AISHA-BELOVED PROPHET’S WIFE, PEARL OF ISLAM OR CHILD BRIDE?

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WHO WAS AISHA

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WHY THERE ARE SO MANY CONTROVERSIAL STORIES ABOUT THEIR LOVE STORY?

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~That the Prophet said to her, “You have been shown to me twice in my dream. I saw you pictured on a piece of silk and someone said (to me). ‘This is your wife.’ When I uncovered the picture, I saw that it was yours. I said, ‘If this is from Allah, it will be done.” {Bukhari :: Volume 5 :: Book 58 :: Hadith 235}~

 

The love story written on the sand of the undiscovered oriental deserts, interpreted through the centuries, brutally made up for the purpose of daily politics and forever kept as an inspiration in the hearts of believers. Aisha and Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s).The battle between the soul inspiration and body desires, the dream about divine blessings hidden in one woman’s eyes. Silk and steel. The love story behind the strict covers of the religion, warm feeling of power of the love against the love for power.

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It is disturbing to see how politics consumes religion for everyday’s goals. It is almost like an agenda. The sacred and holy things are being digested by political vocabulary and offered as a menu to the people like in some cheap circus entertainment. Islam and its tales are old for years but they have never been exposed and ideologically abused as it is happening lately, without any control.There are no more any  respect for religion core but everything is chopped and analyzed with the aggressive manner, without keeping a neutral line and objectivity. I find it disturbing that old stories that have been found within the long history of Islam are now being digged out and presented as something terrible, even if we know in which civilization period that have happened and why. I must underline that one objective science writer must be far away from ideological demands of the society  and must expose the facts as they are, without giving them political ice cream for the benefits of hungry crowd. That is the only way we can achieve the possible peace among the different faiths or we will be all cursed in the darkness of hatred.

I was shocked to see so many articles and biased news based on the accusations of Muslim Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s.) that he was pedophile because his marriage with Aisha was consumed when she was a child. First of all, we must go back and observe the complete world’s history of that time and what was the practice among the rulers. Then, we must calculate the length of people’s life back in early phase of civilization and the start of adulthood  phase of women. The concrete situation in Arabia, in 7th century, was to consider the adulthood as the onset of puberty. Just some centuries later, we can see that European royal elite is also focusing on taking young women for their kings ( 33-year-old King John of England married 12-year-old Isabella of Angoulême). In other words, concluding that Aisha was 6 when she was promised to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) sounds like manipulating the historical lack of ground facts because that was the period of time when there was no birth registry and people haven’t been able to know for sure their own age or the age of someone’s else. If we add to it that she was also engaged to someone else, before she was given to the Prophet, gives us a lot of thoughts to think about what was her real age at the moment of consumed marriage, she could have been old from 9 to 19.

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The mutual accusations between Muslims and Christians are very old. The Christians see Muslims through the  Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) and compare him with  Christ as a model of celibate virtue but the real fact is that the two religions maybe have  the same basic moral standards but have different stories they are wrapped in and that borders must be respected. The Muslims never question the importance of Christ and never insult him but the Christians do not stop to attack the Muslim Prophet and come out with the pathological ideas about his lust and sexual life. This is almost ridiculous because it doesn’t help anyone but makes bigger chaos worldwide.The Academic Kecia Ali once said : “Accusations of lust and sensuality were a regular feature of medieval attacks on the prophet’s character and, by extension, on the authenticity of Islam.”  Why do we need to deny some religion by attacking its Prophet and even worse, his own love life we have know nothing about but what has been served to us for a purpose? !

The reality is that in some societies, like Yemen or some rural parts of Turkey,KSA or Iran, the patriarchal dominance forces the young girls to marry older men, based on the family pressure. It is happening but it is he outcome of the masculine system where fathers and brothers abuse Islam for their own interests and goals, without giving the chance to women to say NO or YES. But, there are also many Muslims who encourage their daughters and sisters  to educate themselves and to chose the one they love, without giving them directions or threats. If we want to be objective, in each masculine based society, the incidents based on breaking the women and children rights will be very often no matter what religion we are talking about. That is why every community must set up the rules of equality because isn’t the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) himselves said to his companions that the best among them is the one who is best to his woman.

