Ayesha is one of the most popular Islamic names given to females. The name Ayesha means ‘alive’ or ‘she who lives’. It can also mean ‘life’ in Swahili origin. The pronunciation of the name is ay-shah or ah-ee-shah. The origin of the name is Arabic and is used widely in Muslim countries around the world. There are many variant forms of the name like A’isha, Aicha. Aishah, Aeesha, Ayeesha, Ayeesa, Asia, Ashia, Aisia, Aieshah, Aayshah, Ayisha, Aysha, Ieashah, Ayshe, Ieashiah, Iesha, Isha, Tyesha,and Tinisha. Iesha is said to be popular among African Americans, Aisha among Americans, and Ayşe among Turkish.
Aisha bint Abu Bakr (R.A) was the name of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) third and youngest wife. She was the daughter of Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) who was the first caliph of the Muslim world, to succeed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). As per the explanation of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives in the holy book of Quran, Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) is titled as the Mother of the Believers (Ummahat-ul-Momineen). Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) was married to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the age of nine. She played a very important role in the history of Islam; both, during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and after his death.
Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) was Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) favorite wife and she contributed a lot in the growth, progress and understanding of Islam. She was actively involved in spreading Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) messages. She even participated in the Battle of the Camel which serves as an inspiration for the Muslim women of the world. Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) had a very strong intellectual memory. She spent most of her time learning and gaining knowledge of the Holy book of Quran, as well as Sunnah. She was one of the three wives of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who had memorized the Quran.