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Old 01-31-2009, 12:54 AM   #41
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Re: Stories of the Sahaba

Subhan ALLAH, in this story of Said Ibn Zayd we see that even the strongest of our ummah at some point felt fear, therfore showing their true human side. Yet ALLAH (Azza Wa Jal) showed that it is He (Subhana Wa Ta'alla) is controller of the hearts and whatever He (Subhana Wa Ta'alla) wills then none can change. We just have to take our steps into going to His (Subhana Wa Ta'alla)'s direction.


Said ibn Zayd was totally devoted to the Prophet and the service of Islam. He witnessed all the major campaigns and encounters in which the Prophet engaged with the exception of Badr.

Before Badr, he and Talhah were sent by the Prophet as scouts to Hawra on the Red Sea coast due west of Madinah to bring him news of a Quraysh caravan returning from Syria...

When Talhah and Said returned to Madinah the Prophet had already set out for Badr with the first Muslim army of just over three hundred men.

After the passing away of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, Said continued to play a major role in the Muslim community. He was one of those whom Abu Bakr consulted on his succession and his name is often linked with such companions as Uthman, Abu Ubaydah and Sad ibn Abi Waqqas in the campaigns that were waged. He was known for his courage and heroism, a glimpse of which we can get from his account of the Battle of Yarmuk. He said: "For the Battle of Yarmuk, we were twenty four thousand or thereabout. Against us, the Byzantines mobilized one hundred and twenty thousand men. They advanced towards us with a heavy and thunderous movement as if mountains were being moved. Bishops and priests strode before them bearing crosses and chanting litanies which were repeated by the soldiers behind them. When the Muslims saw them mobilized thus, they became worried by their vast numbers and something of anxiety and fear entered their hearts. Thereupon, Abu Ubaydah stood before the Muslims and urged them to fight. "Worshippers of God" he said, "help God and God will help you and make your feet firm."

"Worshippers of God, be patient and steadfast for indeed patience and steadfastness (sabr) is a salvation from unbelief, a means of attaining the pleasure of God and a defence against ignominy and disgrace."

"Draw out your spears and protect yourselves with your shields. Don't utter anything among yourselves but the remembrance of God Almighty until I give you the command, if God wills."

"Thereupon a man emerged from the ranks of the Muslims and said: "I have resolved to die this very hour. Have you a message to send to the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace?"

"Yes" replied Abu Ubaydah, "convey salaam to him from me and from the Muslims and say to him: O Messenger of God, we have found true what our Lord has promised us."

Said Ibn Zayd said "As soon as I heard the man speak and saw him unsheathe his sword and go out to meet the enemy, I threw myself on the ground and crept on all fours and with my spear I felled the first enemy horseman racing towards us. Then I fell upon the enemy and God removed from my heart all traces of fear. The Muslims engaged the advancing Byzantines and continued fighting until they were blessed with victory."

Said was ranked by the Prophet as one of the outstanding members of his generation. He was among ten of the companions whom the Prophet visited one day and promised Paradise. These were Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Abdur-Rahman ibn Awl, Abu Ubaydah, Talhah, az-Zubayr, Sad of Zuhrah, and Said the son of Zayd the Hanif. The books of the Prophet's sayings have recorded his great praises of the Promised Ten (al-'asharatu-l mubashshirun) and indeed of others whom on other occasions he also gave good tidings of Paradise.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:42 PM   #42
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Re: Stories of the Sahaba

Asalaamu Alaykum,

I read this story a few days ago but decided to share it today. SubhanAllah, the extent to which the sahaba went to for gaining knowledge was amazing. InshaAllah we can all take from the example that 'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas, radiAllahu anhu, set in his time.

After the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, died 'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas became diligent in learning from other Sahaba, trying to gain as much knowledge as he could. He described his own efforts as follows:

"If I heard that one of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, knew a hadith, I would go to his home at the time of the midday siesta. I would not knock even though I knew that I would have been invited in had I chosen to. I would fold my cloak into a pillow, and lie down at the front gate. I would sleep in the heat, while the breeze would cover me with dust. The reason I would humble myself in this way was so that the person would know how much I respected him for his knowledge, and would be induced to share it with me. When he came out and saw me like this, he would say: 'Cousin of the Messenger of Allah! What has brought you here? If you had sent for me, I would have gone to you!' I would answer: 'You are more deserving that I should come to you. Scholarship is sought for, and does not need to come looking for students.' Then I would ask him about the hadith."
(taken from Portraits From the Lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad, Volume 2, English translation by Alexandra S. Al-Osh, authored by Abdur Rahman Al-Basha)
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:56 PM   #43
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Asalaamu Alaykum,

SubhanAllah! This is really the only word that comes to mind when I read about the death of Ja'far ibn Abi Talib.

In the eighth year of the al-hijrah the Prophet, sallallahu 'alahyi wasallam, outfitted an army to do battle agains the Byzantines of Syria... Soon after the battle beagan, Zayd b. Harithah fell, fighting valiantly until he breathed his last. Ja'far, seeing how badly the Muslims might fare in such an unequal conquest, sprang off his beautiful bay mare, and lamed her with his sword so that she would be of no use if she were taken by the enemy. Carrying the banner of the Muslims, he broke through the ranks of the Byzantines, singing:

"How beautiful is Paradise, when it comes near, sweetly scented, with cool and refreshing drink. And the Byzantines, true to themselves, will have their punishment draw near, Heathen from one generation to another. And my duty when I meet them is to combat them."

He went on doing battle in the ranks of the enemy until he received a blow which severed his right hand. He took up the banner in his left hand, but very soon received another blow, which severed his left hand. He held the banner against his chest with his mutilated arms, until he was struck by a final blow which cut him in half. 'Abdullah b.Rawahah took the banner and continued to fight until he met the same end as that of his two friends.

The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, recevied the news of the deaths of his three commanders, and was grief-stricken. He went to the house of his cousin, Ja'far b. Abi Talib, where he found that Ja'far's wife, Asma' had prepared everything for welcoming the return of her husband. She had made fresh bread and bathed her children, dressed them up and perfumed them.

Asma' herself described the scene which ensued:
"When the messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, came to us, I could see his face clouded with grief. I began to feel anxious, but did not wish to ask him about Ja'far, for fear that i would hear something which would upset me. The Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam greeted me, and told me to bring the children to him. I called them, and they came tumbling forward in their delight, giving shrieks of joy and trying to crowd each other out of the way, so as to receive his undivided attention. He bent over them, hugging them and burying his face in their arms, while tears trickled from him.
I cried:
'Messenger of Allah! Have you heard bad news about Ja'far and his two companions?'
'Yes,' the Prophet answered. 'They have all been martyred in battle.'

