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On the occasion of the waleemah of Hazrat Zainab bint Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there was great barakah in the food. Such was the barakah that approximately three hundred Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) ate from a single utensil of food.

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) describes the waleemah in the following narration. He says:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) married his respected wife (Hazrat Zainab bint Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha)) and spent the night with her. The following day, when the waleemah was taking place, my mother, Hazrat Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), prepared some hays (a dish made from dates, cheese and ghee), placed it in a utensil and said to me, “O Anas! Take this to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Say to him, ‘My mother has sent this for you and she conveys salaam to you. My mother said, ‘O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! This is a small gift for you from our side!’’”

Hazrat Qataadah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is an Ansaari Sahaabi of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He was fortunate to participate in all the battles of Islam with Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and he was among the Sahaabah who were skilled archers. He passed away in the year 23 AH during the khilaafah of Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). At the time of his demise, he was sixty five years old.

Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Restoring the Eye of Hazrat Qataadah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

On the occasion of the battle of Uhud, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) handed a bow to Hazrat Qataadah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to use in the battle. This bow had been given to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as a gift. Hazrat Qataadah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) took the bow, positioned himself in front of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and continued firing arrows at the enemy, until eventually, one of the parts of the bow broke.

Wednesday, 09 February 2022 13:28

The Barakah of Hazrat Urwah Baariqi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Hazrat Urwah Baariqi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Among the unique aspects of his life is that he was the first Qadhi to be appointed over the city of Kufah by none other than Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). (Tahzeeb-ul-Kamaal 20/6)

Among the Ahaadith which he reports from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the Hadith pertaining to jihaad. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Goodness is tied to the forelock of horses until the Day of Qiyaamah – (the goodness of earning immense) reward and booty.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #2852)

Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He was initially a slave, but Hazrat Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) purchased him and set him free.

Sa’eed bin Jumhaan reports that Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said:

I was the slave of Hazrat Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). One day, she addressed me saying, “I set you free on the condition that you remain in the service of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) so long as you live.” I responded saying, “Even if you did not stipulate this as a condition, I will never leave the side of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) so long as I am alive.” Hazrat Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) thereafter granted me my freedom. (Sunan Abu Dawood #3932)

“Safeenah” in Arabic means “ship”. This was not the name of this Sahaabi, rather his name was Mahraan. Allaamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has mentioned that there are various views regarding his name, but the most famous view of the Muhadditheen is that his name was Mahraan. The name Safeenah was given to this Sahaabi by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Sharhuz Zurqaani 4/528)

Receiving the Name Safeenah

On one occasion, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was traveling with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). During the journey, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saw a Sahaabi who was struggling to carry his luggage and equipment. Seeing him in difficulty, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) immediately offered to assist him carry some of his luggage.

After a little while, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saw another Sahaabi who was struggling with his luggage and assisted him as well. In this manner, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began assisting many Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to carry their luggage. Some of the Sahaabah gave him their swords, while others gave him their shields, spears or other similar equipment to carry. Eventually, out of his eagerness to be of benefit to others and assist them, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was carrying a large amount of luggage.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw the large amount of luggage that he was carrying, and the manner in which he was assisting others, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was extremely pleased with him and addressed him saying, “You are Safeenah (the ship that carries a large load).” (Musnad Ahmed #21922 and Musnad Ishaaq 4/163)

In reality, it was only through the blessing of the du‘aa which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made for him that he was able to carry this large load. In the narration of Musnad Ahmed, it is reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Spread out your shawl.” He thus spread out his shawl and then placed the luggage he was carrying in his shawl. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said to him, “Now carry the luggage, for you are Safeenah.””

Through the miracle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was able to carry the luggage of all the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) without feeling any burden or experiencing any difficulty. He says, “On that day, if I had to carry an entire camel’s load, or even the load of two, three, four, five, six or even seven camels, I would not have found it to be heavy, except that some of the goods would fall (due to the luggage on the top being uneven).” (Musnad Ahmed #21928, Dalaa’il-un-Nubuwwah 6/47 and Mustadrak Haakim #6548)

His Deep Love and Devotion for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) possessed such deep love and devotion for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he wished to remain with him until the end of his life. Similarly, he wished that people do not call him by his original name, but call him by the name Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had given him.

It is reported that when any person would ask Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding his original name, he would say, “I do not wish to tell you my original name. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) gave me the name Safeenah, so I do not wish to be called by any other name.” (Usdul Ghaabah 2/503 and Isaabah 3/111)

The Lion Assisting Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

It is reported that on one occasion, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was traveling with the Muslim army in the land of Rome when he was either taken prisoner or was separated from the army and got lost. Thereafter, he set out in search of the army, and while traveling, he suddenly encountered a lion. On seeing the lion, Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed it and said, “O lion! I am the freed slave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I was separated from the army and am searching for them!”

The lion then came forward, wagging its tail, until it stood next to Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). As he walked, it accompanied him and began to protect him. Whenever the lion heard a sound, it went towards it (to ensure that it was not some danger or threat). Thereafter, it would return to the side of Hazrat Safeenah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

In this manner, the lion continued to accompany and protect him until he reached the army. On reaching the army, the lion left him and departed. (Musannaf Abd-ur-Razaaq #21468)