Some time back, I had written an article on this issue, where in I presented a few examples of Ayesha contradicting her own narrations [1]. So this is not the only time she did that. But let us see another example in this regard

There is a narration narrated by many Sahaba, which says


يَقْطَعُ الصَّلَاةَ الْمَرْأَةُ وَالْحِمَارُ وَالْكَلْبُ

A woman, an ass and a dog disrupt the prayer [2]


However, in the chapter of Sahih Muslim, Ayesha negates it strongly. We find


(512) وَحَدَّثَنِي عَمْرُو بْنُ عَلِيٍّ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ أَبِي بَكْرِ بْنِ حَفْصٍ، عَنْ عُرْوَةَ بْنِ الزُّبَيْرِ، قَالَ: قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ: مَا يَقْطَعُ الصَّلَاةَ؟ قَالَ: فَقُلْنَا الْمَرْأَةُ وَالْحِمَارُ. فَقَالَتْ: «إِنَّ الْمَرْأَةَ لَدَابَّةُ سَوْءٍ لَقَدْ رَأَيْتُنِي بَيْنَ يَدَيْ رَسُولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مُعْتَرِضَةً، كَاعْتِرَاضِ الْجَنَازَةِ وَهُوَ يُصَلِّي»  

‘Urwa b. Zubair reported: ‘A’isha asked: What disrupts the prayer? We said: The woman and the ass. Upon this she remarked: Is the woman an ugly animal? I lay in front of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) like the bier of a corpse and he said prayer. [3]


But interestingly, We find her narrating in Musnad Ahmad


رقم الحديث: 23987
(حديث مرفوع) حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْمُغِيرَةِ ، قَالَ : حَدَّثَنَا صَفْوَانُ ، قَالَ : حَدَّثَنَا رَاشِدُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، قَالَتْ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ” لَا يَقْطَعُ صَلَاةَ الْمُسْلِمِ شَيْءٌ إِلَّا الْحِمَارُ ، وَالْكَافِرُ ، وَالْكَلْبُ ، وَالْمَرْأَةُ ” فَقَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ، لَقَدْ قُرِنَّا بِدَوَابِّ سُوءٍ .

Ayesha said that I heard Prophet (asws) saying that Prayer of a Muslim is not disrupted by anything except donkey, Non Muslim, Dog and Woman. She said: O Prophet! you counted us with ugly animals [4]


Sheikh Hamza Ahmad Zain coutned the narration Sahih/Authentic in Chain/sanad [5]

Shokani commented on the authenticity of this narration in his Neel ul Autar, and said


وَعَنْ عَائِشَةَ عِنْدَ أَحْمَدَ قَالَتْ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -: «لَا يَقْطَعُ صَلَاةَ الْمُسْلِمِ شَيْءٌ إلَّا الْحِمَارُ وَالْكَافِرُ وَالْكَلْبُ وَالْمَرْأَةُ، لَقَدْ قُرِنَّا بِدَوَابِّ السُّوءِ» . قَالَ الْعِرَاقِيُّ: وَرِجَالُهُ ثِقَاتٌ

And Ayesha said in (Musnad) Ahmad: Holy Prophet (asws) said………I’raqi said that Narrators are all Thiqa [6]






1- The article can be read on this link. I had given many examples.

2- In Sahih Muslim, This narration has been narrated by Abu Huraira (no. 511), Abu Dhar (510). English translation can be checked Online here.

Apart from these, Sheikh Albany in his book, Mokhtasir Sahih al Jami al Sagheer, p. 446 mentioned narrations from Abu Huraira, Abdullah bin Maghfal, and a similar narration from Ibn Abbas (which said that Salat was broken by a menstruating lady and dog). Sheikh Albany termed all of them as Sahih.

3- Sahih Muslim, Online link for Arabic and English versions from which I have quoted.

4- Musnad Ahmad, Urdu version, 11/153 Here is the online link

5- Musnad Ahmad with Takhreej of Sheikh Hamza Ahmad Zain, 17/364

6- Neel ul Autar, 3/15