A hot day in the month of Ramadan, in summer, in the heat of the blessed city of Makkah, just after Salat ul Dhur, i.e. mid afternoon. The month I was fortunately blessed by Allah to be on Omrah with my beautiful mother. In the heat, my mom is tired, we have been looking for Taxis to Aziziya, and after some time a cab stops over and we get in Alhamdulillah.
As I have always been, a curious person, I ask the cab driver, ” Ayna min anta” where are you from ?
The next thing, the cab driver starts crying and sobbing, and yes my mom is staring at me from the back seat (and I was afraid my mom would beat me up right there for making someone cry). However, I had not done anything at all. The cab driver then asks me, are you familiar with Quran…
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I loved it so much that I am sharing it here. This is written by Imam Omer Suleiman. May Allah SWT grant us pious spouses and may we are able to lead a life in His submission together. ameen.
“Imagine…sitting with your spouse in Jannah. And then deciding what the plans would be for that day…
Should we go outside, sit on our thrones, with waterfalls of milk and honey flowing beneath us? And enjoy a cup of Jannah wine, while smelling the sweet scent of Jannah musk?
Should we go to the souq, the market place, and meet all of our old friends that we used to kick it off with in the dunya, and talk about what dunya was like, and how we all made it here, and how Allah (swt) bestowed His favor upon us?
And then your spouse says, you know what, how about we…
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
During the ten years of peace that ensued with the Treaty of Hudaybia, the Prophet was freed of the constant hostility of the Quraysh. However, his other source of worry, the Jewish tribes, continued to plague him and the Muslims. They had reneged on agreements and incited other tribes to form a confederacy against the Muslims.
All of Khaybar and the area north of it formed their territory from where they launched campaigns against the Muslims. Three days before the Prophet was about to lead an expedition to Khaybar, a small clash called the Battle of Ghaba
took place. It was in the month of Muharram, 7 A.H.
The Prophet had sent his camels to graze in Ghaba, near Uhud.
With the herd were the Prophet’s slave, Rabah, a herdsman, and
Salamah bin Akwa رضي الله عنه , who was riding Abu Talha’s horse.
Suddenly, Abdul Rahman bin Uyaynah Fazari and his men swooped down, and after killing the herdsman, they rode away with all the camels. Salamah رضي الله عنه left his horse with Rabah and climbed a hill. Facing Madinah, he sounded the alarm. Three times he called, “Ya Sabaha!” Then he went after the thieves launching arrows at them. Undaunted at being alone, he sang a martial song:
‘Take this. I am the son of Akwa, and today is the day of a suckling.”
Salamah رضي الله عنه was very effective in harassing the thieves and he killed several of them. If a horseman turned back to give chase, Salamah رضي الله عنه would shoot at him from a tree. If they entered a hilly pass, he would scale the hill and set off a rock slide.
In desperation, the thieves set all the camels free, but Salamah رضي الله عنه continued to shoot at them.Then the thieves tried to lighten their mounts by throwing away thirty sheets and thirty lances. Salamah رضي الله عنه would cover them with a pile of stones so that they might be easily located, and he would go on after the horsemen.
After one such incident, the thieves sat down at a narrow turning of a mountain pass while Salamah رضي الله عنه sat on the peak. Four of them spotted him and moved towards him. Salamah said to them, “Do you know who I am? I am Salamah bin Akwa. I can easily catch anybody running among you, but none of you can catch me.” The men went back.
Shortly afterwards, Salamah رضي الله عنه noticed the cavalrymen of the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ riding out from between the trees. The first to come in sight was Akhram, followed by Qatadah and Miqdad. Akhram and Abdul Rahman met in combat.
Although Akhram managed to wound Abdul Rahman’s horse, he himself was killed by Abdul Rahman, who then took his horse.Qatadah rode up and killed Abdul Rahman with his lance. Seeing their leader fall, the rest of the bandits took off with the Muslim cavalrymen in pursuit and Salamah still chasing them on foot.
Shortly before sunset, the thieves reached the mountain pass of Dhu Qarad. They were thirsty and exhausted, but Salamah’s arrows would not let them get near the water. The Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ and his Companions on horseback met up with Salamah رضي الله عنه after sunset.
Salamah رضي الله عنه submitted, “O Messenger of Allah! They are all thirsty, and if you give me a hundred men I will catch them by the scruff of their necks and bring them to you.”
The Prophet said, “O son of Akwa, now that you have the upper hand, show your enemies a little politeness. After all, now they are in the territory of their hosts, Banu Ghatfan.”
For his extraordinary feats that day, Salamah رضي الله عنه received two portions of the booty from the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ one as a foot soldier and another as a cavalryman. He had the honor of sitting behind the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ himself on the camel Azba’a, and of hearing the Prophet declare, ‘The best cavalry man among us today is Abu Qatadah, and the best foot soldier is Salamah.”
Sorry about the title but I just couldn’t resist. My little cousin after hearing this story came to tell us, “Do you know Musjidul Akwa can run faster than a horse!”
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) was a battle machine, a warrior chosen by Allah SWT. He was taught by the early ages of five or six by his father, a known warrior of the Quraish, for many years how to use an arrow, spear and a sword. But there was something in the heart of Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) and he said, “Ya Rasulullah I have come to you with many sins. I have fought against Allah SWT. I have fought against the Messenger of Allah SWT. I fought against the believers. I caused believers to lose a battle. I caused death. I caused destruction. I caused defeat. Ya Rasulullah pray to Allah SWT that He forgive me.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Ya Khalid, a man when he enters Islam, all of his past sins are forgiven.” He said, and he insisted, “Oh Rasulullah ask Allah SWT to forgive me,” and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Ya Allah forgive Khalid for whatever he has done and allow him to be a front and allow him to be a fighter and a warrior who fights for the cause of Islam and not for the cause of evil.”
In the last four years of the life of Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) he was demoted, he could not go into the battlefield. This was the biggest test for Khalid bin Walid (radiallahu anhu). After Hira he was stopped from going into the battlefield and Khalid dubbed that the year of the women because he couldn’t go and fight. Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) was a noble warrior and Caliph Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu) explained his action of dismissing Khalid Al-Walid (radiallahu anhu) from his post and the army saying, “I have not dismissed Khalid because of my anger or because of any dishonesty on his part, but because people glorified him and were misled. I feared that people would rely on him for victory. I want them to know that it is Allah who does all things; and there should be no mischief in the land.”
The narration mentions that Khalid didn’t waste his time, he would recite the Quraan. After Fajr he would recite the Quraan until Dhuhr. He would say that Jihad has stopped me from learning the Quraan. From Fajr until Dhuhr he would recite the Quraan and he would cry out of the fear of Allah SWT. Continuouly he would cry out of the fear of Allah SWT.
When Khalid (radiallahu anhu) was close to his death, a man who fought numerous battles and brought down the superpowers is dying upon his bed. A sahabi came to him and Khalid (radiallahu anhu) said, “When Umar demoted me I felt bad in my heart but now I realised that what Umar did was right because Umar only wanted the Khayr (good) for the believers and I have nothing in my heart for Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu).” He was close to his death and the narration mentions that when people would walk in he would show them his arms that there was not a hand span on his arms that did not have a wound upon it. He would show them the right arm. He would show them the left arm. He would show them the chest. He would show them the legs.
He said, “Look at me, I’ve fought over a hundred duels, numerous battles and I’m dying on my bed? Khalid is dying on his bed?” Somebody said to Khalid (radiallahu anhu), “Oh Khalid, don’t you understand? The day that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) dubbed you the sword of Allah (Sayfullah) it was impossible for you to die on the battlefield. For if you died on the battlefield that the sword of Allah was broken by an infidel and the sword of Allah could never be broken.”
Khalid (radiallahu anhu) contrary to his desires died upon his bed. But see, in the Battle of Mu’tah Khalid (radiallahu anhu) broke nine of his swords. Why, because they were the swords of Khalid. As for Khalid himself, he was the Allah’s sword so he could never be broken. The man who brought the two superpowers of the day to their knees passed away upon his bed but the truth is why shouldn’t he desire martyrdom? For didn’t Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) say about a martyr that he is not given ghusl because his blood will bear witness for his Shahadah on the Day of Judgement? His clothes are not changed because his clothes will bear witness for him on the Day of Judgement.
A Janaza according to many Fuqaha is not prayed upon the Shaheed. Why? Because Allah SWT says in the Quraan Kareem, “Those who have passed away in the path of Allah don’t say they are dead, but they are alive by Allah SWT.” The truth is that Khalid’s (radiallahu anhu) clothes may not bear testimony to his Shahadah. His blood may not bear testimony to his Shahadah but every single Shaheed of this Ummah will bear testimony for Khalid (radiallahu anhu) because there has never been a shaheed in this Ummah who has not been inspired by Khalid ibn Walis (radiallahu anhu).
The narration mentions that Khalid (radiallahu anhu) left behind a horse and he left behind a sword and he sent it to Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu) and when Umar (radiallahu anhu) saw it he began to cry. He said, “Abu Bakr judged men, Abu Bakr knew men far better than I did. He realised the virtue of Khalid ibn Walid but can you imagine that horse that Khalid left behind, could any other man ride the horse that Khalid rode? No, because he would never be able to fulfil its right. Can any other man hold the sword that Khalid held? No, because no other man would be able to fulfil its right. Because, Khalid was on a different level.”
The narration mentions that when Khalid (radiallahu anhu) passed away the women of Bani Makhzum came out and cried and Umar (radiallahu anhu) had a strict rule that women could not come out and cry. Even when Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) passed away the women gathered in the house of Aisha (radiallahu anha) and Umar (radiallahu anhu) dispersed them. But when it came to Khalid (radiallahu anhu) a man came to Umar (radiallahu anhu) and said, “The women of Bani Makhzum are crying over Khalid ibn Walid.” Umar (radiallahu anhu) said, “May your mother lose you for the likes of Khalid, those who cry, should cry.”
Umar (radiallahu anhu) heard the mother of Khalid (radiallahu anhu) reciting poetry, she said, “You are better than a million. When men fall on their faces in front of you, you are braver than a lion and a tiger. You are more generous than that flood that comes down from the mountain.”
Umar (radiallahu anhu) heard her reciting this and said, “The mother of Khalid ibn Walid has spoken the truth.” If Khalid (radiallahu anhu) was better than a million at that time then he is better than a billion of today. The truth is there will never be another Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu). About Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) said, “Women will never give birth to the likes of Khalid ibn Walid again.”
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Saeed ibn Aamir Al-Jumahi رضي الله عنه
He was a youth who was amongst those who come out to the outskirts of Makkah at the call of the leaders of the Quraish. They had beeen called to witness the death of Khubayb ibn Adi رضي الله عنه, a companion of Rasulullah ﷺ who had been captured treacherously.
It was destined for him that he see this captive of the quraish shackled while the people were waiting to take revenge to Nabi ﷺ through him, wanting to kill him in place of those who were killed in the battle of badr.
Khubayb رضي الله عنه requested that he be allowed to perform 2 rakaats of Salaah and was given permission to do so. On completing his Salaah he turned to the Quraish and said, “By Allah, If it was not for the fact that you would think I was lenghtening my Salaah out of fear of death, I would have definitely lengthened it.
Sa’eed رضي الله عنه witnessed with his own eyes as the people mutilated this Sahabi while he was alive. They cut piece after piece from his body while they questioned, “Do you prefer Muhammed ﷺ be in your place and you be safe?”
He replied while he was bleeding profusely, “By Allah I do not like that I be safe and sound amongst my family while Muhammed ﷺ gets pricked by a thorn.” He looked towards the sky and made dua, “Oh Allah count their number, and kill them one after the other, and do not spare a single one of them,” then he breathed his last. No one was able to count the amount of strikes from swords and stabs from spears that wounded his body.
