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Ayesha

by Micha F. Lindemans
The last wife of Muhammad, daughter of Abu Bakr, one of Muhammad's closest companions. She and her father belonged to the Bani Tamim clan of the Quraysh tribe, the tribe to which Muhammad belonged as well. Muhammad married Ayesha in 622, soon after the Hegira, the migration to Medina. Her age at their wedding has been contentious issue. Several hadiths claim that she was six or seven years old when they were betrothed; other hadiths mention her age at nineteen or twenty. Ibn Ishaq, an early Muslim chronicler, calculated that her age was somewhere beteen fourteen and sixteen.

She is usually mentioned as his favorite wife, while others say that his first wife, Khadija, remained his favorite. Muhammad ultimately died in Ayesha's arms.


Article details:

  • Also known as:
    A'isha
    Aisha
  • Etymology:
    She who lives

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