A’isha (R.A) was born in Makkah Mukarramah in 614 CE to Umm Ruman and Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq. In her childhood, Hazrat A’isha (R.A) was lean and thin, but on reaching adolescence, she put on some flesh. She had attractive features, and her colour was pinkish white.
A’isha was nine years old and Nabi (S.A.W) fifty-four years old when she left her family’s household to join that of Muhammad (S.A.W)’s.
About her wedding, she related that shortly before she was to leave her parents’ house, she slipped out into the courtyard to play with a friend. “I was playing on a see-saw and my long streaming hair became dishevelled,” she said. “They came and took me from my play and made me ready.” They dressed her in a wedding dress made from fine red striped cloth from Bahrain and then her mother took her to the newly built house where some women of the Ansaar were waiting outside the door. They greeted her with the words, “For good and for happiness, May all be well.” Then, in the presence of the smiling Rasool (S.A.W), a bowl of milk was brought. Nabi (S.A.W) drank from it himself and then offered it to A’isha. She shyly declined it, but he insisted she drink as well and then offered the bowl to her sister Asma who was sitting beside her. The others who were present also drank from it, and that was all there was to the simple occasion of their wedding.
Her marriage to Nabi (S.A.W) did not change A’isha’s playful ways, and her young friends continued to regularly come to visit her in her own room. “I would be playing with my dolls,” she once said, “with the girls who were my friends, and Nabi (S.A.W) would come in and they would slip out of the house and he would go out after them and bring them back, for he was pleased for my sake to have them there.” Sometimes he would say, “Stay, where you are,” before they had time to leave, and would also join in their games.
Whereas Khadijah was already a wise and mature woman when she married Nabi (S.A.W), A’isha was a spirited young girl who still had a great deal to learn when she married Nabi (S.A.W). However, she was very quick to learn as she had a clear heart, a quick mind and an accurate memory. She was not afraid to talk back in order to find out the truth or make it known, and whenever she beat someone else in argument, Nabi (S.A.W) would smile and say, “She is the daughter of Abu Bakr!”
Musa ibn Talha (R.A) once said, “I have not seen anyone more eloquent than A’isha.” She was known to be so wise that one of her contemporaries used to say that if the knowledge of A’isha were placed on one side of the scales with that of all other women on the other, A’isha’s side would outweigh the other.
Nabi (S.A.W) said, “Learn some of your Deen from this red haired lady.” [Meaning A’isha]. This is not surprising, for she has transmitted more than two thousand Ahadith.
It was in her lap that He (S.A.W) rested his head when he passed away, and under the floor of her house that He (S.A.W) was buried. At this time, A’isha (R.A) was only 18. A’isha passed away at the age of 65 and is buried in Jannatul Baqi.
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