Questioner: Who amongst the wives of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is the highest in status?
Dr Sharof: They are all high in status, but there is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars as to whether the highest in status is Khadeejah or ‘Aa’ishah. They (the scholars) are agreed that Khadeejah was the highest in status when she was alive. But after Khadeejah died, there is a difference of opinion as to whether the status of ‘Aa’ishah outweighs that of Khadeejah or not. However, they (the scholars) are agreed that both of them are the highest in rank (amongst the wives of the Prophet). Na’am.
[SOURCE: “QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION OF THE TAPE TITLED, “MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THE MESSENGER”; VENUE: “OGBOMOSO”]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey