Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas (rahidya Allahu ‘anhu) said, “I saw my brother, ‘Umair bin Abi Waqas, hide from the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) before everyone presented themselves to him before the battle of Badr. I asked him, “What is wrong with you, my brother?” He said, “I am afraid that if the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayi wa salam) saw me, he would deem me too young and return me but I love to go to battle, perhaps Allah will bless me with Shahadah”. He was then shown to the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) and he was returned. He started to weep and so he was permitted.”
Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas continued, “I would tie the sword for him due to his young age. He was killed at the age of sixteen.”
[Ibn Sa'ad as in Al-Isabah, and reported by Al-Bazaar, reliable narrators as in 'Al-Majma'']
Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
‘Umar asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW) for permission to enter while there were some women of Quraysh with him who speaking to him and asking him for more, raising their voices above his voice. When ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab asked for permission to enter, they rushed to screen themselves. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) gave him permission and ‘Umar entered while the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was laughing. ‘Umar said, ‘May Allah make you laugh, Messenger of Allah.’ He said, ‘I am amazed at those women who were with me. When they heard your voice, they rushed to screen themselves.’ ‘Umar said, ‘But you, Messenger of Allah, are more entitled to be feared.’ Then he said, ‘O enemies of your selves! Do you fear me and not fear the Messenger of Allah?’ They said, ‘Yes, you are harsher and more severe than the Messenger of Allah.’ The Messenger of Allah said, ‘O Ibn al-Khattab! By the One in whose hand my soul is, whenever Shaytan finds you taking a path, he only takes a path other than your path.’
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of the Virtues of the Companions, Hadith 3480]
This story is amazing, Masha’Allah! This should be heard by every husband and wife, and every man and woman. This story is a chapter in the Qur’an…
In Muslim, Jabir bin ‘Abdullah reported:
My father fell as a martyr on the Day of Uhud. The dead body of my father was brought and he was mutilated. I made an attempt to lift the cloth, but my people forbade me to do so. I again made an attempt to lift the cloth, but my people forbade me. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) lifted it or he commanded it to be lifted. He heard the noise (of a loud) weeping, or the noise of a woman mourner. He inquired who she was. They said: The daughter of ‘Amr or the sister of ‘Amr, whereupon he said: Why does she weep? The Angels had been providing him shade with the help of their wings until he was lifted (to his heavenly abode).
Al-Qadhi said about “The Angels had been providing him shade with the help of their wings“:
This could entail that they (the angels) crowded him so that to give him the glad-tiding of Allah’s pleasure and grace, and what Allah has secured for him of His blessing. They crowded him in honor and happiness of him.
This virtue was given to the noble Sahabi, Abdullah bin Haram. Subhanna Allah, imagine Allah sending the angels down especially for you? What type of a man must you be?!
Sometimes you come across a story in a hadith or in the seerah and wish that it was you in that story with the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam). The following is found in Al-Bukhari from the hadith of Sahl bin Saad who said :
There was no name dearer to ‘Ali than his nickname Abu Turab (the father of dust). He used to feel happy whenever he was called by this name. Once Allah’s Apostle came to the house of Fatima but did not find ‘Ali in the house. So he asked “Where is your cousin?” She replied, “There was something (a quarrel) between me and him whereupon he got angry with me and went out without having a midday nap in my house.” Allah’s Apostle asked a person to look for him. That person came, and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! He (Ali) is sleeping in the mosque.” So Allah’s Apostle went there and found him lying. His upper body cover had fallen off to one side of his body, and so he was covered with dust. Allah’s Apostle started cleaning the dust from him, saying, “Get up, O Abu Turab! Get up, Abu Turab!”
Subhanna Allah, didn’t you feel a fatherly warmth from the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) after reading the hadith? He was an unbelievably kind and compassionate man. This is how Ali (radhiya Allahu ‘anhu) became known as Abu Turab, the kunya was given to him none other than the Prophet himself. Plus, he kept wiping the dust off his back…how amazing is that?!
Imagine it was your back which his blessed hands touched…
I’m sure the name ’Atikah bint Zaid bin ‘Amr bin Nufail sounds familiar to you. Yes, she is the daughter of the great Zaid bin ’Amr bin Nufail, the man who followed the religion of Ibrahim (‘alayhi asalam) shortly before the revelation was brought down to our Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) and he is to be resurrected ‘as a nation by himself’. Her brother is none other than Sa’eed bin Zaid, one the ten ‘mubashireen bil Jannah’ or given the glad-tidings of Paradise. ‘Atikah herself is a great Sahabiya, better known as ‘the wife of martyrs’.
‘Atikah (radhiya Allah ‘anha) was known to have the complete beauty. She was remarkably beautiful, well-mannered, and very pious. She accepted Islam early on and made Hijrah to Madinah. She was first married to Abdullah bin Abi Bakr (radhiya Allahu ‘anhu). It is said that ‘Abdullah was so consumed with spending time with her that his father, Abu Bakr, ordered him to divorce her because he was becoming distracted from his worship. However, when he saw how much he loved her, he asked him to reconcile with her again. They loved each other so much to the extent he gave her a share of his wealth (a garden) and made her vow that she would not marry anyone after him. Shortly after, he was martyred in the battle of Al-Ta’ef, she recited these famous lines in mourning of his death:
آليت لا تنفك نفسي حزينة عليك * ولا ينفك جلديأ غبرا
She vowed that her eye would not dry of his morning and she would never beautify herself for another man again. However, soon enough, she overcame the incident by one great man’s insistance and she was married to none other than her cousin, the Khalifah, ‘Umar bin Khattab (radhiya Allahu ‘anhu). ’Umar was also martyred soon after. Once she completed her ‘Iddah, the well-known Sahabi Al-Zubair bin Al-Awwam (radhiya Allahu ‘anhu) proposed to her, and they were soon wed. Like his predecessors, he was also granted martyrdom in Wadi Al-Siba‘. Finally, the Prophet’s blessed grandson, Al-Husain bin ‘Ali (radhiya Allahu ‘anhu), married her until he was given martyrdom in Karbala.
Not only were all of ‘Atikah’s husbands elite companions of the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayih wa salam) but she was honored by Allah that they all died as martyr’s doing her marriage to them. She was an extremely devout wife and this caused many of the righteous men to seek her in marriage.
It is reported that ‘Abdullah bin ’Umar said, ‘Whoever wants to acquire martyrdom, let him marry ‘Atikah bint Zaid’.
In Sahih Al-Bukhari, ‘Umar bin Khattab once visited the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) and describes the following:
“…he was lying on a mat made of palm tree leaves with nothing between him and the mat. Underneath his head there was a leather pillow stuffed with palm fibres, and leaves of a saut tree were piled at his feet, and above his head hung a few water skins.
On seeing the marks of the mat imprinted on his side, I wept.
He said, ‘Why are you weeping?’ I replied, “O Allah’s Apostle! Caesar and Khosrau are leading the life (i.e. Luxurious life) while you, Allah’s Apostle though you are, is living in destitute”.
The Prophet then replied. ‘Won’t you be satisfied that they enjoy this world and we the Hereafter?’“
أما ترضى أن تكون لهم الدنيا ولنا الآخرة؟
Please listen to this incredible story recounted by Mufti Menk…
This is how much they loved him…but how much do we love him – salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam??