Aisha bint Abu Bakr was a leader, a woman, a wife, a theologian, a scholar and a political activist. She was precocious, loyal, brave and remarkably intelligent. These aspects of her humble life have allowed her to make a powerful impact on the development and expression of Islam that “no woman [has] reached”1. Not only did she influence the position of women in Islamic society, Islamic ethics, and the understanding and interpretation of the Qur’an, but she also modelled these qualities for the men, women and children of Islam. As a woman in Islamic society, Aisha carried a particularly high status. She was the daughter of Abu Bakr, the first Caliph, who had embraced Islam before she was born. Thus, she was not influenced by the former polytheistic religious tradition of pre-Islamic Arabia, and its stance for gender inequality. Aisha was also the third and favourite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, to whom she was divinely revealed:
“I saw you in my dreams three times. The angel brought you to me and you were clad in white silk.” (Sahih Muslim, Vol. 2, p285)
Over the course of history, A’isha has been given the titles of “Mother of All Believers” and “Lover of the Lover God”. She was present at and bore witness to many key events during the foundation period of Islam and was believed to be of ‘divine grace’ that gave her credence, after all she was a mere woman in Arab society. A’isha was with Mohammad during many of Allah’s revelations, showing the she was entrusted with the most sacred and secret teaching of Islam. She was the loyal follower of Islam, and was rewarded for her unswerving faith by the respect she was shown by her contemporaries.
She has a keen intellect, strong will and eloquence in which she was an important role model of Muslims. A’isha became a pupil of the Prophet, learning to read and write, and studied the Quran. She was a ‘hafizah’ meaning a woman who called fully recite the Quran and became so well versed in theology and acquired...
...AishaBint Abi Bakr
Known For: Her extensive knowledge of Islam and Islamic jurisprudence; hadith transmitter; her knowledge of social and military leaders of the Muslim community.
The life of Aisha is proof that a woman can be far more well informed than men and that she was the teacher of scholars and experts. Her life is also proof that a woman can exert influence over men and women as well as provide them with inspiration and leadership. She did not graduate from any university, there were no universities as such in her day, but her utterances are still studied in the faculties of literature, her legal pronouncements are studied in colleges of law and her life and works are studied and researched by students and teachers of Muslim history as they have been for over thousands of years. The majority of her immense treasure of knowledge was obtained while she was still quite young. In her early childhood she was brought up by her father who was greatly praised and respected for being a man of wide knowledge, gentle manners and an agreeable presence. Moreover he was the closest friend of the Prophet who was a frequent visitor to their home since the very early days of his mission. Aisha in her youth, already known for her outstanding beauty and her impressive memory, she came under the loving care and attention of the Prophet...
...In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
Hadhrat AbuBakr As-Siddiq (ra)
The Great Lover of Allah (s.w.t)
by Adam Hani Walker, UK
3. Early Life & Acceptance of Islam
4. Companion of the Holy Prophet (saw)
5. A Man of Knowledge & Wisdom
6. Demise of the Holy Prophet (saw)
7. Appointment as Khalifatul Rasul
8. The Great Leader
10. Concluding Remarks
In a hadith the Holy Prophet (saw) is reported to have said1:
‘Love of AbuBakr (ra) and gratitude to him are a duty on everyone
of my Ummah’
This article is thus written in a spirit of love and gratitude for the marvelous character,
example, and achievements of Hadhrat AbuBakr (ra).
The name AbuBakr (ra) was one of many Arabic titles (kunya) given to Hadhrat AbuBakr (ra) but his actual name was Abdullah ibn Abi Quhafa Uthman ibn Amir ibn Amr
ibn Ka’b ibn Sa’d ibn Taym ibn Murrah ibn Ka’b ibn Lu’ayy ibn Ghalib al-Qureshi atTaymi. His other titles are numerous and offer us a deep insight into his character as
perceived by those around him and indeed Almighty Allah as will be shown. The first of
his titles is Ateeq which literally...
...AbuBakr also known as AbūBakr as-Șiddīq was a senior companion and the father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. He ruled over the arabian peninsula from 632–634 CE when he became the first Muslim Caliph following Muhammad's death. As Caliph, AbuBakr succeeded to the political and administrative functions previously exercised by Muhammad, since the religious function and authority of prophethood ended with Muhammad's death according to Islam. He was called Al-Siddiq (The Truthful) and was known by that title among later generations of Muslims.
As a young man, AbuBakr became a cloth merchant and he traveled extensively in Arabia and neighboring lands in the Middle East, through which he gained both wealth and experience. He eventually came to be recognized as the chief of his clan. On his return from a business trip to Yemen, he was informed that in his absence Muhammad had openly declared his prophethood. Not long after, AbuBakr accepted Islam and was the first person outside the family of Muhammad to openly become a Muslim. He was instrumental in the conversion of many people to the Islamic faith and early in 623, Abu Bakr's daughter Aisha was married to Muhammad, strengthening the ties between the two men.
From early years, AbuBakr was known for good and upright nature. He...
