Sunday, 25 May 2014

Two Most Beloved Companions Of the Messenger (peace be upon him)

The Best Generation: [Part One]:Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq (may Allah be pleased with him)

Abu Bakr Al-Siddeeq (May Allah be pleased with him):
1.      The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Follow the example of those after me: Abu Bakr and Umar.’ [1]
2.      He was the first adult male and the first free man to accept Islam; [2]
The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) informed his Companions (radhiyAllahu ‘anhum) that, whenever he invited a person to Islam, that person would hesitate before making up his mind to embrace Islam – except for Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu), who neither hesitated nor wavered. [3]
3.      Immediately upon embracing Islam, Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) made it his primary mission in life to spread the message of Islam to others. [4] Many embraced Islam at his hands; here are some examples: ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan, ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn ‘Auf, Sa’d ibn Abee Waqqaas, Az-Zubair ibn Al-‘Awaam and Talhah ibn ‘Ubaidullah (radhiyAllahu ‘anhum). These particular five were the fruits of Abu Bakr’s Dawah. Once these five brave men entered the fold of Islam, others began to follow. [5]
4.      The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said: “Abu-Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil (an intimate friend) from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr.” [6]
5.      He was the one and only companion whom RasulAllah (salAllahu’alayhi wasallam) chose to accompany him in the Hijrah to Madinah. [7]
6.      If the eman of Abu Bakr was put on one side of the scale and the eman of this entire Ummah on the other, Abu Bakr’s eman would have outweighed. [8]
7.      Throughout his life, the Prophet (salAllahu’alayhi wasallam) appointed only one man to lead Muslims in prayer in his place, and that man was, ofcourse, Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu). [9]
8.      When the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) died, people fell into a state of shock and disbelief. It was Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) who then brought them back to their senses, saying to them his now-famous words: “Whoever used to worship Muhammed, Muhammed has indeed died. And whoever used to worship Allah, Allah is alive and never dies.” [10]
9.      He was the first khalifah after the death of Muhammed (sallAllahu’alayhi wasallam) [11]
10.   Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) was the first to begin the compilation of the Qur’an, under the advice of Umar (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu). [12]
11.  Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) said, “I do and apply (in terms of actions, policies, etc.) everything that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did and applied, for I fear that, if I abandon any part of his way (or system of rule), I will go astray.” [13]
12.  Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) lived in the moment, using every second of his time to better himself as a Muslim.
Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said to his companions, “Who has observed fast among you today?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) replied, “Me.” He (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said, “Who among you followed a funeral procession today?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) replied, “Me”. He (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) said, “Who among you has fed a poor person (today)?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) replied, “Me”. He (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wassallam) said, “Who among you visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) said, “Me.” Upon this the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) said, “Anyone in whom (these good deeds) are combined will certainly, enter paradise.” [14]
13.  Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) died at the age of 63, which was the exact age at which the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam) died. As per his instructions, [15] Abu Bakr (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) was washed by Asmaa bint ‘Umais (radhiyAllahu ‘anha) and was buried alongside the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassallam). [16]

References:

[1]  Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Book 46, Hadith 3662
[2] “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 158
[3] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 51
[4] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 742
[5] “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 159
[6] Sahih Bukhari, Book #8, Hadith #455
 [7] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 743
[8] AlBaihaqi, At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad
[9], [10] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 745
[12]  Bukhari, Book #60, Hadith #201
[13] “The Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2007, p. 750
[14] Sahih Muslim, Book #5, Hadith #2242
[15]  At-Tabaqaat, Ibn Sa’ad (3/203, 204), and the chain of this narration is authentic.
[16]  Taareekh Al-Islam, by Adh-Dhahabee; and ‘Ahd Al-Khulafaa Ar-Raashidoon (pg. 120)




The Best Generation [Part two]:Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (May Allah be pleased with her)

