HAFSA BINT UMAR AL-KHATTAB – THE MOTHERS OF BELIEVERS (Part 1)

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In the Name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, All- Merciful

Areesh!! don’t speak loud,” I said to my 6-year daughter who was being loud with her 2-year younger brother. While cooking in Kitchen, I was thinking how delicate and sweet these daughters feel to heart.

I was thinking about Aisha RA who got this huge blessing to have the company of Prophet Mohammad ﷺ in very young age. How beautifully heﷺ taught her manners while she was a little girl that later grew up as one of the famous and well-known scholar of Islam. So many lessons especially for parents of young girls. It leaves a deep mark to help their child to enhance their inner personality skills with care, affection, and wisdom.

1d77809c8b11a6b84f4f2c56a52d7ee4 My mind was strolling in Makkah and Madina, in the days when Mother of Believers Hafsa bint Umar; the daughter of 2nd Caliph of Islam Umar ibn-al-Khattab and Zaynab bint Madhun was born. She was born 5 years before Prophethood. The leaders of Quraysh were having conflict over the black stone to fix in its spot after Kaba was rebuilt due to Flood. To solve this Issue, it was decided to allow the Person who will enter first in Kaba would have the honor to carry the stone to its place. The first person that entered in Kaba was Prophet Mohammad ﷺ. He ﷺ presented a unique idea to solve this issue allowing all leaders to carry the corners of the sheet carrying the stone to its place. Then he ﷺ carried and put the stone in its place with his hands. It was a very wise decision, which surprised everyone in Makkah. It was the time when prophethood was blooming and people could feel its fragrance around. These were the days when Hafsa bint Umar was born. Hafsa bint Umar’s birth happened in the times when the birth of a daughter would distress parents. It would consider as a disgrace for Family. As Quran says,

وَإِذَا بُشِّرَ أَحَدُهُم بِالْأُنثَىٰ ظَلَّ وَجْهُهُ مُسْوَدًّا وَهُوَ كَظِيمٌ

And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief.

 [Surah An-Nahl: 58]

Since Islam has not emerged at that time, Umar Ibn-al-Khattab was restless with the birth of his daughter. Later in future, it proved if daughters are raised with care, provided with the best education and manners, they could make a difference in society.

Looking back in the history, it was Dhul-Hijah, the last month of the 6th year of Prophethood, when her life took a main turn towards its origin. She was a young girl of around 10 years old. These were the days when her father, Umar ibn al-Khattab accepted Islam who was considered as one of the biggest opposition of Islam. Prophet Mohammad (saw) asked Allah SWT to strengthen Islam with either Umar ibn al-Khattab or Abu Jahl bin Hisham. Allah SWT accepted his prophet’s dua and blessed Umar ibn al-Khattab with the light of Iman.

Abdullah Ibn Abbas Rady Allahu Anhu reported the Prophet was saying,

“O Allah, strengthen Islam with Abu Jahl bin Hisham, or with Umar bin al-Khattab”. In the morning, Sayyidina ‘Umar Rady Allahu Anhu went to the Prophet and accepted Islam; then prayed openly in the mosque.

(Ahmad and Tirmidhi)

Hafsa’s aunt Fatima bint al-Khattab and her Husband Sa’id bin Zayd has already accepted Islam. She was growing up in the environment where she could hear the whispers of revelations around her. She had strong, brave, confident personality like her name (Hafs in Arabic means lion) having shades of her Father whose conversion became a super source of new Strength for new Muslims. Till now muslims were hiding their Faith and were not able to worship openly. Now Islam has appeared boldly. Muslims were able to pray openly in Kaaba. Hafsah RA was going through these phases of emerging Islam. The Importance of Faith had begun to develop in her roots.

Is it still possible to develop this Importance of faith in our Generations too? Especially when it’s the time of X-Box, Ps3, iPod and such Androids in which our children have developed their interests. The answer is YES, it is possible if we as parents began to practice Islam and connect them with their main roots introducing them History of Islam. Tell your child the stories of Companions of Prophet Mohammad ﷺ. Use these gadgets, as a tool in knowing of their religion from an early age, will surely develop their strong relationship with Islam. They need motivations these real personalities can easily become their role models.

I can imagine Hafsa RA, a teenager getting married to Khunais (RA) bin Hazafa Sahmi. He was also a brave man who made a difference in the events of Islam. It was the time when Pagans in Makkah were targeting muslims. It pushed many of them to migrate Abyssinia. Hafsa and her husband also migrated where Khunais (RA) could not get along with Abyssinia’s different climate and environment and decided to return Makkah. Since Muslims were still going through extreme opposition in Makkah. Khunais and Hafsa now migrated to Madina where they were welcomed by Rafa’s bin Abdul Munthir and stayed at his place as his guests. Hafsa was going through difficult times as traveling back and forth and facing opposition to save one’s faith was a big task. Hafsa was facing all these tribulations during her Youth.

Allah SWT said the believers upon their arrival at Madina, to be patient, forgiving until He brought His awaited support.

 وَإِن تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا فَإِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

“ but if you persevere patiently, and have Taqwa, then verily, that will be a determining factor in all affairs.”

 [Surah Ale-Imran: 186]

Such Quranic Verses were also peaceful for Hafsa RA against such suffering from opposition and migration.

Another amazing perspective of her personality that appears in this age strikes one’s heart. All these issues with life had not kept Hafsa (RA) from Learning. She was a very intelligent girl with an excellent memory. She managed to learn each new verse that was coming down through revelation those days. She was not only memorizing Quran but pondering over it too, which helped to build her character with great attributes.

Sadly, nowadays it has been considered that youth is for fun and enjoyment only. The majority tends to postpone learning knowledge of Deen for future years to come. Here we see Hafsa RA had wisely used peak time of her. Adolescence is the time to explore one’s inner and outer world. A real education of minors must start with “why” questions and then begin to help young people develop their own identity, sense of purpose, and understanding of the world and their place in it.

We can see later, how this hard work and effort of Hafsa RA will be adorned by Allah SWT by blessing her with incomparable Honor of being Mother of Ummah.

The Khunais (RA) fulfilled his duty as a devoted believer during the Battle of Badar and fought against enemies to defend the believers. He could not recover from serious injuries during the war and died few days after Battle of Badar. Hafsa showed extreme care for her husband during his illness and remained calm on his death. Instead of complaining her fate or going in the phase of depression, she held on to the patience and intensified her relationship with the Creator. She began to spend more time in Ibadah. Her devotion to the Ibadah helped to come out of this huge pain.

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”

(Surah Ar-Ra’ad : 28)

The remembrance of Allah was slowly removing the traces of the distress from her heart. However, for her father, it was very painful to see his young daughter at the age of 19 to be a widow. Her silent courage under these circumstances, her patient prayers and her study of the Quran brightened her countenance with a spiritual beauty and innocence, but there was also sadness because of the harsh loneliness that had become part of her life.

[1] After deep thought ‘Umar RA decided to approach ‘Uthman bin Affan, whose wife Ruqayyah the Prophet’s daughter, had passed away. He thought that sharing a common bond would help to alleviate their sorrow in losing worthy spouses. But he refused that he presently was not planning on marriage. From there he went to Abu Bakr Siddiq and offered him his daughter in marriage. He too lowered his gaze and did not answer him.

In the distress when Umar RA complained about the strange behavior of his beloved friends Abu Bakar and Uthman ibn Affan to Prophet ﷺ. He ﷺ smiled and said,

“Hafsa will marry one better than Uthman and Uthman will marry one better than Hafsa.” [2]

After every night there appears the bright day. This day turned out to be brighter than ever. Allah SWT gifted Hafsa (RA) with the companionship of his beloved Prophet. The marriage was taken place in the 3rd year of migration after the 6 months of Khunais (RA) death. Hafsa RA was 20 years old at the time of her 2nd marriage.

The family of Umar ibn-al-Khattab was honored by having ties with Prophet and Umar Ib-al Khattab could not even imagine that he ﷺ himself will marry his daughter.

[1] After the marriage, Abu Bakr Siddiq RA met with Umar RA and told him the truth, which was that the Prophet ﷺ had mentioned to him that he planned to marry Hafsa RA. That was the reason he had remained silent, as it would not have been proper to betray his confidence. If matters were different he would have been only too happy to accept her hand in marriage. Umar RA open-heartedly accepted his reason.

Allah SWT has promised that He will test each of us, whether we remain grateful or ungrateful, and whoever is grateful truly, his gratitude is for himself; and whoever is ungrateful, it is for the loss of only himself.

TO BE CONTINUED ………………

 

Note: For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with her (RA)” each time with Hafsa’s RA name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all.


Compiled by Binte Abdul Waheed

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HUDHAYFAH IBN AL-YAMAAN

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In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

“If you wish you may consider yourself among the Muhajirin or, if you wish, you may consider yourself one of the Ansar. Choose whichever is dearer to you.”

With these words, the Prophetﷺ addressed Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan when he met him for the first time in Makkah. How did Hudhayfah come to have this choice?

Name and Lineage:

His full name was حذيفة بن اليمان العبسي الغطفاني القيسي Hudhayfah bin Al-Yamaan Al-Absi Al-Aghutfaani Al-Qaysi. His father, حسيل بن جابر بن عمرو الیمان Husail Bin Jabir Bin Amr Al-Yamaan  was a Makkan from the tribe of Abs. He  had been forced to leave Makkah. He had settled down in Madina, becoming an ally (halif) of the Banu Al-Ash’hal and marrying into the tribe (حليف لبني عبد الأشهل من الأنصار). A son named Hudhayfah was born to him. The restrictions on his returning to Makkah were eventually lifted  but stayed more in Madina and was more attached to it.

He born in Makkah and grew up in a Muslim household and was taught by both his mother and father who were among the first persons from Madina to enter the religion of Islam. He, therefore, became a Muslim before meeting the Prophet ﷺ .

Hudhayfah longed to meet the Prophetﷺ. From an early age, he was keen on following whatever news there was about him. The more he heard, the more his affection for the Prophetﷺ grew and the more he longed to meet him.

First Battle:

At Madinah, after the Hijrah, Hudhayfah became closely attached to the Prophet. He participated in all the military engagements except Badr. Explaining why he missed the Battle of Badr, he said

حُذَيْفَةُ بْنُ الْيَمَانِ قَالَ مَا مَنَعَنِى أَنْ أَشْهَدَ بَدْرًا إِلاَّ أَنِّى خَرَجْتُ أَنَا وَأَبِى(حُسَيْلٌ) قَالَ فَأَخَذَنَا كُفَّارُ قُرَيْشٍ قَالُوا إِنَّكُمْ تُرِيدُونَ مُحَمَّدًا فَقُلْنَا مَا نُرِيدُهُ مَا نُرِيدُ إِلاَّ الْمَدِينَةَ. فَأَخَذُوا مِنَّا عَهْدَ اللَّهِ وَمِيثَاقَهُ لَنَنْصَرِفَنَّ إِلَى الْمَدِينَةِ وَلاَ نُقَاتِلُ مَعَهُ فَأَتَيْنَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَأَخْبَرْنَاهُ الْخَبَرَ فَقَالَ انْصَرِفَا نَفِى لَهُمْ بِعَهْدِهِمْ وَنَسْتَعِينُ اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِم

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It has been reported on the authority of Hudbaifa bin Al-Yamaan who said: Nothing prevented me from being present at the Battle of Badr except I was out with my father [Husail], but we were caught by the disbelievers of Quraish. They said: (Do) you intend to go to Muhammad? We said: We do not intend to go to him, but we wish to go (back) to Madina. So they took from us a covenant in the name of Allah that we would turn back to Madina and would not fight on the side of Muhammad ﷺ. So, we came to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and told the incident to him. He said: Both, of you, go back (to Medina); we will fulfill the covenant made with them and seek Allah’s help against them.

His father’s martyrdom in Uhud:

Hudhayfah participated in the Battle of Uhud with his father. The pressure on Hudhayfah during the battle was great but he acquitted himself well and emerged safe and sound. A rather different fate, however, awaited his father.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ لَمَّا كَانَ يَوْمُ أُحُدٍ هُزِمَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ هَزِيمَةً بَيِّنَةً فَصَاحَ إِبْلِيسُ أَيْ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ أُخْرَاكُمْ فَرَجَعَتْ أُولَاهُمْ عَلَى أُخْرَاهُمْ فَاجْتَلَدَتْ أُخْرَاهُمْ فَنَظَرَ حُذَيْفَةُ فَإِذَا هُوَ بِأَبِيهِ فَنَادَى أَيْ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ أَبِي أَبِي فَقَالَتْ فَوَاللَّهِ مَا احْتَجَزُوا حَتَّى قَتَلُوهُ فَقَالَ حُذَيْفَةُ غَفَرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ قَالَ أَبِي فَوَاللَّهِ مَا زَالَتْ فِي حُذَيْفَةَ مِنْهَا بَقِيَّةُ خَيْرٍ حَتَّى لَقِيَا اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

Narrated `Aisha: On the day of the battle of Uhud when the pagans were defeated completely. Then Satan shouted loudly, “O Allah’s slaves! Beware the ones behind you!” So the front files turned back and started to kill them. Then Hudhaifa looked and saw his father, and said loudly, “O Allah’s slaves! My father! My father!” By Allah, they did not stop till they killed him (i.e. Hudaifa’s father). Hudhaifa (only) said, “May Allah forgive you!”

The sub-narrator ( Hisham’s father `Urwa) said, “By Allah, “Hudhaifa continued to say the good words Allah ( for the killers of his father) till he met Allah Azza wa Jalla.

