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Men of Excellence

Friday Sermon

12 October 2018

Delivered from Baitul Futuh Mosque

Men of Excellence

 

 

After reciting the Tashahud, Ta‘awuz, and Surah al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa stated: 

Today, the Companions I shall mention have not had the details of their incidents or narrations preserved in history. They have very short introductions, some of which have been stated in only a few lines. However, I would like the information about all the Badri Companions [those Companions who took part in the Battle of Badr] compiled in one place within the literature of the Jamaat. Therefore, I shall also mention those names which have very few details about them. 

Irrespective of the fact that they have only been mentioned briefly in history, however their noble statuses are such that even to remember them is a source of blessing for us. These were such people that despite their poverty and impoverished means, they were at the forefront in defending their faith. They were never in awe by the strength of their opponents but would instead place all their trust in God Almighty. They pledged their loyalty and love to the Holy Prophetsa and did not withhold from even giving their lives. By keeping to this oath, God Almighty gave them the glad tidings of paradise and announced that He was pleased with them.

Hazrat Abdul Rabby bin Haqq bin Aus was a companion regarding whom there are varying opinions. Some have claimed his name is Abdul Rab whilst others have said it is Abdullah. According to Ibn Ishaq, his name was Abdullah bin Haqq, but according to Ammarah it is Abd Rabb bin Haqq. He was from the Banu Sa‘adah family of the Banu Khazraj tribe and he participated in the Battle of Badr. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 317-318, Abdul Rabby bin Haqq, Maktaba Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003) 

Then there is Hazrat Salma bin Thabit. His full name is Salma bin Thabit bin Wakhsh. Hazrat Salma participated in the Battle of Badr. During the Battle of Uhud he was martyred by Abu Sufyan. Hazrat Salma’s father was Hazrat Thabit bin Wakhsh and his uncle was Hazrat Rifa‘a bin Wakhsh. His brother Amr bin Thabit was also martyred during the Battle of Uhud. Many members of his family fought in the Battle of Uhud. His mother’s name was Layla bint Yamaan and was the sister of Hazrat Huzaifah bin Yamaanra. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 234, Salma bin Thabit, Maktaba Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, Lebanon, 1996) (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 291, Salma bin Thabit, Maktaba Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003) 

Then there is Hazrat Sinan bin Saifi who belonged to the Banu Salma branch of the Khazraj tribe. His mother was Naila bin Qais and he had one son named Mas‘ud. In 12 Nabawi, as a result of the preaching efforts of Mus‘ab bin Umair he accepted Islam. He entered the fold of Islam alongside the 70 Ansar Companions [Muslims who were the inhabitants of Medina] during the Bai‘at Aqba Thania. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 291, Sinan bin Saifi, Maktaba Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, 1996) (Habib Kibriya Ke Teen Sau Ashaab by Talib Hashmi, p. 325, Nadeem Yunus Printers, Lahore, 1999).  He also fought in the Battle of the Ditch in which he attained martyrdom. (As Siratun Nabawiyyta Li Ibne Hisham, Pt. 1, p. 276, Dar-ul-Kutubil Arabi, Beirut 2008)   

Then there is Hazrat Abdullah bin Abdi Manaf. He belonged to the Banu Nu‘man tribe (As Siratun Nabawiyyta Li Ibne Hisham, Pt. 1, p. 410, Dar-ul-Kutubil Arabi, Beirut 2008). His title was Abu Yahya and his mother was Humaima bint Ubaid. He had one daughter also named Humaima whose mother was Rubai bint Tufail. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 292, Abdullah bin Abdi Manaf, Maktaba Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996) 

Then there is Hazrat Muhriz bin Amir bin Malik. He passed away in the morning that they were departing for the Battle of Uhud. His full name was Muhriz bin Amir and he was from the Banu Adi bin Najjar tribe. His mother was Sauda bint Khaithima bin Harith who belonged to the Aus tribe. His mother was the sister of Hazrat Sa‘dra bin Khaithima. With regard to him it has been written that he had two children from Ummi Sahl bint Abi Kharijah whose were Asmaa and Kulthum. He participated in the Battle of Badr. The day on which the Holy Prophetsa was to depart for the Battle of Uhud, the very same morning he passed away. He was counted among those people who participated in the Battle of Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 388, Muhriz bin Amir, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 1990). This is because his intention was to join them, and it was for this reason that the Holy Prophetsa counted him among those who participated in the battle. 

