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The famous ruler of the Ummayad period, Hishaam bin Abdul Malik, was firmly of the opinion that the person who had been largely responsible for falsely accusing Sayyidah Ayesha – may Allah be pleased with her – was none other than Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali – may Allah be pleased with him .
Once, a famous Muhaddith entered his court. His name was Sulayman bin Yasaar. Hishaam bin Abdul Malik then asked this famous Muhaddith, “Sulayman, who is the person who is indicated to in the Qur’anic verse in reference to this issue?”
Sulayman replied, “It is none other Abdullah bin Ubay (the famous Munaafiq).”
However, Hishaam bin Malik replied, “This is a lie, the person indicated here is Ali.”
However, the famous Muhaddith did not argue.
A few moments later, another famous Muhaddith, Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Zuhri – may Allah be pleased with him – entered the court and again Hishaam asked him, “O ibn Shihaab! Who is indicated in this verse?”
Without hesitation, Imam Zuhri – may Allah be pleased with him – replied that it was Abdullah ibn Abi Ubay. Again Hisham accused him of speaking a lie and that the actual person indicated in this verse was Ali.
However, when Imam Zuhri – may Allah be pleased with him – heard this, he shouted in anger, “May you be cursed! I am speaking a lie? I swear in the Divine Name of Allah Almighty that even if a person stands in the heavens and declares that Allah Almighty has made speaking lies permissible, still too, I will never speak a lie.” (Fathul Baari)