[Friday Series] Aishah bint Abi Bakr-Part 5: The Incidence of Slander cont….

Aishah (RA) wept for days at her parent’s house, embarrassed by the rumor that she possibly had an affair. She was so pure it was hard for her to imagine that it was possible for people to stoop to such cruel lows. After two days and two nights of straight weeping that even her soothing parents couldn’t comfort, the Prophet ﷺ came to see her.

All throughout the month that the rumor had been spreading, the Prophet ﷺ had not received any divine intervention about the issue. He had asked many people about their opinion. One of them was Aishah’s (RA) servant, Bareerah. “Bareerah, did you ever see anything which might have aroused your suspicion in regards to Aishah?” asked the Prophet ﷺ. “By Allah who has sent you with the truth, I have never seen anything regarding Aishah (RA) which I would blame her for except that she is a girl of immature age who sometimes falls asleep and leaves the dough of her family unprotected, so that the domestic goats come eat it,” replied Bareerah.

The Prophet ﷺ also asked Zainab Bint Jahsh. “Oh Zainab, what have you seen?” “Oh Allah’s Messenger, I protect my hearing and my sight (by refraining from telling lies). I know nothing but good (about Aishah(RA)),” replied Zainab. This coming from Zainab was especially important as Zainab’s sister, Hamnah bint Jahsh was one of the people spreading the rumors out of love for her sister and jealousy of Aishah (RA) on her sister’s behalf.

So when the Prophet ﷺ came to her parent’s house that night he said to her, “Aishah (RA), I have been given some information about you; if you are innocent, Allah will reveal your innocence. If you have committed a sin, then ask for Allah’s forgiveness and repent to Him, for when a slave confesses his sin and then repents to Allah, Allah accepts his repentance.”

Aishah’s (RA) tears stopped completely and she turned to her father and said, “Reply to Allah’s Messenger on my behalf as to what he said.”

“By Allah, I don’t what to say to Allah’s Messenger,” replied Abu Bakr. Aishah (RA) then turned to her mother and asked her to reply on her behalf and her mother answered in the same way as her father.

So Aishah (RA) herself spoke. “By Allah, I know that you have heard this story (rumor) repeated so much that it has been planted in your minds and you have believed it. So now, if I tell you that I am innocent-and Allah knows I am innocent- you will not believe me. If I confess to something-and Allah knows I am innocent of it-you will believe me. By Allah, I cannot find for you an example except of Joseph’s father:

{So (for me) patience is most fitting against that which you assert and it is Allah (alone) whose help can be sought…} (Quran 12:18)

At the moment that Aishah had finished speaking and turned away, sure that Allah would reveal her innocence, Prophet Mohammed’s ﷺ brow became full of beads of perspiration as the Quranic verse relating to this incident was being revealed to him. Once it was over, he smiled at Aishah, and gave her the good news that Allah has revealed her innocence.

{Verily, those who brought forth the slander are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. Unto every man among them will be paid that which he earned of the sin. And as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment. Why then, did not the believers, men and women, when you heard it (the slander) think good of their own people and say: “This charge is an obvious lie?” Why did they not produce four witnesses? Since they (the slanderers) have not produced witnesses! Then with Allah they are liars. Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His Mercy unto you in this world and in the Hereafter, a great torment would have touched you for that whereof you had spoken. When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering it with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allah it was very great. And why did you not, when you heard it, say: “It is not right for us to speak of this. Glory be to You (Oh Allah)! This is a great lie.” Allah forbids you from it and warns you not to repeat the like of it forever, if you are believers. And Allah makes the Ayat (verses) plain to you, and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not. And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, (Allah would have hastened punishment upon you). And that Allah is full of kindness, Most Merciful. Oh you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). And whosoever follows in the footsteps of Shaitan, then verily he commands Al Fahsha (illegal sexual intercourse) and Al Munkar (evil and wicked deeds). And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever be pure from sins. But Allah purifies (guides to Islam) whom He wills, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.} (Quran 24:11-21)

Incredible relief flooded Aishah (RA) and her parents. Immediately her mother nudged Aishah (RA) and told her to get up and go thank her husband. “By Allah, I will not go to him and I will not thank anybody but Allah,” replied Aishah (RA). The way Aishah (RA) conducted herself during this whole incident only increased the Prophet’s ﷺ respect and love for her.

After her innocence was revealed, Abu Bakr decided to cut Mistah ibn Uthathah off financially, as he was providing for him because of kinship and the man’s poverty. However, a Quranic verse immediately came down about that issue.

{And let not those among you who possess dignity and ease swear not to give to their kinsmen, to the needy or to the poor, and fugitives for Allah’s cause. Let them forgive and show indulgence. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful} (Quran 24:22)


Wow! Raise your hand if you have goose bumps *both hands raised* This story is amazing no matter how many times I read it, hear it, write it. It is unbelievably profound!

*Did you also feel how powerful those verses were and how great Allah’s mercy is? Its one thing for us to have these verses all the time and read them whenever we want. But imagine Aishah’s (RA) position as she is waiting to be cleared and these incredible verses come down straight from Allah right then and there!! I think that is one thing that I wish I could have witnessed, the Quran coming down in bits in answer to situations that arise. How extraordinary it would have been. It’s a wonder there were any disbelievers or hypocrites!

*One of the main lessons we learn from here is have patience, everything is in Allah’s hands. I think sometimes we forget that. We try to take matters into our own hands or we fret when we need/want something and it doesn’t happen right away. The Quran describes patience as gameel-beautiful. Imagine patience being a beautiful thing; that there is beauty in having complete faith that Allah will take care of things if you just be patient. Imagine how long some people have to be patient in order to finally be relieved. This story is just a reminder to us that we are not in control, and what we have is all due to Allah’s mercy.

*Zainab bint Jahsh was the most competitive with Aishah (RA) in everything. She wanted what Aishah (RA) had and she had the strongest jealousy toward her. That is one of the reasons why her sister took such a large role in slandering Aishah (RA). She thought she was helping her sister. However, Aishah (RA) says that it was due to Zainab’s extreme piety and faith that she was protected from punishment and taking part in these rumors. How amazing religion can be when it protects you from doing something that you are so inclined to do, something that you probably wanted. That is the true greatness of religion, using it as a tool to guide you in your decisions.

*It goes without saying that this whole issue is about the consequences of spreading rumors and gossip. It shows how you can destroy someone’s life and reputation and even something as a small comment is large to Allah. Subhannallah I think it is one of our greatest tests.

*If you notice, this specific type of rumor, one that has to do with adultery, is what is always used today in the media against politicians or famous people. Whether it is true or not, it continues to be the worst thing that could happen to someone’s reputation, even in a society like ours.

*Islam is so fair, that even when it comes to providing for other people financially, you cannot let your feelings and opinions about them come in the way of your humanity toward them and their rights. Subhannallah!

*Poor sweet Aishah (RA) is still slandered today. She is always the one people use to attack the Prophet ﷺ and always gets the worst attacks herself. May Allah bless her

*Allah will always expose the truth. Take this as a rule in your life. Even when you do something haram, and you try to hide it, Allah will expose it to those it affects. If you don’t want people to find out about something, don’t do it at all.

*I still cannot get over this story and the power of those verses coming down to prove Aishah’s (RA) innocence. It gives me shivers.

What did you all think about this story? How did it make you feel?

Read the rest of the series:

Part 1: Discussing the issues behind Aishah’s age

Part 2: The Ideal Marriage

Part 3: The Ideal Marriage cont..

Part 4: The Incidence of Slander

Part 6: The end is only the beginning

Part 7: An Example for Muslim women

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