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Aisha عائشة is known as ‘Ā’ishah bint Abī Bakr, the daughter of Abi Bakr and Umm Ruman, and the Mother of the Believers, who call her as A’ishah, Aisyah, Ayesha, A’isha, Aishat or Aishah.According to some books, she was born in 613/614 CE in Mecca, Hejaz, Saudi Arabia but she died at age 64 in city of Medina, Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. She was Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s.) beloved wife but also his best friend and advisor, the companion in his philosophical teaching and the brilliant mind. Her intellectual contribution to Islam was so huge that she kept spreading the religion even the 44 years after Prophet’s death.Now, imagine that Aisha narrated even 2210 hadiths  and covered not only the topics about his private life but also the spiritual dilemmas about Islamic eschatology, inheritance and pilgrimage. It was described that her intelligence and strategic mind was always welcomed by her husband, during many war operations. According to one article in Guardian, there is a perfect portrait of her:“To paint Aisha as a victim is completely at odds with her persona. She was certainly no wallflower. During a controversial battle in Muslim history, she emerged riding a camel to lead the troops. She was known for her assertive temperament and mischievous sense of humour – with Muhammad sometimes bearing the brunt of the jokes. During his lifetime, he established her authority by telling Muslims to consult her in his absence; after his death, she went to be become one of the most prolific and distinguished scholars of her time.”

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Aisha can not be any victim when she was a lovely rose, the jewel of Mecca and Medina and the one of the greatest scholars of Islam ever. She was mufti and judge, a stateswoman and a courageous wind of change. Her spiritualism inspired Prophet very often and they have been seen walking during the night, just exchanging the ideas about how the battle should be led and who they can trust or not. She was much younger but she was very mature to offer the best advices to him and he couldn’t have made decisions without having her opinion. Aisha hasn’t been  an ordinary woman who just  loved him, she was his all -in- one woman, the harem in one wife. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) died resting his head on her chest, the greatest love story of Islam, united together till the last moment on the Earth.

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When we debate about Aisha, we must include all her achievements because she is still one of the most compelling figures in the Islamic history. Many experts believe that she was the one who transmitted islam to the ordinary people, like a bridge or the female soul of the blessings from above. She had that luck that her father was appointed as a first caliph so she was entitled as the truthful woman and her abilities to spread Islam were empowered by her ultra religious father.

Their nine years old love story is not the only reason for the rest of the world to be amazed or angry or confused. I found the fact that in that primitive period of time, among all men, one woman made her road clear to go into philosophy, politics and religion. The beautiful rose among so many thorns, the pearl on the desert dirt.

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She was so beautiful but her beauty was in her glorious mind, in her highlighted soul and in her brave her. Just to remind, she famously took part in the Battles of Uhud, al-Khandaq, Banu Qurayza, Banu Mustaliq, Hudaybiya and the Meccan conquest.She was a lioness and not just a sheep. She would have never accepted what is given to her without her analyzing and questioning the fundamentals of the issue.She was learning so fast that all other philosophers and theologians have been impressed the way she understood the complex questions and make them easier for the ordinary people.

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The jewel from Medina has never married again and the whole her Earth life, she was devout and deep into the prayers, fast and religious contemplation. Aisha was so in love with Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s) that she fought for his attention during the life and after his death, she was waiting for a final reunion in heaven. When Allah (dz.s) promised people to chose good wives because they will hold the half of faith(deen) it was so obvious that Aisha did a perfect her job. She was the only Prophet’s woman  who saw the miracles:“Aisha was the only wife to witness the Messenger receiving revelation. She twice saw the Angel Gabriel in human form and received salaams (greetings of peace) directly from him.”

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Aisha is almost like a secret code for the role of Muslim woman today. What Aisha has done during her life not many free women can perform today, in our modern times. Abusing her prominent  historical role in daily political struggles and the tiny gains of sick islamophobia gangs is nothing but the embarrassment for the academical elites that must stand up against ugly portraits of holy people of one religion. It is the typical ignorance, the lack of respect and good analyzes of the civilization progress and the same apply on those within Islamic religion that abuse their rights on their women, justifying with the things they think they have understood. Actually, the lack of feeling for reality and science approach is something that is missing in the both categories: extremists  who misrepresent one religion and its figures and extremists who mislead their own people to the point when there is no religion anymore but dirty sick ideology.

