Narrated Aa`ishaah (radiallaahu ‘anhaa):
I was a young girl and did not have much knowledge of the Qur`aan. I said. ‘I know, by Allaah, that you have listened to what people are saying and that has been planted in your minds and you have taken it as a truth.
Now, if I told you that I am innocent and Allaah knows that I am innocent, you would not believe me and if I confessed to you falsely that I am guilty, and Allaah knows that I am innocent you would believe me.
By Allaah, I don’t compare my situation with you except to the situation of Joseph’s father (i.e. Jacob) who said,
‘So (for me) patience is most fitting against that which you assert
and it is Allaah (Alone) whose help can be sought.’
Then I turned to the other side of my bed hoping that Allaah would prove my innocence. By Allaah I never thought that Allaah would reveal Divine Inspiration in my case, as I considered myself too inferior to be talked of in the Holy Qur`aan. I had hoped that Allaah’s Apostle might have a dream in which Allaah would prove my innocence. By Allaah, Allaah’s Apostle had not got up and nobody had left the house before the Divine Inspiration came to Allaah’s Apostle. So, there overtook him the same state which used to overtake him, (when he used to have, on being inspired divinely). He was sweating so much so that the drops of the sweat were dropping like pearls though it was a (cold) wintry day. When that state of Allaah’s Apostle was over, he was smiling and the first word he said, ‘Aa`ishah! Thank Allaah, for Allaah has declared your innocence.’ My mother told me to go to Allaah’s Apostle . I replied, ‘By Allaah I will not go to him and will not thank but Allaah.’
Saheeh Bukhaaree Volume 3, Book 48, Number 829