Dedicated to my dear brother’s first-born child and all the Ayeshas out there.
What does the name Ayesha bring to mind?
Ayesha (RadiAllah Anhuma: May Allah be pleased with her) the young, red haired, petite intelligent wife of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
Ayesha (RA) enjoying the sport of archery on Eid, with her husband.Ayesha (RA) playful and fun, racing her husband, the Prophet of Allah.
Ayesha (RA) like many of us, a challenged cook.Ayesha (RA) sleeping in her one room house. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) gently moves her feet so as not to awaken her, to squeeze in a spot for sujood.
Ayesha (RA) standing tall when the town gossips about her and tries to tarnish her reputation.Ayesha (RA) standing her ground and only invoking Allah as her witness to clear her reputation and He (SWT) does in an ayah of the Quran
Ayesha (RA) unable to do wudu while traveling in the desert with her husband and Allah SWT reveals the ayah on Tayammum making it easy for her and all the generations of muslims to come.Ayesha (RA) with a memory precise and perfect in recollection.
Ayesha (RA) treating the sick with the prescriptions she had memorized from the visiting Hakeems and doctors.
Ayesha (RA) eloquent in speech and holding classes for the men and women of Islam who want to learn the Prophets Sunnah regarding his personal habits and prayer etc.
Ayesha (RA) becoming the carrier and transmitter of the Sunnah.
Ayesha (RA) standing in Doha (Chasht) prayer for hours.
Ayesha (RA) well organized so that all the work is done or planned such that she can stand in Doha prayer for hours.
Ayesha (RA) feeling jealous of Khadija RA (RasoolAllah’s first wife of twenty five years) when RasoolAllah voices Khadija’s (RA) name with love and remembrance laced in his tone.
Ayesha (RA) the beloved of the man who is the beloved of Allah.
Ayesha (RA) holding in her arms the most desirable and powerful man in the world as he bids goodbye to this world.
Ayesha (RA) having the emotional strength to have the tomb of her husband in her little one room house.
Ayesha (RA) ……sabir and shakir when she loses the love of her life, a wonderful loving husband and the Prophet of Allah.
Ayesha (RA) an indescribable mosaic of powerful spiritual femininity. She relied on Emaan, and intelligence rather than the transience of human beauty, and became a respected leader & scholar of the Sunnah for all times.
Does each girl child named Ayesha hold in her cells the genetic memory of the attributes of Ayesha RA?I wait in anticipation as the Ayeshas of this world release the tremendous feminine potential associated with this blessed name which they hold within them.
My dua: May Allah subhanawataa’la empower them to do so.