Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
In the last few days there has been a lot of discussions about Junaid Jamshed’s “alleged” blasphemy against mother of the believers Sayyida Aisha (RA) and then emotional apology. Observing from the comments, it is becoming apparent that most people have not heard the original clip, not analysed the evidence and are merely jumping on the bandwagon! Interestingly, many in the west are not fluent in Urdu so have no clue as to what was said in the “original” offense or the apology.
Here is the breakdown with full English translation:
Amma (mother) Aisha (RA) used to demand attention from Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam). She was the most beloved, the most dear so she used to demand attention and lie down faking an illness. The Nabi of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) used to arrive (home) and seek to ask about her wellbeing.
One day she wrapped her forehead and was crying in pain “Ah! Ah”, Nabi of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) arrived and asked, “What happened Aisha (RA)?” My head is about to explode, I am very sick!
Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) replied, “O Aisha (RA) if you passed away in this condition the Nabi of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) would perform your Janazah (funeral) prayer how fortunate would you be?”
She bolted and sat upright and threw the cloth from her forehead and said, “You want me to die so you can go to other (wives)”.
This is the evidence that a woman cannot change her (nature) even despite being in the company of Nabi of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam). The nature of a woman cannot change despite being in the company of Nabi of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) so don’t try to change it otherwise you will break it. She is from a bent rib so if you force it (you will break it)!
Evidence for Junaid Jamshed’s "alleged" blasphemy:
The Headache issue:
Chapter of Saheeh Bukhari:
باب قول المريض إني وجع أو وا رأساه أو اشتد بي الوجع
Chapter: To say "I am sick," or "Oh, my head!" or "My ailment has been aggravated"
Hadeeth of Saheeh Bukhari:
حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ يَحْيَى أَبُو زَكَرِيَّاءَ أَخْبَرَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ بْنُ بِلَالٍ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ سَعِيدٍ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ الْقَاسِمَ بْنَ مُحَمَّدٍ قَالَ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ وَا رَأْسَاهْ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاكِ لَوْ كَانَ وَأَنَا حَيٌّ فَأَسْتَغْفِرَ لَكِ وَأَدْعُوَ لَكِ فَقَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ وَا ثُكْلِيَاهْ وَاللَّهِ إِنِّي لَأَظُنُّكَ تُحِبُّ مَوْتِي وَلَوْ كَانَ ذَاكَ لَظَلِلْتَ آخِرَ يَوْمِكَ مُعَرِّسًا بِبَعْضِ أَزْوَاجِكَ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَلْ أَنَا وَا رَأْسَاهْ لَقَدْ هَمَمْتُ أَوْ أَرَدْتُ أَنْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَى أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَابْنِهِ وَأَعْهَدَ أَنْ يَقُولَ الْقَائِلُونَ أَوْ يَتَمَنَّى الْمُتَمَنُّونَ ثُمَّ قُلْتُ يَأْبَى اللَّهُ وَيَدْفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ أَوْ يَدْفَعُ اللَّهُ وَيَأْبَى الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
Narrated Al-Qasim bin Muhammad: `Aisha, (complaining of headache) said, "Oh, my head"! Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "I wish that had happened while I was still living, for then I would ask Allah's Forgiveness for you and invoke Allah for you." Aisha said, "Wa thuklayah! By Allah, I think you want me to die; and If this should happen, you would spend the last part of the day sleeping with one of your wives!" The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Nay, I should say, 'Oh my head!' I felt like sending for Abu Bakr and his son, and appoint him as my successor lest some people claimed something or some others wished something, but then I said (to myself), 'Allah would not allow it to be otherwise, and the Muslims would prevent it to be otherwise".[Bukhari]
Further (recommended) reading:
Commentary of Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani (RA) on the Hadeeth
Women being bent-rib issue:
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - : اسْتَوْصُوا بِالنِّسَاءِ خَيْرًا فَإِنَّهُنَّ خُلِقْنَ مِنْ ضِلَعٍ وَإِنَّ أَعْوَجَ شَيْءٍ فِي الضِّلَعِ أَعْلَاهُ فَإِنْ ذَهَبْتَ تُقِيمُهُ كَسْرَتَهُ ، وَإِنْ تَرَكْتَهُ لَمْ يَزَلْ أَعْوَجَ فَاسْتَوْصُوا بِالنِّسَاءِ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
Abu Hurayrah (RA). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Treat women kindly, for woman was created from a bent rib, and the most crooked part of the rib is the top part, so treat women kindly.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
Further (recommended) reading:
Any Commentary on this Hadeeth and Fatwa of Ulama based on the Hadeeth.
Blasphemy or dramatization?
When facts are viewed in light of Hadeeth it is clear that Junaid Jamshed isn't guilty of blasphemy but he is guilty of dramatization of the events! He is laughing, smiling, giggling and play acting and slightly exaggerating the events which actually occurred.
But those who have sickness in their hearts have made a mountain out of a molehill. Our dear and beloved Hazrat (Shaykh) Arslan. (Damat Barakatuhum) has referenced a small talk by a Scholar Maulana Irshad (HA) and his explanation is bang on the money and it translates as:
Jazakallah Maulana Ibraheem Isa, you have given the references and I would like to add a few points to the discussion.
It is correct that saying “seeking attention” puts an artificial twist & slant to the issue. It is beyond the grandeur and status of mother of the believers Aisha (RA) and Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) that she was (Na’audho-billah) acting it out or showing it off.
We can speculate that perhaps the intention of Junaid Jamshed was to demonstrate that when Sayyidina Aisha (RA) had a headache then as a wife it was (a natural desire) for the husband i.e. Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) to divert his attention towards her. When he (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) came home she was crying in pain (o my head, o my head) so it can be speculated that she was drawing the attention of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) towards her suffering.
The second thing which Junaid Jamshed said was that the natural disposition of a woman cannot change even despite the companionship of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) this statement in its spirit is correct. So when we combine the two statements together perhaps Junaid Jamshed was trying to articulate that the natural disposition which Allah (SWT) has placed in a woman then it can’t be that after coming into the companionship of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) these natural (desires and disposition) will be change and she will become a fully observant drone then it can’t happen.
These natural desires and dispositions were expressed by the mothers of the believers on numerous occasions and this (wasn’t) the only occasion. During the incident of Al-Ifk when revelation was descending upon Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) and his body was shaking Sayyidina Abu Bak’r (RA) had asked Sayyida Aisha (RA) to hold him (in an embrace to protect his trembling body) but she declined. After revelation when Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) informed her about her innocence (which was revealed by Allah (SWT)) she said that Praise & Gratitude to Allah (SWT) and not to you (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam).
There are other incidents.
In a journey when Sayyida Aisha (RA) had swapped her camel with (likely) Sayyida Hafsa (RA) then she felt some sadness when Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) joined Sayyida Hafsa (RA) so she was placing her foot in the grass for (an) insect to bite!
The summary of these incidents when considered (together) point out that perhaps Junaid Jamshed was trying to articulate that the natural desires and disposition of a woman will not change. However, the error of Junaid Jamshed is that (similar to Naseem Hijazi) he spiced up the incidents a little bit which may lead (some) to imagine that it was the (modern day romanticism of today’s couples) and this is against Adab. Junaid Jamshed should not just repent but should explain to people the background because mere repentance would paint the incident in the worst light i.e. that he has uttered the worst blasphemy (potential expulsion from Islam). The explanation he should do should articulate that I meant that human nature, desires and disposition remain and they do not change! They may alter a little but natural disposition does not change. We know the incidents of the Sahaba (RA) with their wives and the four (4) Caliphs with their wives, their differences and these are all part of natural human disposition which don’t vanish or disappear due to companionship of a pious person or even a Prophet. The gradation of truth vs falsehood changes, nearness towards Allah (SWT) is achieved, of course the highest rank of closeness towards Allah (SWT) is achieved through the companionship of a Prophet.
That leaves us to the utterings of Peer Muzaffar Shah and their ignorant (group) who are hell bent on declaring Junaid Jamshed an absolute apostate! May Allah (SWT) protect us from the rants of these ignoramuses (Ameen). May Allah (SWT) protect us from these wretched ones (Ameen). The truth is that they want to work to expel people from the sanctuary of Islam!
In the Name of Allah (SWT), The Most Beneficient, The Most Merciful
Respected and honourable, elders, brothers and my Sisters,
Sometime ago due to ignorance, lack of knowledge and ignorance I uttered some words regarding Amma (mother) Sayyida Aisha (RA) [sobbing] which were against the grandeur and status of such a personality, it was my mistake.
My mistake was committed due to my ignorance, my lack of knowledge. I am not a Scholar, I am not a Mufti and I admit in front of the Ummah and I accept my mistake. I sincerely repent from Allah (SWT) and I beseech to be forgiven. I stand before you (humiliated& distraught) and beg of your forgiveness. I made a mistake and I admit my mistake but it was neither intentional nor deliberate because [sobbing] the one who intentionally and deliberately says something (blasphemous) regarding Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassalam) or the Sahabah or wives of the Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassalam) loses his faith…
So I again sincerely ask forgives from you (all).
[crying] And I also hope that you will forgive your brother and I sincerely appreciate the efforts of those (brothers) who pointed the error and made me aware of it and made me realise the gravity of my error.
[sobbing] I request that you make dua for me for Allah (SWT) to grant me the ability to express the truth.
I have been in this work of Dawah for 17 years and sometimes do 3 talks a day, a mistake has happened once. Look, only the Prophets are free from mistakes we all can make mistakes and my mistake (I can assure you) was neither intentional nor deliberate.
I made a mistake and not only me but this is also NOT the opinion of (our) Tableeghi Jamaat.
Please forgive your brother.
Shaykh (Mufti) Ibn Adam (HA):
unrelated but relevant to the discussion