Questioner: You earlier mentioned that there are three graves in the room of ‘Aa’ishah (rodiyaLloohu ‘anha), did she used to pray in the room even when there are narrations prohibiting us from praying in the grave yard?
Dr Sharof: All perfect praise is for Allaah. The questioner asked if ‘Aa’ishah (rodiyaLloohu ‘anha) used to pray in her room despite the fact that (some) people were buried there, even when the Prophet made it known to us that we should not pray in the grave yards, a place where the deceased are buried.
Firstly, the fact that a person is buried in a room does not mean that the room is a graveyard. Graveyard basically means a big land where the deceased are buried. ‘Aa’ishah (rodiyaLloohu ‘anha) reported some narrations from the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that those who turned the graves (of their Prophets) to mosques where they prayed were cursed, and it is certain that our mother will never contradict the words of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam). This shows that the house of ‘Aa’ishah (in this context) does not refer to just one room; it could be interpreted to mean (that she used to pray at) a space that was fenced in front of her house. She might have been praying there. And Allaah knows best.
Moreover, women used to go to the mosque to pray during the lifetime of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam). They go to mosques to pray. What is the difficulty in this? Immediately she steps out of her house, she is already in the mosque. Na’am.
As for whether she prays in a place where there are graves, it is certain that she won’t do that. Na’am.
[SOURCE: “The question and answer session of the tape titled, “The virtues of ‘Aa’ishah”]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey