In this last piece on Aisha and Muhammed (p) we are continuing to write on certain words which have been mistranslated by missionaries. We aim to give their true meanings in their historical context.
In this article, we are going to go over the Arabic word “mirt” (مرط). According to some deceitful missionaries they claim that Prophet Muhammed (p) used to wear his wife’s dress. The following mistranslated reports are used:
From the English translation of the Sahih collection of Imam Muslim, Book 031, Number 5984:
The Book Pertaining to the Merits of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (Kitab Al-Fada’il Al-Sahabah)
‘A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Apostle, said: The wives of Allah’s Apostle sent Fatima, the daughter of Allah’s Messenger, to Allah’s Apostle. She sought permission to get in as he had been lying with me IN MY MANTLE… The wives of Allah’s Apostle then sent Zainab b. Jahsh, the wife of Allah’s Apostle… She, however, lost temper very soon but was soon calm. Allah’s Messenger permitted her to enter as she (‘A’isha) was along with Allah’s Messenger IN HER MANTLE, in the same very state when Fatima had entered (http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/muslim/031.smt.html#031.5984)
From the Sahih collection of Imam Muslim, Hadith Number 4472
Volume Title, “From the Virtues of the Companions.”
Chapter Title, “From the Virtues of Aisha.”
Narrated by al-Hassan ibn Ali al-Hilwani, narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Nadir, narrated by Abd ibn Hamid, narrated by Yakun ibn Ibrahim ibn Sa’d Ibn, narrated by his father, narrated by Salih ibn Shihab, narrated by Muhammadibn Abdel Rahman ibn Harith ibn Hisham related that Aisha, the wife of the prophet, said,
“The wives of the prophet sent Fatimah, the daughter of the prophet, to him and she requested permission to enter while he was lying down on my bed (wearing) IN (fee) MY ROBE (Mirt). He gave her permission to enter and she told him that his wives had sent her to him seeking justice concerning the daughter of Abu Kahafa (Aisha). The prophet said to her, ‘O daughter, do you not love what I love?’ She replied, ‘Yes! I do.’ He then said to her, ‘Then love her also.’ So Fatimah got up when she heard that from the prophet and returned to the wives of the prophet.
Then the wives sent to the prophet Zaynab Bint Jahsh… who requested permission from the prophet to enter while he was with Aisha IN (fee) HER ROBE (Mirt) and in the same state that Fatimah found him in.” Source- http://hadith.al-islam.com/Display/Display.asp?hnum=4472&doc=1
The first report is taken from a website. The second report is directly translated by Christian missionaries. From the above deceptive translations, missionaries have concocted the lie that Muhammed (p) used to wear his wife’s clothes.
The fact is, what the Prophet (p) had was a cover i.e., a sheet or blanket, as the following official translation from reputable scholars show:
“ 83 – (2442) Aishah, the wife of the Prophet said : ‘The wives of the Prophet sent Fatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allah to the Messenger of Allah. She asked permission to enter when he was lying down with me under my COVER, and he gave her permission. She said : ‘O Messenger of Allah your wives have sent me to you to ask you to be just with regard to the daughter of Abu Quhafah.’ I (Aishah) kept quiet. The Messenger of Allah said to her : ‘O my daughter, do you not love that which I love?’ She said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘Then love this one.’ Fatimah got up when she heard that from the Messenger of Allah, and she went back to the wives of the Messenger of Allah and told them what she had said, and what the Messenger of Allah had said to her. They said to her: ‘You have been of no avail for us. Go back to the Messenger of Allah and say to him: ‘Your wives urge you to be just with regard to the daughter of Abu Quhafah.’ Fatimah said: ‘By Allah, I will never speak to him about her.’ Aishah said: ‘The wives of the Prophet sent Zainab bint Jahsh, the wife of the Prophet, who was the one who was the closest of them to me in status before the Messenger of Allah. I have never seen any woman who was better in religious commitment than Zainab, more fearing of Allah, more truthful in speech, more keen to uphold family ties, more generous in giving charity, or more to draw close to Allah.But she was quick to lose her temper, although she would calm down as quickly. She asked permission to enter upon the Messenger of Allah was with Aishah BENEATH HER COVER, as he was when Fatimah had come in. The Messenger of Allah gave her permission and she said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, your wives have sent me to you to ask you to be just with regard to the daughter of Abu Quhafah.’ Then she showed harhness towards me and insulted me, and I was watching the Messenger of Allah to see if he would allow me to respond. This went on, until I realized that the Messenger of Allah would not object if I responded. When I started responding, I answered back to everything that she had said. And the Messenger of Allah said, smiling: ‘She is the daughter of Abu Bakr.’ (English Translation of Sahih Muslim, compiled by Imam Abul Hussain Muslim bin al-Hajjaj [Ahadith edited and referenced by Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair Ali Za’i, Translated by Nasiruddin al-Khattab (Canada), Edited by Huda Khttab (Canada), Final review by Abu Khaliyl (USA), Maktaba Dar-us-Salam, 2007] volume 6, page 295 – 297. (Virtues Of The Companions. Chapter 13. The Virtues Of Aishah, The Mother Of The Believers.  82 – (2441))
