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The Sahaba - Our Role Models

وَالسّابِقونَ الأَوَّلونَ مِنَ المُهاجِرينَ وَالأَنصارِ وَالَّذينَ اتَّبَعوهُم بِإِحسانٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنهُم وَرَضوا عَنهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُم جَنّاتٍ تَجري تَحتَهَا الأَنهارُ خالِدينَ فيها أَبَدًا ۚ ذٰلِكَ الفَوزُ العَظيمُ
As for the first and foremost of the Emigrants (Muhajirin) and the Supporters (AnSar) and those who followed them in goodness, Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Allah, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will live for ever. That is the supreme achievement. At-Tawbah, Ayah:100
حَدَّثَنِي إِسْحَاقُ، حَدَّثَنَا النَّضْرُ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ أَبِي جَمْرَةَ، سَمِعْتُ زَهْدَمَ بْنَ مُضَرِّبٍ، سَمِعْتُ عِمْرَانَ بْنَ حُصَيْنٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ خَيْرُ أُمَّتِي قَرْنِي ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَ عِمْرَانُ فَلاَ أَدْرِي أَذَكَرَ بَعْدَ قَرْنِهِ قَرْنَيْنِ أَوْ ثَلاَثًا ‏”‏ ثُمَّ إِنَّ بَعْدَكُمْ قَوْمًا يَشْهَدُونَ وَلاَ يُسْتَشْهَدُونَ، وَيَخُونُونَ وَلاَ يُؤْتَمَنُونَ، وَيَنْذُرُونَ وَلاَ يَفُونَ، وَيَظْهَرُ فِيهِمُ السِّمَنُ ‏”‏‏.‏
Narrated `Imran bin Husain: “Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, ‘The best of my followers are those living in my generation (i.e. my contemporaries). and then those who will follow the latter” `Imran added, “I do not remember whether he mentioned two or three generations after his generation, then the Prophet (PBUH) added, ‘There will come after you, people who will bear witness without being asked to do so, and will be treacherous and untrustworthy, and they will vow and never fulfill their vows, and fatness will appear among them.” Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 3 – Hadith #3650
10 Companions Were Promised Paradise – Who Are They?

The greatest and most profound achievement of this world is to make Jannah (paradise). From the commencement of life on earth till this day and generations to come, the only hope that we as Muslims are optimistic about is the belief that someday all our ups and downs shall come to an end and we will be rewarded bountifully in paradise. With the grace of Allah some among the Muslim ummah have known of their fate that their final abode is Jannah. With that in mind, below are some of the 10 luckiest people to walk the surface of the earth.

#1. Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (573-634 C.E)

Abu Bakr was given the title of “As Siddiq” or” (Testifier to the Truth). He was two and a half years younger than prophet Muhammad and the first among men to enter Islam. He was always a very close companion of the Prophet Muhammad. And he knew him better than any other man.

#2. Umar ibn Al-Khattab (584-644 C.E)

He reigns from Quraish, the tribe of Banu Adi. And lived as one of the most powerful and most influential Muslim caliphs known in history and succeeded Abu Bakr as the second caliph. This is the man whose name is paired with justice and truth, strength and courage, and asceticism and godliness. He was pious, observing and fearing Allah, and crying out of fearing Him. He is the second Caliph and one of the in-laws of the Prophet. His conversion to Islam marked the beginning of a new phase of the call.

#3. Uthman ibn Affan (577-656 C.E)

Uthman ibn Affan was born in Taif, near Mecca approximately six years after the Year of the Elephant to a wealthy family of Quraish. Throughout his life he was kind, generous man and even before his conversion to Islam he would freely give money to help those in need. His marriage to two daughters of the Prophet had earned Uthman the nickname Dhun-Noorayn (the one with the two lights).

#4. Ali ibn Abi Talib (600-661 C.E)

Ali was born on the 13th Rajab the month of the Elephant. The love between Ali and the prophet was divine because they had a lot in common; not looks nor attitude but they were both born in the month of the Elephant and both shared a common grand father, Abdul Mutalib.

