Misconception: Sayyidah Aisha behaved inappropriately towards Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

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February 28, 2018
Misconception: Sayyidah Aisha disrespected Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam when she said to him, “By Allah, it seems like your Rabb hastens towards fulfilling your desires.”
February 28, 2018

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Misconceptions about Sayyidah Aisha linked to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

 

Misconception: Sayyidah Aisha behaved inappropriately towards Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

 

The Rawafid believe that Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha would ill-treat Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

Al Tijani says:

 

و قد أساءت عائشة إلى رسول الله كثيرا و جرعته الغصص و لكن النبي رؤوف رحيم و أخلاقه عالية و صبره عميق و كان كثيرا ما يقول لها ألبسك شيطانك يا عائشة و كثيرا ما كان يأسى لتهديد الله لها

Aisha on numerous occasions behaved nasty towards Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and caused him mortal distress. However, Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is compassionate and merciful. His character is lofty and his patience is deep. He would often tell her, “Has your devil possessed you, O Aisha?” he would also be distressed at many occasions over Allah’s reprimanding her.[1]

 

Answer

As for his statement:

Aisha on numerous occasions behaved nasty towards Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,

 

This is a blatant lie as proven in the books of the Ahlus Sunnah. They highlight that Sayyidah Aisha was the most beloved person to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.[2] People would not send gifts to him except when he was at Sayyidah Aisha’s radiya Llahu ‘anha home.[3] She was the only wife to enjoy two nights with Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to the exclusion of all the other wives.

With regards to the books of the Shia, they are unreliable. There are replete with lies. The most suitable example of their abundance of lies is this book and its like by authors like al Tijani, etc. Similarly, his claim:

He would say to her many a time, “Has your devil possessed you O Aisha?” He would also be distressed at many occasions over Allah’s reprimanding her.

 

These too are nothing but lies which he is not ashamed of saying.[4]

This statement of al Tijani is indication to a hadith which appears in Sahih Muslim from ‘Urwah ibn al Zubair radiya Llahu ‘anhuma who narrates that Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha, the wife of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, informed him:

 

أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم خرج من عندها ليلا قالت فغرت عليه فجاء فرأى ما أصنع فقال ما لك يا عائشة أغرت فقلت و ما لي لا يغار مثلي على مثلك فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم أقد جاءك شيطانك قالت يا رسول الله أو معي شيطان قال نعم قلت و مع كل إنسان قال نعم قلت و معك يا رسول الله قال نعم و لكن ربي أعانني عليه حتى أسلم

One night, Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam left her house. She says, “Jealousy over him seized me. He came and noticed what I was doing so he asked, ‘What is the matter, O Aisha? Are you jealous?’ I said, ‘Why should someone like me not be jealous over someone like you.’ Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, ‘Has your shaitan come to you?’ I said surprisingly, ‘O Messenger of Allah, do I have a shaitan?’ ‘Yes,’ he replied, ‘and everyone has.’ I inquired, ‘and also you, O Messenger of Allah?’ He explained, ‘Yes. However my Rabb has assisted me over him until he accepted Islam.’”[5]

 

This hadith has come with many different wordings, majority of which are not sahih.[6]

The context of the hadith rejects it being used as a criticism against Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha since it deals with having jealousy over Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and not intentionally harming him as al Tijani falsely asserts.

Mahmud Shalbi states:

 

بل إن هذه الغيرة نابعة من شدة حبها لرسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فإنها لا تتصور أن يزاحمها في حبه أحد من النساء

In fact, this jealousy stems from her intense love for Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. She could not imagine any woman challenging with her in his love.[7]

 

Aisha bint al Shati’ pronounces:

 

و عائشة رضي الله عنها لا ندعي تجردها من البشرية و ترفعها عن فطرة الأنثى فهي كغيرها من النساء في ذلك و غيرتها رضي الله عنها لم تكن لتتغلغل في أعماقها بل كانت تقف عند الحدود التي تقضي بها قواعد الدين و العدل و لعل ما يبين لنا ذلك ما روي من صور الوفاق الرائع بين الضرائر و تفانيهن في إرضاء زوجهن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم

We do not claim Aisha’s dispossession of human nature and her exemption from the intrinsic temperament of women. She is just like other women in this regard. Her jealousy was not immersed to its depths. Rather, it would cease at the limits demanded by the principles of religion and justice. Probably, what clarifies this for us are the narrations of incidents of splendid compatibility between co-wives and their self-sacrifice in pleasing their husband, Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.[8]

 

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[1] Fas’alu Ahl al Dhikr of Muhammad al Tijani pg. 75

[2] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 3462; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 2384

[3] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 2581; Sahih Muslim Hadith: 2441

[4] Kashf al Jani Muhammad al Tijani of ‘Uthman al Khamis pg. 131

[5] Sahih Muslim Hadith: 2815

[6] ‘Ilal al Daraqutni vol. 14 pg. 414; al Talkhis of Ibn Hajar vol. 1 pg. 338

[7] Hayat Aisha Umm al Mu’minin of Mahmud Shalbi pg. 406

[8] Tarajim Sayyidat Bayt al Nubuwwah of Aisha Bint al Shati’ pg. 292

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