The Quraish returned to Makkah and soon forgot about this incident. However the adolescent, Saeed ibn Aamir, did not forget. Khubayb رضي الله عنه was not absent from his mind for a moment. He would see him in his dreams while asleep and he would see him in his thoughts while awke. He appeared infront of him performing two rakaats of Salaah tranquil and content infront of the gallows and he heard his voice ringing in his ears as he made dua against the Quraish. he feared being struck by a thunderbolt or that a boulder would fall on him from the skies.
Certainly Khubayb رضي الله عنه taught Saeed رضي الله عنه what he did not know before. He taught him that the reality of this life is belief and striving in the path of your beliefs until death. He taught him that firmly established Imaan works wonders and does miracles. He taught him that surely that man who he loved so greatly was definitely the messenger who is helped from the heavens.
Saeed رضي الله عنه stood amongst a gathering of people and announced his innocence of the sins of the Quraish and forsaking the worship of idols and statues and entering the deen of Allah.
He migrated to Madinah and spent most of his time in the company of Rasulullah ﷺ until Nabi ﷺ passed away. He then became an unshethed sword in the hands of the first two khalifah’s. He lived to be unique and unmatched example of one who had traded this world for the hereafter.
Umar رضي الله عنه told Saeed رضي الله عنه “Oh Saeed, Surely you are entrusted over the people of Hims (as a leader).”
He replied, “Oh Umar, I adjure by Allah that you do not test me.”
This led Umar رضي الله عنه to angrily exclaim, ” You placed this matter (of Khilafat) on my neck then you freed yourself of it?! By Allah I will not leave you.” Then he made him the governer of Hims.
Not long afterwards, Umar رضي الله عنه sent a delegation to Hims. He requested them to write the names of the poor among them so he could relieve their needs. They prepared a list for him in which the name Saeed ibn Aamir appeared.
“Who is this Saeed ibn Aamir?” asked Umar رضي الله عنه.
“Our leader,” they replied.
“Your leader is poor?” questioned Umar رضي الله عنه.
“Yes,” they affirmed, “By Allah, several days go by without a fire being lit in his house.”
Umar رضي الله عنه was greatly moved and wept. He got a thousand dinars, put it in a purse and said, “Convey my greetings to him and tell him that the Amir al-Mu’mineen has sent this money to help him look after his needs.”
The delegation came to Saeed رضي الله عنه with the purse. When he found that it contained money, he began to push it far away from him, saying, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.”
He said it in such a way as if some misfortune had descended on him. His alarmed wife hurried to him and asked, “What’s the matter, Saeed? Has the Khalifah died?”
“Infact it is something greater than that.” he replied.
“Have the Muslims been defeated in a battle?” she questioned.
“Infact it is something greater than that. The world has come upon me to destroy my hereafter and create corruption in my house.”
“Then free yourself of it,” said she, not knowing anything about the dinars.
“Will you help me in this?” he asked.
She agreed. He took the dinars, put them in bags and distributed them to the Muslim poor.
Not long afterwards, Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه went to Syria to examine conditions there. When he arrived at Hims which was called little Kufah because, like Kufah, its inhabitants complained a lot about their leaders, he asked what they thought of their leader. They complained about him mentioning four of his actions each one more serious than the other.
“I shall bring you and him together,” Umar رضي الله عنه promised. “And I make dua to Allah that my opinion about him would not be damaged. I used to have great confidence in him.”
When the meeting was convened, Umar رضي الله عنه asked what complaints they had against him.
“He only comes out to us when the sun is already high,” they said.
“What do you have to say to that, Saeed?” asked Umar.
Saeed رضي الله عنه was silent for a moment, then said, “By Allah, I really didn’t want to say this but there seems to be no way out. My family does not have a servant so I get up every morning and prepare dough for bread. I wait a little until it rises and then bake it for them. I then make wudhu and go out to the people.”
“What’s your other complaint?” asked Umar رضي الله عنه.
“He does not answer anyone at night,” they said.
To this Saeed رضي الله عنه reluctantly said, “By Allah, I really wouldn’t have liked to disclose this also, but I have left the day for them and the night for Allah.”
“And what’s your other complaint about him?” asked Umar رضي الله عنه.
