CHAPTER: PERMISSIBILITY OF BESTOWING THE TURN ON ONE'S FELLOW-WIFE
'A'isha (Allaah be pleased with her) reported: Never did I find any woman more loving to me than Sauda bint Zam'a. I wished I could be exactly like her who was passionate. As she became old, she had made over her day (which she had to spend) with Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) to 'A'isha. She said: I have made over my day with you to 'A'isha. So Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) allotted two days to 'A'isha, her own day (when it was her turn) and that of Sauda.
A hadith like this has been transmitted on the authority of Hisham with the same chain of narrators (and the words are): When Sauda became old (the rest of the hadith is the same) and in the narration of Sharik there is an addition (of these words:" She was the first woman whom he (Allaah's Prophet) married after me."
'A'isha (Allaah be pleased with her) reported: I felt jealous of the women who offered themselves to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and said: Then when Allaah, the Exalted and Glorious, revealed this:" You may defer any one of them you wish, and take to yourself any you wish; and if you desire any you have set aside (no sin is chargeable to you)" (xxxiii. 51), I ('A'isha.) said: It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire.
Hisham reported on the authority of his father that 'A'isha (Allaah be pleased with her) used to say: Does the woman not feel shy of offering herself to a man? Then Allaah the Exalted and Glorious revealed this verse:" You may defer any of them you wish and take to yourself any you wish." I ('A'isha said): It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire.
'Ata related that when they were with Ibn 'Abbas (Allaah be pleased with them) at the funeral of Maimuna In Sarif, Ibn 'Abbas (Allaah be pleased with them) said: This is the wife of Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) ; so when you lift her bier, do not shake her or disturb her, but be gentle, for Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) had nine wives, with eight of whom he shared his time, but to one of them, he did not allot a share. 'Ati said: The one to whom he did not allot a share of time was Safiyya, daughter of Huyayy b. Akhtab.
Ibn Juraij narrated a hadith with the same chain of transmitters, and she (Hadrat Maimuna) was the last of them to die at Medina.