مجھ سے اسماعیل بن خلیل نے بیان کیا ، کہا ہم سے سلمہ بن رجاء نے ، انہیں ہشام بن عروہ نے ، انہیں ان کے والد نے اور ان سے عائشہ رضی اللہ عنہا نے بیان کیا کہ احدکی لڑائی میں جب مشرکین ہارچکے تو ابلیس نے چلا کر کہا اے اللہ کے بندو ! پیچھے والوں کو ( قتل کرو ) چنانچہ آگے کے مسلمان پیچھے والوں پر پل پڑے اور انہیں قتل کرنا شروع کر دیا ، حذیفہ رضی اللہ عنہ نے جو دیکھا تو ان کے والد ( یمان رضی اللہ عنہ بھی وہیں موجود تھے انہوں نے پکار کر کہا اے اللہ کے بندو یہ تو میرے والد ہیں میرے والد ! عائشہ رضی اللہ عنہا نے بیان کیا اللہ کی قسم ! اس وقت تک لوگ وہاں سے نہیں ہٹے جب تک انہیں قتل نہ کر لیا ، حذیفہ رضی اللہ عنہ نے صرف اتنا کہا اللہ تمہاری مغفرت کرے ، ( ہشام نے بیان کیا کہ ) اللہ کی قسم ! حذیفہ رضی اللہ عنہ برابر یہ کلمہ دعائیہ کہتے رہے ( کہ اللہ ان کے والد پر حملہ کرنے والوں کو بخشے جو کہ محض غلط فہمی کی وجہ سے یہ حرکت کربیٹھے ) یہ دعا مرتے دم تک کرتے رہے ۔

(Sahih al-Bukhari 3824)

There was so much chaos after the mushrikin returned to the battlefield. And like it is said once the wheel starts rolling it is difficult to stop it, the muslims attacked Hudhayfahs father by accident and even though Hudhayfah stopped them, they did not.  The old man fell, killed in error by the swords of his own brothers in faith. They were filled with pain and remorse. Grieved as he was, Hudhayfah said to them: “May Allah forgive you for He is the most Merciful of those who show mercy.”It was a mistake, he forgave them and asked Allah to forgive them also! When we forgive others, we unburden ourselves actually.

Because of this attitude, Hudhayfah’s stature grew in the eyes of the Prophetﷺ.

His character and Noble qualities:

Hudhayfah had three qualities which particularly impressed the Prophet ﷺ; his unique intelligence which he employed in dealing with difficult situations; his quick-wittedness and spontaneous response to the call of action, and his ability to keep a secret even under persistent questioning.

Nothing was hidden in his life nor in his inner self. He was truthful and trustworthy. He liked the strong in righteousness and detested those who were not straightforward, i.e. the hypocrites and deceivers.

His role in Khandaq (Battle of Trench) and his Intelligence:

A noticeable way of the Prophet ﷺ was to bring out and use the special qualities and strengths of each individual companion of his. In deploying his companions, he was careful to choose the right man for the right task. This he did to excellent advantage in the case of Hudhayfah.

One of the most testing occasions, which required the use of Hudhayfah’s intelligence and his presence of mind, was during the Battle of the Trench. The Muslims on that occasion were surrounded by enemies. The siege they had been placed under had dragged on. The Muslims were undergoing severe hardship and difficulties. They had expended practically all their effort and were utterly exhausted. So intense was the strain that some even began to despair.

The Quraysh and their allies, meanwhile, were not much better off. Their strength and determination had been sapped. A violent wind overturned their tents, extinguished their fires and pelted their faces and eyes with gusts of sand and dust.

In such decisive moments in the history of warfare, the side that loses is the one that despairs first and the one that wins is the one that holds out longer. The role of army intelligence in such situations often proves to be a crucial factor in determining the outcome of the battle.

At this stage of the confrontation, the Prophet ﷺ felt he could use the special talents and experience of Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan. He decided to send Hudhayfah into the midst of the enemy’s positions under cover of darkness to bring him the latest information on their situation and morale before he decided on his next move.

Let us now leave Hudhayfah to relate what happened on this mission fraught with danger and even death.

۔۔۔۔ رَأَيْتُنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِالْخَنْدَقِ وَصَلَّى رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مِنْ اللَّيْلِ هَوِيٍّا ثُمَّ الْتَفَتَ إِلَيْنَا فَقَالَ مَنْ رَجُلٌ يَقُومُ فَيَنْظُرَ لَنَا مَا فَعَلَ الْقَوْمُ يَشْتَرِطُ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنَّهُ يَرْجِعُ أَدْخَلَهُ اللَّهُ الْجَنَّةَ فَمَا قَامَ رَجُلٌ ثُمَّ صَلَّى رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلمهَوِيٍّا مِنْ اللَّيْلِ ثُمَّ الْتَفَتَ إِلَيْنَا فَقَالَ مَنْ رَجُلٌ يَقُومُ فَيَنْظُرَ لَنَا مَا فَعَلَ الْقَوْمُ ثُمَّ يَرْجِعُ يَشْرِطُ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم الرَّجْعَةَ أَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ أَنْ يَكُونَ رَفِيقِي فِي الْجَنَّةِ فَمَا قَامَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ الْقَوْمِ مَعَ شِدَّةِ الْخَوْفِ وَشِدَّةِ الْجُوعِ وَشِدَّةِ الْبَرْدِ فَلَمَّا لَمْ يَقُمْ أَحَدٌ دَعَانِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلمفَلَمْ يَكُنْ لِي بُدٌّ مِنْ الْقِيَامِ حِينَ دَعَانِي فَقَالَ يَا حُذَيْفَةُ فَاذْهَبْ فَادْخُلْ فِيُ الْقَوْمِ فَانْظُرْ مَا يَفْعَلُونَ وَلَا تُحْدِثَنَّ شَيْئًا حَتَّى تَأْتِيَنَا قَالَ فَذَهَبْتُ

[23334:مسنداحمد]

Hudhayfa b. Yamaan reported, we saw in Khandaq, that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ lead the people in Isha prayer late in the darkness of the night, he then turned to us and said, Who is it that will get up and go see what the people (enemy) are doing? Whoever it is will return and the Prophet ﷺ promised his safe return. (And said) Allah will make him enter paradise. But no one got up. After some part of the night had passed, the Prophet ﷺ again lead the people in prayer and turned towards us and asked, Who is it that will get up and go and see what the people are doing? He will return, and the Prophet ﷺ promised his safe return. (And said) I ask Allah that this person should be my close companion in Paradise.

But no one got up out of extreme fear, hunger, and severe cold. When nobody got up, the Prophet ﷺ called me. At that time I had no choice but to get up. He ﷺ said, O Hudhayfah! Go and see the situation of the enemy, and do nothing else until you return to me. So I went.

 This does not mean that the Iman of other Sahabah was not there. They were human, sometimes things are very tough, and we think others may be able to do the work better.

What happened to Hudhaifah that night was amazing. He covered the distance between the two armies and penetrated the surrounding enemy camp of the Quraish. A violent wind had put out the camp’s fires, so the place was enveloped in darkness. Hudhaifah took his place amidst the lines of the fighters. The leader of the Quraish, Abu Sufyaan, was afraid that darkness might surprise them with scouts from the Muslim camp. He stood to warn his army, and Hudhaifah heard his loud voice saying,

“O people of the Quraish, each one of you should know who is sitting next to him and should know his name.” Hudhaifah reports, “I hastened to the hand of the man next to me, and said to him, Who are you?

He said, `Such and such a person!'”

He therefore secured his being with the army in peace! Abu Sufyaan resumed his talk to the army, saying,

“O people of the Quraish, by Allah, you are not in a place to settle. The horses and the camels are exhausted. The tribe of Bani Quraidah has reneged on us and we learned about them what we hate, and we suffer from the violent wind as you see. No food can be cooked, no fire can blaze for us, and no structure can hold. You have to leave, for I am leaving.” He then mounted his camel and started moving, followed by the fighters.

Hudhaifah then returned to the Messenger ﷺ and gave him the information and happy news.

Most Knowledgeable regarding the times of Trial:

Hudhayfah lived in constant dread of evil and corrupting influences. He felt that goodness and the sources of good in this life were easy to recognize for those who desired good. But it was evil that was deceptive and often difficult to perceive and combat.

عن أَبی إِدْرِيس الْخَوْلَانِيُّ أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ حُذَيْفَةَ بْنَ الْيَمَانِ يَقُولُ كَانَ النَّاسُ يَسْأَلُونَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ الْخَيْر  وَكُنْتُ أَسْأَلُهُ عَنْ الشَّرِّ مَخَافَةَ أَنْ يُدْرِكَنِي

Abu Idrees Khawlani narrated that he heared Hudhaifa bin Al-Yamaan, he used to say: The people used to ask Allah’s Messenger ﷺ about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might overtake me.

 [Sahih Al-Bukhari : 3606]

قال حذيفة :قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لَيَأتِيَنَّ على أمتي زمانٌ يتمنون فيه الدجال. قلتُ : يا رسول الله بأبي و أمي! مِمَّ ذَاكَ ؟!

[قال مما يَلْقونَ من العناء أوالضنا [ السلسلة الصحيحة :3090 

The Prophet ﷺ said, A time will come for my Ummah that they will wish for Dajjal. Hudhayfah asked, may my mother and father be sacrificed, why is that so? He said, because of difficulties and diseases.

Hudhayfah lbn Al-Yamaan lived open- eyed and insightful with regards to temptations and the paths of evil so that he might avoid them and warn people of them. This gave him insight of the world, experience with people, and knowledge of the times. He would contemplate matters in his mind as a philosopher would and with the sound judgment of a wise man.

The secret keeper of the Prophet ﷺ:

One of the gravest problems the Muslims of Madinah had to face was the existence in their midst of hypocrites (munafiqun) particularly from among the Jews and their allies. Although many of them had declared their acceptance of Islam, the change was only superficial and they continued to plot and intrigue against the Prophet and the Muslims.

Because of Hudhayfah’s ability to keep a secret, the Prophet ﷺ confided in him the names of the munafiqin. It was a weighty secret which the Prophet ﷺ did not disclose to any other of his companions. He gave Hudhayfah the task of watching the movements of the hypocrites, following their activities and shielding the Muslims from the sinister danger they represented. It was a tremendous responsibility. The hypocrites, because they acted in secrecy and because they knew all the developments and plans of the Muslims from within presented a greater threat to the community than the outright hostility of the kuffar.

From this time onwards. Hudhayfah was called “The Keeper of the Secret of the Messenger of Allah“. Throughout his life, he remained faithful to his pledge not to disclose the names of the hypocrites. After the death of the Prophet ﷺ, the Khalifah Umar RA often came- to him to seek his advice concerning their movements and activities but he remained tight-lipped and cautious.

وهو صاحب سر رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في المنافقين ، لم يعلمهم أحد إلا حذيفة ؛ أعلمه بهم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ، وسأله عمر : أفي عمالي أحد من المنافقين ؟ قال : نعم ، واحد . قال : من هو ؟ قال : لا أذكرہ۔۔۔۔۔

He was the secret keeper of the Prophet ﷺ regarding the hypocrites. None knew them except Hudhayfah, and the Prophet ﷺ had told him about them. Umar RA asked him, Are any of my workers of the hypocrites? Hudhayfah replied yes, one of them. Umar asked, who is he? Hudhayfah said I will not tell you.

وكان عمر إذا مات رجل يسأل عن حذيفة ، فإن حضر الصلاة عليه صلى عليه عمر ، وإن لم يحضر حذيفة الصلاة عليه لم يحضر عمر.

[اسلام سوال جواب]

Whenever someone would pass away, Umar would enquire about Hudhayfah RA, if he participated in the janazah, Umar RA would also participate, and if Hudhayfah RA  did not participate, then Umar would not do so either.

There are few lessons for us to learn from Hudhyfah’s gentle character.

  • Do not discuss the corruption of others. It is concealed, let it remain concealed. Talk about good things, not the faults of others. If you talk about other’s good qualities, what will be the impact? There will be Motivation to do good.
  • Develop positive thinking. And if we choose to talk about other’s faults, what will be the impact? Horrible. Negative.
  • Also, it will be considered as backbiting (Gheebah) that is like eating the flesh of the dead – there will be negativity, uneasiness. So no matter what gathering you are in – phone, WhatsApp, living room, etc.  Always speak well.

His Eminence:

The Prophet’s ﷺ prayer for his forgiveness and for his mother:

عن حذيفة بن اليمان قال أتيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فصليت معه المغرب ، فلما فرغ صلى فلم يزل يصلي حتى صلى العشاء ثم خرج ، فتبعته ، قال : من هذا ؟ قلت حذيفة قال اللهم اغفر لحذيفة و لأمه

 [۲۵:السلسلة الصحيحة]

Hudhayfah RA narrated: I came to the Prophet ﷺ and prayed Maghrib with him. After salah the Prophet ﷺ began praying until it was Isha time. When the Prophet ﷺ ended the prayer and left, Hudhayfah said I followed him. The Prophet ﷺ asked, Who is it? [It was dark] He said, Hudhayfah. The Prophet ﷺ said, O Allah forgive Hudhayfah and his mother.

He did not disturb Prophet ﷺ in his prayer, waited for him to finish his Ibadah. When we see people praying, doing dhikr then let them complete it, if we stand in front of them and let them know we are waiting, they won’t be able to do it properly. Also, we should adopt the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ by supplicating for others in their presence or in their absence. Every time one makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen!

