Tha’laba Ibn Abdul Rahman رضي الله عنه
Tha’laba Ibn Abdul Rahman رضي الله عنه was a young man from the Ansaar who always ran errands for the prophet ﷺ. One day while walking through the city of Medina, he passed by a house with an open door. Out of curiosity he took a glance inside. In this glance, he saw the curtain being blown away from a bathroom entrance where a woman was bathing.
He immediately lowered his gaze. With an extreme feeling of guilt and hypocrisy he thought to himself, “How could I be of the companions, one that is close to the Prophet ﷺ, one who runs his errands and be so horrible as to disrespect peoples privacy?” He also feared that Allah would reveal to the prophet ﷺ, evidence of his hypocrisy. His guilt denied him to ever show his face to the prophet ﷺ so he ran away.
Days went by and the prophet kept asking the other companions if they had seen Thalaba رضي الله عنه. No one had seen him. The prophet ﷺ began to worry about Thalaba رضي الله عنه so he sent a few of the companions رضي الله عنه to look for him everywhere, among them were Umar Ibn Al Khattab رضي الله عنه and Salman Al Farsi رضي الله عنه. They looked everywhere in Medina, and on the out skirts of Madina, until they came about a set of mountains between Mecca and Medina where some nomads where herding sheep.
The companions رضي الله عنه asked the nomads if they had seen a young man with Thalabaرضي الله عنه’s characteristics. They told the companions رضي الله عنه about a weeping boy who had been there for 40 days. He would come down from the mountains once a day weeping and drank the milk they would offer him. Then he went back up the mountains weeping, crying, always asking for Allah for forgiveness, and saying words of repentance. So the companions رضي الله عنه waited until he came down and watched him. He had lost weight. His countenance reflected sorrow as he drank the milk that was mixed with his tears.
The companions رضي الله عنه insisted that they take him back to the prophet ﷺ but he refused and asked them if Allah had revealed verses saying he was a hypocrite. They told him that they had no knowledge of any such verses. He was taken back to Medina where the Prophet ﷺ went to see him. He asked again if Allah had put him among the hypocrites or revealed that he was.
The Prophet ﷺ assured him that there were no such verses. He laid out Thalaba’s tired, weak body and placed Thalaba’s head on his lap. He said, “Oh Prophet of Allah remove the head of a sinner away from you.” The prophet ﷺ comforted him until he told the Prophet ﷺ, “I feel as though ants are walking between my flesh and bones.”
The prophet ﷺtold him it was death and his time had come. He witnessed while Thalaba رضي الله عنه’s head was on his lap, Thalaba رضي الله عنه proclaiming “There is no god worthy of worship other than Allah, and that Muhammed ﷺ is the messenger of Allah.” The prophet ﷺ washed Thalaba and carried him to the grave.
It is narrated that on their way to bury Thalaba, the prophet ﷺ walked on tip toes as though he were in a crowd and afraid to tramp some one. When Umar رضي الله عنه asked about this, the Prophet ﷺ explained that there were so many angels accompanying his Janazah that he ﷺ was afraid that he might tramp the wing of an angel!