When they heard their mother's sobs, the smiles faded from the children's faces, they froze in their places, realizing that something terrible had happened. The Messenger of Allah left them, wiping his tears and praying:

'Oh Allah! Take care of Ja'far's children in his absence! Take care of Ja'far's wife in his absence!'

He continued saying:
'I have had a vision in which I saw Ja'far in Paradise in the form of a bird, with wings that are stained with blood and bright red feet.'"

(taken from Portraits From the Lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad, Volume 2, English translation by Alexandra S. Al-Osh, authored by Abdur Rahman Al-Basha)
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:27 AM   #44
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ASalamu Alaikum
Kind of a dumb question but doe
s anyone know what the Prophet (SWS) meant by,

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....with wings that are stained with blood and bright red feet.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:43 AM   #45
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Wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah,

Allahu 'Alam.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:28 PM   #46
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asalamu 'alykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

This is the story of Ka'b ibn Maalik, an amazing an inspirational story subhan Allah. This translation is from Ibn Qayyim's book Zad-ul Ma'ad



And it has been narrated to us in the 'Saheehayn' in the wording of Al-Bukhari may Allah, Most High have mercy on him on the authority of Ka'b Ibn Malik., who said: "I did not remain behind Allah's Messenger in any battle that he fought except the Battle of Tabuk, and I failed to take part in the Battle of Badr, but he did not admonish anyone who had not participated in it, for in fact, Allah's Messenger had gone out in search of the caravan of Quraish till Allah made them (i.e. the Muslims) and their enemy meet without any appointment. I witnessed the night of Al-'Aqabah (pledge) with Allah's Apostle when we pledged for Islam, and I would not exchange it for the Battle of Badr although the Battle of Badr is more popular amongst the people than it (i.e. the pledge of Al Aqabah). As for my news (in this battle of Tabuk), I had never been stronger or wealthier than I was when I remained behind the Prophet in that battle.

By Allah, never had I two she-camels before, but I had them at the time of this battle.

Whenever the Messenger of Allah; intended to do battle, he would conceal his intention by declaring that he was going somewhere else, until this campaign, for he fought it in severe heat an he faced a long journey through the desert and an enemy who was great in numbers and so he disclosed his intention to the Muslims, so that they might prepare to do battle with their enemy. So he informed them of his true objective, and the Muslims who accompanied the Messenger of Allah were many in number and there was no register of their names and numbers. Ka'b said: 'Any man who intended to be absent would think that the matter would remain hidden unless Allah revealed it through Divine Revelation. So Allah's Messenger a fought that battle at the time when the fruits had ripened and the shade looked pleasant. Allah's Messenger a and his Companions prepared for the battle and I started to go out in order to get myself ready along with them, but I returned without doing anything. I would say to myself: "I can do that." So I kept on delaying it every now and then till the people got ready and the Messenger of Allah a and the Muslims along with him departed, and I had not prepared anything for my departure, and I said: "I will prepare myself (for departure) one or two days after him, and then join them." In the morning following their departure, I went out to get myself ready but returned having done nothing. Then again in the next morning, I went out to get ready but returned without doing anything.

Such was the case with me till they hurried away and the battle was missed (by me). Even then I intended to depart to catch them. I wish I had done so! But it was not ordained for me. So, after the departure of Allah's Messenger, whenever I went out and walked amongst the people (i.e. the remaining persons), it grieved me that I could see none around me, but one accused of hypocrisy or one of those weak men whom Allah had excused. The Messenger of Allah did not remember me till he reached Tabuk. So while he was sitting amongst the people in Tablik, he said: "What did Ka'b do?" A man from Banu Salamah said: "Oh, Messenger of Allah! He has been stopped by his two Burdas (i.e. garments) and his looking at his own flanks with pride." Then Mu'adh Ibn Jabal said: "What a bad thing you have said! By Allah, Messenger of Allah, we know nothing about him but good." Allah's Messenger A kept silent." Ka'b Ibn Malik added: "When I heard that he (i.e. the Prophet) was on his way back to Al-Madinah, I became engrossed with my concern, and began to think of false excuses, saying to myself: "How can I avoid his anger tomorrow?" And I took the advice of a wise member of my family in this matter. When it was said that the Messenger of Allah had come near, my mind abandoned all the evil, false excuses and I knew well that I could never come out of this problem by forging a false statement. Then I decided firmly to speak the truth. So the Messenger of Allah a arrived in the morning; and whenever he returned from a journey, he would visit the Mosque first of all and offer a two Rak'ah prayer therein and then sit for the people. So when he had done all that (this time), those who had failed to join the battle (of Tabuk) came and started offering (false) excuses and taking oaths before him. They were something over eighty men; the Messenger of Allah A accepted the excuses they had expressed, took their pledge of allegiance asked Allah's Forgiveness for them, and left the secrets of their hearts for Allah to judge. Then I came to him, and when I greeted him, he smiled the smile of an angry person and then said: "Come!" So I came walking till I sat before him. He said to me: "What prevented you from joining us? Had you not purchased an animal to carry you?" I answered: "Yes, Oh Messenger of Allah! But by Allah, if I were sitting before any person from among the people of the world other than you, I would have avoided his anger with an excuse. By Allah, I have been bestowed with the power of speaking fluently and eloquently, but by Allah, I knew well that if today I tell you a lie to seek your favor, Allah would surely make you angry with me in the near future, but if I tell you the truth, though you will get angry because of it, I hope for Allah's Forgiveness. Really, by Allah, there was no excuse for me. By Allah, I had never been stronger or wealthier than I was when I remained behind you." Then the Messenger of Allah a said:

"As regards this man, he has surely told the truth. So get up till Allah decides your case."

I got up, and many men of Banu Salamah followed me and said to me: "By Allah, we never witnessed you doing any sin before this. Surely, you failed to offer an excuse to the Messenger of Allah a as did the others who did not join him The prayer of Allah's Messenger to Allah to forgive you would have been sufficient for you." By Allah, they continued blaming me so much that I intended to return (to the Prophet) and accuse myself of having told a lie, but I said to them: "Is there anybody else who has met the same fate as I have?" They replied, "Yes, there are two men who have said the same thing as you have, and both of them were given the same order that was given to you." I said: "Who are they?" They replied: "Murarah Ibn Ar-Rabi' al-Amri and Hilal bin Umayyah Al-Waqifi." They mentioned to me two pious men who had attended the Battle of Badr, and in whom there was an example for me. So I did not change my mind when they mentioned them to me. The Messenger of Allah forbade all of the Muslims from speaking to us, the three aforesaid persons out of all those who had remained behind in that battle. So we kept away from the people and they changed their attitude towards us till the very land (where I lived) appeared strange to me as if I did not know it.

We remained in that condition for fifty nights. As regards my two fellows, they remained in their houses and kept on weeping, but I was the youngest of them and the firmest of them, so I used to go out and witness the prayers along with the Muslims and roam about in the markets, but none would talk to me, and I would come to the Messenger of Allah and greet him while he was sitting in his gathering after the prayer, and I would wonder whether the Prophet had moved his lips in return to my greetings or not. Then I would offer my prayer near to him and look at him stealthily. When I was busy with my prayer, he would turn his face towards me, but when I turned my face to him, he would turn his face away from me. When this harsh attitude of the people lasted long, I walked till I scaled the wall of the garden of Abu Qatadah who was my cousin and the dearest person to me, and I offered my greetings to him. By Allah, he did not return my greetings. I said: "Oh, Abu Qatadah!

I beseech you by Allah! Do you know that I love Allah and His Messenger?"" He kept quiet. I asked him again, beseeching him by Allah, but he remained silent. Then I asked him again in the Name of Allah He said "Allah and His Prophet know better." Thereupon my eyes flowed with tears and I returned and jumped over the wall." Ka'b added:

"While I was walking in the market of Al-Madinah, suddenly I saw a Nabatean from the Nabateans of Ash-Sham who came to sell his grains in Al-Madinah, saying: "Who will lead me to Ka'b Ibn Malik?" The people began to point (me) out to him till he came to me and handed me a letter from the King of Ghassan in which the following was written:

"To proceed, I have been informed that your companion (i.e. the Prophet) has treated you harshly and Allah does not desire for you to live in a place where you feel inferior and your right is lost. So join us, and we will console you." When I read it, I said to myself: "This is also a kind of test." Then I took the letter to the oven and made a fire therein by burning it. When forty out of the fifty nights had elapsed, behold! There came to me a messenger from Allah's Messenger and said 'Allah's Messenger orders you to keep away from your wife." I said: "Should I divorce her, or else what should I do?" He said: "No, only keep away from her and do not have intimate relations with her." The Prophet sent the same message to my two fellows. Then I said to my wife: "Go to your parents and remain with them till Allah gives His Verdict in this matter." Ka'b added: "The wife of Hilal Ibn Umayyah, came to the Messenger of Allah and said: "Oh, Messenger of Allah! Hilal Ibn Umayyah is a helpless old man who has no servant to attend him Do you dislike that I should serve him?" He said:

"No, (you can serve him) but he should not come near (i.e. have sexual relations with) you."

She said: "By Allah, he has no desire for anything. By Allah, he has never ceased weeping since this matter began till this day."

On that, some of my family members said to me: "Will you also ask the Messenger of Allah to permit your wife (to serve you) as he has permitted the wife of Hilal Ibn Umayyah to serve him?" I said: "By Allah, I will not ask permission from Allah's Messenger regarding her, for I do not know What Allah's Messenger would say if I asked him to permit her (to serve me) while I am a young man." Then I remained in that state for ten more nights after that till the period of fifty nights was completed starting from the time when the Messenger of Allah prohibited the people from talking to us. When I had offered the Fajr prayer on the fiftieth morning on the roof of one of our houses and while I was sitting in the condition which Allah described (in the Qur'an) i.e. my very soul seemed straitened to me and even the earth seemed narrow to me for all its spaciousness, there I heard the voice of one who had ascended the mountain of Sala' calling with his loudest voice: "Oh, Ka'b Ibn Malik! Rejoice (at the good tidings)." I fell down in prostration before Allah, realizing that relief had come. The Messenger of Allah had announced the acceptance of our repentance by Allah when he had offered the Fajr prayer. The people then went out to congratulate us. Some bringers of good tidings went out to my two fellows, and a horseman came to me in haste and a man of Banu Aslam came running and ascended the mountain and his voice was swifter than the horse. When he (i.e. the man) whose voice I had heard, came to me conveying the good tidings, I took off my garments and dressed him with them; and by Allah, I owned no other garments than them on that day. Then I borrowed two garments and wore them and went to the Messenger of Allah. The people started receiving me in groups, congratulating me on Allah's Acceptance of my repentance, saying: "We congratulate you on Allah's Acceptance of your repentance." Ka'b further said: "When I entered the Mosque, I saw the Messenger of Allah sitting with the people around him Talhah Ibn Ubaidillah swiftly came to me, shook hands with me and congratulated me. By Allah, none of the Muhajiran got up for me except he and I will never forget this action of Talhah's." Ka'b continued: "When I greeted the Messenger of Allah, his face was bright with joy and he said:"Be happy with the best day that you-have had ever since your mother delivered you." Ka'b said:

"I said to the Prophet: "Is this forgiveness from you or from Allah?" He said:

"No, it is from Allah."

Whenever Allah's Prophet became happy, his face would shine like a piece of the moon, and we all knew that characteristic of him. When I sat before him, I said: "Oh, Allah's Prophet! As a part of my repentance I will give up all my wealth as charity in the Cause of Allah and that of His Messenger. Allah's Messenger said:

"Keep some of your wealth, as it will be better for you."

I said: "Then I will keep my share from Khaibar with me," and added: "Oh, Messenger of Allah! Allah has saved me for telling the truth; so as a part of my repentance will be to speak naught but the truth as long as I live. By Allah, I do not know anyone of the Muslims whom Allah has helped in telling the truth more than me. From the time I mentioned that to Allah's Messenger until today, I have never intentionally told a lie. I hope that Allah, Most High will also save me (from telling lies) for the rest of my life." And Allah, Most High revealed to His Messenger the Verse:


لَّقَد تَّابَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّ وَٱلۡمُهَـٰجِرِينَ وَٱلۡأَنصَارِ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوهُ فِى سَاعَةِ ٱلۡعُسۡرَةِ مِنۢ بَعۡدِ مَا ڪَادَ يَزِيغُ قُلُوبُ فَرِيقٍ۬ مِّنۡهُمۡ ثُمَّ تَابَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ*ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ بِهِمۡ رَءُوفٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬ وَعَلَى ٱلثَّلَـٰثَةِ ٱلَّذِينَ خُلِّفُواْ حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا ضَاقَتۡ عَلَيۡہِمُ ٱلۡأَرۡضُ بِمَا رَحُبَتۡ وَضَاقَتۡ عَلَيۡهِمۡ أَنفُسُهُمۡ وَظَنُّوٓاْ أَن لَّا مَلۡجَأَ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّآ إِلَيۡهِ ثُمَّ تَابَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ لِيَتُوبُوٓاْ*ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلتَّوَّابُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَكُونُواْ مَعَ ٱلصَّـٰدِقِينَ


"Allah has forgiven the Prophet A, the Muhajiriin (Muslim emigrants who left their homes and came to Al-Madinah) and the Ansar (Muslims of Al-Madinah) who followed him (Muhammad) in the time of distress (Tabilk expedition), after the hearts of a party of them had nearly deviated (from the Right Path), but He accepted their repentance. Certainly He is unto them full of kindness, Most Merciful. And (He did forgive also) the three who did not join [the Tabillk expedition Decision] till for them the earth, vast as it is, was straitened and their own selves were straitened to them, and they perceived that there is no fleeing from Allah, and no refuge but with Him Then, He forgave them (accepted their repentance), that they might beg for His Pardon [repent (unto Him)] Verily, Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful. you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds )."

[Surah At-Tawbah 9:117-119]

By Allah, Allah has never bestowed upon me, apart from His guiding me to Islam, a greater blessing than the fact that I did not tell a lie to the Messenger of Allah it which would have caused me to perish as those who have told a lie perished, for Allah described those who told lies with the worst description He ever attributed to anybody; Allah said:

سَيَحۡلِفُونَ بِٱللَّهِ لَڪُمۡ إِذَا ٱنقَلَبۡتُمۡ إِلَيۡہِمۡ لِتُعۡرِضُواْ عَنۡہُمۡ*ۖ فَأَعۡرِضُواْ عَنۡہُمۡ*ۖ إِنَّہُمۡ رِجۡسٌ۬*ۖ وَمَأۡوَٮٰهُمۡ جَهَنَّمُ جَزَآءَۢ بِمَا ڪَانُواْ يَكۡسِبُونَ يَحۡلِفُونَ لَڪُمۡ لِتَرۡضَوۡاْ عَنۡہُمۡ*ۖ فَإِن تَرۡضَوۡاْ عَنۡہُمۡ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَرۡضَىٰ عَنِ ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡفَـٰسِقِينَ

"They will swear by Allah to you (Muslims) when you return to them, that you may turn away from them. So turn away from them. Surely, they are Rijsun [i.e. Najasun (impure) because of their evil deeds], and Hell is their dwelling place a recompense for that which they used to earn. They (the hypocrites) swear to you (Muslims) that you may be pleased with them, but if you are pleased with them, certainly Allah is not pleased with the people who are Al-Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah) "

[Surah At-Tawbah 9:95-96]
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:23 PM   #47
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Bismillahi Ar-Rahmani Raheem

This story of Musab ibn Umayr is an indication how many of the sahabah had to give up their wealth and even family (that were oppressive) in order to stay Muslim. This is a nice story to remember as we live in a lavish lifestyle as Musab did and those who are converts amongst us can witness someone who went through what they may be going through also.

Although the Muslims enjoyed peace and security in the land of the Negus, they longed to be in Makkah in the company of the noble Prophet. So when a report reached Abyssinia that the conditions of the Muslims in Makkah had improved, Musab was among the first to return to Makkah.
The report was in fact false and Musab once again left for Abyssinia. Whether he was in Makkah or Abyssinia, Musab remained strong in his new faith and his main concern was to make his life worthy of his Creator..

When Musab returned to Makkah again, his mother made a last attempt to gain control of him and threatened to have him tied up again and confined.
Musab swore that if she were to do that, he would kill everyone who helped her. She knew very well that he would carry out this threat for she saw the iron determination he now had.
Separation was inevitable. When the moment came, it was sad for both mother and son but it revealed a strong Persistence in kufr on the part of the mother and an even greater persistence in iman on the part of the son.
As she threw him out of her house and cut him off from all the material comforts she used to lavish on him, she said:

"Go to your own business. I am not prepared to be a mother to you." Musab went up close to her and said: "Mother, I advise you sincerely. I am concerned about you. Do testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger." "I swear by the shooting stars, I shall not enter your religion even if my opinion is ridiculed and my mind becomes impotent," she insisted.

Musab thus left her home and the luxury and comforts he used to enjoy.
The elegant, well-dressed youth would henceforth be seen only in the coursest of attire. He now had more important concerns. He was determined to use his talents and energies in acquiring knowledge and in serving God and His Prophet.

One day, several years later, Musab came upon a gathering of Muslims sitting around the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace. They bowed their heads and lowered their gaze when they saw Musab, and some were even moved to tears. This was because his jalbab was old and in tatters and they were immediately taken back to the days before his acceptance of Islam when he was a model of sartorial elegance.

The Prophet looked at Musab, smiled gracefully and said: "I have seen this Musab with his parents in Makkah. They lavished care and attention on him and gave him all comforts. There was no Quraysh youth like him.
Then he left all that seeking the pleasure of God and devoting himself to the service of His Prophet." The Prophet then went on to say:

"There will come a time when God will grant you victory over Persia and Byzantium. You would have one dress in the morning and another in the evening and you would eat out of one dish in the morning and another in the evening."

In other words, the Prophet predicted that the Muslims would become rich and powerful and that they would have material goods in plenty.
The companions sitting around asked the Prophet: "O Messenger of Allah, are we in a better situation in these times or would we be better off then?" He replied: "You are rather better off now than you would be then. If you knew of the world what I know you would certainly not be so much concerned with it."
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So I'd always heard about the first martyr, Sumaiya, who became shaheed right in front of her son's eyes, but never did I know the story of her son, Ammar. I found it so beautiful that he went through a lot of physical toruture at the time his mother was tortured but his trial did not end there. He lived to be about 93 years full of many many hardships, and trials yet he blessed with strength in Iman throughout ALL of his life.


Alhumdulillah, he lived an exmplary life. I loved this story, among many others, because it reminded me that we have a whole life ahead of us that we need to be patient with yet we have to live it like we will die tomorrow.
Oh and be patient, story is beautifully long.
'Ammaar Ibn Yaasir

A Man of Paradise





If there were people born in Paradise, reared and brought to maturity there, and then brought to earth to adorn and enlighten it, then 'Ammaar, his mother Sumaiyah and his father Yaasir would be of them!

But why do we say "if" and why do we make that condition when Yaasir's family were reAli (RA) of Paradise? Allah's Messenger (PBUH) was not merely pacifying them when he said, "Patience, O Yaasir's family. Verily, your meeting place will be in Paradise." He was declaring a fact which he knew and reiterating an actuality perceived by him.

' Ammaar's father, Yaasir Ibn 'Aamir, left his native place in Yemen seeking a brother of his. In Makkah he found an appealing place, so he settled there and was in alliance with Abu Hudhaifah Ibn Al-Mughirah, who married him to one of his slave women, Sumaiyah Bint Khaiyaat. Out of this blessed marriage Allah granted the parents a son, "Ammaar. Their embracing of Islam was early, like that of the righteous ones guided by Allah. And like the early righteous Muslims as well, they had their good share of the Quraish's persecution and terror.

The Quraish used to waylay the believers to attack them. If the believers were among the honorable and noble people in their community, the Quraish would pursue them with threats and menace. Abu Jahl would meet one of the believers and tell him, " You abandoned your forefathers' religion and they were better than you. We will spoil your character, degrade your honor, reduce your trade, and exhaust your money." They would then launch a heated war of nerves upon him.

If the believers were among the weak, poor, or slaves of Makkah, then the Quraish would burn them with the fire of persecution.

Yaasir's family belonged to that class. The order for their persecution was handed to Bani Makhzuum. They used to take them all - Yaasir, Sumaiyah and 'Avnmaar - to the burning desert of Makkah, where they would pour upon them different kinds of the hell of torture.

Sumaiyah's share of that torment was colossal and terrible. We shall not elaborate about her now, since we shall have ~ Allah willing - another encounter with her and her likes during those immortal days to talk about the grace of sacrifice and the glory of her firmness. Suffice it to mention now, without any exaggeration, that Sumaiyah, the martyred one, maintained a firm stance that day which gives the whole of humanity an everlasting honor and an ever glorious dignity. Her stance made of her a great mother to believers in all ages, and to the honorable people of all times.

The Messenger (PBUH) used to go where he knew Yasir's family were tortured. He did not have at that time any means of resistance or keeping harm from them. This was Allah's will, because the new faith - the faith of Ibraahiim Al-Haniifan (Abraham the true) - which was revealed to Muhammad was not a casual and passing reform movement. It was a way of life for the whole humanity of believers who had to inherit along with the religion all its history of heroism, sacrifices, and risks. These abundant noble sacrifices are the cement and the foundation that grant an everlasting firmness and immortality to the faith and the creed. It is the fragrance that fills the hearts of believers with loyalty, joy, and happiness. It is the lighthouse that guides the coming generations to the reality of religion, to its truth and greatness.

Therefore, Islam had to make its sacrifices and have its victims, the meaning of which is illustrated and illuminated in more than one verse of the Qur'aan for the Muslims. Allah says:

(29 : 2).

(3:142).

(29 : 3).

(9 : 16).

(3 : 179).

(3 : 166).

That is true. This was the way the Quraan taught its bearers and descendants that sacrifice is the essence of faith and that resistance of unjust, oppressive challenges is through firmness, patience, and persistence, which form the best and the most superb virtues of faith.

Therefore, this religion of Allah, when it was laying down its foundation, establishing its principles, and giving its models and examples, had to support and purify itself with sacrifice. In carrying out this great mission, a number of its disciples, supporters, and righteous people were chosen to be lofty models and elevated examples for the coming believers.

Sumaiyah, Yasir and 'Ammaar were of this great and blessed group, chosen by Islam's destiny to make of their sacrifices, firmness, and persistence a document of Islam's greatness and immortality.

We said that Allah's Messenger (PBUH) used to go out every day to Yaasir's family, commending their fortitude and heroism. His big heart was melting out of mercy and kindness to see them so severely tortured. One day while he was looking for them, Ammaar called to him, "O Messenger of Allah, we are suffering from extreme torment." The Messenger called to him saying, "Patience, Abu Yaqdhaan, patience 0 Yaasir's family. Verily, your meeting place will be in Paradise."

Ammaar's companions described the torture that was inflicted upon him in many of their reports. Amr Ibn Al-Hakam, for instance, said, ""Ammaar used to be tortured so much that he would not be aware of what he was saying." "Amr Ibn Maimuun said, "The polytheists scorched 'Ammaar Ibn Yasir with fire, and Allah's Messenger (PBUH) used to pass by him, pass his hand over Yaasir's head and say, "O fire, be cool and peaceful on 'Ammaar, as you were cool and peaceful on Ibraahiim."

Despite that overwhelming terror, it did not vanquish 'Ammaar's spirit, though it overburdened his back and strained his strength.

'Ammaar did not feel utterly ruined except on that day when his executioners employed all their devilry in crime and injustice. They burned his skin with fire, laid him on the heated sands of the desert under the burning stones, ducked him in water until he could hardly breathe and until his wounds and gashes were skinned. On that day, when he fell unconscious under the effect of that horror, they said to him, "Say something good about our gods." They kept saying things, which he repeated without being conscious of what he was saying.

When he became slightly conscious after he had fainted due to their torture, he remembered what he had said and was mad about it. This slip became so concrete to him that he saw it as an unforgivable sin, which could not be atoned for. In a few moments his feeling of guilt made him suffer so much that the torture of the polytheists seemed to him a blessing and a balm.

If he had been left to such feelings for a few hours, they would have destroyed him. He was enduring the dreadful anguish of the body because his spirit was lofty, but now when he thought defeat had reached his spirit, he was overburdened with worries and fear of death and destruction. But Almighty Allah willed that the final, exciting scene would come to its dignified end. An angel stretched out its blessed right hand, shook the hand of "Ammaar and called to him, "Get up, 0 hero! There is no blame or embarrassment for you."

When Allah's Messenger (PBUH) met him, he found him crying. He kept wiping his tears and telling "Ammaar, "The polytheists took you, ducked your head in water, and you said such and such a thing?" "Ammaar answered him, still crying, "Yes, 0 Messenger of Allah." Allah's Messenger (PBUH) said then while smiling, "If they repeat it, say the same thing." Then he recited the glorious Qur'aanic verse: <. except him who is forced thereto and whose heart is at rest with Faith ...> (16: 106)

"Ammaar's tranquility was restored, he no longer felt pain when they punished him, and he no longer cared about it. His spirit conquered and his faith conquered. The Qur'aan had included this blessed transaction, so whatever happened, happened.

'Ammaar remained steadfast until his tormenters were exhausted and they retreated, yielding to his determination.

The Muslims settled in Al-Madiinah after the Hijrah of their Messenger (PBUH). The Islamic community there began to take shape very fast and complete itself. Within that group of believers, 'Ammaar was allocated a dignified position. Allah's Messenger loved him greatly and used to boast among his Companions about 'Ammaar's faith and guidance. He said about him, "Verily, 'Ammaar is filled to the bones with faith."

When a slight misunderstanding happened between Khaalid Ibn Al-Waliid and 'Ammaar, the Messenger (PBUH) said, "Whoever antagonizes 'Ammaar is antagonized by Allah, and whoever detests 'Ammaar is detested by Allah." Thereupon, Khaalid Ibn Al-Waliid, Islam's hero, had to hasten to 'Ammaar, apologizing to him and hoping for his sincere forgiveness.

When the Messenger (PBUH) and his Companions were building the mosque in Al-Madiinah, after their arrival there, Imam 'Ali (RA) (May Allah glorify his face) composed a song and kept on repeating it with other Muslims, saying:
He who frequents the mosques,
Remaining there standing and sitting,
Is not equal to the one who keeps away from dust.

'Ammaar was working at the side of the mosque, so he kept repeating the song, raising his voice. One of his companions thought that 'Ammaar was disparaging him. He therefore said some angry words, which angered the Messenger of Allah, and he said, "What is their business with 'Ammaar? He calls them to Heaven and they call him to Hell. To me, 'Ammaar is but a skin between my eyes and my nose."

When the Messenger of Allah loves a man that much, this man's faith, his accomplishment, his loyalty, his grace, his conscience, and manner have reached the top and ended at the pinnacle of allowed perfection.

That was 'Ammaar. Allah had granted him abundant blessings and guidance. In the level of guidance and certitude, he reached a great height which made the Messenger (PBUH) commend his faith and raise him among the Companions as a model and an example, saying, "Take the examples of the two succeeding me, Abu Bakr and 'Umar, and follow the guidance of "Ammaar." The narrators described him, saying, "He was tall, with bluish-black eyes, broad-shouldered, among the most silent of the people and the least talkative."

How did the life of that giant proceed, the silent, bluish-black-red, broad-shouldered man whose body bore the scars of the horrible torture and, at the same tim, the document of his amazing steadfastness and his extraordinary greatness? How did the life of that loyal disciple, the true believer, the overawing sacrificer proceed?

He witnessed with his tutor and messenger all the battles: Badr, Uhud, Al-Khandaq and Tabuuk and others. When the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) passed away, the outstanding Companion continued his march. At the meeting of Muslims with Persians, with Romans, and, before that, at their meeting with the army of apostates, 'Ammaar was always there in the first line, an honest, brave soldier who did not miss an opportunity.

He was a pious believer. No desire would take him away from Allah. When the Commander of the Faithful 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab chose governors for the Muslims meticulously and with reservation, his eyes usuAli (RA) fell on 'Ammaar Ibn Yaasir in complete trust. That was how he hastened to him and made him the governor of Kufa, and made Ibn Mas'uud in charge with him of its treasury (Bait Al-Maal). He then wrote to the people of Kufa heralding the new governor and said, "I send you 'Ammaar Ibn Yasir as a governor, and Ibn Mas'uud as a teacher and a minister. They are of the distinguished people of Muhammad's Companions, and of the people of Badr."

During his rule, 'Ammaar followed a way which was hard for worldly people to endure so that they turned against him, or were about to. His rule made him more modest, more pious, and more ascetic.

One of his contemporaries in Kufa, Ibn Abi Hudhail said about him, "I saw "Ammaar Ibn Yaasir when he was the governor of Kufa buying some vegetables. He tied them with a rope and carried them on his shoulders and went home."

One of the public said to him when he was the governor of Kufa, "O you whose ear is cut off." He was scorning him because of his ear which had been cut off by the swords of the apostates during the Yamaamah War. The governor, in whose hands was the power of rule, merely said to his insulter, "You insulted the best part of my ear. It was injured in the cause of Allah."

It is true. It was injured in the cause of Allah on the Day of Yamaamah, which was one of 'Atnmaar's glorious days. This giant set out in stormy courage to annihilate the soldiers in the army of Musailamah the Liar, offering death and destruction. When he perceived a lack of enthusiasm among the Muslims, he sent his quaking shouts which pushed them as shot arrows.

' Abd Allah Ibn "Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I saw 'Ammaar Ibn Yaasir on the Day of Yamaamah on a rock shouting, "0 you Muslim people, are you running away from Paradise? I am "Ammaar Ibn Yaasir, come to me." When I looked at him, I found his ear cut off and swinging while he was fighting fiercely.

If there is anyone who has his doubts concerning Muhammad (PBUH), the truthful Messenger and the perfect teacher, let him halt in front of these examples of his disciples and Companions and ask himself, "Is it possible for anyone to produce that refined style except a noble messenger and a great teacher?" If they were involved in a fight for Allah's cause, they hastened as if they were looking for death, not only for victory. If they were caliphs and rulers, the caliph went himself to milk the orphans' sheep and make their bread, as Abu Bakr and *Umar did. If they were governors, they carried their food on their backs, tied with a rope, as 'Ammaar did, or gave up their pay and set to making baskets and vessels out of plaited palm leaves, as Salmaan did . Should we not bow in salutation and respect to the faith that produced them and to the Messenger who raised them, and before all that to Almighty Allah Who chose them for that, guided them to it, and made them pioneers to the best nation of people on earth?

Hudhaifah Ibn Al-Yammaan, the expert in the inner language, the language of the heart, was preparing to meet Allah and suffering from the agony of death when his companions surrounding him asked, "To whom should we go, if people differ?" Hudhaifah answered in his last words, "You should turn to Ibn Sumaiyah because he will not part from truth until death."

Yes, "Ammaar would turn with the truth wherever it went. Now while we trace his blessed direction and follow the landmarks of his great life, let us approach a momentous scene. But before watching that grand and graceful scene in its glory and perfection, in its sincerity and persistence, let us watch another scene preceding, foreshadowing, and preparing for it.

That scene was following the Muslims' settlement in Al-Madiinah. The honest Messenger (PBUH) rose, surrounded by his righteous Companions, with unkempt hair and full of dust. They were establishing Allah's house and building His mosque. Their faithful hearts were filled with joy, glowed with delight, and murmured their thanks to Allah.

All were working in happiness and hope, carrying stone, mixing mortar, and erecting the building. There was a team here, another team over there. The happy horizon echoed the singing with which they raised with overjoyed voices: "If we stayed while the Prophet worked, it would be misguided work of ours." They sang in that manner, then their voices were raised in another song: "O Allah, living is but in the next world, then have mercy on the Ansaar and the Muhaajiruun!" Then a third song was raised:
He who frequents the mosques,
Remaining there standing and sitting,
Is not equal to the one who keeps away from dust.

They were cells working, Allah's soldiers, carrying His banner and erecting His building. The honest and kind Messenger was with them, carrying the heaviest of the stones and performing the hardest work. Their singing voices reflected the delight of their satisfied souls. Heaven above them filled the earth that bore them with delight, and bright life was witnessing its best celebrations.

"Ammaar Ibn Yaasir was there amidst the celebration, carrying the heavy stones from their quarries to their positions. When the guided mercy, Muhammad the Messenger of Allah saw him, he sympathized greatly with him. He approached him and removed the dust from his head with his kind hand. With looks filled with the light of Allah, he contemplated his innocent, faithful face and said in front of all the Companions. "Alas for Ibn Sumaiyah, killed by the tyrant group."

The foretelling was repeated once again when a wall "Ammaar was working beneath fell, and some brethren believed he was dead. They went to offer condolences to the Messenger (PBUH), and the Companions were shocked by the news, but the Messenger (PBUH) said reassuringly and confidently, "'Ammaar is not dead. The tyrant party will kill "Ammaar."

Who was this party? And where? When? 'Ammaar listened to the prophecy in a way that showed he knew the great Messenger's truth of perception. Yet, he was not horrified. Since becoming a Muslim he had been expecting death and martyrdom every moment of the day and n'ght.

Days and years passed. The Messenger (PBUH) went to the Supreme Companion, followed by Abu Bakr and then 'Umar (May Allah be pleased with them). 'Uthmaan Ibn 'Affaan, "The Man of Two Lights", became caliph. Conspiracies against Islam were doing their best, trying to gain by treachery and sedition what they lost in war. 'Umar's death was the first success achieved by these conspiracies blowing on Al-Madiinah as a breeze of poison from those countries whose sovereignty and thrones Islam had destroyed. They were tempted by "Umar's martyrdom to continue their efforts, so they followed and awakened seditions in most Islamic countries.
In addition, "Uthmaan might not have given the matter the attention, care, and response it deserved, so the incident happened and 'Uthmaan was martyred and the doors of seditions were opened on the Muslims. Mu'aawiyah started fighting the new caliph, "Ali (RA) (May Allah glorify his face) for his right in the matter and for the caliphate. The Companions had different stances. Some of them washed their hands of the whole matter and went home, making Ibn 'Umar's words their motto :
To the one who says, "Come to prayer," I will respond. To the one who says, "Come to success," I will respond. But to the one who says, "Come to kill your Muslim brother and to take his money," I will say, "No."
Some Muslims were partial to Mu'aawiyah, others were partial to 'Aliy, the one who demanded the pledge of allegiance to him as the Muslims' caliph. Where do you think 'Ammaar would stand? Where should he stand, the man about whom the Messenger of Allah said, "Follow the guidance of 'Ammaar," and, "Whoever antagonizes "Ammaar, will be antagonized by Allah"?

The man who, if he approached the house of Allah's Messenger (PBUH), the latter would say, "Welcome the good-scented, kind man, allow him to come in"?

He stood by 'Ali (RA) Ibn Abi Taalib, not as a prejudiced, biased person, but as one complying with the truth and keeping his promise. "Ali (RA) was the Caliph of the Muslims and had the pledge of allegiance to be its leader (Imam). He took the caliphate and he was worthy of it. Above all, "Aliy had the qualities that made his place to the Messenger of Allah as that of Haaruun (Aaron) to Muusaa (Moses).

"Ammaar, who always turned towards the truth wherever it was to enlighten his insight and loyalty to the possessor of truth in that fight, turned to 'Aliy on that day and stood by him. 'Aliy (May Allah be pleased with him) was overjoyed with 'Ammaar's pledge and trusted that he was right in his demand because the great man of truth, 'Ammaar Ibn Yaasir, approached and went with him.

The terrible Day of Siffiin arrived. Imam 'Ali (RA) came out to face the serious rebellion which he felt he had to curb. "Ammaar came out with him, and he was 93 years old then. Imagine, a man of 93 going to fight! It is true, as long as he believed that fighting was his responsibility and duty. In fact, he fought more strongly and better than a man of 30. He was the man who was constantly silent, who spoke little. When he moved his lips, he moved them to supplicate, "I seek Allah's protection from sedition. I seek Allah's protection from sedition."

And after the passing away of the Messenger of Allah, these words remained his constant supplication. As days passed, he used to seek Allah's protection more, as if his pure heart felt the coming danger as the days went on. When it did happen and the sedition occurred, Ibn Sumaiyah knew his place, so he stood in Siffiin carrying his sword, a man of 93 to support a right which he believed should be supported.

He declared his opinion about that fighting: O people, let us be directed to the people who claim they are avenging'Uthmaan. By Allah, their intention is not revenge, but they have tasted worldly things and are pleased with them. They know that truth keeps them away from what they enjoy of lust and their world. Those people had no precedent in the past to keep Muslims in obedience to them or in their support. Their hearts have not felt awe towards Allah to force them to follow the truth. They deceive the people by claiming they are avenging "Uthmaan's death. They seek nothing but to be tyrants and kings."

He then took the standard in his hand, raised and fluttering above their heads and shouted, "By Allah in Whose hands my soul lies, I fought with this standard with the Messenger of Allah, and here I am fighting with it today. By Allah, if they defeat us until they reach the palm trees of Hajar, I would still believe we are in the right and they are following the wrong." People followed 'Ammaar and trusted his words.

'Abu 'Abd Ar-Rahman As-Sulamiy reported: " We witnessed with 'Ali (RA) (May Allah be pleased with him) the Battle of Siffiin, and I saw 'Ammaar (May Allah be pleased with him) not taking one turn nor one of its valleys but the Companions of Muhammad (PBUH) would follow him as if he were their standard!"

When 'Ammaar was engaged in the battle he knew he was one of its martyrs. The Messenger's prophecy was illuminated in big letters in front of his eyes, "The tyrant party will kill 'Ammaar." For that reason his voice was ringing over the horizon of the battle with the following tune, "Today, I meet the dear ones, Muhammad and his Companions." He would then rush like a high arrow towards Mu'aawiyah's position and surround him, singing loudly:

We hit you at its first revelation,
Now we hit you again for its interpretation;
A hitting that removes respect from one's eyes,
And distracts the lover from his lass,
Or restores the right to its own place.

He meant by this that the former Companions of the Messenger (PBUH) -"Ammaar was one of them - had fought Umayyids in the past who were headed by Abu Sufyaan bearing the standard of polytheism and leading its army. They had fought them in the past as the glorious Qur'aan was operiy commanding Muslims to fight disbelievers. As for today, even though they were Muslims and were not openly commanded by the Qur'aan to fight them, yet 'Ammaar's search for truth and his comprehension of the aims and goals of the Qur'aan persuaded them to fight so that the usurped right would be restored to its people and the fire of rebellion and sedition would be extinguished once and for all. It also signified that in the past they fought Umayyids for their disbelief in faith and in the Qur'aan. Today they were fighting them for deviating from faith and their turning away from the Qur'aan, their wrong interpretation and explanation, and their attempts to alter its verses and meaning to their aims and greedy wishes.

This man of 93 was involved in the last battle of his noble and brave life. He was giving the last lesson about perseverence in truth, and bequeathing to life the last of his great, honest, and edifying attitudes.
Mu'aawiyah's men attempted to avoid 'Ammaar as much as they could so as not to kill him with their swords and people would say they were the "tyrant party". Yet, 'Ammaar was fighting as if he were a whole army and his bravery made them mad, so some of Mu'aawiyah's soldiers waited for a chance to hit him.

Mu'aawiyah's army had many regular soldiers from among the new Muslims who had embraced Islam at the beating of the drums in the Islamic conquest in many of the countries liberated by Islam from the power of the Romans and Persians. Most of these soldiers were the fuel of the civil war caused by the rebellion of Mu'aawiyah and his refusal to pledge allegiance to 'Ali (RA) as Caliph and Imam. They were the fuel and the oil of the battle that enflamed it.

The disagreement, in spite of its seriousness, could have terminated peacefully if the affairs had remained with the early Muslims. However, it was no sooner formed than it was taken by many hands that did not care about the fate of Islam, and they kept adding fuel to the disagreement. At noon the news of 'Ammaar's death spread, and the Muslims went on repeating to one another the prophecy of Allah's Messenger (PBUH) which had been heard by all the Companions on the day of the festival while building the mosque:

"Alas for Ibn Sumaiyah, killed by the tyrant party."

Now people knew who was the "tyrant party". It was the one that had killed 'Ammaar, no other but Mu'aawiyah's party. 'Ali (RA)'s Companions became more and more convinced of this fact. As for Mu'aawiyah's party, their hearts became suspicious, and some prepared to mutiny and turn to 'Ali (RA).

No sooner did Mu'aawiyah hear of what had happened than he came out announcing to the people that the prophecy was right, and the Messenger (PBUH) reAli (RA) prophesied that 'Ammaar was going to be killed by the tyrant party. But who killed "Ammaar? Then he shouted to the people of his party, "He was surely killed by those who came with him out of his house and brought him to the battle." Some people who were inclined towards that interpretation were deceived, and the battle continued till the end.

As for 'Ammaar, Imam 'Aliy carried him on his chest to where he and the other Muslims prayed, and then he was buried in his own clothes. Yes, in his blood-smeared clothes which had a pure and good smell. No silk material in the whole world could have been more suitable for the shroud of a graceful martyr and a great saint like 'Ammaar.

Muslims stood at his grave wondering. A few hours before, 'Ammaar had been singing over the battlefield, filled with the delight of the tired stranger who was returning happily home. He had been shouting, "Today I meet the dear ones, Muhammad and his Companions." Did he have a meeting time with them, an exact time to wait for him?

Some Companions approached each other, inquiring. One of them asked, "Do you remember the twilight of that day in Al-Madiinah when we were sitting with Allah's Messenger (PBUH) and suddenly his face brightened and he said, "Paradise is longing for 'Ammaar'?" His friend answered, "Yes, on that day he mentioned others, among which were'Aliy, Salmaan and Bilaal."

Paradise then was longing for "Ammaar. The longing remained for a long time while he was urging it to wait in order to accomplish all his tasks and complete the last of his achievements. He did them all following his conscience and feeling delight for his achievement. Was it not then time to comply with the call of longing coming from Paradise? Sure, it was: good is rewarded by good. That was how he threw aside his lance and went.

When the dust of his grave was being leveled on his body by his companions, his soul was embracing its happy destiny there in the 'eternity of Paradise that was longing for 'Ammaar!



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Old 04-28-2009, 08:33 PM   #49
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SubhanAllah I love this story. It shows the amazing character of Ali (RadiyAllahu anhu), and also shows how after the will of Allah, his actions guided this person to accept Islam.


Ali, the armor, and the Christian

During his Caliphate, Al b. Ab Tlib Allah be pleased with him - saw some armor of his with a Christian. He decided to take the matter up legally, so he took the dispute to Shurayh (the Judge).

Al said, This is my armor, and I have not sold it nor given it away. Shurayh said to the Christian, What have you to say about what the Amr of the Believers claims? The Christian replied, It is my armor, although I do not regard the Amr of the Believers to be a liar. Shurayh then turned to Al, O Amr of the Believers, do you have any proof (of ownership)? Al laughed and said, Shurayh is correct, I have no proof. So Shurayh judged that the armor was the Christians. The Christian took it and began to walk away but then returned. He proclaimed, As for me, I testify that this is the judgment of the Prophets the Amr of the Believers himself takes me to his judge and the judge rules against him! I bear witness that there is no deity deserving worship but Allh and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allh. By Allh, the armor is yours o Amr of the Believers. I followed the army when you were on your way to the Battle of Siffn and the armor came out of your equipment. Al said, If you have accepted Islm the armor is yours. And then he put him on his horse. Al-Shab (the reporter of this incident) said, I was later informed by those who saw this man that he fought the Khawrij (alongside Al) at the battle of Nahrawn.

Ibn Kathr, Al-Bidyah wa Al-Nihyah Vol.8 p5.
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Re: Stories of the Sahaba

Alright, the Hadeeth thread is semi-revived, let's bring back the Stories of the Sahaba thread!
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