Also, we should adopt the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ by supplicating for others in their presence or in their absence. Every time one makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says Ameen!

His status near Umar RA:

عن عمر رضي الله عنه أنه قال لأصحابه تمنوا فقال بعضهم أتمنى لو أن هذه الدار مملوءة ذهبا أنفقه في سبيل الله وأتصدق وقال رجل أتمنى لو أنها مملوءة زبرجدا وجوهرا فأنفقة في سبيل الله وأتصدق ثم قال عمر تمنوا فقالوا ما ندري يا أمير المؤمنين فقال عمر أتمنى لو أنها مملوءة رجالا مثل أبي عبيدة بن الجراح ومعاذ بن جبل وسالم مولى أبي حذيفة وحذيفة بن اليمان [مستدرک حاکم: 5005 ] ‘اسناده حسن

Once Umar RA was sitting with his companions and said, what do you wish for? One said I wish this house was full of gold so I could spend it in the way of Allah and give it in charity. Another said, I wish this house was filled with precious stones, so I could spend that in the way of Allah and give in charity. Umar asked, what else do you wish for? They said we do not know O Leader of the believers. Umar said, I wish this house was filled with men like Abu Ubaydah, Muadh bin Jabal and Salim Mawla of Abu Hudhayfah and Hudhayfah bin Yamaan, (so I would use them in Allah’s way).

Hudhayfah was made governor of important places like Kufa and Ctesiphon (al-Madain). When the news of his appointment as governor of Ctesiphon reached its inhabitants, crowds went out to meet and greet this famous companion of the Prophet of whose piety and righteousness they had heard so much. His great role in the conquests of Persia was already a legend.

As the welcoming party waited, a lean, somewhat scrawny man with dangling feet astride a donkey approached. In his hand, he held a loaf of bread and some salt and he ate as he went along. When the rider was already in their midst they realized that he was Hudhayfah, the governor for whom they were waiting. They could not contain their surprise. What manner of man was this! They could, however, be excused for not recognizing him for they were used to the style, the pomp and the grandeur of Persian rulers.

Hudhayfah carried on and people crowded around him. He saw they were expecting him to speak and he cast a searching look at their faces. Eventually, he said: “Beware of places of fitnah and intrigue.” “And what,” they asked, “are places of intrigue?” He replied: “The doors of the rulers where some people go and try to make the ruler or governor believe lies and praise him for (qualities) he does not possess.”

With these words, the people were prepared for what to expect from their new governor. They knew at once that there was nothing in the world that he disliked more than hypocrisy.

Death:

One day in the year A.H. 36 in Mada’in, he was called to meet his Lord. While he was getting ready for the last journey, some of his companions came to see him. He asked them, “Have you brought a shroud with you?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “Show it to me.” When he saw it, he found it was new and too long. One last sarcastic grin was drawn on his lips, and he said, “This is not a shroud for me. Two white wraps without a shirt are sufficient for me. I will not be left in the grave for a long time, but will be offered a better place or a worse one!

He then murmured a few words which, when they listened to them, they discerned the following: “Welcome O death! A dear thing coming after longing. The one who repents now prospers not.”

One of the best human souls was raised to Allah, one the most pious, illuminating, and humble spirits

Note: For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (R.A)” each time with Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yamaan R.A name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all.


 References:

  • Based on Notes and Lecture of Ustadhza Farhat Hashmi “Sahih Bukhari – Kitab ul Munaqib
  • Men around the Prophet ﷺ By Khalid Muhammad Khalid
  • Hayat e Sahaba Kai Darkhshan Phelu by Mahmood Ahmed Ghazanfar

     
     

AMMAR BIN YASIR رَضِی اللہُ عَنھُما

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In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

One of the companions who has several narrated merits pertaining to his faith, personality and resilience are ‘Ammar bin Yasir raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him). Ammar bin Yasir (radiyallahuan’huma) is one of the most famous Sahaba and was among the slaves freed by Abu Bakr RA. Ammar belonged to Banu Makhzum tribe and born in Makkah. His father, Yasir ibn Amir, was from the tribe of Qahtan in Yemen and migrated to Makkah and settled down there by marrying Sumayyah bint Khayyat, a slave woman; Ammar and his parents, Yasir and Sumayyah, were slaves to Abu Huzaifa, but upon his death, Abu Jahl -who became later one of Islam’s most brutal enemies, took them over as his slaves.

Abu Jahl killed his mother Sumayyah RA and she became the first martyr in the cause of Islam. There was none among the Immigrants whose mother and father had embraced Islam except for Ammar bin Yasir.

Name and Lineage:

 His full name was  Ammar bin Yasir Al-Aansi Al-Muzhaji  ﻋمار ﺑﻦ ﻳﺎﴎ اﻟﻌﻨسی المذﺣﺠﻲ . His Kunya was Abu al-Yaqzan اﺑﻮ اﻟﯿﻘﻈﺎن . He embraced Islam in childhood along with his father.

 ﺳﺎﺑﻘﻮن اﻻوﻟﻮن From the Foremost  

Ammar’s trust in and knowledge of Prophet ﷺ, even before his prophethood, encouraged him to follow Muhammad’s ﷺ prophetic visions as one of the earliest converts.
حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ حَمَّادٍ الآمُلِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي يَحْيَى بْنُ مَعِينٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ مُجَالِدٍ، عَنْ بَيَانٍ، عَنْ وَبَرَةَ، عَنْ هَمَّامِ بْنِ الْحَارِثِ، قَالَ قَالَ عَمَّارُ بْنُ يَاسِرٍ رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَمَا مَعَهُ إِلاَّ خَمْسَةُ أَعْبُدٍ وَامْرَأَتَانِ، وَأَبُو بَكْرٍ‏.‏

Narrated `Ammar bin Yasir: I saw Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) , and the only converts (to Islam) with him, were five slaves, two women and Abu Bakr.

عمار بن یاسر رضی اللہ عنہما نے کہا کہ میں نے رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو اس حالت میں بھی دیکھا ہے جب آنحضرت صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے ساتھ پانچ غلام ، دو عورتوں اور ابوبکر صدیق رضی اللہ عنہم کے سوا اور کوئی ( مسلمان ) نہیں تھا ۔

(Sahih al-Bukhari 3857)

Ammar bin Yasir’s other slave companions were Suhaib RA and Bilal RA

[وَسُبِيَ عَمَّارٌ وَصُهَيْبٌ وَبِلَالٌ [باب ، صحیح البخاری

`Ammar, Suhaib, and Bilal were imprisoned.

