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All that day, I kept weeping, with my tears never ceasing and no sleep touching my eyes. For the next two nights, I kept on weeping, and did not sleep at all, until my parents thought that my liver would burst because of so much crying. Thus, while my parents were sitting with me and I was weeping, an Ansari woman came and sought permission to enter. I granted her permission, she came in, sat down and started weeping too. While we were in this state, the Messenger of Allah (SWT) came, greeted us and sat down. He had not sat with me since the day that what was being said about me had been uttered. A month had elapsed and no divine inspiration had come to him concerning my case. The Messenger of Allah (SWT) recited the tashahhud and then said: O ‘A’ishah, I have been told some things about you. If you are innocent, Allah will soon reveal your innocence, and if you have committed a sin, repent to Allah and seek His forgiveness, for when a slave confesses his sins and seeks Allah’s forgiveness, Allah accepts his repentance.
When the Messenger of Allah (SWT) finished his speech, my tears finally ceased flowing, and I could no longer feel a single drop. I said to my father: Reply to the Prophet (SWT) on my behalf, concerning what he has said. My father said: By Allah, I do not know what to say to Allah’s Messenger (SM). Then I said to my mother: Reply to Allah’s Messenger (SWT) on my behalf, concerning what he has said. She said: By Allah, I do not know what to say to the Messenger of Allah (SWT). In spite of the fact that I was still a young girl and had little knowledge of the Qur’an, I said: By Allah, I certainly know that you have heard this (slanderous) speech and that it has been planted in your hearts (and minds) and you have taken it as the truth. Now, if I tell you that I am innocent and Allah knows that I am innocent you will not believe me; and if I confess to be guilty and Allah knows that I am innocent you will believe me. By Allah, I can find no similitude for me and you, except that of Joseph’s father when he said:
[١٨:سورة يوسف] فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ ۖ وَاللَّهُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَىٰ مَا تَصِفُونَ
(So [for me] patience is most fitting against that which you assert; it is Allah [Alone] Whose Help can be sought.) (Qur’an 12: 18)
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To read the previous part of this story, click here.CHAPTER THREEHe was patient with his wivesAllah, the Glorified and Exalted has described His beloved Messenger with the words:لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ...