There seems to be a lot of bad feelings towards Aisha, with one character saying she had a secret affair, and her granddaughter Muneeba says she brought shame on the whole family. But Sana, Aisha's daughter, doesn't appear to feel badly about her and presumably everything Muneeba knows about Aisha she learned from her mother Sana. In fact, Muneeba seems mostly annoyed with Sana herself for talking nonsense, but doesn't seem to hate her as much as Aisha, for whom she can barely tolerate the name mentioned.

Also, when we see flashbacks of Aisha's life, there is nothing to suggest that any of these rumors are true. So I was confused by how there came to be so much bad feeling towards her? The portrayal of her in the first and second half of the series seems totally different.

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    thought I was clicking on an Islam.SE question ... Commented Dec 16, 2022 at 16:19

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The events of Aisha's life have been distorted by time and people refusing to speak of it, leading to others inventing details (and likely, due to how the human brain tends towards confirmation bias, eventually believing it all). As per the events of "Time and Again", the rumors from "Crushed" are true, but only from a certain point of view.

  • "I heard that she had a secret affair. And took off with someone." - Aisha left her family of the Clandestines to begin her love affair with her husband, Hasan.
  • "I heard she had many affairs and she had a secret family." - As noted, she only had the one affair, with Hasan and Sana being her "secret family".
  • "I heard she killed a man." - We see at the beginning of "Time and Again" that Aisha does kill a British soldier with a thrown knife, but in self-defense.

One might ask why Hasan didn't clarify the rumors after her death. What we see in the episode is that Aisha informed Hasan that someone (the Clandestines) are after her, and impresses upon him the need to leave. He can't be certain that the family is not still being pursued, so he likely attempted to stem the flow of information by simply not talking on the subject. Unfortunately, that just fueled the rumor mill.

Sana was very young at the time of her mother's death, so she probably retained fond feelings for her, but would be unlikely to have any real additional details others than the certainty that her mother was a good person, which means Muneeba was likely more influenced by the family rumors. Add to that that the vague disrepute of her grandmother likely reflected on her socially, and Muneeba is likely to simply shut the topic down as something she doesn't wish to speak of.

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    The very name "Aisha" was probably chosen to evoke the "secret affair" and "took off with someone" aspect.
    – Buzz
    Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 22:20

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