The Best Generation [Part two]:Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (May Allah be pleased with her)
1. She was known for her noble character, and the people of the Quraish would call her, “The Pure and Chaste One.” 1
2. She was the first woman that the Messenger of Allah ( small SAW ) married, and he didn’t marry any other woman until she died. 2
3. As a wife, she:
·                                 Was a suitable companion, trusted counselor and helper,
·                                 Helped the Prophet ( small SAW ) during difficult times,
·                                 Participated alongside him in spreading the message of Islam. 3
4. Ibn Ishaq said: “The Prophet never heard any unpleasant thing from her whenever she talked to him.” 4
5. She gave birth to 2 of the Prophet’s sons and 4 daughters.
2 Sons: Al-Qaasim and ‘Abdullah (At-Taahir /At-Tayyibb)
Both passed away at a very young age.
4 Daughters: Zainab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthoom and Fatimah. ( small - radi-allahu-anhum )
They all embraced Islam, married, and migrated to Al-Madeenah 5
6. Khadeejah ( small Radi Allahu Anha ) was the first woman, or rather the first person, to believe in the Prophet ( small SAW ). 6 immediately. This is the consensus of the historians and writers of the life history of the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam). 7
7. She was also the first person to hear the revealed Verses from the mouth of the Messenger of Allah ( small SAW ) and the first person to recite the Quran. 8
8. She had invested all her wealth in the cause of Allah. She spent generously spent without making any mention of what she had spent, especially during the years of sanction in the alleys of Abu Talib. 9
9. She also showed kindness to the weak and poor Muslims. She was very generous to them and was really and deservedly entitled to be called ‘Mother of the faithful’. She was the first mother of the faithful in every sense. 10
10. The first person who learned how to pray from the Messenger of Allah ( small SAW ). 11
11. “Abu Hurayrah ( small radi-allahu-anhu ) narrated:
“Jibreel came to the Prophet ( small SAW ) and said: ‘Here is Khadijah coming to you with a bowl of condiment or food or drink. When she comes to you, convey to her the greeting of peace from her Lord and from me, and give her the tiding of a house in Paradise built of Qasab wherein there will be neither any noise nor any fatigue (trouble)”” 12
12. The Prophet ( small SAW ) remained married to Khadeejah ( small radi-allahu-anhu ) until she died at the age of 65. 13
13. Her death was one of the saddest experiences of the Messenger of Allah ( small SAW ). 14
14. One of the ladies of the Quraish, Khawlah bint Hakim, visited the Prophet ( small SAW ) to console him, and saw his state of depression and grief and remarked on it. He replied it was only natural that he should be touched by her absence, as she had been a loving mother to his now neglected children; she had been a loyal and sympathetic wife who shared his secrets. It was only human and natural that he should feel her loss as she was there for him during his most difficult times. 15
15. The Prophet ( small SAW ) said about The mother of the believers, Khadeejah( small Radi Allahu Anha );
‘She believed in me while the people disbelieved in me. And she trusted in me while the people belied me. And she helped and comforted me in person and in wealth when the people would not. Allah provided me with children by her, and He did not with others.’ 16
16. In it recorded in Sahīh Muslim from Ā’ishah ( small Radi Allahu Anha ) that the Prophet ( small SAW ) used to slaughter sheep and he would say: ”Send it to the friends of Khadijah.” So I mentioned this action of his to him one day and he said: ”I love those whom she loved.” Do you find any faithfulness that is better than this? Certainly life can’t be more beautiful than the one spent under the shade of Islām but most men do not realize (this). 17
17. The Messenger of Allah ( small SAW ) said: “The best of the women of Paradise are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad, Aasiyah bint Mazaahim the wife of Pharaoh, and Maryam bint ‘Imraan – may Allaah be pleased with them.” 18
18. It was narrated from Anas that the Prophet ( small SAW ) said:
“Sufficient for you among the women of the world are Maryam the daughter of ‘Imraan. Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad and Aasiyah the wife of Pharaoh.” 19

1.                             “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 106 
2.                            “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 107 
3.                           “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 108 
4.                           “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 45 
5.                            “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 107 
6.                           “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 153 
7.                            “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 43 
8.                           “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 154 
9.                           “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 45 
10.                      “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 46 
11.                        “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 154 
12.                       Reported in the Sahīh of Bukhari and Muslim 
13.                       “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 110 
14.                       “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 47 
15.                       “Great Women of Islam”, by Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar, p. 30 
16.                       Musnad Imam Ahmad 6/118 
17.                       Men and Women Around the Messenger by Sa’d Yusuf Abu ‘Aziz, p. 518 
18.                      Narrated by Ahmad, 2663. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1135 
19.                       Narrated and classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi, 3878 

 

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