Divine fear, love of Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, understanding of Quran and Hadees, [understanding of] Tafseer and Tashreeh [commentary], [expertise in] Fiqh and Fatawa, eloquence, abundant worship, obedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, generosity, courage and bravery, asceticism and contentment, gratefulness, humbleness and humility, weeping out of Divine fear, self-respect, affectionate behaviour towards the subordinates, helping the poor, unmatched attention to purdah, purity, modesty, etc., are indeed great qualities. If one wishes to know about a single woman who possessed all these qualities, such great personality is the mother of all Mu’mineen [Umm-ul-Mu`mineen], beloved wife of Rasoolullah, Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah Siddiqah Tayyibah Taahirah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا.
It was her distinctive glorious quality to carry out Nafl acts of worship steadfastly, along with Fard and Wajib acts of worship. She رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا had immense love for worship; she would perform Hajj every year. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 614, Hadees 1861) She would give special attention to Taraweeh [Salah] in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak. (Muwatta Imam Maalik, vol. 1, pp. 121)
Those Islamic sisters should learn a lesson from this narration who do not offer Taraweeh Salah because of laziness or miss it while roaming in the markets.
Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah Siddiqah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا would abundantly observe Nafl Siyam and offer Tahajjud, Ishraq, Chasht and other Nafl Salahs. Read the following three narrations:
1 Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahman Bin Abu Bakr رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ came to Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah Siddiqah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا on the day of ‘Arafah. She was observing Sawm [fast] at that time and water was being sprinkled over her (because of extreme hot weather). Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahman رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ humbly said, ‘[Please] break the Sawm.’ Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا replied, ‘Why will I break the Sawm when I have heard this saying of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم that the Sawm of the day of ‘Arafah is Kaffarah [expiation] for the previous year’s sins.’ (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 9, pp. 448, Hadees 25024)
2 Sayyiduna Imam Qaasim Bin Muhammad رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has stated: Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا would offer Tahajjud Salah very regularly and would often observe Sawm. (Seerat-e-Mustafa, pp. 660)
Just ponder! Umm-ul-Mu`mineen had such great yearning for worship and she رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا would show such great patience while worshipping in severe conditions that she would observe Nafl Siyam even in extreme hot weather. On the other hand, we show laziness in observing even the Fard Sawm.
3 Umm-ul-Mu`mineen Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah Siddiqah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا would offer 8 Rak’aat of Chasht [Salah] and then say: Even if my mother and father are raised, I will not miss these Rak’aat. (Muwatta Imam Maalik, vol. 1, pp. 153, Hadees 366)
It means: If I receive the news at the time of Ishraq that my parents have come [here] after coming back to life, I will not miss these Nafl for meeting them; instead, I will first offer these Nafl and then kiss their feet. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 2, pp. 299)
This saying and practice contains advice for those Islamic sisters who miss even the Fard Salahs, and remain sleeping till late morning after missing Fajr Salah. On the one hand there is Umm-ul-Mu`mineen’s enviable quality of steadfastness in Nawafil whereas on the other hand there is our regrettable condition that we do not offer even Fard Salahs, let alone the Nafl ones.
For the sake of Umm-ul-Mu`mineen Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah Siddiqah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا, may Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ make us the worshippers as well!
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم