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Accusation: Sayyidah Aisha wailed over Abu Bakr

 

It is reported on the authority of Sa’id ibn al Musayyab rahimahu Llah:

 

لما توفي أبو بكر رحمه الله أقامت عليه عائشة بالنوح فأقبل عمر بن الخطاب حتى قام ببابها فنهاهن عن البكاء على أبي بكر فأبين أن ينتهين فقال عمر لهشام بن الوليد ادخل فأخرج إلي ابنة أبي قحافة أخت أبي بكر فقالت عائشة لهشام حين سمعت ذلك من عمر إني أحرج عليك بيتي فقال عمر لهشام ادخل فقد أذنت لك فدخل هشام فأخرج أم فروة أخت أبي بكر إلى عمر فعلاها بالدرة فضربها ضربات فتفرق النوح حين سمعوا ذلك

When Abu Bakr rahimahu Llah passed away, Aisha organised wailers to wail over him. ‘Umar ibn al Khattab came and stood at her door and forbade them from crying over Abu Bakr. However, they refused to stop. Thus, ‘Umar told Hisham ibn al Walid, “Enter and remove Abu Quhafah’s daughter, Abu Bakr’s sister.” When Aisha heard this form ‘Umar, she said to Hisham, “I forbid you to enter my house.” ‘Umar thus told Hisham, “Enter as she has given you permission.” Accordingly, Hisham entered and took Umm Farwah, Abu Bakr’s sister, to ‘Umar. He took out his whip for her and gave her a few lashes. Hearing this, the wailers dispersed.

 

Answer

This narration has a broken chian and is from the marasil (plural of mursal: where one or more links of the chain of narrators have been omitted) of Ibn al Musayyab, and thus cannot serve as proof. Al Tabari reported it from Yusuf ibn ‘Abdul A’la al Sadafi who says: Ibn Wahb informed us saying that Yunus ibn Yazid informed them from Ibn Shihab who said that Sa’id ibn al Musayyab narrated to him.[1]

Sa’id ibn al Musayyab was only born in the second of the Khilafah of Sayyidina ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhu, or the fourth year as some have said,[2] and thus did not personally witness this event. Therefore the actual person who related this event is unknown and it thus holds no weight.

 

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[1] Tarikh al Tabari vol. 3 pg. 423

[2] Siyar Alaam al Nubala’ vol. 4, biography of Sa’id ibn al Musayyab.

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