One who suffered a great deal in the way of Islam:

The Makhzum clan used to take out Ammar bin Yasir with his father and mother in the heat of the day and expose them to excessively hot environment of Makkah and torture them in the scorches of the open fire, and Prophet ﷺ used to pass by them and say,

(عن جابر : أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر بعمار وأهله وهم يعذبون فقال (أبشروا آل عمار وآل ياسر فإن موعدكم الجنة 

[صحيح السيرة النبوية – الألباني]

Jabir reported that once the Messenger of Allah (s) passed by Ammar and his family while they were being tortured, he said: “Rejoice o family of Ammar and family of Yasir! for you are promised paradise.”

Eventually, Ammar was tortured until he did not know what he was saying, persecution has reached its extent! The Prophet ﷺ said, “O Abu Yaqdhan, be patient!

Migration:

After much persecution, Ammar with other companions migrated to Abyssinia finding protection under a just Christian king though ibn Ishaq disputes that he was one of those companions in Abyssinia. He later migrated with other companions to Madinah making him within a select group of companions that made two migrations for the sake of Allah SWT.

وَالَّذِينَ هَاجَرُوا فِي اللَّهِ مِن بَعْدِ مَا ظُلِمُوا لَنُبَوِّئَنَّهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً ۖ وَلَأَجْرُ الْآخِرَةِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

And those who emigrated for [the cause of] Allah after they had been wronged – We will surely settle them in this world in a good place; but the reward of the Hereafter is greater, if only they could know.

[Surah Nahl : 41]

(247/3شهد عمار بدرا ، والمشاهد كلها مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وهاجر إلى أرض الحبشة ، ثم إلى المدينة . (سير أعلام النبلا  

Ammar RA participated in all battles including Badr, he first migrated to Habashah and then to Madinah.

أَنْبَأَنَا أَبُو إِسْحَاقَ سَمِعَ الْبَرَاءَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ أَوَّلُ مَنْ قَدِمَ عَلَيْنَا مُصْعَبُ بْنُ عُمَيْرٍ وَابْنُ أُمِّ مَكْتُومٍ ثُمَّ قَدِمَ عَلَيْنَا عَمَّارُ
[ بْنُ يَاسِرٍ وَبِلَالٌ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ [صحیح البخاری: 3924

Narrated Abu Ishaq that I heared Bara (bin `Azib): The first people who came to us (in Medina) were Mus`ab bin `Umar and Ibn Um Maktum. Then came to us `Ammar bin Yasir and Bilal.

Important achievements

Ammar RA also has the honor to participate in the battle of Badr, and Uhud. He was of one of those beloved companions who took Bay’ah Ridwan (Pledge of Ridwan) was a pledge that was sworn to the Prophet ﷺ by his Sahaba (companions) prior to the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah (6 AH). The pledge, sworn under a tree, was to avenge the rumored death of Uthman ibn Affan RA.

At the time of Abu Bakr’s RA caliphate, Ammar RA took part in the Battle of Yamamah to eliminate the threat of Musaylamah al-Kaddhab. He was also appointed as Ameer of Kufah in the caliphate of Umar bin Khattab RA.

The command to follow his way:

Ammar RA was blessed with best qualities that Rasoolullah ﷺ commanded us to follow his distinctive character.

[اقتدوا باللذين من بعدي من أصحابي أبي بكر وعمر واهتدوا بهدي عمار وتمسكوا بعهد ابن مسعود [السلسلة الصحيحة: 1233

The Messenger of Allahﷺ said: “Follow the two after me from my Companions, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar. And act upon the character of ‘Ammar, and hold fast to the covenant of Ibn Mas’ud.”

Good character consists of defining your values and integrity based on time-tested principles and self-reflection and having the courage to live your life accordingly. As a Muslim, we believe whatever Prophet ﷺ has suggested is for our own benefit. We Muslims ask in our daily prayers that may Allah SWT keep us on the path of those whom Allah favored, Ammar bin Yasir RA was one of those whom Allah favored.

His Great Status:

Once there was a dispute between Ammar and Khalid b. Waleed, he said something harsh to Ammar RA, so he approached Prophet ﷺ and related whole incident. Prophet ﷺ asked Khalid RA, and he admitted his guilt. He ﷺ said:

عَنِ الْأَشْتَرِ قَالَ كَانَ بَيْنَ عَمَّارٍ وَبَيْنَ خَالِدِ بْنِ الْوَلِيدِ كَلَامٌ فَشَكَاهُ عَمَّارٌ إِلَى رَسُولِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّهُ مَنْ يُعَادِ عَمَّارًا يُعَادِهِ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَمَنْ يُبْغِضْهُ يُبْغِضْهُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَمَنْ يَسُبَّهُ يَسُبَّهُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ ۔۔۔

[مسند احمد: 16821]

Whoever keeps enmity for Ammar, Allah will be his enemy. He who who hates Ammar then Allah will hate him. He who abuses him verbally, Allah will do the same to him.

Khalid said when I left nothing was dearer to me than to please Ammar b. Yasir. So I met him and made him happy.

Dear readers, it is worth to note that difference and disputes happen as its human nature, and much good can come from conflict and differences. But in some situations our nafs becomes arrogant and while knowing that the other party is right, one continues to dispute. Sometimes shaytan comes in. So do not delay in resolving the conflict.  If you are wrong, quickly admit it and take responsibility. Even if you’re NOT wrong, at least give them the benefit of the doubt, “I may be wrong, let’s look at the facts together.” It’s hard to argue with that!

His strength in Iman:

أَخْبَرَنَا إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ مَنْصُورٍ، وَعَمْرُو بْنُ عَلِيٍّ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ أَبِي عَمَّارٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ شُرَحْبِيلَ، عَنْ رَجُلٍ، مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مُلِئَ عَمَّارٌ إِيمَانًا إِلَى مُشَاشِهِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

It was narrated from ‘Amr bin Shurahbil,: That one of the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ said: “The Messenger of Allah [ﷺ] said: ‘Ammar’s heart overflows with Faith.'”

[Sunan an-Nasa’i 5007]

[1]  Manaawi Rahimullah said it means, Iman had mixed with his flesh blood and bones and has blended with him such that it shall never leave. And this quality can only be in the one whom Allah has protected against the shaytan.

He was upon the fitrah:

[ أبو اليقظان على الفطرة، لا يدَعُها حتى يموت، أو يمسَّهُ الهرم).. [السلسلة الصحيحة: 3216)

The Messenger of Allahﷺ said: Abu Al Yaqzan (Ammar bin yasir) is upon Fitra and he will not leave it until death or extreme old age.

The Prophet’s  ﷺ praise for him:

 عَنْ عَلِيٍّ قَالَ جَاءَ عَمَّارٌ يَسْتَأْذِنُ عَلَى النَّبِيِّصلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ ائْذَنُوا لَهُ مَرْحَبًا بِالطَّيِّبِ الْمُطَيَّبِ

[سنن ترمذی: 3798]

Narrated ‘Ali: that ‘Ammar bin Yasir came seeking permission to enter upon the Prophet ﷺ so he said: ‘Permit him, greetings to the pure one, the purified.”

أَبُو نَوْفَلِ بْنُ أَبِي عَقْرَبٍ قَالَ جَزِعَ عَمْرُو بْنُ الْعَاصِ عِنْدَ الْمَوْتِ جَزَعًا شَدِيدًا فَلَمَّا رَأَى ذَلِكَ ابْنُهُ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو قَالَ يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ مَا هَذَا الْجَزَعُ وَقَدْ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُدْنِيكَ وَيَسْتَعْمِلُكَ قَالَ أَيْ بُنَيَّ قَدْ كَانَ ذَلِكَ وَسَأُخْبِرُكَ عَنْ ذَلِكَ إِنِّي وَاللَّهِ مَا أَدْرِي أَحُبٍّا ذَلِكَ كَانَ أَمْ تَأَلُّفًا يَتَأَلَّفُنِي وَلَكِنِّي أَشْهَدُ عَلَى رَجُلَيْنِ أَنَّهُ قَدْ فَارَقَ الدُّنْيَا وَهُوَ يُحِبُّهُمَا ابْنُ سُمَيَّةَ وَابْنُ أُمِّ عَبْدٍ فَلَمَّا حَدَّثَهُ وَضَعَ يَدَهُ مَوْضِعَ الْغِلَالِ مِنْ ذَقْنِهِ وَقَالَ اللَّهُمَّ أَمَرْتَنَا فَتَرَكْنَا وَنَهَيْتَنَا فَرَكِبْنَا وَلَا
[ يَسَعُنَا إِلَّا مَغْفِرَتُكَ وَكَانَتْ تِلْكَ هِجِّيرَاهُ حَتَّى مَاتَ [مسند احمد: 1781

When Amr b. al-As was near his death, he was in extreme worry. When his son Abdullah saw him in that condition he asked O AbuAbdullah, What is this worry? While the Prophet ﷺ kept you close to himself, and assigned you different tasks? He said, O my son, This is true however let me tell you, by Allah I do not know whether he ﷺ dealt with me in this manner out of love for me, or out of the intention to soften my heart [ta’leeful qalb]. Though I can testify that the Prophet ﷺ loved two people until he passed away, one was the son of Sumayya (i.e., Ammar) and the other was the son of Umm Abd (i.e., Abdullah b. Masud). After this he placed his hand under his chin and said, O Allah, You commanded us and we abandoned Your command! You forbade us and we continued, and nothing but Your forgiveness can cover us. He kept repeating these words until he passed away.

What a great example of humbleness!  Iman makes a person humble. He doesn’t look at his good deeds / qualities in admiration, rather he is worried about his deficiencies and faults. Ask yourself – who am I? What do I think of myself? What do I see in myself? Only good, or some faults also? Or do I not even think about myself? Too busy to analyze me critically. Always remember, good people keep themselves accountable. We say very often, ‘Im so bad!’ – but do we mean it? The Sad fact is, We don’t check our faults very often, realize our mistakes, and when don’t, we cannot correct ourselves. It is similar that if we don’t see the mess and dirt in our house, we will not clean it. So, we need to identify our faults and work on them for the improvement.

Allah says about the Sahabah, that He has beautified Iman in their hearts, or adorned their hearts with Iman. Everyone else likes to beautify their hearts, but it requires efforts and determination that Sahabah RA had.

His Character and noble Qualities

Sometimes, when faced with a choice between two options, the better of the two is obvious. These are easy situations to deal with: one simply chooses the option that will be the most beneficial (or least harmful, as the case may be). But what about situations in which the right decision is less obvious? In these circumstances making a decision can be difficult, sometimes so difficult that we are paralyzed by indecision and allow unwanted outcomes to befall us.[1] .

Ammar RA had a great inner vision and  his decisions were on correct intuition.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ “‏ عَمَّارٌ مَا عُرِضَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْرَانِ إِلاَّ اخْتَارَ الأَرْشَدَ مِنْهُمَا ‏”‏ ‏.‏

It was narrated that Aishah RA said: ‘The Messenger of Allah said: ”Ammar- no two things were shown to him but he chose the better of the two.”
[Sunan Ibn Majah: 148]

One who desired Allah’s approval and the home of the hereafter

عن قيس بن أبي حازم قال: قال عبد الله ما أعلم أحد أخرج في الفتنة يريد به وجه الله تعالى والدار الآخرة إلا عمار  بن ياسر

 [مستدرک حاکم: 5686]

Abdullah said, I do not know anyone who has survived a great tribulation and he wanted only Allah’s approval and the home of the hereafter, except for Ammar bin Yasir.

One who desired his reward from Allah alone

عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ أَنَّ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ لَهُ وَلِابْنِهِ عَلِيٍّ انْطَلِقَا إِلَى أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ فَاسْمَعَا مِنْ حَدِيثِهِ قَالَ فَانْطَلَقْنَا فَإِذَا هُوَ فِي حَائِطٍ لَهُ فَلَمَّا رَآنَا أَخَذَ رِدَاءَهُ فَجَاءَنَا فَقَعَدَ فَأَنْشَأَ يُحَدِّثُنَا حَتَّى أَتَى عَلَى ذِكْرِ بِنَاءِ الْمَسْجِدِ قَالَ كُنَّا نَحْمِلُ لَبِنَةً لَبِنَةً وَعَمَّارُ بْنُ يَاسرٍ يَحْمِلُ لَبِنَتَيْنِ لَبِنَتَيْنِ قَالَ فَرَآهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَجَعَلَ يَنْفُضُ التُّرَابَ عَنْهُ وَيَقُولُ يَا عَمَّارُ أَلَا تَحْمِلُ  لَبِنَةً كَمَا يَحْمِلُ أَصْحَابُكَ قَالَ إِنِّي أُرِيدُ الْأَجْرَ مِنْ اللَّهِ ۔۔۔

[مسند احمد: 11861]

Ikrimah reported that Ibn Abbas told him and to his son Ali to go to Abu Saed Khudriy to listen to hadith from him. So we both went and he was in his garden and when he saw us he took his shawl and came and sat with us. He began narrating hadith to us and mentioned the construction of the Masjid. He said we would carry one brick at a time, and Ammar bin Yasir would carry two bricks at a time. The Prophet ﷺ saw him do that so he began removing dust from his head and said, O Ammar will you not carry one brick like your companions? He said I desire reward from Allah.

ُHere few things are required to reflect that Ibn Masud sent his son to sit in a gathering of hadith. This was always the way of the righteous. It is Allah’s blessing on us if we get to sit in a gathering of hadith and Quran. Secondly, When we want reward from Allah, then we will not consider our work to be a mere job.

