Great Woman of Islam, ‘Aishah bint Abu Bakar radhiyallahu ‘anha, Part 1

‘Aishah radhiyallahu ‘anha said : Angel Jibril ‘alaihissalam brought my picture wrapped in the cover of green silk in his dream and said : “She is your wife in this world and hereafter.”

(Tirmithi in the chapter of Fadha’il)

 ‘Aishah radhiyallahu ‘anha was the favorite daughter of one of the closest friends, Companion and associates od Prophet shallallahu ‘alaih wasallam, Abu Bakr Siddique. Several Ayat of the Noble Qur’an which were revealed were associated with her, and she was justifiably proud of this honor. She was in enviable position among the Mothers of the believers in that she was considered the foremost among them. Allah had chosen her Himself in the heavenas as a bride for Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam; a portrait of hers, wrapped in silk, was brought to him in his dream by the Angel Jibril ‘alaihissalan. He told him that he was to marry her, and she would be his concert in the life hereafter as well.

She has a brilliant mind and a remarkable memory; and the distinction of being the source of the most Ahadtih because of her long association with Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. Her knowledge of the many branches of religion like fiqh and shari’ah, her wisdom in interpretation, her mastery of ther teachings of the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, her trustworthiness and integrity – all these qualities made her one of the most remarkable personalities of the time. She was very tender-hearted and no needy person left her house empty-handed.

The Angel Jibril ‘alaihissalam personally greeted her. During her lifetime the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam gave her the wonderful news that she earned a place for herself in Paradise. It was while resting in her lap that the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam passed away, and it was her apartment that became his final restingplace. Angels surrounded her apartment even during her lifetime and for all the blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will be showered on it, since as it is in the centre of the sanctuary at Al-Madinah.

To Be Continue..

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