#5. Talha ibn Ubaidullah (596-656 C.E)

Talha was a member of the tribe of Abu Bakr. He was a successful businessman who traveled to the north and south of the Arabian Peninsula and accumulated a lot of profit. The Prophet said about Talha: “He, who desires to see a martyr walking on the ground, let him look at Talha bin Ubaidullah.” (Mishkat, Ibn Hisham) The Messenger of Allah once wore two coats of armor and tried to get up on a boulder, but was unable to, so Talha squatted under him, lifting the Prophet such that he could sit on the boulder. Allah was so pleased with Talha’s help and the Prophet informed Talha that Paradise was now obligatory on him. (Tirmidhi) He came to be known as “Talha the Generous” and “Talha the Good” for his generosity. He was well known for helping those in debt, households experiencing difficult times, and widows.


 
#6. Az-Zubair bin Al-Awwam (596-656 C.E)

He is well known in the books of seerah as “The Disciple” of the Prophet. The Prophet himself gave him this title. He was also a prominent companion of the prophet and loved him very much. His love was not merely due to the relationship between Allah’s Messenger and him.

#7. Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf (580-652 C.E.)

Abdur-Rahman was one of the first eight persons to accept Islam. He was one of the ten persons assured of entering Paradise. And one of the six persons Umar chose to form the council of shura to choose the Caliph after his death. He accepted Islam only two days after Abu Bakr as-Siddiq did.

#8. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (600-675 C.E)

Sa’d was born in mecca. He was seventeen years old when he embraced Islam. Sa’d was the seventeenth person to embrace Islam. He is mainly known for his commandership in the conquest of Persia in 636, governorship over it, and diplomatic visit to China in 616 and 651.

#9. Sa’id ibn Zayd (593-673 C.E)

Sa’id ibn Zaid was born in Makkah in the year 22BH (Before Hijrah). He inherited his father’s religious beliefs of Islamic Monotheism, and accepted Islam at an early age. Sa’id with his wife accepted Islam when only a handful were Muslims. They went through all sorts of abuse, ridicule and torture because of their decision. Sa’id and his wife Fatimah binti Khattab were instrumental in the conversion of Umar bin Khattab who became one of the greatest followers of Islam. He served in the Islamic army of conquest for a long time and played an important role in making the region of Iraq and Syria become part of the Islamic land.

#10. Abu Ubaidah Al-Jarrah (583-638 C.E)

He was described as the “Amin” or Custodian of Muhammad’s community with dignity and grace, a handsome, pleasant, well spoken man with a tall, slim physique and bright sharp eyes. These were the physical good looks of a man whom the Prophet said: ‘Every Ummah (nation) has a trustee: the trustee of my Ummah (nation) is Abu Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah.’ By character and nature, he was very humble and modest. Amongst his friends, he was gentle and soft as silk. When it came to war, he was as hard as iron. During the battle of Uhud, he lost his two front teeth. It was within this battle that two of the iron links of the Prophet’s helmet pierced his blessed head. Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah pulled them out with his teeth. His integrity and honesty was unparalleled even amongst the companions of the Prophet.
Adapted from MuslimInc