One who remembered the instruction of the Prophet ﷺ

The Sunnah of the Prophetﷺ is a ship of salvation and a haven of safety. The Prophet ﷺ urged us to adhere to it and not neglect it. We can see in the character of Ammar RA that he was a true follower and he had the sound understanding of faith.
حَدَّثَنِي سُرَيْجُ بْنُ يُونُسَ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ بْنِ أَبْجَرَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ وَاصِلِ بْنِ حَيَّانَ، قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو وَائِلٍ خَطَبَنَا عَمَّارٌ فَأَوْجَزَ وَأَبْلَغَ فَلَمَّا نَزَلَ قُلْنَا يَا أَبَا الْيَقْظَانِ لَقَدْ أَبْلَغْتَ وَأَوْجَزْتَ فَلَوْ كُنْتَ تَنَفَّسْتَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ إِنِّي سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ إِنَّ طُولَ صَلاَةِ الرَّجُلِ وَقِصَرَ خُطْبَتِهِ مَئِنَّةٌ مِنْ فِقْهِهِ فَأَطِيلُوا الصَّلاَةَ وَاقْصُرُوا الْخُطْبَةَ وَإِنَّ مِنَ الْبَيَانِ سِحْرًا ‏”‏ ‏.‏
Abu Wa’il reported: Ammar delivered to us the sermon. It was short and eloquent. When he descended (from the pulpit) we said to him: 0 Abd al-Yaqzan, you have delivered a short and eloquent sermon. Would that you had lengthened (the sermon). He said: I have heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying: The lengthening of prayer by a man and the shortness of the sermon is the sign of his understanding (of faith). So lengthen the prayer and shorten the sermon, for there is charm (in precise) expression.
[Sahih Muslim: 869]

We should develop a habit of talking less with effective words. So that listener can focus on what is said and learns from it.

His Intelligence

 “.قال الشعبي: ” سئل عمار، عن مسألة فقال: هل كان هذا بعد ؟ ، قالوا: لا، قال : فدعونا حتى يكون ، فإذ ا كان تجشمناه لكم ”

 [(256 /3)سير أعلام النبلاء]

Ammar b. Yasir was asked about a matter, so he asked, has this occurred? They said not yet. He said, then leave me until it happens, when it will occur we will let you know what to do.

Hypothetical questions- are typically too difficult for respondents since they require more scrutiny. Avoid asking these types of questions because Hypothetical questions generate hypothetical answers, which do not provide clear, consistent data, representing the real opinion. That’s why it is not intelligent to delve into such discussions.

His Simplicity

“.[(256 /3وقال عبد الله بن أبي الهذيل :” رأيت عمارا اشترى قتا بدرهم وحمله على ظهره وهو أمير الكوفة  [ سير أعلام النبلاء 

Abdullah b. Abi Hudhayl narrated: I saw Ammar purchasing some food with one dirham and then he carried it on his back, and at the time he was the Ameer of Kufah.

Humility is a great attribute of companions of Prophet ﷺ. We saw in the life of Ibn Umar RA as well that he built his house without any help. Similarly, Ammar RA also carried his own food.

Hence, Simplicity and Humility are the two greatest virtues of life and the key for one to be successful and be genuinely loved and respected by people of all ages, caste, creed, religion, race, generations, etc. These virtues always keep you Grounded and prevent you from being Arrogant.

One who spoke little

وقال أبو نوفل بن أبي عقرب كان عمار بن ياسر قليل الكلام طويل السكوت
[(256 /3) سيرأعلام النبلاء] 

Ammar bin Yasir spoke little and observed silence for long

We’ve been blessed with a very precious gift of talking. The gift of being able to express our feelings, emotions, ideas or plans. But, alas, as with every gift, overusing it may lead to unexpected results. Important is do not speak of that which does not concern you, and guard your tongue like you guard your money. When you speak less, you do more. It’s obvious. Your focus switches from talking to doing.

His death

He received the good news of martyrdom from the Prophet ﷺ and died in the battle of Siffeen.

 عَن أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلمأَبْشِرْ عَمَّارُ تَقْتُلُكَ الْفِئَةُ الْبَاغِيَةُ

[ السلسلة الصحيحة : 710 ]

Narrated Abu Hurairah رضی اللہ عنہ that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه) said: O Ammar! Glad tidings, a group of rebels would kill you.

۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ وَعَمَّارٌ لَبِنَتَيْنِ لَبِنَتَيْنِ، فَرَآهُ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَيَنْفُضُ التُّرَابَ عَنْهُ وَيَقُولُ ‏ “‏ وَيْحَ عَمَّارٍ تَقْتُلُهُ الْفِئَةُ الْبَاغِيَةُ، يَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ، وَيَدْعُونَهُ إِلَى النَّارِ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَ  يَقُولُ عَمَّارٌ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الْفِتَنِ‏.‏

Narrated from Abu Sa ‘eed al-Khudri, in the report about the building of the mosque (in Madinah), that he said: We would carry one brick at a time, but  ‘Ammaar would carry two bricks at a time. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) saw him and brushed the dust from him, saying: “Woe to ‘Ammaar; he will be killed by the transgressing group; he will be calling them to Paradise and they will be calling him to Hell”. ‘Ammaar said: I seek refuge with Allah from tribulation.

[Sahih Al-Bukhari :447]

[2] What is meant by calling to Paradise in this hadith is calling to the means of attaining it, which is obedience to the caliph (Ameer al-Mu’mineen), and what is meant by calling to Hell is calling to that which leads to it, which is opposing the caliph and rebelling against him. But whoever did that on the basis of ijtihad and valid interpretation is excused.

Ibn Battaal (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The words “he will be calling them to Paradise and they will be calling him to Hell” can only be correctly applied to the Khawaarij to whom ‘Ali RA sent ‘Ammaar to call them to join the jamaa‘ah (main body of the Muslims); they cannot be correctly applied to any of the Sahaabah, because it is not possible for any of the Muslims to interpret any of their actions except in the best manner, because they were the companions of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, whom Allah praised and testified to their virtue, and said (interpretation of the meaning): You  are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind”. [Aal ‘Imraan 3:110].

 استشهد يوم صفين وله إحدى وتسعون سنة وقيل أربع وتسعون عام 37 ه. حمله علي بن أبي طالب فوق صدره وصلى عليه والمسلمون معه, ثم دفنه في ثيابه

He passed away in Siffeen battle, at the age of 91 or 93. Ali RA carried him on his chest and prayed for him with the Muslims, and buried him in the clothes he was wearing.

What is required is to think positively of those whom Allah chose to accompany His Prophet ﷺ: for they are the best companions of the best Prophet, and it is not permissible to say anything of them but the highest words of praise; if anyone criticises them, then this gives rise to suspicion about the sincerity of his religious commitment.

 Note: For ease of reading, we have not inserted “May Allah be pleased with him (R.A)” each time with; Ammar Ibn Yasir R.A name or the name of each Companion is mentioned, but please take it that the salutations apply to all of them, may Allah be pleased with them all.


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