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When Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became the Khalifah of Islam, many different fitnahs broke out. Among these were the fitnah of those tribes who turned apostate, leaving the fold of Islam, the fitnah of Musailimah, who claimed that he was a Nabi, and the fitnah of the Romans.

In the midst of all these fitnahs, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) decided to dispatch the army of Hazrat Usaamah bin Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) against the Romans, as this was among the last commands of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) before he departed from this world. All the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), at this time, were inclined towards not waging war against the Romans who were an outside enemy, but rather to wait for matters to stabilize among the Muslims. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was determined to carry out the command of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) at any cost. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “If you do not wish to accompany me, I will set out alone.” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) thereafter realized that the decision of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was correct and they thus supported him.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enjoyed the greatest relationship of brotherhood of Islam among themselves. The deep-rooted love, affection and concern that each had for the other was unprecedented in the annals of Islam. Over and above this relationship, the relationship that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had with the Ahl-e-Bayt was one of utmost reverence, respect and love.

Generally, the Shiahs spread the misconception that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) did not have love for the Ahl-e-Bayt. However, this notion is incorrect. The compilations of Hadith are replete with narrations and incidents that reveal the strong bond and intense love which existed between the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Ahl-e-Bayt. We will next present various narrations to illustrate the bond of brotherhood of Islam which they enjoyed among themselves.

Hazrat Abu Moosa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following:

I was once in the blessed company of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in one of the orchards of Madinah Munawwarah when a person came and sought permission to enter the orchard. Hearing the person’s request, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “Allow him to enter and give him the glad tidings of a high stage in Jannah.” I thus opened the door for the person and found him to be none other than Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). I conveyed to him the glad tidings which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had mentioned, at which he praised Allah Ta‘ala in gratitude.

The Shi‘ahs hold the belief that Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) turned apostate after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) -may Allah Ta’ala forbid.

Mullah Baaqir Majlisi, a prominent Shi‘ah scholar of the eleventh century, has written the following in his book, Haqqul Yaqeen:

Regarding the doctrine of ‘Tabarri’ (disassociating from the enemies of Allah Ta‘ala), we believe that we should seek disassociation from four idols, namely Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmaan and Mu’awiyah; and from four women, namely ‘Aa’ishah, Hafsah, Hind and Ummul Hakam, along with all their associates and followers. These are the worst creation of Allah. It is not possible to believe in Allah, His Messenger and the Imaams without disassociating oneself from their enemies. (Haqqul Yaqeen 2/519)

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 06:00

The ‘Asharah Mubasharah

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There were ten Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were given the glad tidings of Jannah by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in one gathering. Due to these Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) receiving the glad tidings of Jannah from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in one gathering, they are famously known as the ‘Asharah Mubasharah (the ten who were given glad tidings of Jannah). These were not the only Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who received glad tidings of Jannah from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). At other occasions, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had given individual glad tidings of Jannah to other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) as well.

Whenever a fitnah arose in the past centuries of Islam, whether in the era of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Khulafaa-e-Raashideen, or in the eras that followed, there always existed a group of the Ummah who stood for the defence of Islam. They were prepared to sacrifice their wealth and property, as well as to lay down their lives for the protection and preservation of the Deen of Islam.

From the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the ummah faced various trials and tribulations. Some related to the kuffaar who were bent on destroying and demolishing the structures of Islam, whilst others related to the munaafiqeen who persistently and relentlessly worked towards creating doubts and confusion among the Muslims. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) defended Islam and taught the ummah the manner in which they should contend with such problems.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) are the forerunners in Deen and were blessed to receive Deen directly from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, they are the medium between the ummah and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta‘ala thus used them for the preservation of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah and the knowledge of Deen. Since they were responsible for conveying the knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah to the ummah, one can understand that the entire superstructure of Deen rests on the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). If one removes the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) from the equation, nothing of Deen will remain protected and safeguarded as the authenticity of the Qur’aan and the reliability of the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will be totally lost. Hence, it is the ploy of the shias to defame, revile, criticize and discredit the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in order to destroy the entire Deen of Islam.

The Qur’aan Majeed and Mubaarak Ahaadith are replete with the praises of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). In the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala praised them to such an extent that Allah Ta‘ala made their Imaan the benchmark of success. Allah Ta‘ala says:

فَاِنۡ اٰمَنُوۡا بِمِثۡلِ مَاۤ اٰمَنۡتُمۡ بِہٖ فَقَدِ اہۡتَدَوۡا ۚ

So if they (the people) believe as you (O Sahaabah) have believed, then indeed they are on the right path.

In many places of the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala has declared His Divine pleasure and happiness with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) by saying رضي الله عنهم ورضوا عنه (Allah Ta‘ala is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him). This honour of receiving the Divine pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala, which the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had received in this very world, is the honour which the people of Jannah will receive after entering Jannah.

The distinguishing characteristic of Islam, compared to all other religions of the past, is the aspect of authenticity and reliability. Every detail of Islam has been accurately and precisely preserved from the very inception of wahi (revelation) up to this day.

Fourteen centuries have passed, yet the Holy Qur’aan has remained to this day in its original form without the minutest alteration. Let alone a verse of the Qur’aan Majeed, not even a single letter has been distorted or changed. Furthermore, its preservation is not limited to the scrolls and pages; instead it is securely safeguarded in the recesses of the hearts of even little children of this ummah, and this preservation will remain until Qiyaamah.

How could it not be so, when Allah Ta‘ala Himself has taken the divine onus and responsibility of protecting and preserving the Shari‘ah of Islam till the end of time? Allah Ta‘ala states:

اِنَّا نَحۡنُ نَزَّلۡنَا الذِّکۡرَ وَ اِنَّا لَہٗ لَحٰفِظُوۡنَ ﴿۹﴾

Indeed We are the Ones who have sent down the Zikr (the Qur’aan Majeed), and We will surely protect it. (Surah Hijr v. 9)

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