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Baraa’ رضي الله عنه
Baraa’ رضي الله عنه was thin and wiry with so little flesh on his bones, yet in single handed combat. He defeated and killed many opponents, In the midst of battles he was an outstanding fighter against the non-believers. He was so courageous and daring that Umar رضي الله عنه who was the Khalifah at that time, once wrote to his governors throughout the Islamic State that they should not appoint him to lead any army, fearing that he might have them all killed by his daring exploits.
When Baraa’ رضي الله عنه used to fight he was not one of those who were looking for victory, even though victory was the ultimate achievement, Baraa’رضي الله عنه s only wish was for Martyrdom, and to end his life in one of the battles against the enemies of Islam. His love for Martyrdom was the reason that he did not miss any of the battles with the Prophet ﷺ . One day when Baraa’رضي الله عنه was visited by his friends he looked at them and said: “I see you might be worried that I might die on my bed, no by Allah, Allah will not deprive me of shahada (martyrdom)”.
In the battle of Yamamah, The army of Musaylimah took refuge in an orchard. The orchard was vast, with high walls and Musaylimah and his thousands of forces locked the entrance. They were able to take shelter behind the walls as if they were in a fortress, and rained their arrows down upon the Muslims. Baraa’ رضي الله عنه came forth, and told his people: “Put me on a shield, raise it on your lances, and toss me over the wall near to the gate. I will open the gates to you, or die as a martyr.”
Within moments he was sitting on a shield, with his slight body which weighed little, and dozens of lances lifted him, and then tossed him into the Orchard of death. Like a thunderbolt from on high, he descended on the enemy, and killed ten of them before he was able to open the gate. The Muslims poured in through the gates and over the wall, felling with their sword the renegade forces by the thousands, until they reached Musaylimah and killed him.
As for Baraa’ رضي الله عنه he was carried off the field with more than eighty sword and arrow wounds. Khaalid Ibnul-Waleedرضي الله عنه stayed with him for a month, nursing him until Allah restored his health, just as He had granted the Muslims victory because of him.
Baraa’ رضي الله عنه continued to long for death as a martyr, a fate, which had eluded him at the battle of Al-Yamamah. In his longing for his fate, and for reunion with his beloved Prophet ﷺ he committed himself to one battle after another.
At the battle of Tustar in Persia, the Muslims who had besieged the Persians became more desperate, they lowered over the wall chains with huge grappling hooks which had been heated until they were red hot. On them, they would impale the Muslims, and would raise the victims up. One of the hooks caught Anasرضي الله عنه, the brother of Baraa ‘. When Baraa’ رضي الله عنه realized what was happening to his brother, he scaled the wall of the fortress until he was able to seize the chain and remove the hook form his brother’s body. His hand started to burn and give off smoke, but he did not give up until he had saved his brother. Then he fell to the ground, with nothing left of his hand but bare bones.
During this battle, Baraa’ رضي الله عنه prayed to Allah to grant him death as a martyr. Allah granted him his request, and he finally fell, overjoyed that he was to meet his Lord.