New Lecture (Part 1 out of 4)

Posted: November 29, 2008 in Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, The Story of the Ifk


Alhamdulilah, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to various lectures in the last week or so, and masha’Allah I must say I’ve enjoyed them all. Aside from the usual audio islam lectures, I’ve come across some wonderful lectures on the TDC site from the previous year= Beautiful topics and discussions, practically everything for the whole family, the parents, wives, husbands, children..etc.

The lecture below, from audio islam holds a special place in my heart as its about Aisha r.a., one of the many beloved wives of the Prophet s.a.w. Its about a story of courage of a young wife and her determination against rumors and her journey in convincing her community and her husband of the truth. May Allah make us the likes of Aisha r.a, who against all opposition stuck to the truth untill Allah came to her aid.

Story of the Ifk: Part I

  • Our whole way of life, aqeedah, manners, is all from the Prophet s.a.w. And its from the hikmah of the Allah to bring a man to show us the way of things.
  • One of the strongest ways of increasing in our Iman, is to read/learn about the Seerah of the Prophet s.a.w.
  • When we hear about the strength, courage, Iman, resolve, reliance on Allah, his s.a.w. miracles- ones Iman boosts up.
  • Best book: Ar-Rihil Muqtoom (authentic-very well written)
  • So much lessons to extract from/analyze
  • 1st story: very moving/traumatic state in the Prophet s.a.w. family
  • So much happened- our hearts soften, see the pain all who were involved and went through. Aisha r.a., Abu Bakr r.a, and the Prophet s.a.w himself
  • Ifk: means slander
  • Happened on the 6th year, Qazwatul Mur3at-the expedition the Prophet s.a.w. took part in.
  • Allah brought down -20 verses speaking about this incident, Imam Bukhar-narrated in his book. Aisha r.a herself narrates-authentic story for us to know about.
  • The chain: Imam Bukhari to Imam Ashihab Az- Zuhri to Urwat ibn Zuybar to Said Ibn Musayid to 3alkama Ibn Waqqas to Baydil Ibn Abdullah (4 people all of them narrated from Aisha r.a)
  • Imam Ashihab Az-zuhri-one of the most famous Tabi3ul -after the first generation (he narrates from the most famous Tabi3een)
  • One of them, Urwat Ibn Zuyabar is the nephew of Aisha r.a (Urwat’s mother was Asma bint Abi Bakr )
  • Ibn Shihab says he heard all four of them tell him the same story, each one said it in great detail, some of them gave details that others didn’t give.
  • Combining all the information and making it into one collective story-permissible.
  • Aisha r.a. said whenever he went anywhere who would cast out lots to see which wife would go with him. This is shows his just ways (according to many Ulamaa the Prophet s.a.w was exempted from the rule of being just with all his wives-equality all over), Yet despite this fact, he still practiced-he voluntarily fair with all of them-one night for each-spending time-equality etc.
  • Casting lots is halal if the means for which you do it for his halal, if the means for which to do it are haram, then casting lots becomes haram.  I.e gambling.
  • The Prophet s.a.w would even take his wives for expedition-even during time of war, with the condition that the chances that they were going to win was strong, if danger high he would take them.
  • Aisha r.a  name came up, and she was to accompany the Prophet s.a.w, this was after the revelations of the ayahs pertaining to hijab, therefore she traveled in her howdaj-small tent placed on top of camel.
  • This shows that in general men aren’t allowed to look at women-even if in hijaab-shows as to why Aisha r.a was placed in howdaj. She had a protective barrier.
  • After the expedition, the Prophet s.a.w gave orders to camp outside medina for the night, and in the morning enter the city. (It was the sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w to not enter medina at night, he s.a.w would actually tell the companions to not return from a trip at night. He s.a.w would say do not scare the people of the household. Meaning to camp outside, and news would spread in town that they are back.)
  • Aisha r.a continued-when the orders where given to settle down, she went to go and relieve herself -when she came back she felt her neck and found that her onyx necklace had broken-she went back and was delayed in looking for the necklace. In the meantime the people, who were assigned to carry the howdage had already placed on the camel presuming that she was already in it. And during those days women were very thin, and they hadn’t put on a lot of weight, they use to eat a morsel of food, so the men didn’t question the lightness of the howdage. She was also young.
  • When she returned, the group had already left.
  • (Sunnah: relieving far away, where no one else can see)
  • The simplicity of Aisha r.a.-necklace-quartz-wasn’t gold etc.
  • Another lesson: not wasting money-the necklace was simple but Aisha r.a didn’t waste it, and instead went to go look for it. The lesson in not wasting our money.
  • Aisha r.a. -made excuses for her muslim brothers in their mistake of leaving her behind.
  • She stayed in her place thinking that they would return for her once they realized she was missing.
  • While she was waiting, she fell asleep. One of the campanions Safwan ibn Sulaamee was lagging behind from the army-he didn’t get up early with the army-he walked up to the place where Aisha r.a was sleeping and saw the shape of a person sleeping, when he saw her, he had recognized her, as he remembered her from before the revelations-verses of hijaab.
  • When he recognized her, Aisha r.a . was awakened by his exclamation of “Laa hawla Wala Quwata” And she covered her face with her outer garment.
  • Bravery/Intelligent: She stays where she is thinking
  • Sunnah: of saying “Laa hawla Wala Quwata”
  • Verses of pertaining to hijaab-shows when verses of  hijaab was revealed the woman covered their faces.
  • She covered her face with her outer garment after she saw him. Those modernist who claim that the “niqaab” was invented by Persians, and sayings that the niqaab didn’t exist during the time of the Prophet s.a.w are incorrect, as this hadeeth is found in saheeh Bukhari-very authentic.
  • Lesson: Whether one says niqaab was wajib or not, it was still there and placed in practice during the Prophet s.a.w time.
  • She said that they didn’t speak to one another at all and she didn’t hear anything from him except, “Laa hawlaa walla quwata”, then she mounted the camel, and he guided it back into medina.
  • Abdullah ibn ubay ibn Sulool (the leader of those who spread rumors of Aisha r.a.)
  • He was the leader of the hypocrites=Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Sulool
  • Lesson: The manners and ways of Sufwan in that he didn’t even speak to Aisha r.a. Also shows the tough position Sufwan was placed in that he knew something had gone wrong, but he didn’t want to leave Aisha r.a by herself. The only intelligent thing that he could do, was to take Aisha r.a back to the caravan.
  • After that when Aisha r.a arrived to Medina, she fell with a fever for a whole month. She didn’t realize what happening, or rumors. She was about 16 years old. The inhabitants of Medina were all talking about things, Aisha r.a was secluded in her home.
  • She didn’t know what was happening but she was hurt in not seeing the tenderness that she use to see from the Prophet s.a.w when she was sick. He s.a.w. would enter upon them-the women tending to Aisha and her and ask them “How are all of you doing?”, then he s.a.w. would leave.
  • Lesson: The confusion from the Prophet s.a.w-he hears the rumors and he knows his wife, but doesn’t know what to do. He leaves it alone, and doesn’t talk about the subject as Aisha r.a is sick.