...History of AishaBint Abi Bakr
Dr. Shauna Huffaker
November 10, 2011
Word Count: 2273
AishaBint Abi Bakr is arguably the most controversial historical Islamic female figures. Her life conducted much scandal and disagreement within the Islamic community, however, it also allowed the believers to more clearly define themselves amongst one another. In Denise A. Spellberg's Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha Bint Abi Bakr, the opposing forces of Sunni and Shi'i give shape to the life of Aisha. Spellberg illustrates defining moments in Aisha’s life regarding her role as both wife and widow as projected through those who wrote them down. Her place in Islamic history affected the development of the community, yet varies depending on the intention of the transmitter. Through the path of her life Aisha’s actions have a direct affect on the Islam, although it is through interpretations and historical memory that Aisha’s legacy takes form.
AishaBint Abi Bakr was the daughter of AbuBakr, known as the most beloved companion of the Prophet Muhammad. AbuBakr and Aisha’s mother were both muhajirun, those who took part in the Hijra with...
...Depending on the group of Muslims, AbuBakr is regarded very differently. Some groups of Sufis, like the Naqshibandis, regard him as a central religious personage, and a spiritual authority. Sunnis consider him affectionately because he is the first Muslim leader after Muhammad passed away. The Shi'is object generally to any Caliph except Ali, but AbuBakr is one of those they tolerate most. Still, they consider him to be a symbol of profound injustice, because his rule is a human one and not divinely guided, hence illegitimate and tyrannical.
Abu Bakr's early days, he is supposed to have been of the same age as Muhammad, and he was either the first or second male to covert to Islam
AbuBakr was born in Mecca, a Quraishi of the Banu Taim clan. According to early Muslim historians, he was a merchant, and highly esteemed as a judge, as an interpreter of dreams, and as one learned in Meccan traditions. He was one of the last people anyone would have expected to convert to the faith preached by his kinsman Muhammad. Yet he was one of the first converts to Islam (see below) and instrumental in converting many of the Quraish and the residents of Mecca.
Originally called Abd-ul-Ka'ba ("servant of the house of God"), on his conversion he assumed the name of Abd-Allah (servant of God). However, he is usually styled AbuBakr (from the Arabic word...
Analyse the impact of AishabintAbuBakr on the development and expression of Islam.
AishabintAbuBakr was a leader, a woman, a wife, a theologian, a scholar and a political activist. She was precocious, loyal, brave and remarkably intelligent. These aspects of her humble life have allowed her to make a powerful impact on the development and expression of Islam that “no woman [has] reached”. Not only did she influence the position of women in Islamic society, Islamic ethics, and the understanding and interpretation of the Qur’an, but she also modelled these qualities for the men, women and children of Islam.
As a woman in Islamic society, Aisha carried a particularly high status. She was the daughter of AbuBakr, the first Caliph, who had embraced Islam before she was born. Thus, she was not influenced by the former polytheistic religious tradition of pre-Islamic Arabia, and its stance for gender inequality. Aisha was also the third and favourite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, to whom she was divinely revealed:
From these events, it is evident that Aisha is a model of Islamic ethics and morality for Muslims, by following them diligently throughout her life. This development is an example of Aisha’s impact on Islam through a more...
...AishaBintAbuBakr was born on 615 CE and was the daughter of AbuBakr and the wife of the prophet Muhammad. She was involved in Islamic politics and was believed to be the 19th convert to the religion of Islam. She had a large impact on the Islamic faith and contributed to the development and expression of Islam and may be considered an inspiration to Muslim women in today’s society. It is also said that Muhammad received the most revelations in her company. Although she has made a positive outcome on the Islamic faith, there has been much dispute between Sunni’s and Shi’as if she was a good leader or not.
Aisha left over 2000 hadiths, but only 200 were included in accepted Hadith collections. The hadiths provided followers of the religion information on ways of living and even gave an insight into the Prophet Muhammad’s behaviour. In Hadith number 312 “An Ansari woman asked the Prophet how to take a bath after finishing from the menses. He replied, “Take a piece a cloth perfumed with musk and clean the private parts with it thrice. The Prophet felt shy and turned his face. So pulled her to me and told her what the Prophet meant.” This hadith showed Aisha’s role in the development and expression of Islam as she was somewhat an interpreter of the religious guidance that affected women’s ritual purity. It also shows that Muslim female leaders were taught the proper women...
...Asmaa bintAbuBakr belonged to a distinguished Muslim family. Her father, AbuBakr, was a close friend of the Prophet and the first Khalifah after his death. Her halfsister, Aishah, was a wife of the Prophet and one of the Ummahat al-Mumineen. Her husband, Zubayr ibn al-Awwam, was one of the special personal aides of the Prophet. Her son, Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr, became well known for his incorruptibility and his unswerving devotion to Truth.
Asma a herself was one of the first persons to accept Islam. Only about seventeen persons including both men and women became Muslims before her. She was later given the nickname Dhat an-Nitaqayn (the One with the Two Waistbands) because of an incident connected with the departure of the Prophet and her father from Makkah on the historic hijrah to Madinah.
Asma a was one of the few persons who knew of the Prophet's plan to leave for Madinah. The utmost secrecy had to be maintained because of the Quraysh plans to murder the Prophet. On the night of their departure, Asmaa was the one who prepared a bag of food and a water container for their journey. She did not find anything though with which to tie the containers and decided to use her waistband or nitaq. AbuBakr suggested that she tear it into two. This she did and the Prophet commended her action. From then on she became known as "the One with the Two Waistbands".
When the final...