“He does not come out to us for one day in every month,” they said.
To this Saeed رضي الله عنه replied, “I do not have a servant, O Amir al-Mu’mineen and I do not have any clothes except what I am wearing. I wash it once a month and I wait for it to dry. Then I go out in the later part of the day.”
“Any other complaint about him?” asked Umar رضي الله عنه.
“From time to time, he blacks out in meetings,” they said.
To this Saeed رضي الله عنه replied, “I witnessed the killing of Khubayb ibn Adiy رضي الله عنه when I was a mushrik. I saw the Quraysh cutting him and saying, “Would you like Muhammad ﷺ to be in your place?” to which Khubayb رضي الله عنه replied, “I would not wish to be safe and secure among my family while a thorn hurts Muhammad ﷺ.” By Allah, whenever I remember that day and how I failed to come to his aid, I only think that Allah would not forgive me and I black out.”
Thereupon Umar رضي الله عنه said, “Alll praises are due to Allah who has not tainted my thoughts about him.” He later sent a thousand dinars to Saeed to help him out. When his wife saw the amount she said. “Praise be to Allah Who has enriched us out of your service. Buy some provisions for us and hire a helper.”
“And what if there is something better than that??” asked Saeed رضي الله عنه .
She asked, “And what is that?”
He replied “We will give it to someone who will help us when we are more in need than we are now.
“نقرضها الله قرضا حسنا“
We will loan it to Allah, A good loan.”
“Yes, And you will be recompensed better,” she agreed.
He did not leave the place he was sitting in until he put the dinars into small bags and said to a member of his family, “Take this to the widow of so and so, and the orphans of that person, to the needy in that family and to the poor family of so and so.”
May Allah be pleased with Sa’id ibn Aamir al-Jumahi who was indeed one of those who prefered others over themselves even if they were hungry.
As the mother of this little boy taught him the Shahadah his little heart was filled with love for the Prophet ﷺ. He was filled with love for him by merely hearing about him. Oh how he wished that he could go to his beloved Nabi in Makkah or that his Nabi travels to Madinah so that he could be fortunate enough to see him and experience the delight of meeting him.
Not even a little time passed when he heard that his wish was coming true. His beloved Rasul was coming to Madinah. Happiness became prevelant in every house and joy filled the hearts of every individual as they watched the fortunate path that would be graced with his footsteps as he entered Madeenah.
The little children began to scream every morning, “Muhammad ﷺ has come!” Anas رضي الله عنه along with the other some other boys would run to see but would return dejected until one day it was announced that he is very near to Madeenah.
Group after group began racing each other in proceeding towards him. The children were the most excited, their faces and little heart filled with glee. In the forefront of these children was Anas ibn Malik Ansari رضي الله عنه.
On hearing the news, the women and little children ascended their roofs and began searching for him questioning, “Which one is he?” This was a day that was deeply engrained into the mind of Anas. His mother approached Nabi ﷺ saying that everyone had given him a gift and all she had to give him as a gift was her son.
Nabi ﷺ would affectionately call him Unais which is the diminutive of Anas. He was blessed with 10 years of serving Nabi ﷺ before he passed away. He tried his best to follow in the footsteps of his Nabi ﷺ. There were 2 days that he would mention most and would reminisce saying that he did not see another day like these. They were the day that he met Nabi ﷺ for the first time and the day he separated from him for the last time. Whenever he would remember the former, he would be happy and buoyant and whenever he remembered the latter, he would sob and cry, causing those around him to cry as well.
One special dua that Nabi ﷺ made for him was:
اللهما رزقه مالا وولادا وبارك له
This dua of Nabi ﷺ was clearly accepted as Anas رضي الله عنه was amongst the wealthiest from the Ansaar. He was also blessed with a vast progeny, so vast that his children and granchildren exceeded 100 in number. He was blessed with a long life too. He lived for a full century, 100 years.
Before he passed away he made a wasiyyat that he be buried with a small staff that belonged to Nabi ﷺ. He passed away with the kalimah on his lips, buried with the staff of Nabi ﷺ in his kafn. How fortunate was he?