It is no secret that child-sexual abuse has serious consequences on its victims, and among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it is no longer a secret that the Qur’an explicitly condones pedophilia. Of course, for Muslims to finally acknowledge the harmful effects of abuse on a child, it becomes necessary for us to expose those effects through authentic Islamic sources. That is why we find Aisha, Muhammad’s third and ‘favorite’ wife, to be the perfect model for assessing pedophilia and its consequences on the victims.
In Islam, Aisha bint Abu Bakr is referred to as one of the “Mothers of Believers”. Islamic sources boast of her as a great scholar who narrated a large volume of hadiths. There is some truth in this claim; with over 2,000 attributed to her name, Aisha is second only to Abu Huraira in narrating hadiths. However, this act (of narrating incidents which occurred in Muhammad’s life) would not have required much scholarship, simply a good memory; something which we will later see she most definitely possessed. In contrast, there are so many things about the life of Aisha, Muhammad’s child bride, that Muslims of today would rather have forgotten.
Contrary to their claims, she was never a likeable character in life. Perhaps she would have grown into an emulative figure if it had not been for the carnal needs of a perverted old man disrupting her innocent life. We have lost most of Muhammad’s wives to history, Aisha stands distinctive in this regard, as her life is well known in Islamic tenets through her involvement in the notorious “Battle of the Camel” and the devastation it caused among the Muslim Ummah.
Let us begin our analysis of Aisha from her life with Muhammad. Was she a good wife in Muhammad’s harem? Given that she was by far the most rebellious among the wives, the answer is an emphatic NO. Islamic sources attest that Aisha remained as an immature child in Muhammad’s harem.
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: that ‘Omar entered upon Hafsa and said, “O my daughter! Do not be misled by the manners of her who is proud of her beauty because of the love of Allah’s Apostle for her.” By ‘her’ he meant Ayesha. Omar added, “Then I told that to Allah’s Apostle and he smiled (on hearing that).” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 7, Book 62, Hadith 145]
Omar, the second Caliph of Islam, testifying of Aisha’s bad mannerisms in a Sahih Hadith, warning his daughter to not be misled by her. So much for the perfect Mother of Believers! Islamic sources also tell us that, there was much infighting in Muhammad’s harem. The wives were divided into two groups, with Aisha in control of one.
Narrated ‘Urwa from ‘Ayesha: The wives of Allah’s Apostle were in two groups. One group consisted of ‘Ayesha, Hafsa, Safiyya and Sauda; and the other group consisted of Um Salama and the other wives of Allah’s Apostle. [Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book:47, Hadith: 755]
Was Aisha happy with Muhammad’s wife collecting spree? Again, NO she was not. When made privy of Muhammad intentions of making a further addition to his harem in the form of Zainab bint Jahsh, his son-in-law’s wife, Aisha exploded. This frantic outburst even warranting an intervention from Muhammad’s alter ego- Allah, with holy verses.
Narrated Aisha: I used to look down upon those ladies who had given themselves to Allah’s Apostle and I used to say, “Can a lady give herself (to a man)?” But when Allah revealed: “You (O Muhammad) can postpone (the turn of) whom you will of them (your wives), and you may receive any of them whom you will; and there is no blame on you if you invite one whose turn you have set aside (temporarily).’ (33.51) I said (to the Prophet), “I feel that your lord hastens in fulfilling your carnal desires” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith: 311]
The truth is, she was never happy with Muhammad, and their marriage was far from being a match made in heaven. We have Sahih sources which confirm this.
Aisha once plotted against Muhammad, and by extension, this can be construed as a plot against Islam itself.
Narrated Ibn Abbas: I intended to ask ‘Omar so I said, “Who were those two ladies who tried to back each other against the Prophet?” I hardly finished my speech when he said; they were ‘Ayesha and Hafsa.” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 6, Book: 60, Hadith: 436]
So even during Muhammad’s lifetime, Aisha was subversive towards Islam and she, along with Hafsa, rose up against him. Once again, Allah- the alter ego of Muhammad, had to intervene with verses to fix the problem. We find these verses in the Qur’anic chapter At-Tahrim.
So far, we have looked at Islamic sources and how they reflect on Aisha, but if we take a careful look at the hadiths Aisha had narrated herself; their nature and content are almost always derogatory towards Islam and very often she is found mocking and belittling her husband. This is not merely propaganda, but a fact which anyone with an impartial outlook can confirm for themselves. Here are just a few examples:
Aisha said Muhammad was affected with magic, and black magic is considered to be the devil’s doing, thereby she is in fact proclaiming he was under the influence of the devil. Muhammad had lost all sense of reality and acted quite bizarrely. This has been recorded in many places.