I stand up for Aisha as she was one of the most inspiring ladies of the history of the world that hasn’t been so free to embrace the women who lead the battle and give new directions in religion, the cruel  world of the  men.

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35 thoughts on “AISHA-BELOVED PROPHET’S WIFE, PEARL OF ISLAM OR CHILD BRIDE?”

  1. Sarah’s excellent and extremely relative article reminds me of two women: Sophia Magdalena Scholl (1921-1943) and Betty Shabazz (1934-1997). These two women, among many others, were courageous spirits who dared to confront formidable adversities, in their lifetimes.

    Sophia Magdalena Scholl was a German student and anti-NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – The National Socialist German Workers’ Party) political activist, active within The White Rose non-violent resistance group in Germany.

    She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at The University of Munich, in Germany, with her brother Hans. As a result, they were both executed by guillotine.

    She was brought up in the Lutheran Church. At the age of twelve, she chose to join the Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls); as did most of her classmates. Her initial enthusiasm gave way to criticism. She was aware of the dissenting political views of her father, friends and some teachers against Chancellor Adolf Hitler. Even her own brother Hans, who once eagerly participated in the Hitler Youth Programme, became entirely disillusioned with the NSDAP. Political attitude had become an essential criterion in her choice of friends. The arrest of her brothers and friends in 1937 for participating in the German Youth Movement left a strong impression on her.

    Being fond of children, she became a kindergarten teacher at the Fröbel Institute in Ulm-Söflingen. She had chosen this kindergarten employment hoping that it would be recognized as an alternative service to Reichsarbeitsdienst (i.e. National Labour Service); a prerequisite to be admitted to the university. This was not the case, though, and in the spring of 1941 she began a six-month period in the auxiliary war service as a nursery teacher in Blumberg. The military-like regimen of the Labour Service caused her to think very hard about the political situation, as well as to begin practicing passive resistance.

    After the National Labour Service, she enrolled at The University of Munich as a student of biology and philosophy. Her brother Hans, who was studying medicine there, introduced her to his friends. Though this group of friends eventually was known for their political views, they initially were drawn together by a shared love of art, music, literature, philosophy and theology. Hiking in the mountains, skiing, and swimming were of equal importance to them. They attended concerts, plays and lectures together. At the same time, her father was serving time in prison for having made a critical remark to an employee about Chancellor Hitler.

    It was the love letters from her boyfriend, Fritz Hartnagel, that impassioned her to act against the German government. Hartnagel had been deployed to The Eastern Front (Russia), in May of 1942, and he managed (avoiding censorship) to inform Sophia of the war crimes committed by German soldiers there. Her correspondence with Hartnagel discussed the ‘theology of conscience’, profoundly. This issue is referred to in Sarah’s article.

    On February 22nd, 1943, Sophia Scholl, her brother Hans and their friend Christoph Probst were found guilty of treason and condemned to death. They were all beheaded by a guillotine by executioner Johann Reichhart in Munich’s Stadelheim Prison only a few hours later, at 17:00 hrs. Her last words were: ‘how can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?’

    Betty Shabazz was a North American educator and civil rights advocate and a Muslim. She was the wife of Malcolm X. In 1969 (after her husband’s assassination), Betty Shabazz explained that she was not unlike Aisha to Malcolm X: ‘In the beginning, Malcolm toldme what he expected of a wife. However, the first time I told him what I expected of him as a husband it came as a shock. After dinner one night he said “Something you said hit me like a ton of bricks: here I have been going along with me doing all the talking and you doing all the listening. Our marriage should be a mutual exchange.” So we lived…’

    In late-March of 1965 Malcolm X was assassinated in February), Betty Shabazz made the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj); as her husband had the year before. Recalling the experience in 1992, she wrote ‘I really do not know where I would be today if I had not gone to Mecca to make Hajj, shortly after Malcolm was assassinated. That is what helped put me back on track. Going to Mecca, making Hajj, was very good for me because it made me think of all the people in the world who loved me and were for me, who prayed that I would get my life back together. I stopped focusing on the people who were trying to tear me and my family apart.’

    Sarah’s article is so well-written and informative. I believe that Sarah is just as impassioned as Aisha was.

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