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Misconception: After her army reached Basrah, they looted the Bayt al Mal (treasury) and removed the governor ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf al Ansari[1] disgracefully despite him being a Sahabi

 

There are two responses to this:[2]

  1. Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha was not aware of, nor pleased with whatever happened to Sayyidina ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf radiya Llahu ‘anhu. In fact, when they took him out of his palace disgracefully to Sayyidina Talhah and Sayyidina Zubair radiya Llahu ‘anhuma, they both were very perturbed at this and informed Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha about it. She ordered that he be set free and allowed to go wherever he wished.[3]

Al Dehlawi says:

هذه الأمور لم تقع برضاء عائشة و لا علمت بذلك حتى أنها لما علمت ما جرى في حق عثمان بن حنيف اعتذرت له و استرضته

These things did not occur with the approval of Aisha or her knowledge. When she learnt of how ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf was treated, she apologised to him and appeased him.[4]

 
  1. When a person exonerates himself from an action, it is not permissible to attribute that action to him. In fact, attributing it to him is flagrant slander, which Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala and His Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam have prohibited.

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam dispatched Sayyidina Khalid ibn al Walid radiya Llahu ‘anhu to the Banu Judhaymah. He invited them to Islam. They did not know how to say aslamna (we accept Islam), so they said saba’na[5] (lit. we apostatised). Hearing this, Sayyidina Khalid radiya Llahu ‘anhu began killing them and taking them captive. When the news of this was conveyed to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he raised his hands and submitted:

اللهم إني أبرأ إليك مما صنع خالد

O Allah, I declare my innocence before You from what Khalid has done.[6]

No one can say that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commanded Sayyidina Khalid radiya Llahu ‘anhu to do this. Similarly, we declare that Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha did not order this. In fact, she commanded the very opposite.

 

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[1] ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf ibn Wahib, Abu ‘Amr al Ansari al Awsi radiya Llahu ‘anhu. It is said that he participated in Badr. However, majority agree that the first battle he participated in was Uhud. Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu appointed him governor of Basrah prior to her arrival. Sayyidina Talhah and Zubair overpowered him. This turned out to be a very famous story in the whole incident of Jamal. He passed away in the khilafah of Sayyidina Muawiyah radiya Llahu ‘anhu. (al Isti’ab vol. 1 pg. 317; al Isabah vol. 4 pg. 449)

[2] Mukhtasar al Tuhfah al Ithna ‘Ashariyyah pg. 269.

[3] Tarikh al Tabari vol. 4 pg. 468; al Bidayah wa al Nihayah vol. 10 pg. 438.

[4] Mukhtasar al Tuhfah al Ithna ‘Ashariyyah pg. 269.

[5] Saba’a fulan: when he abandons one religion and enters another. (al Nihayah fi Gharib al Hadith wa al Athar vol. 3 pg. 3)

[6] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 4339 – the narration of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhuma.

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