Sayyiduna ‘Umayr ibn Wahb (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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 Sayyiduna ‘Umayr ibn Wahb (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was from Makkah al-Mukkaramah and fough against the Muslims in the battle of Badr along with his son. Despite his son having been taken prisoner,  Sayyiduna ‘Umayr ibn Wahb (radi Allahu ‘anhu) himself managed to return home safely. Full of vengeance, he vowed to kill the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Only his close friend Sayyiduna Safwan Ibn Umayyah (radi Allahu ‘anhu) knew of his plans.

Upon reaching Madinah al-Munawwarah,  Sayyiduna ‘Umayr ibn Wahb (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was detected by  Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and brought before the Messenger of Allah (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).  Sayyiduna ‘Umayr ibn Wahb (radi Allahu ‘anhu) pleaded that he had no ill intention in coming to Madinah al-Munawwarah, but was shocked when the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) relayed the details of his conversations with  Sayyiduna Safwan Ibn Umayyah (radi Allahu ‘anhu). He knew that only Allah ta’ala could have revealed this information to the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and accepted Islam immediately.

 Sayyiduna ‘Umayr ibn Wahb (radi Allahu ‘anhu) remained in Madinah al-Munawwarah and increased his knowledge of his new faith. He was given exceptional leave by the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to return to Makkah al-Mukkaramah where he successfully called many people to Islam.

Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was the Arab slave of a Quraysh woman called Umm Anmar. He was a blacksmith by trade and instinctively understood idol worshipping to be an act of sheer ignorance. When he heard the Prophet’s (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) call to Islam, Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) responded immediately and became one of the first ten people to accept Islam.

Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) made no attempt to keep his faith secret and experienced brutal prosecution as a consequence – particulary at the hands of Umm Anmar. Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) remained firm and was only able to escape torture when the order migration to Madinah al-Munawwarah was given.

He fought alongside the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in the battles of Badr and Uhud and lived to withness the expansion of Islam during the times of the Rightly Guided Calips (radi Allahu ‘anhum). Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was blessed with ample wealth in his later life and would spend generously on the less fortunate. He passed away during the Calipate of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

Listen

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Listen to the scholar with an attentive soul
Even if his action may not appear to agree with his word

The stubborn disagree wrongly:
How can the sleeping wake the asleep?

Man must listen to advice
Even if it is written on a wall

– Shaykh Saadi rahimahu Llah –

Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was from Makkah and accepted Islam during the early years of the Prophet’s (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) call. He was part of the first group of Muslims to migrate to Abyssinia, but soon returned to be with the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) again in Makkah. Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) fought in all the major battles alongside from the battle of Yamamah during the Caliphate of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Sadiqque (radi Allahu ‘anhu).

During the Caliphate of Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Faruq (radi Allahu ‘anhu), he was selected to lead a group of three-hundred soldiers to intercept a key Persian town that was providing reinforcements to the enemy forces. Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) completed the mission successfully and established the military town of Basra in the region. He was made governor but feared for his religion in the face of the new riches.

Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) visited Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Faruq (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and asked to be relieved of his duty, but he refused. Pleading Allah subhanahu ta’ala not to return him to the town “O Allah, do not return me to Basra- O Allah, do not return me to Basra,” sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) died on his return  journey to Basra.

Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

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Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was from Madinah al-Munawwarah. Despite yearning for the oppurtunity to take part in the battles of Badr & Uhud, he was deemed too young to do so. At the age of of sixteen, he participated in the battle of al-Khandaq.

Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was commited to seeking knowledge and was instructed to learn Hebrew and other languages so that the Muslims would be independent in translating correspondences. Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was also one of the scribes of the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and would compile the Qur’an from manuscripts in the Prophet’s (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) presence. It was for this reason that he was chosen during the Capliphate of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) to compile the Qur’an into one manuscript and later during the Caliphate of Sayyiduna Uthman (radi Allahu ‘anhu) to supervise the copying of that manuscript.

Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was one of the great scholars of the Ummah and a foremost authority on the Qur’an. From amongst his students was Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Abbas (radi ‘Allahu ‘anhum) who followed closely in his footsteps.