – referring to inter alia books like Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

[5] Plural of Sunnah – referring to inter alia books like Sunan al Tirmidhi, Sunan Abi Dawood, Sunan Ibn Majah and Sunan al Nasa’i.

[6] Plural of Musnad – referring to inter alia books like Musnad Ahmed, Musnad Abi Ya’la etc.

[7] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 664; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 418.

[8] Muhammad ibn Ishaq ibn Khuzaimah, Abu Bakr al Naysaburi, the Hafiz, Hujjah and Faqih. He is the Imam of the scholars. He was born in 223 A.H. He mastered various sciences to the extent that he became proverbial. Some of his works are: Sahih Ibn Khuzaimah and al Tawhid. He passed away in 311 A.H. (Siyar A’lam al Nubala’ vol. 14 pg. 365; Tabaqat al Shafi’iyyah vol. 3 pg. 109).

[9] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 678; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 420.

[10] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 681; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 419; Sahih Ibn Khuzaimah Hadith: 1616; Sahih Ibn Hibban Hadith: 2120.

[11] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 4445; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 418.

[12] Ummuna Aisha Malakat al ‘Afaf of Amin No’man al Salahi.

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