Sunday, 5 February 2012

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

Prophet (saw) Would Pray Towards A'isha While Her Legs Were Open!

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Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 1, Book 8, Number 379.  

Narrated Abu Salama: A'isha the wife of the Prophet (saw) said, "I used to sleep in front of Allah's Apostle and my legs were opposite his Qibla, and in prostration he pushed my legs and I withdrew them, and when he stood I stretched them.' A'isha added, "In those days the houses were without lights." 

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 1, Book 8, Number 380.

Narrated A'isha: Allah's Apostle (saw) prayed while I was lying like a dead body on his family bed between him and his Qibla. 

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 1, Book 8, Number 381. 

Narrated Urwa: The Prophet (saw) prayed while A'isha was lying between him and his Qibla on the bed on which they used to sleep.

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 1, Book 9, Number 492.

Narrated A'isha the wife of the Prophet (saw): "I used to sleep in front of Allah's Apostle with my legs opposite his Qibla (facing him); and whenever he prostrated, he pushed my feet and I withdrew them and whenever he stood, I stretched them." A'isha added, "In those days there were no lamps in the houses." 

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 1, Book 9, Number 498.

Narrated A'isha: It is not good that you people have made us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys. No doubt I saw Allah's Apostle praying while I used to lie between him and the Qibla and when he wanted to prostrate, he pushed my legs and I withdrew them. 

Saheeh Bukhari. Volume 2, Book 22, Number 300.

Narrated A'isha: I used to stretch my legs towards the Qibla of the Prophet (saw) while he was praying; whenever he prostrated he touched me, and I would withdraw my legs, and whenever he stood up, I would restretch my legs. 

We have presented six Hadith here. Three are from Aboo Salma and three from Urwa ibn Zubair. Traditions 379, 380 and 381 all appear in the chapter titled, 'To pray on the bed.' 
In traditions 379 and 381 A'isha testifies to her actions, whilst in 380 we are simply told of what the Prophet (saw) was doing. Tradition 491 appears in the chapter, 'To pray behind a sleeping person.' Whilst Tradition 492 appears in the chapter, 'To pray Nawafil behind a sleeping person.' Tradition 300 appears in the chapter entitled, 'What kinds of actions are permissible during prayer.'

If it is argued that all the traditions relate to a single momentous event we will point out that each is separate since:

  • Traditions 379, 380 and 381 appear in one chapter, if they were all the same event there would no need to have it repeated three times over. 
  • The remainder three traditions are all in separate chapters that again prove all three are separate.  
  • If any doubt remains then allow us to cite the fact that A'isha was so proud at this feat she deemed it a mark of her excellence for she states:

Ibn Sa'ad:

"He used to pray whilst I lied down infront of him, and he never done so with his other wives."

Source: Tabaqat Al-Kubra. Vol. 10, Pg. # 64.

This must have occurred on several occasions, since a distinction cannot be evidenced if it merely occurs on one or two occasions. A'isha discusses how she would sleep before him and would withdraw her legs, and whenever the Prophet (saw) stood up, she would re-stretch her legs. We invite those Nasibis that insist that they adhere to every aspect of the Sunnah to the letter and accordingly:

  • Wear Surma all the time
  • Wear Itar perfume
  • Use Siwak
  • Perform Ghusl on a Friday
  • Offer Tarawih prayers

To likewise implement this Sunnah that has been cascaded to them by their first lady. For men, the act of the Prophet (saw) is a Sunnah, and for ladies it is imperative that they adhere in line with the footsteps of A'isha. It is therefore important that a Salafi man places his wife onto the marital bed in the evening and waits until she falls asleep. Once she has done so, her husband should stand and make the intention of making nawafil prayers and commence his prayers whilst she sleeps in front of him. He can then think about the extent to which the performance of such prayers will be accepted by the Creator (swt). He can also contemplate how much spirituality has been acquired coupled with enjoyment, and why should he not assume that there will be some sort of rewards? After all, his children have the benefit of knowing that paradise lies at the feet of their mother and likewise, he must also acquire some sort of benefit. He can offer his Salaah and also elevate himself to paradise in the process!

The manners and respect that has been cascaded by A'isha is present for us all to see. A'isha made it clear to the Ummah that Salaah is not a normal act, rather it is an act via which spouses can evidence their undying love to one another. A'isha was pointing out that the Prophet (saw) even considered his love for her when he was praying. When the Prophet (saw) would pray and her legs would get in the way he would touch them, thus enabling him to taste the fruits of love and worship at the same time. This was a teaching that A'isha was seeking to cascade to men and women alike.

From the six traditions we can see one teaching specific to men, namely one can offer Salaah with one's wife asleep before him. It is fine if the wife can have her legs spread before you, or she can be in a slumber like a corpse, this in no way negates one’s Salaah. A Salafi man should have nothing to worry about.

We appeal to justice, what picture of Islam and the life of the immaculate Prophet (saw) has A'isha sought to paint through these traditions? Consider how shameless these narrations are. The Prophet (saw) is offering Salaah whilst his wife is spread out before him (saw) and even touches her. All this contact whilst the Prophet (saw) is seeking to prostrate. We are sure that no illiterate woman would act in such a disrespectful manner, nor would any man seek to pray with his wife laid out in front of him, with his wife’s legs spread out in the direction of the Qibla! The entire tradition seeks to lower the station of the Prophet (saw). No sincere believer would contemplate offering such a form of Salaah, since this is that act wherein the believer stands purely before Allah (swt) free of impediments, after all Prophet (saw) said, 'Salaah is the Miraj of the believers' – so would he seek to acquire this by offering his prayers before his sleeping wife whose feet would be situaated before the Qibla thus disrupting his ability to perform a proper prostration?


  1. LOL ! gr8 work brother ! jazaakAllaah ! subhaanAllaah !

  2. Salaam Brother.

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    They are nothing compared to your's, nonetheless brother, I wanted one reference which can tell me, who killed Prophet Muhammed (saws), just one brother.