Aisha is famous for many things, including being the most beloved wife of the Prophet after Khadijah, or being the daughter of Abubakar As-Siddiq, the first Khalifah.
But here are a few things you didn’t know about Aisha:
1. She was one of the most knowledgeable of the Muslims: Aisha is known for her powerful intellect and as having very vast knowledge, probably more than most Muslims at the time. She is an important Islamic authority in matters on the Qur’an, Hadith, fiqh, poetry, geneology, and very importantly, General Medicine.
2. She led a war: Not only was she influential in matters of knowledge, she was also influential in matters of politics. For example, she is believed to have cemented this influence with her role as a judge and authority on issues regarding the prophet. She led the Battle of The Camel to push Ali to avenge the death of his predecessor, Uthman ibn Affan. She lost that battle, but still, she didn’t lose her influence. She later reconciled with Ali.
3. Allah defended her Himself from slander: Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was returning from a campaign and Aisha accidentally got separated and was stranded in the desert. Safwan bin Mu`attal, who was travelling separately happened to get to the same place where she was and seeing her stranded, brought his camel and made it kneel so that she could ride upon it. Then he set out leading the camel until they caught up with the army. This gave rise not just to suspicion, but allegations against them, with Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul, the leader of the hypocrites, being the foremost in spreading them.
The slander was so severe that it took a very strong emotional toll on the Prophet too. But Allah revealed an ayah in her defence;
“Verily those who brought forth the slander (against ‘Aishah) are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. Unto every man among them will be paid that which he had earned of the sin, and as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment.” [Surah Nur:11] Read all the way to 21.
4. The Prophet died in her arms: The Prophet spent the last days of his life in Aisha’s room. If his last words were “there is no god but God. How difficult it is to surrender the soul”, he said this regarding the pangs of death. Aisha is believed to have been 18 at the time.
5. Aisha died 46 years later: She died quietly in Madina, as she had already resigned from the political scene after the battle of the camel. This was the 17th of Ramadan, 58AH, the 57th anniversary of the pivotal day for Muslims till this day, the Battle of Badr. Her Janazah was led by the renowned sahabi, Abu Hurairah.
May Allah be pleased with her (radiallahu anhu).