`Ali’s Respect for Umm al-Mu’minin, Sayyidah `A’ishah

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Ali’s Respect for Umm al Mu’minin, Sayyidah Aisha


After Sayyidah ‘Aisha’s radiya Llahu ‘anha camel had stumbled and fallen down during the Battle of Jamal, both Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr and ‘Ammar radiya Llahu ‘anhuma picked up the howdah. ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu approached her and asked: “Are you okay, O Mother (of the Believers)?” She replied: “I am okay.” They supplicated for each other and departed ways shortly thereafter.[1]

Another report mentions that ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu disrobed two men and who were cursing Sayyidah ‘Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha. He sentenced them to one hundred lashes each (for blasphemy).[2]

After the Battle of Jamal, ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu prepared for Sayyidah ‘Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha all her essentials for travelling back to Madinah. He sent back with Sayyidah ‘Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha all individuals who had come out in support of her, excluding those who wanted to remain behind (in Basrah). He sent her back to Madinah under military escort headed by her brother, Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr, one of ‘Ali’s commanders, alongside forty well-known ladies of Basrah to accompany her. On the day of departure, ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu stood by Sayyidah ‘Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha — as the people watched — and after bidding everyone farewell, she said:

O my son! Let us not criticise or accuse one another. Whatever occurred in the past between us was simply like a relationship between a lady and her in-laws. Despite our differences, he (referring to ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu) is an exceptional individual.


Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu responded:

She has spoken the truth. There was nothing between us save that; and she, after all, is the wife of your Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in this world and the hereafter.[3]


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[1]  Ibn al Athir: Al Kamil fi al Tarikh 2/610

[2]  Tarikh al Tabari 4/540; Al Kamil fi al Tarikh 2/614

[3]Tarikh al Tabari 4/544; Al Kamil fi al Tarikh 2/614

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