Spiritual Reminders

How Ikrima (rad) Accepted Islam
The prophet (SAW) enters Makkah as a conqueror. Before that, some people thought that the prophet (SAW) would take revenge on the people because of the years of difficulty and oppression that the people of Makkah had put him through. In fact, while marching towards Makkah, one of the companions said, “Today is going to be the day of slaughter. Today, even the sanctity of the Ka’bah will not be upheld.” He was saying that the day the prophet (SAW) entered Makkah would be a day of revenge and they would butcher everyone, disregarding the sanctity of the Ka’bah. The prophet (SAW) was told about this comment and did not like this. He said, “No; today will be the day that we will show how merciful we are. This is the day in which Allah (SWT) will display how great the Ka’bah is. Today, Allah (SWT) is going to honor the Ka’bah.” Now, there are many incidents around the conquest of Makkah, but here is one of the interesting ones; some people who had been waging wars against the prophet (SAW) for years felt that there was no safety for them and that they had to get away. Amongst them was the son of Abu Jahl, Ikrima. Abu Jahl, as you might know, was one of the staunchest enemies of Islam and the prophet (SAW). He left no stone unturned in trying to harm the prophet (SAW) while he was in Makkah and in trying to wage wars after he had migrated. Ikrima was his son and partner in all that he used to do. From his youth, he saw his father abusing the prophet (SAW) and he played his role in trying to do the same. His father was referred to as in some narrations as the Fir’Awn, or pharaoh, of this Ummah, referring to the torment that the Fir’Awn put Musa (AS) through. So, Ikrima runs away from Makkah and flees towards the Yemen – the seaside. His wife, Ummu Hakim, comes to the prophet (SAW) and says, “O prophet of Allah, my husband has escaped and wants to flee somewhere using the ocean as his escape route. If I asked you to secure some safety for him, would you do so?” This is a man who has greatly and deeply hurt the prophet (SAW and his companions; but, when his wife came and asked for protection for her husband, the prophet (SAW) said, “Yes, I give my word that he will be safe and allowed to come back to Makkah. No one will harm him.” Ummu Hakim sets out after him and travels until she reaches the port where Ikrima has just boarded the ship. Some narrations mention that as the ship was about to set sail, the water became very turbulent and the ship began to rock, so the captain of the ship told everyone, “Become pure or have ikhlas.” Ikrima said, “What are you talking about?” He said, “Say, ‘La ilaha illallah’.” Ikrima says, “This is what I have run away from and why I am using this ship. I am using this ship to run away from all of this and you are telling me to say that kalimah here? How can I do this?” As he is having this discussion, his wife shows up at the shore and she begins waving her hands and calling to him. He says, “Now I am trapped. I cannot leave with the ship as I have to deal with this people who are inviting me towards Islam, and on the shore, there is my wife, who if I return to Makkah with, I will not be safe.” She continued standing there calling to him, saying, “Do not destroy yourself. Come back, I have guaranteed safety for you. O Ikrima, I am coming to you from the kindest and most merciful of people, and he has guaranteed you his word and promised you safe passage back into Makkah and that you will not be harmed. Come back with me.” Ikrima finally accepts.
They journey back to Makkah. Ikrima’s wife does not allow Ikrima to come close to her, saying “I cannot allow you to come close to me. I have accepted Islam and you are still a disbeliever.” As they begin to approach Makkah, the prophet (SAW) finds out and sends word to the Muslims that Ikrima is coming back and that he does not want anyone taunting or threatening him. When you insult someone who has passed on from this world, it does not hurt them, but rather those who are still alive and remember them. Ikrima comes back to Makkah is still frightened for his life, but he sees that no one is insulting him or attacking him. It is peaceful and calm. He slowly makes his way to the prophet (SAW), and his wife approaches the prophet (SAW) and says, “O prophet of Allah, I have brought Ikrima.” The moment the prophet (SAW) found out that Ikrima had returned, he jumped up and greeted him kindly. Ikrima thanked him for allowing him back safely and allowing him to remain unharmed, and said, “So what is it that you are inviting people towards?” The prophet (SAW) said, “I invite people towards one God and these good things.” Ikrima said, “Whatever you are saying is true. You are inviting people towards something beautiful. We knew you before you came with this message as the most honest and trustworthy person amongst us, but the people misled each other and were not thinking. It is strange that, here I am with the same brain that I had years ago, yet suddenly, everything seems different, and I’m asking myself, ‘How could I have thought like that all this time?’ What is the best thing I can say?” The prophet (SAW) told him the shahada, and Ikrima recited it. Ikrima then said, “What else should I say?” The prophet (SAW) said, “Say, ‘I make Allah (SWT) and all of these people as my witnesses, that from now on, I am a Muslim, and will strive for the sake of Allah.’” He said those words, and then asked the prophet (SAW) for a single request; for forgiveness for all the harm and damage that he had caused the prophet (SAW), and forgiveness for all the enmity that he partook in towards the prophet (SAW). The prophet (SAW) made this du’a, and Ikrima promised that whatever money he used to spend to take people away from the deen, he would spend more than that for the sake of propagating the deen, and whatever sacrifices he made to wage war against the prophet (SAW), he would make more sacrifices and effort for the sake of propagating the deen. In this way, Ikrima ibn Jahl became Ikrima (RA) and entered amongst the noble companions of the prophet (SAW). The major cause of this was the mercy of the prophet (SAW) and his kindness and forgiveness, and of course, Ikrima’s wife, who played such a major role in bringing him back and convincing him that the prophet (SAW) was not the person who he thought he was. May Allah (SWT) enable us to walk in the enlightened footsteps of the prophet (SAW). Adapted from a talk delivered by Mufti Aasim Rashid

