The Lie of the Messenger’s Nakedness
“when abu bakr came to the prophet (peace be upon him) he met him naked then omar came and he (peace be upon him) met him naked. when `uthman came to the prophet (peace be upon him), he covered himself. `aisha asked the prophet (peace be upon him) why he did so, he said: “how cann’t i show modesty to a man for whom angels show modesty?”
the previous text is falsely reported by the liar zakareya butrus. he pictured the prophet (peace be upon him) being naked when he met abu bakr and omar in front of `aisha(his wife), and then covered himself just when `uthman entered. this mean liar is the first to tell such a big lie against the prophet (peace be upon him).
in fact the authentic hadith is narrated by muslim in “the merits of the companions”, hadith no. (4414). the hadith is reported on the authority of `aisha (may allah be pleased with her) who said: « allah’s messenger (may peace be upon him) was lying in the bed in my apartment with his thigh or his shank uncovered. abu bakr sought permission to get in. the prophet remained in the same very state (with his thigh or shank uncovered). then ‘umar sought permission for getting in. the prophet also remained in the same very state (with his thigh or shank uncovered). then ‘uthman sought permission for getting in; allah’s messenger (may peace be upon him) sat down and he set right his clothes. (one of the narrators said: this didn’t happen on the same day). aisha noticed all that and said: abu bakr entered and you did not stir and did not observe much care (in arranging your clothes), then ‘umar entered and you did not stir and did not arrange your clothes, then ‘uthman entered and you got up and set your clothes right. thereupon the prophet said: shouldn’t i show modesty to a person whom the angels show modesty. »
notice that according to muslim’s narration, there is nothing about nakedness as alleged by this mean liar. besides the word “or” implies the doubt of the narrator whether the uncovered part of the prophet’s body was his leg or thigh. not to mention that there is another narration in ahmad’s musnad which says that he (peace be upon him) was sleeping in his bed and did not say he uncovered his leg or thigh. `aisha said: “then when `uthman entered you arranged your clothes”. so he (peace be upon him) was wearing his clothes and `aisha was speaking in a playful mood in the presence of the prophet’s noblest companions, according to al-nawawi in his interpretation of this hadith.
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