Then, there is Hazrat Aaiz bin Ma‘is, who was an Ansari Companion. His name was Aaiz bin Ma‘is and he belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Zuraiq. The Holy Prophetsa formed a bond of brotherhood between him and Hazrat Suwaibit bin Harmala. He participated in the Battle of Badr along with his brother, Hazrat Mu‘az bin Ma‘is. He participated in all battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa. Hazrat Aaiz bin Ma‘is was present at Bir-e-Ma‘unah and also participated in the Battle of The Ditch. Furthermore, he participated in all the battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa. He was martyred in the battle of Yamama in the twelfth year of Hijra [migration of the Holy Prophetsa to Medina], during the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakrra. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 43, Aaiz bin Ma‘is, Maktaba Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 301, Aaiz bin Ma‘is, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, 1996)

Then, there is Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma bin Malik Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Balli. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud and was martyred during the Battle of Uhud. When Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma was martyred, he was wrapped in a cloth along with Hazrat Mujazzir bin Ziad and brought to Medina on a camel. The mother of Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma approached the Holy Prophetsa and said, “O Messengersa of Allah! My son participated in the Battle of Badr and has been martyred during the battle of Uhud. I wish to bring him close to me; in other words that he be buried in Medina so that I can enjoy his nearness.” Upon this, the Holy Prophetsa granted permission for this. Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma’s physique was well-built and heavy, whereas Hazrat Mujazzir bin Ziad was thin and light. In the narrations it is mentioned that despite this, their weight appeared to be equal when placed on the camel. People expressed their astonishment at this, upon which the Holy Prophetsa said that the deeds of both of them have made them equal. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 160-161, Abdullah bin Salma, Maktaba Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) 

Then, there is a Companion called Hazrat Mas‘ud bin Khalda. His name was Mas‘ud bin Khalda, however, it has been mentioned as Mas‘ud bin Khalid in some narrations. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Zuraiq. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. According to some narrations, it is believed that he was martyred during the incident of Bir-e-Ma‘unah, whereas according to other narrations he was martyred during the Battle of Khaibar. (Al-Isti‘aab Fi Marfiti Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 448, Mas’ud bin Khalda, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2002) (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 6, p. 281, Mas’ud bin Khalda, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2005)

Then, there is Hazrat Mas‘ud bin Sa‘d Ansari. Hazrat Mas‘ud belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Zuraiq. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. According to some narrations, Hazrat Mas‘ud bin Sa‘d was martyred during the incident of Bir-e-Ma‘unah. However, according to Muhammad bin Ammarah and Abu Nuaim, he was martyred during the Battle of Khaibar. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 4, p. 369-370, Mas’ud bin Sa’d, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) 

Then, there is a companion by the name of Hazrat Zaid bin Aslam, and he was also an Ansari Companion. Hazrat Zaid bin Aslam belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Ujlaan. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. He was martyred on the day of Ghuzakha, whilst fighting Tulaiha bin Khuwailid al-Asadi during the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakrra. Ghuzakha is the name of a fountain in Najd, where Muslims engaged in battle against Tulaiha bin Khuwailid Al-Asadi, who rebelled against the Islamic government and also claimed prophethood. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 246, Zaid bin Aslam, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, 1996) (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 135-136, Zaid bin Aslam, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003)

Then, there is a Companion by the name Abul-Munzir Yazid bin Amir. His name is also mentioned as Yazid bin Amr. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Sawad. He pledged initiation at Aqaba and participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. His children lived in Medina as well as Baghdad. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 294, Yazid bin Amir, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, 1996) (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 6, p. 525, Yazid bin Amir, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2005). His progeny had spread far and wide.

Then, there is the Companion by the name of Hazrat Amr bin Tha‘labah Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Adi. However, he was more commonly known by his title. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. Hazrat Amr bin Tha‘labah narrates, “I met the Holy Prophetsa at Sayala and accepted Islam at this very place and the Holy Prophetsa placed his hand on my head.” Another companion, Wadhah bin Salma narrates from his father that even though Hazrat Amr bin Tha‘labah reached the age of one hundred, however the patch of hair on his head, where the Holy Prophetsa placed his hand, did not turn white. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 700, Amr bin Tha‘labah, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) (Al-Isti‘aab Fi Marfiti Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 253, Amr bin Tha’labah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2002) 

Then there is a companion by the name of Hazrat Abu Khalid bin Harith bin Qais bin Khalid bin Mukhallad. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Zuraiq. He is more commonly known by his title. He pledged initiation at Aqaba and participated alongside the Holy Prophetsa in all the battles, including the Battle of Badr. He fought alongside Hazrat Khalidra bin Walid in the battle of Yamama and was wounded. The wound healed, but during the Khilafat of Hazrat Umarra, the wound ruptured as a result of which he passed away. Due to this, he is counted among the martyrs of the battle of Yamama. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 5, p. 81, Abu Khalid bin Harith bin Qais, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) (Al-Isti‘aab Fi Marfiti Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 363, Abu Khalid bin Harith bin Qais, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2002) 

Then, there is a Companion by the name Abdullah bin Tha‘labah al-Balawi. He was also an Ansari Companion. His name was Abdullah bin Tha‘labah. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. During the Battle of Uhud he fought along with his brother, Hazrat Bahat bin Tha‘labah.  (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 85, Abdullah bin Tha’labah Al-Balawi, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 418, Abdullah bin Tha’labah Al-Balawi, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 1990) 

Then, there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Nahhaab bin Tha‘labah Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Balli. He had two brothers, Hazrat Abdullah and Hazrat Yazid. His brother Yazid participated on both occasions when the pledge was taken at Aqaba. Hazrat Nahhaab bin Tha‘labah pledged initiation at Aqaba and participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud along with his brother, Abdullah bin Tha‘labah. Hazrat Nahhaab bin Tha‘labah is also known as Bahaath bin Tha‘labah. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 230, Nahhaab bin Tha’labah, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) (Al-Isti‘aab Fi Marfiti Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 267, Nahhaab bin Tha’labah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2002) 

Then, there is another Companion by the name of Hazrat Malik bin Mas‘ud Ansari. His name was Malik bin Mas‘ud and he belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Sa‘ida. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 4, p. 255, Malik bin Mas’ud Ansari, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) 

Then, there is another Companion by the name of Abdullah bin Qais bin Sakhr Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Salma. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud along with his brother, Ma‘bad bin Qais. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 366, Abdullah bin Qais, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut) (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Pt. 3, p. 437, Ma’bad bin Qais, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 1990)

Then, there is another Companion by the name of Hazrat Abdullah bin Abs Ansari. He belonged to the branch of Banu Adi of the Ansar tribe of Khazraj. Some have mentioned his name as Abdullah bin Ubais. He participated alongside the Holy Prophetsa in all the battles, including the Battle of Badr. (Al-Isti‘aab Fi Marfiti Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 75, Abdullah bin Abs, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah, Beirut, 2002)

Then, there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Qushair Ansari. In some narrations, his name has been mentioned as Mu‘attib bin Bashir as well. He belonged to the branch of Banu Zubai‘ah of the Ansar tribe of Aus. Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Qushair participated in the pledge at Aqaba and also participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. (Usdul Ghaba Marifat-ul-Sahaba, Vol. 4, p. 432, Mu‘attib bin Qushair, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003)

Then, there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Sawad bin Ruzan Ansari. His name was Sawad bin Ruzan. However, in some narrations, his name has been mentioned as Aswad bin Ruzan as well as Sawad bin Zuraiq. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 293, Sawad bin Ruzan, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996) 

Then, there is a companion by the name of Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Auf. Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Auf belonged to the tribe of Banu Khuza‘ah and they had a treaty with the Banu Makhzum tribe. He is also known as Mu‘attib bin al-Hamra. His title is Abu Auf. Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Auf participated in the second migration towards Abyssinia. When Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Auf migrated from Mecca to Medina, he stayed with Hazrat Mubashir bin Abd-il-Munzir. During the time of forming the bonds of brotherhood between the Companions, the Holy Prophetsa formed a bond of brotherhood between him and Hazrat Tha‘labah bin Hatib Ansari. Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Auf participated in all the battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa, including the battles of Badr, Uhud and The Ditch.  Hazrat Mu‘attib bin Auf passed away in 57 Hijra at the age of 78. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 1, p. 141, Mu’attib bin Auf, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Bujair bin Abi Bujair. Hazrat Bujair bin Abi Bujair participated both in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. This is all that is written about him. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 395, Bujair bin Abi Bujair, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1990) 

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Amir bin Bukair. Hazrat Amir bin Bukair was from the Banu Sa‘d tribe. Hazrat Amir bin Bukair took part in the Battle of Badr and his brothers Hazrat Ayas bin Bukair, Hazrat Aqil bin Bukair and Hazrat Khalid bin Bukair fought alongside him during the Battle of Badr. All of them participated in the rest of the battles with the Holy Prophetsa. Furthermore, these brothers all accepted Islam in Dar-Arqam. Hazrat Amir bin Bukair was martyred during the Battle of Yamama. (Al-Istiaab Fi Marifti Al-Ashaab, Vol. 2, p. 788, Amir bin Bukair, Dar-ul-Jeel, Beirut, 1992)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah bin Al-Mu‘tamir. His full name is Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah bin Mu‘tamir. As I have mentioned previously, he passed away during the Khilafat of Hazrat Usmanra. His mother’s name is Qudamah bint Abdullah bin Umar. According to some narrations, his mother’s name is Aminah bint Abdulllah bin Umair bin Uhaib. Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah was from the Banu Adi tribe and his brother was Hazrat Abdullah bin Suraqah. Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah migrated with his brother, Hazrat Abdullah bin Suraqah, to Medina and Hazrat Rifa‘a bin Abdil Munzir Ansari provided them accommodation at his home. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 295, Amr bin Suraqah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990), (Al-Asaba Fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 4, p. 523, Amr bin Suraqah, Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 2005). The Holy Prophetsa established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah and Hazrat Sa‘d bin Zaid. (Usdul Ghaba Marifat-ul-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 436, Sa’d bin Zaid, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut). Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah fought in all the Battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa, including the Battle of Badr, Uhud and the Ditch. Hazrat Amir bin Rabi‘ah narrates, “The Holy Prophetsa sent us on an expedition to Nakhla and Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah was also with us. His physique was slim and he was tall in height. During the journey, Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah sat down holding his stomach as there was nothing there to eat and drink. He could not carry on walking due to the extreme hunger and thirst. So we tied a rock tightly to his stomach after which he was able to continue walking with us. We then reached an Arab tribe where they accommodated and provided for us. Thereafter he was able to carry on. The companions enjoyed light-hearted comments as well, and so after completing their meal there, once they had set off, Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah said, ‘At first I thought that both legs of a man support his stomach but today I have realised that the stomach is the one which is supporting the legs.’” If a man is empty-stomached, he cannot walk. Hazrat Umarra granted him a plot of land in Khaibar. Hazrat Amrra bin Suraqah passed away, as I have stated, during the Khilafat of Hazrat Usmanra. (Usdul Ghaba, Vol. 3, p. 723, Amr bin Suraqah, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003), (Al-Asaba, Vol. 4, p. 523, Amr bin Suraqah, Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 1995)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Thabit bin Huzaal, a companion who belonged to the Banu Amr bin Auf branch of the Khazraj tribe. He participated in all the battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa, including the Battle of Badr, Uhud and the Ditch. He was martyred in 12 AH in the Battle of Yamama, during the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakrra. (Usdul Ghaba Marifat-ul-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 456, Thabit bin Huzaal, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut), (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 283, Thabit bin Huzaal, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996) 

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Subaih bin Qais. He was an Ansari Companion from the Khazraj tribe. He fought in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. The mother of Hazrat Subaihra was Khadijah bint Amr bin Zaid. Hazrat Subaih had a son called Abdullah and his mother was of the Banu Judarah tribe. However, this child passed and he was his only child. Hazrat Ubadah bin Qais was his brother. Hazrat Subaih bin Qais and Hazrat Ubadah bin Qais were the paternal uncles of Hazrat Abu Dardaa and another brother of Hazrat Subaih was Zaid bin Qais. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 275, Subaih bin Qais, Dar-ul-Hayaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996) 