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF

Sirah

The Prophet (saw) gives the Sahabi Abu Dahdaa (rad) a special deal
Abu Dahdaa ( رضي الله عنه‎ – may Allah be pleased with him) was sitting in the company of Rasoolullah ﷺ and an orphan came complaining about his neighbour, Abu Lubabah, who wouldn’t give nor sell a palm tree that is a cause of problem for him in building a wall around his garden. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ called the man and asked him to give or sell that one single palm tree to this boy and he refused and got upset. Later Prophet Muhammad ﷺ offered him a tree in jannah in return of that tree and as he was so upset, he refused and left. Abu Dahdah asked the messenger of Allah ﷺ if that bargain is still valid if he buys that tree? And the Prophet ﷺ said yes! Hearing that, Abu Dahdah got up and rushed after Abu Lubabah. He offered his meadow to him in return of that tree. The man asked, are you kidding? It was an offer no one could refuse because who in Madinah didn’t know of that heaven like garden with approx. 500 palm trees and a well surrounding a house. Hence Abu Lubabah gave that one palm tree to him, which Abu Dahdah gifted the boy and went towards his house in those meadows. He called his wife Umm Dahdah from the outside asking her to come out of the house as he has sold it to Allah and His messenger ﷺ – upon which she replied, without any question or resistance: “Allahu Akbar, what a successful bargain!” She then gathered her kids, checked their pockets for any dates from the garden, took them out and threw them in that garden, stating that they are for Allah now. They are not their property anymore. And hence the whole family left a house with a well amidst a garden of 500 palm trees behind so they could own a tree in jannah.

Sunnah Acts

Special Sunnah taught by the Messenger (SAW) to Anas (rad)
Narrated Anas bin Malik: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me: ‘O my son! If you are capable of (waking up in) the morning and (ending) the evening, while there is no ill feeling in your heart for anyone, then do so.’ Then he said to me: ‘O my son! That is from my Sunnah. Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.'”- Tirmidhi

Adhkar/Dua

Special Dua taught by Holy Prophet to a Abu Bakr (rad)
اللَّهمَّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي ظُلْماً كثِيراً ، وَلا يَغْفِر الذُّنوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ ، فَاغْفِر لي مغْفِرَةً مِن عِنْدِكَ ، وَارحَمْني ، إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْغَفور الرَّحِيم
Allahumma inni zalamtu nafsi zulman kathiran wa la yaghfirudh-dhunuba illa anta, faghfir-li maghfiratan min indik, warhamni innaka antal-ghafuru’r-rahim:

Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (Radiyallahu ′Anhu) said to The Messenger of Allah (pbuh): – “Teach me a dua and I will recite it in my prayer.” Thereupon, our Prophet (pbuh) said,

”O Allah! I have done a great wrong to my soul (nafs) and there is none to forgive the sins, except You. Grant me a pardon from Yourself and have mercy on me as You are the Most Forgiving and the Most Compassionate.” – Bukhari, Muslim

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