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Mistranslation of Fathul Bari

Answering-Ansar has a bad habit of mistranslating texts, here is one more example from its article on Imam Mehdi.

Answering-Ansar says:

Five: Ayesha performed a topless Ghusl in front of men (naudobillah)

We read in Sahih Bukhari, Bab Ghusl Volume 1, Book 5, Number 251:

Narrated Abu Salama: ‘Ayesha’s brother and I went to ‘A’isha and he asked her about the bath of the Prophet. She brought a pot containing about a Sa’ of water and took a bath and poured it over her head and at what time there was a screen between her and us.

The author of Fath al-Bari Volume 1 page 356, Bab Ghusl then comments upon this hadeeth, writing:

Qadi Ayad says: It is apparent that they could see her actions from her head and the top half of her body, because they were allowed to do as she was a milk-aunt to Abu Salamah and his brother from her sister Umm Kulthum. As for the lower part of her body, this was covered.

Todays Nawasib offer all manner of excuse for this tradition and suggest that Ayesha was clothed and that the observers were related to Ayesha. If she was then what be the need for Ayesha to stand behind a screen? She could have demonstrated it fully clothed before the Sahaba. Then look at the commentary of Imam Qadi Iyad, the Prophet (s)’s wife stood up before Abu Salamah and exposed the entire upper half of her body, hair, breasts, and all. Do Nawasib have any right to attribute nudity to our Imam (as) when their Sahih books and the comemntaries of their Ulema suggest that Ayesha had no reservations about appearing topless before her male relatives?

 

 

Here is what is mentioned in Fathul Bari.

قال القاضي عياض : ظاهره أنهما رأيا عملها في رأسها وأعالي جسدها مما يحل نظره للمحرم ; لأنها خالة أبي سلمة من الرضاع أرضعته أختها أم كلثوم وإنما سترت أسافل بدنها مما لا يحل للمحرم النظر إليه

Qadi Ayad says: Apparently, they could see her actions from her head and the top half of her body which is allowed for a mahram to see, because they were allowed to do as she was a milk-aunt to Abu Salamah and his brother  her sister Umm Kulthum had suckled him. As for the lower part of her body, which is not allowed for a mahram to see, this was covered.

Fathul Bari Sharh Sahih Bukhari

Now if there are incidences in Shia cult where a mahram can see the breasts, than and only then can Answering-Ansar claim such thing, otherwise as far as the text of fathul bari is concerned, there is nothing such like the Answering-Ansar tries to portray by blatant mistranslation.