This is the fourth piece on Mariya the Copt, the Prophet Muhammed’s wife. The other three pieces can be seen here, here, and here.
In this piece, we try to give a statement from Aisha, the wife’s Prophet (p). Before Aisha died, she had asked Abdullah bin Zubair, that she did not want to be buried next to the grave of the Prophet (p) and his companions, rather, she wanted to be buried with her companions. Who are the companions? According to the scholars, the statement she made was referring to the wives of Prophet Muhammed (p). Aisha wanted to be buried next to the wives of the Prophet:
Aisha narrated that she made a will to `Abdullah bin Zubair, “Do not bury me with them (the Prophet and his two companions) but bury me with my companions (wives of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) in Al-Baqi as I would not like to be looked upon as better than I really am (by being buried near the Prophet).” (Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 2, Book 23, Hadith 474)
So what is important about this report? Well, Mariya, who some claim she was not a wife but a ‘slave’, was buried in al-Baqi. The same cemetery Aisha wanted to be buried in. This the cemetery where all the wives of Prophet Muhammed (p) were buried in:
“That same year Mariyah, the mother of Ibrahim son of the Prophet, died. Umar b. al-Khattab said the prayer over her bier. Her grave is in al-Baqi.” (The History of al-Tabari (“Tarikh al-Tabari”): Biographies Of The Prophet’s Companions And Their Successors – Al-Tabari’s Supplement to His History [Translated & Annotated by Ella Landau-Tasseron (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), State University of New York Press, Albany, 1998], volume 39 [Vol. XXXIX], page 22)
We may infer from this report and the previous that Aisha, Companions of Prophet Muhammed (p) accepted that Mariyah was among the wives of the Messenger. And the evidence in previous articles showed that she was married to the Prophet (p).
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