To be continued….

Lecture may be found @


  1. Rubber says:

    it wasnt like that; Muhammad SAW tried to console her! heSAW said that best thing is patience like yusufAS dad had for his son.

  2. qarisister says:

    Assalama ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

    According to the lecture, it was Aisha r.a who stated the patience of Yusuf alahyhi sallam. Please see lecture 3 on this. In a lot of ways the prophet sal allahu sallam was super confused about this issue, he s.a.w. didn’t discuss with her right away, and when he s.a.w. he mentioned that if she had done this to seek forgiveness from Allah etc. And thats when Aisha r.a. herself mentions the part of the patience aspect, because she saw that her parents and everyone was confused and didn’t know what to think.

    “Next, she says she was very young and had not memorized much of the quran and could not remember the name of the father of Yusuf. -Yaqoob- She says “ I know you have heard these rumors, they have settled in your hearts, and if I said no you would not believe me, If I said yes you would believe me, but I would be lying. She continued and says “you would remember the father of “Yusuf” said “fasabarun Jamil..wallahu musta3ano 3ala maa tasifoon” -she made a mistake in saying Yusuf. “Patience is beautiful..and I only turn to Allah and I seek His help in what you have said” Meaning of Yaqoob-he knew when the brothers of Yusuf brought his clothing and said a wolf ate him, he knew they were lying and didn’t believe them.”

    And in a lot of ways, because of the turmoil and confusion that was happening, Allah azza wa jala came to aid her in her cause, because the Prophet sal allahu sallam being a man; i.e a human being, he saw was also confused. And Allah knows best!

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