Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “The superiority of Aisha over other women is like the superiority of Tharid (a special gravy dish) to other meals.” (Bukhari)
During the final illness of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam he used to repeatedly ask, “Where will I be tomorrow?”, in the hope that he could spend his last days in the home of Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha. (Bukhari)
Once the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said to Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha: “O Aisha, Jibraeel sends salaams to you.” Aisha replied: “Upon him be salaams also together with the mercy and blessings of Allah.” (Bukhari)
The sublime character of Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha, her devotion to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, her virtue, intelligence, and eloquence were unparalleled in history. She was a perfect symbol of Islamic womanhood. She was only eighteen years of age when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam passed away. However, she related 2210 ahaadith.
There has been no woman like her in the whole history of Islam who understood the teachings of Islam so well and convincingly explained juristic issues to others. It is said that about a quarter of all the laws of Shariah are narrated
from her. (Fathul Baari)
Even the most eminent and learned Sahabah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam consulted her on intricate legal issues.
Imam Zahabi, one of the most eminent scholars of the science of hadith, writes about Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha in his Tazkiratul Huffaaz: “Among the Sahabah of the Prophet who were knowledgeable in jurisprudence she was the most prominent for even the leading jurists referred intricate questions of law to her for advice. Abu Musa says that if any companion of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam amongst us had any difficulty in finding out the real understanding of any Hadith, he used to ask Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha because she invariably knew about it.”
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam left this world while he was in the home of Hazrat Aisha Radhi Allahu Anha. Aisha mentions that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam breathed his last while he lay between her chest and neck.
She was fortunate to have the saliva of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mixed with her own a few moments before he left this world. Allah Ta’ala so willed that she had the honor of softening the miswaak which the Prophet
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam used just prior to him breathing his last.