Ayesha, the favourite wife of Mohammed the Prophet, was the daughter of Abu-Bekr, the first Caliph. She married at the age of nine, and ardently adopted her husband's religion. Though she bore no children, he was deeply attached to her and died in her arms. After his death she opposed the succession of Ali, became mixed up in the intrigues that ensued, and was for a time kept in honourable captivity. She died in 677 A.D., aged 67, and her memory is highly venerated by the Mussulmans, who style her "The Mother of the Faithful."