Friday, 3 February 2012

The Life Of The Prophet (saw) From The Wife of the Prophet (saw) Part III

Prophet (saw) Observed A Public Display Of Male Bravado With A'isha  On His Shoulders!

All sources quoted can also be found from the following official websites of the opponents:

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 7, Book 62, Number 118.

Narrated Ursa: A'isha said, "While the Ethiopians were playing with their small spears, Allah's Apostle screened me behind him and I watched (that display) and kept on watching till I left on my own." So you may estimate of what age a little girl may listen to amusement. 

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 2, Book 15, Number 70.

Narrated A'isha: It was the day of 'Id, and the black people were playing with shields and spears; so I requested the Prophet (saw) or he asked me whether I would like to see the display. I replied in the affirmative. Then the Prophet (saw) made me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, "Carry on! O Bani Arfida!" Until I got tired. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) asked me, "Are you satisfied (Is that sufficient for you)?" I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave.

If one inspects the tradition carefully, it is clear that A'isha watched the entire display whilst seated upon the shoulders of the Prophet (saw). Our claim can be evidenced by the fact that we are informed from A'isha’s testimony that she was standing behind the Prophet (saw) so how was she then capable of observing the entire spectacle cheek to cheek with the Prophet (saw)? Did she take some growth hormone that enabled her to rise in height to such dramatic proportions, to the point that she was cheek to cheek with the Prophet (saw)? Or did she climb on to some cushions? Or was she riding on the back of the Prophet (saw)? Just contemplate the ages of the spouses. A'isha had not yet attained majority age whilst the Prophet (saw) was in his fifties. Was A'isha taller, shorter or the same size as the Prophet (saw)? If A'isha was of the same height or shorter she would have only been able to observe the spectacle cheek to cheek with the Prophet (saw), unless of course, she was on his (saw) shoulders.

The history books suggest that the middle-aged Prophet (saw) was of medium height. A'isha had not yet hit puberty so was bound to increase in height, but it is unlikely that at that time she would have been the same height as the Prophet (saw). This being the case, precisely how could her taller husband have enabled her to see the event by telling her to stand behind him (saw)? How was she then able to stand behind the Prophet (saw) and observe the event cheek to cheek? The only possible way that this could have happened was if she was watching the event on the shoulders of the Prophet (saw). 

Since Salafis always insist that their married lives should be a mirror image of that of the Prophet (saw) and A'isha, we would urge them to accordingly implement this Sunnah forthwith. It is essential they avers such traditions and accordingly accompany their wives to male displays of bravado and wrestling. Naturally to ensure complete compliance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) the Nasibis should ensure that their wives are raised either through physical carrying or via lift supports (for the heavier Salafi female) so that she is accordingly positioned cheek to cheek with her spouse, that way both spouses can enjoy the display and ensure complete conformity with the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw)!

Now we have some questions which we would invite the Salafis to clarify for us.

Our Questions:

1. The traditions allude to the Ethiopians conducting combat training, was it exclusively this group?

2. Are there any previous examples of the Sahaba conducting military training in the mosque of the Prophet (saw)?

3. Were those conducting this training Muslim or non-Muslim?

4. If they were non-Muslim what were the companions doing at the time?

5. If the Sahaba were present were they also partaking in these military exercises?

6. If they were not present, why not?

7. If they were present, what is the evidence?

8. If it was merely military training, what did Umar find so objectionable that caused him to intervene and rebuke the participants?

9. Did Umar object to Muslims partaking in combat training?

10. If so, what was his objection?

11. If he had no objection, why did he try and curtail it?

12. If it was combat training, why did the Prophet (saw) not point out the validity of such training when he stopped Umar ibn Al-Khattab?

13. If it was merely combat training, why would a young A'isha find it so enjoyable?

14. Was the Prophet (saw) seeking to equip Ai'sha with military training?

15. Was the right to learn this training exclusive to A'isha, or could his remaining wives and the wives and daughters of the Sahaba not also benefit from such training?

16. If no other female was entitled to watch this combat spectacle, why not?

17. If other females were present, who were they?

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