Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 025, Hadith Number 023 (165).


Hazrat Abu Musa Ash’ari radiyallahu anhu says that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, The virtues of Aishah (radiyallahu anha) over other women is the same as the virtue of thareed over other foods.

Commentary.
From this hadith we learn the excellence and superiority of Sayyidatina Aishah radiyallahu anha over the other women, and thareed over other foods. Thareed is a delicacy in which bread is mixed with gravy. Besides being tasty and nourishing, it digests quickly and easily, and has other benefits too. It is a custom in Arabia to eat this delicacy, and was counted amongst the best foods.

There are many narrations wherein the excellence of Sayyidatina Aishah radiyallahu anha are mentioned. The Ulama differ in opinion regarding her excellence. Is it over all the women or are some exempted from this? Is she superior to Sayyidatina Khadijah radiyallahu anha and Sayyidatina Fatimah radiyallahu anha or not? Some are of the opinion that Sayyidatina Aishah radiyallahu anha is superior, and some say that Sayyidatina Fatimah radiyallahu anha is superior, while some are of the opinion that Sayyidatina Khadijah radiyallahu anha is the best of them all.

According to this humble servant, each is superior in a special manner to another. Sayyidatina Aishah radiyallahu anha is superior in that she was the most beloved of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam for her jurisprudence, and that a part of the Qur’aan was revealed while Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was resting in her lap. Sayyidatina Khadijah radiyallahu anha is superior as she was the first to accept Islam, and the first wife of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam, and due to many other virtues she is superior. Sayyidatina Fatimah radiyallahu anha is superior as she is the beloved and darling child of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. She is also the leader of the women in Jannah.

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