In previous article we found out how the affair between Ayesha and the young handsome slave Safwan bin Mu’attal( صفوان بن المعطل ) started.
when people found out the story of Ayesha’s affair Muhammad decided to divorce her[al-Bukhari Book of Witnesses #805/al-Bukhari 2637/Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 3, Book 48, Hadith 805/Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 3, Book of Witnesses, Hadith 805 ] According to some hadith Ali was one of those who slandered Ayesha for her affair with Safwan bin Mu’attal( صفوان بن المعطل ) [ al-Bukhari Book of Expeditions #463/al-Bukhari 4142/Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 5, Book 59, Hadith 463/Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 5, Book of Expeditions, Hadith 463 ] then he started consulting with his top commandors. Here in this hadith you can read the whole story, since it is very long hadith I just post some interesting parts but you always can get the whole story on line.Here is the Sahih Hadith:
al-Bukhari Book of Witnesses #829/ al-Bukhari 2661/Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 3, Book 48, Hadith 829/Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 3, Book of Witnesses, Hadith 829 [or you can check this: [ Ibn Hisham, Vol. 3, p. 310>>314 ]
here are some outstanding points in that hadith:
“… . In the morning Allah’s Apostle called Ali bin Abu Talib and Usama bin Zaid when he saw the Divine Inspiration delayed, to consul them about divorcing his wife (i.e. ‘Aisha). Usama bin Zaid said what he knew of the good reputation of his wives and added, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Keep you wife, for, by Allah, we know nothing about her but good.’ ‘Ali bin Abu Talib said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Allah has no imposed restrictions on you, and there are many women other than she, yet you may ask the woman-servant who will tell you the truth.’ On that Allah’s Apostle called Buraira and said, ‘O Burair. Did you ever see anything which roused your suspicions about her?’ Buraira said, ‘No, by Allah Who has sent you with the Truth, I have never seen in her anything faulty except that she is a girl of immature age, who sometimes sleeps and leaves the dough for the goats to eat.’ On that day Allah’s Apostle ascended the pulpit and requested that somebody support him in punishing ‘Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul. Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Who will support me to punish that person (‘Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul)who has hurt me ….”
Muhammad told Ayesha:” .. ‘O ‘Aisha! I have been informed such-and-such about you; if you are innocent, then Allah will soon reveal your innocence, and if you have committed a sin, then repent to Allah and ask Him to forgive you, for when a person confesses his sin and asks Allah for forgiveness, Allah accepts his repentance.’
after that Muhammad went through one of his epileptic seizure “… So, there overtook him the same state which used to overtake him, (when he used to have, on being inspired divinely). He was sweating so much so that the drops of the sweat were dropping like pearls though it was a (cold) wintry day. When that state of Allah’s Apostle was over, he was smiling and the first word he said, ‘Aisha! Thank Allah, for Allah has declared your innocence.’ …”
case closed and Muhammad took Aisha back !
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