In another report where the exact same word (mirt) is used, Aisha states that the mirt was covering her and Muhammed (p). Showing that mirt (مرط) means a piece of cloth, sheet or a blanket:
“370. Aishah narrated: ‘The Messenger of Allah would pray at night and I would be next to him and I would be in my menses. I would have a Mirt OVER ME, AND A PART OF IT WOULD BE ON HIM.’” (Sahih) (English Translation of Sunan Abu Dawud, compiled by Imam Hafiz Abu Dawud Sulaiman bin Ash’ath, [Ahadith edited & referenced by: Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair Ali Za’I, Translated by Yaser Qadhi (USA), Final review by: Abu Khaliyl (USA), Mataba Dar-us-Salam, 2008], volume 1, page 234 (Chapter 133 – Concession In this Regard. The Book of Purification No. 370))
Here is a screenshot for the above quote from the book, Sunan Abu Dawud:
Here is another Hadith translated by a reputable scholar where he states that “mirt” is a “bed-Sheet”:
“A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), and Uthman both reported that Abu Bakr sought permission from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) for entrance (in his apartment) as he had been lying on his bed covered with the BED-SHEET (MIRT)of A’isha, and he gave permission to Abu Bakr in that very state and he, having his need fulfilled, went back. Then Umar sought permission and it was given to him in that very state and, after having his need fulfilled, he went back. And ‘Uthman reported: Then I sought permission from him and he got up and raid to A’isha: Wrap yourself well with your cloth, then I got my need fulfilled and came back. And A’isha said: Allah’s Messenger, why is it that I did not see you feeling any anxiety in case of dressing properly in the presence of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with them) as you showed in case of ‘Uthman. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Verily Uthman is a person who is very modest and I was afraid that if I permitted him to enter in this very state he would not inform me of his need. (Sahih Muslim Book 031, Number 5907. The Book Pertaining to the Merits of the Companions (Allah Be Pleased With Them) of the Holy Prophet (May Peace Be Upon Him) (Kitab Al-Fada’il Al-Sahabah), Chapter 3: MERITS OF UTHAMN B. ‘AFFAN (ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM), [Translator: Abdul Hamid Siddiqui])
حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْمَلِكِ بْنُ شُعَيْبِ بْنِ اللَّيْثِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي، عَنْ جَدِّي، حَدَّثَنِي عُقَيْلُ، بْنُ خَالِدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْعَاصِ، أَنَّ سَعِيدَ بْنَ الْعَاصِ، أَخْبَرَهُ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ زَوْجَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَعُثْمَانَ حَدَّثَاهُ أَنَّ أَبَا بَكْرٍ اسْتَأْذَنَ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَهُوَ مُضْطَجِعٌ عَلَى فِرَاشِهِ لاَبِسٌ مِرْطَ عَائِشَةَ فَأَذِنَ لأَبِي بَكْرٍ وَهُوَ كَذَلِكَ فَقَضَى إِلَيْهِ حَاجَتَهُ ثُمَّ انْصَرَفَ ثُمَّ اسْتَأْذَنَ عُمَرُ فَأَذِنَ لَهُ وَهُوَ عَلَى تِلْكَ الْحَالِ فَقَضَى إِلَيْهِ حَاجَتَهُ ثُمَّ انْصَرَفَ . قَالَ عُثْمَانُ ثُمَّ اسْتَأْذَنْتُ عَلَيْهِ فَجَلَسَ وَقَالَ لِعَائِشَةَ ” اجْمَعِي عَلَيْكِ ثِيَابَكِ ” . فَقَضَيْتُ إِلَيْهِ حَاجَتِي ثُمَّ انْصَرَفْتُ فَقَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا لِي لَمْ أَرَكَ فَزِعْتَ لأَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا كَمَا فَزِعْتَ لِعُثْمَانَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” إِنَّ عُثْمَانَ رَجُلٌ حَيِيٌّ وَإِنِّي خَشِيتُ إِنْ أَذِنْتُ لَهُ عَلَى تِلْكَ الْحَالِ أَنْ لاَ يَبْلُغَ إِلَىَّ فِي حَاجَتِهِ ” .”
When we also consult Arabic Lexicons (Dictionaries), we find that “mirt” was a piece of cloth, in former times was wrapped around. Mirt is something that is not sewed:
“مرط A [garment of the kind called] …, of WOOL, or of … [q.v.], (S, Mgh, Msb, K, TA,) or of linen, (TA,) and of hair-CLOTH, being tropically applied to one of this last description in a trad. Of Aisheh, (MF,) used as an … [i.e. a WAIST-WRAPPER,] (S, Mgh, Msb,) in former times, (S,) and sometimes a woman throws it OVER HER HEAD, (Mgh,) and WRAPS HERSELF IN IT; (mgh, Msb : ) or a green [perhaps meaning gray as is often the case] garment : or any garment that is NOT SEWED ; (TA : ) see 2 : ) pl. …” (Edward Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon (Dictionary) volume 6, page 2709 – 2710)
One of the oldest Arabic dictionaries, Lisan al-Arab – Ibn Manzur (1232 – 1311) states.
“Mirt is any un-sewn cloth” (Lisan al-Arab, by Ibn Manzur, online source)
With the foregoing in perspective, we get a clear picture that the “mirt” the Prophet Muhammed (p) had was a sheet which covered him. The Arabic dictionaries further clarified that mirt is anything that is not sewed.
Visit the following related articles on the same matter:
(1) – “Aisha’s Thawb: Was It A Blanket Or Dress? [Part 1]”
(2) – “Aisha’s Thawb: Missionary Deception Unveiled [Part 2]”
(3) – “Aisha’s Lihaaf (Blanket), Cross Dressing Lie“