The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, UI Branch invited Ustadh Qoseem Afolabi to her weekly Spiritual Night which was held on the 22nd of December, 2022 with the topic: The History of Aishah (R.A). In delivering the lecture, the lecturer took us through using what most people like- Storytelling!
How Aishah (R.A) Is Different
The prophet (S.A.W) was asked who he loves most, and he said among women is Aishah (R.A) and among the men is her father, Abu Bakr. He said the virtue of Aishah (R.A) among other women is like the virtue of thard 1 among other foods of the Arabs.
In a report, Aishah said she had been given something which can not be given to any other woman except Maryam, the mother of Jesus; and some of these are that her appearance had been shown to the prophet before she got married to the prophet; she was the only female married as a virgin to the prophet; the prophet died beside her; the prophet was buried in her room; the prophet used to receive wahy 2 whenever he was with Aishah (R.A) alone; Aishah (R.A) had seen Malak Jibril couple of times; and that Malak Jibril had once sent the Greetings of Allah through the prophet, to Aishah (R.A) among others. There were different reports on the age she got married to the prophet. Some say she married at age 9, while some say she was more than 9.
The Issue of Blasphemy
This issue is part of the reason for the division of Sunnis and Shia’s. She was placed on a caravan for a journey and when they were heading back, it was already late and dark. Consequential to this, the prophet commanded them to wait a little bit. Aishah (R.A) then went to answer the call of nature. When she was coming back, she realized she could not find her necklace. She went back to search for it and by the time she came back to where others waited, the caravan had gone.
They didn’t know no one was inside the caravan. Aishah (R.A) reported that the reason why those carrying the caravan didn’t observe she was missing was that during that time she was not weighty. So, she waited on that spot for some hours; not long, a man called Sufyan bn Muattar came back to observe anything missing during the journey. He saw Aishah (R.A) and helped her to meet others. Abdullahi bn Ubayy bn Zalun was the one who initiated the blasphemous thought.
Some days after the journey, Aishah (R.A) said she was weary for over a month and the prophet did not relate with her the way he used to. Meanwhile, rumours have been spread widely across Madinah that the wife of the prophet had had external affairs with an unknown man. Mishah was the one spreading the false report. Aishah (R.A) was excused by the prophet for some time so she went to her parent’s house where she cried all nights. Most people, including Bareeroh -her slave, were interviewed about Aishah (R.A), and everyone said good about her.
As at the time Abdullahi bn Ubayy bn Zalun was about to be crowned, the prophet came to Medinah; he was pained and that was the reason he made sure the rumours were spread about Aishah (R.A), the wife of the prophet. Aishah (R.A) asked her parents about the blasphemy but none of them talked about it. Then, Aishah reminded everyone of the word of Prophet Ya’qub to his sons which are mentioned in Suratu Yuusuf verse 18, quoted: “Nay, but your own selves have made up a tale. So (for me) patience is most fitting. And it is Allah (Alone) Whose help can be sought against that (lie) which you describe”. Immediately, the prophet received a ‘wahy’ – the second page of Suratun-Nur. Then the prophet smiled and Aishah was brought out of blasphemy.
Her Works and Achievements
Aishah is one of the highest reporters of hadith. She was eloquent in speech; she had a lot of literary skills which include poetry writing and other creative writing skills; she was a master of the Arabic language; she had the knowledge of inheritance; she knew genealogy; she had the knowledge of medicine; she had the knowledge of theology and Quranic exegesis among others.
She was highly intelligent, critical thinker, inquisitive, and generous, teacher, she loved to see women learning among others.
She died about 65 to 66 years old. She spread Islam for over 50 years after the death of the prophet.
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