Enter The Sahabah: The Vanguard of Islam

865086_oil_lamp.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Well, in all honesty, I really wanted to do a nice long post, full of references to the Qur’an and Hadith (traditions) of the Prophet (PBUH), but after careful consideration I decided to do a short, sharp intro into the people whom the Muslims regard as the best of the best – the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) aka the Sahabah.

A Sahabi is someone who saw the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during his lifetime, and we as Muslims believe that they are the best of the people after the Prophets (AS). This is because of numerous Hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has expressly mentioned his love for them and also references to them by Allah Himself in the Noble Qur’an.

In short, they were the men around the Prophet (PBUH) who, after ditching their lives of ignorance, became the finest examples of Muslims the world will ever see. Their constant company with Allah’s Messenger ensured that they received the best development in all aspects of life – both temporal and eternal.

That is why all Muslims afterwards have aspired to make their Imaan (Faith) as strong as the Imaan of the Sahabah. Not only that, but because the great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave them lessons of the highest standards in relation to matters pertaining to worship, social dealings and transactions, knowledge, fear of Allah and Yaqeen (firm belief) in the Akhirah (Hereafter), all Muslims worldwide are taught to respect the Sahabah and inculcate their qualities into their lives.

The traditions have it that the moral character of the Sahabah was so sublime, that people used to enter the fold of Islam just by observing their lifestyles.

Even better still, the conduct of the Sahabah was so pleasing to Allah, that Revelation was sent to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) based upon their deeds…

Once, after taking a guest home at the request of the Messenger of Allah (SAW), one Sahabi found himself in some difficulty as he found out that he did not have enough food to feed his family and his guest.

So, after discussion with his wife, it was decided to lull their child to sleep without any food, and they themselves would turn down the lamp whilst they were eating with the guest and pretend that they were also sharing the same food!

In the morning, when the Sahabi entered the company of the Prophet (PBUH), to his surprise, he was told that his act had been most liked by Allah. When he asked how the Prophet (PBUH) knew, the Prophet (PBUH) recited the verse that had just been revealed in connection with the Sahabi’s care of his guest:

But those who before them, had homes (in Medina) and had adopted the Faith,- show their affection to such as came to them for refuge, and entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the (latter), but give them preference over themselves, even though poverty was their (own lot). And those saved from the covetousness of their own souls,- they are the ones that achieve prosperity. (Quran 59:9).

And this is just one incident out of thousands that occurred in the lifetime of the Sahabah showing their sympathy, abstinance and compassion towards humanity. Indeed that is why Allah Himself says that He is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him.

Anyway, like I said, I could go on and on about the various splendid deeds of the Sahabah, but instead I will refer you a wonderful little book called, ‘Stories of the Sahabah’ by Shaikh Moulana Mohammed Zakariyyaa Khandhlavi (RA) which is replete with short, easy to read life accounts of the Sahabah. You can either buy this separate or find it in the famous ‘Fazail-e-A’maal – Volume 1′.

And if you want a more detailed account complete with references, then you would be well advised to read the same author’s seminal work, Hayatus Sahabah – Lives of the Sahabah, by Shaikh Moulana Yusuf Khandhlavi (RA), which provides a more in-depth picture of the lifestyle of the best of the best.



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7 Responses to “Enter The Sahabah: The Vanguard of Islam”

  1. What truly amazing people they were!!May allah gives us the strength to try and live our lives like they did.

  2. One story that realy amazes me is when the three sahabi’s die of thirst when being offered water. They were still thinking about satisfying the other sahabi’s need for water. Even at the throes of death they thought about others before themselves! If only we thought about the poor and needy like this!

  3. well there is one thing having read the text suggested by our good friend sid, it really does make one ponder and think quite hard abouts one’s life in comparison to the sahabas.Doing so can only be good so we can find things in our lives which we can improve and work upon. e.g. we all know that when the sahabas faced any difficulty they would at once resort to salat, we can also try and implement this in our lives.
    May Allah gives the strength to practice what has been said and read/heard.

  4. The biggest compliment this noble & honoured group of men/women were given was the glad tiding from Allah as stated in the Quaraan;
    “Radiyallaho anhum warado anh”
    “Allah is pleased with them and there pleased with him”

    And of course from these great group of men/women were the 10 illustrious sahaba r.a. who were given the glad tidings of Jannah by prophet s.a.w. (ashra mubas-sharah / Blessed 10)

    All in all, the group / jamat of the Sahaba r.a were chosen, selected and destined by Allah for their accomplished & high status and companionship of the best of mankind prophet s.a.w.

  5. Absolutely Hudhud – would u care to enlighten us as to who Ashra-Mubas-sharah were please?

  6. A correction Sid!
    The Epic book, Hayatus Sahabah was written/authored by Shaykh Yusuf Khandelvi r.a. & not Shaykh Zakariyya as stated in the article.

  7. Jazakallah for that Hudhud, the amendment has now been made.

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