In Sahih Bukhari alone: [Book: V.4, Book, 54-Hadith: 490, V.7, Book-71 Hadith: 658, V.7, Book: 71-Hadith: 660 Vol.7, Book -71 Hadith: 661, V.8, Book- 73 Hadith: 89, V. 8, Book: 75- Hadith: 400]
Muhammad; the final Messenger of God being controlled by the devil. This, from the lips of the Mother of Believers!
She also created the impression of a very forgetful and clumsy Muhammad.
Narrated ‘Ayesha: The Prophet heard a man (reciting Quran) in the Mosque, and he said, “May Allah bestow His Mercy upon him. No doubt, he made me remember such-and such Verses of such-and-such Sura which I dropped from my memory. [Shih Bukhari. V. 3, Book: 48 Hadith :82]
She disclosed things which Muhammad had told her in private.
Narrated Aswad: Ibn Az-Zubair said to me, “Ayesha used to tell you secretly a number of things. What did she tell you about the Ka’ba?” I replied, “She told me that once the Prophet said, ‘O ‘Ayesha! Had not your people been still close to the pre-Islamic period of ignorance (infidelity)! I would have dismantled the Ka’ba and would have made two doors in it; one for entrance and the other for exit.” Later on Ibn Az-Zubair did the same. [Sahih Bukhari.Vol. 1, Book :3 Hadith :128]
She betrayed Muhammad’s private affairs.
Narrated ‘Urwa from ‘Ayesha: The wives of Allah’s Apostle were in two groups. One group consisted of ‘Ayesha, Hafsa, Safiyya and Sauda; and the other group consisted of Um Salama and the other wives of Allah’s Apostle…….
…….you will find the rest of this hadith to be hilarious. Please read through Sahih Bukhari. Vol 3,Book :47/ Hadith: 755.
When all is said and done, it is very hard to believe that Aisha was in fact a true Muslim. There is little wonder that most Shi’ites view her with contempt. They are treating her memory in accordance to her merits in Islam. Yes, it may come as a surprise to many but 1/10th of the worlds Muslim population consider Aisha as not being a true Muslim, not in the absolute sense of the word.
Due to her (Aisha’s) actions against Imam Ali during the times of the Prophet and after his death (including the famous battle of the Camel), the followers of the ahl al-bayt are not encouraged to keep her name for their children. (http://www.al-islam.org/organizations/aalimnetwork/msg00711.html)
Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law, once suggested for him to divorce Aisha when she had become involved in a scandalous affair with a man named Safwan, and there is evidence in Islam’s authentic sources which affirm that Aisha kept hold of her vengeful hatred towards Ali for the rest of her life. So much so, she could barely bring herself to mention him by name.
Narrated ‘Aisha: “When the Prophet became seriously ill and his disease became aggravated he asked for permission from his wives to be nursed in my house and he was allowed. He came out with the help of two men and his legs were dragging on the ground. He was between Al-Abbas and another man.” ‘Ubaid Ullah said, “I told Ibn ‘Abbas what ‘Aisha had narrated and he said, ‘Do you know who was the (second) man whose name ‘Aisha did not mention’” I said, ‘No.’ Ibn ‘Abbas said, ‘He was ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib.’ “ [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 1. Book:11, Hadith: 634]
Worse still, the troubled state of mind of this young woman led to the first civil war in Islamic history to be caused by a woman. She led an army against Ali, the fourth elected Caliph of the Muslims. Her actions ultimately caused the death of twenty thousand Muslims in the war now known in history as the “
Narrated Jarir: The Prophet said to me during Hajjat-al-Wida’: Let the people keep quiet and listen. Then he said (addressing the people), “Do not (become infidels) revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another (killing each other).” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 1, Book: 3, Hadith: 122]
Her actions were very much reflective of Aisha’s disturbed psychological make up. A physically [Sahih Muslim Book 4, Hadith: 2127] and sexually abused female, deprived from the innocent pleasures of childhood and adjoined to Muhammad’s harem while she was still a playful little girl. She could never rid herself of this affliction and the physical and psychological pain manifested itself through hatred. And the outlet for this hate? In a delirious state, she raised up arms against Ali and her own brethren (Muslims) and by doing so, she was rebelling against her deceased husbands wishes, “Do not revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks of one another.” Aisha’s forces were ultimately defeated, yet amidst all of these mishaps, this deranged woman preserved and carried her animosity towards Ali throughout her life. In Tabari vol. 7:224 we even see her rejoicing at the news of Ali’s death. The life of Aisha bint Abu Bakr truly was a seventh century tragedy.