The Love That The Sahaabah Radhiallaahu Anhum Had For Rasulullaah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam
6.) Ka'b ibn Ujrah RadhiAllaahu Anhu narrates that he once went to Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam and found that his face had become extremely pale.
“May my parents be sacrificed for you! What is that matter that I see your face so pale?” he asked.
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam replied, “Nothing that can enter the belly of any living creature has entered my belly for three days.”
Ka'b RadhiAllaahu Anhu then left and found a Jewish man watering his camel. He watered the camel for the man with the understanding that he would earn a date for every bucket drawn.
When he had collected several dates, he took them to Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam who asked where he had gotten them from.
After Ka'b RadhiAllaahu Anhu explained the incident, Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam asked, “Do you have love for me, Ka'b?”
“May my father be sacrificed for you!” Ka'b RadhiAllaahu Anhu responded, “of course I do.”
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam then told him, “Poverty runs to a person who loves me faster than water returning to its source. In addition to this, tribulations will certainly come your way, so prepare a shield (of patience and abstinence) for it.”
(Al-Mu’jamul-Awsat no. 7157)
7.) Husayn ibn Wahwah Ansaari Rahimahullaah reports that when Talha ibn Baraa RadhiAllaahu Anhu met Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam, he said, “O Rasulullaah! Command me to do as you please, for I shall never disobey any instruction you give.”
This surprised Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam because Talha RadhiAllaahu Anhu was still a young boy. “Then go and kill your father,”
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam said. As he left with the resolve to kill his father, Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam called him back saying, “Come back! I have not been sent to sever family ties.”
It was not long afterwards that Talha RadhiAllaahu Anhu fell ill. It was an icy cold and overcast winter's day when Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam came to visit him.
As he left, Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam said to the family, “I think that death is coming to Talha. Do inform me when he passes away so that I may be present and perform the (Janaazah) salaah for him. However, do hurry with the burial procedures.”
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam had not yet reached the area of the Banu Saalim ibn Auf tribe when Talha RadhiAllaahu Anhu passed away. However, by then it was late at night.
Amongst other things that Talha RadhiAllaahu Anhu told his family was, “Bury me and allow me to meet my Rabb, but do not call Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam because I fear that the Jews may cause him some harm as he comes here.”
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam was therefore informed about his death only in the morning.
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam came to his grave and stood there as the people stood on rows with him.
He then raised his hands and prayed, “O Allaah! Be smiling when you meet Talha and let him be smiling as well.”
(Al-Mu’jamul-Kabeer of Tabaraani no. 3554, Al-Mu’jamul-Awsat of Tabaraani no. 8168)
8.) Safwaan ibn Umayyah bought Zaid ibn Dathina RadhiAllaahu Anhu to execute him for the death of his father.
Safwaan sent Zaid ibn Dathina RadhiAllaahu Anhu outside the Haram to Tan’eem with his slave Nistaas so that he could be executed there.
Amongst the group of the Quraysh that gathered there was Abu Sufyaan ibn Harb. When Zaid ibn Dathina RadhiAllaahu Anhu was brought for execution, Abu Sufyaan said to him, “O Zaid! I ask you to swear by Allaah whether you wish that Muhammad was here with us in your place to have his head severed while you could be with your family.”
Zaid RadhiAllaahu Anhu replied, “I swear by Allaah that I would not even like a thorn to prick Muhammad where he is while I am sitting with my family.”
Abu Sufyaan said, “I have never seen people love anyone as much as the companions of Muhammad loved Muhammad.”
Nistaas then executed Zaid RadhiAllaahu Anhu.
(Seerat Ibn Hishaam vol. 2 page 172, Al-Bidaayah Wan Nihaayah vol. 4 page 65, Kaamil fit Taareekh vol. 2 page 56)
9.) Urwa ibn Zubayr RadhiAllaahu Anhu states that the children of the polytheists killed at Badr executed Khubayb RadhiAllaahu Anhu. While he was tied to the cross and they were using their weapons on him, they asked him in a loud voice to swear whether he preferred Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam to be in his place.
He responded by saying, “I swear by the Magnificent Allaah that I would not even accept a thorn pricking the foot of Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam as ransom for my life.”
The polytheists laughed at this. When he was lifted on to the cross, Khubayb RadhiAllaahu Anhu recited some couplets which meant,
The groups have amassed around me and have also gathered
Their tribes and have collected a large gathering
They have also gathered their women and children
As I have been brought to a large trunk of a palm tree
(to be crucified)
To Allaah do I plead my case of estrangement and my grief
And the place these groups have prepared for my death
O Master of the Glorious Throne! Grant me fortitude against what they intend to do to me
They have cut through my flesh and my hopes have been exposed
This is all for Allaah and if He wills,
He could bless the severed limbs of my body
By my life! When I am killed as a Muslim I care not
In what condition will my resting place be for Allaah.
(Al-Mu’jamul-Kabeer of Tabaraani no. 5284)
10.) Abdullaah ibn Umar RadhiAllaahu Anhu narrates that on the day that Madinah was conquered, Abu Bakr RadhiAllaahu Anhu led his aged and blind father Abu Quhaafah RadhiAllaahu Anhu to Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam (to accept Islaam).
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Why did you not leave the old man in his house and let me go to him?”
Abu Bakr RadhiAllaahu Anhu replied, “I wanted him to be rewarded for it. O Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam! Had your uncle Abu Taalib accepted Islaam, it would have made me happier than my father's embracing Islaam because your happiness is all I wish to see.”
Rasulullaah SallAllaahu Alayhi Wasallam replied, “You are true (in your words because this is really what you feel).”
(Al-Mu’jamul-Kabeer of Tabaraani no. 8323 and Bazzaar no. 6131)
To Be Continued
مَوْلَاىَ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَداً عَلىٰ حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