Mother of the Believers
Love for the Prophet (SAW)
Hadhrat Aayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) who carried the name of Siddiqa was addressed as the mother of Believers. She had no children, her father was Abdullah and her mother was Umm Roman, Extraordinary people reveal their greatness from their earliest years. Aayesha was no exception, her manners were sublime, but children are fond of toys and games and so was Aayesha. She would collect girls of her age in the neighbourhood and play with them.
Before the prophet’s marriage with Aayesha, the prophet has a dream in
which an angle had presented something to him wrapped up in silk.
The prophet had enquired from the Angel what it was and he had said it
was his wife. When he removed the silk cover he saw that it was Aayesha.
At the time of marriage Aayesha was only nine years of age but she was already fully developed in both mind and body. Aayesha herself states that her dower was of the value of 500 Dirhams, which is equivalent of less than a hundred dollars.
Education: A large number of men had come into personal contact with the prophet and it had inspired them to un-precedent heights of spirituality. Such opportunities were not previously available to women. His wives came into close personal contact with him and derived the benefit of learning, which gradually spread far and wide. This large number had served as many radiating centres. Except for Aayesha, all the other prophets of the wives were widows; Aayesha alone enjoyed the advantage of being brought up under the inspiring care of the Holy Prophet.
Among the Quraish, Abu Bakr was an expert in genealogy and poetry. Aayesha had acquired these arts as her family inheritance but her real upbringing began after marriage.
Aayesha had such ardent love for her husband that she use to grow sad if anyone else claimed the same degree of affection. She woke one night and not finding her husband in bed, unaided by any light, she started groping for him in the darkness and found him in prostration before the almighty.
Though there was a maidservant, Aayesha used to do most of the household work herself. She would grind the grain, cook the food, she would make the bed and store water for abolution, wash the clothes and the toothstick, comb the hair of the Prophet and rub scent on his clothes. She would also entertain guests one of the greatest qualities within her was obedience of her husband. During the nine years of her married life, she never disobeyed her husband and wherever she felt that he she gave it up did not like something.
During the lifetime of their husband many women are obedient but the real test arises after the death to do what they liked and to abstain from what they disliked. Even after the death of the Prophet she meticulously followed all his commands and injunctions. He had preached generosity. She retained this trait to the end of her life. He had said that for women Hajj is their jihad. She made it a point to perform Hajj every year.
Aayesha was fair complexioned with a tinge of pink. She was beautiful and charming. In her youth she was slim but in her somewhat years she gained some weight. As a measure of austerity she had only one dress, which she used to wash herself. She would colour it occasionally in Saffron. Occasionally she would put on ornaments including a necklace of beads of Yemen and gold rings on her fingers. She was also courageous and brave; she would often visit the graveyard alone at night to pray for the department souls. In the thick of engagements, she would go to battlefields carrying water in leather bags on her back to quench the thirst of the fighting and injured soldiers. In the battle of trenches, when the Makkans had besieged Medina and an attack from the Jews was feared she would go around to inspect the plan of defence by the Muslims. She had sought permission of the Prophet to participate actively in the battles but was refused. She was tender and hearted and the fear of God never left her heart. She used to keep herself busy in prayers.