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Khabbabra, who was a freed slave of Hazrat Utbah bin Ghazwan. His title was Abu Yahya and was a confederate of Banu Nawfal. After the migration to Medina, the Holy Prophetsa formed a bond of brotherhood between him and Hazrat Tamim, the freed slave of Khirash bin Asimah. Hazrat Khabbab fought in all the battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa, including the Battles of Badr, Uhud and the Ditch. In 19 AH, he passed away in Medina at the age of 50. Hazrat Umarra led his funeral. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra, Vol. 3, p. 73, Khabbab Maula Utbah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990), (Usdul Ghaba, Vol. 2, p. 151, Khabbab Maula Utbah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut). 

Hazrat Sufyan bin Nasar Ansari was a companion of the Holy Prophetsa. Hazrat Sufyan was from the Banu Jusham family of the Khazraj tribe. There are conflicting views on the name of his father. Some have written Nasar whilst others have written Bishar. He fought in the Battle of Badr and Uhud (Usdul Ghaba Marifat-ul-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 274, Sufyan bin Nasr, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003). According to a narration, the Holy Prophetsa formed Hazrat Sufyan’s bond of brotherhood with Hazrat Tufail bin Harith. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 30, Tufail bin Harith, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990)

Then there is another companion by the name of Abu Maghshi al-Tai, who is known by his title of Abu Maghshi. His name was Suwaid bin Maghshi. Abu Maghshi Al-Tai was a confederate of Banu Asad and he was amongst the first to migrate. He participated in the Battle of Badr. (Al-Istiaab Fi Marifti Al-Ashaab, Vol. 4, p. 1754, Abu Maghshi Al-Ta’i, Dar-ul-Jeel, Beirut, 1992), (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 7, p. 304, Abu Maghshi Al-Ta’i, Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 1995)

Hazrat Wahab bin Abi Surrah was also a companion. Musa bin Uqba writes that he fought in the Battle of Badr alongside his brother Amr. Haitham bin Adi has included him amongst those who migrated to Abyssinia but some hold the view, such as Balazuri, that there is no evidence to this i.e. he only participated in the Battle of Badr and there is no mention of his migration to Abyssinia. (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 6, p. 489, Wahab bin Abi Surrah, Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 2005)

Then there is Hazrat Tamim, who was the freed slave of Banu Ghanam Ansari. Hazrat Tamim was the freed slave of Banu Ghanam al-Salam and he fought in the Battle of Badr and Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 253, Tamim Maula Bani Ghanam bin Al-Salam, Dar-e-Ihyaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996)

Hazrat Abul Hamraa, the freed slave of Hazrat Harith bin Afraa participated in both the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. During the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Mu‘az, Hazrat Auf and Hazrat Mu‘awiz along with their freed slave, Abul Hamraa, had a camel upon which they would take turns to ride. (Usdul Ghaba, Vol. 6, p. 75, Abul Hamraa, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut). (Kitab-ul-Maghazi lil Waqidi, Vol. 1, p. 38, Badr-ul-Qital, Dar-ul-Kutub, Beirut, 2004)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Abu Sabrah bin Abi Ruhm. Abu Sabrah was his title and it was so popular that the people forgot his real name. His mother was Baraa bint Abdul Muttalib, who was also the paternal aunt of the Holy Prophetsa. Hence, Hazrat Abu Sabrah was the cousin of the Holy Prophetsa. Hazrat Abu Sabrah migrated to Abyssinia on both occasions. During the second migration to Abyssinia his wife Umme Kulthum bint Suhail bin Amr accompanied him. They had three sons – Muhammad, Abdullah and Sa‘d. When Hazrat Abu Sabrah migrated from Mecca to Medina he stayed at the house of Munzir bin Muhammad. The Holy Prophetsa formed a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Abu Sabrah and Salma bin Salaama. Hazrat Abu Sabrah fought in the battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa, including the Battle of Badr, Uhud and the Ditch. After the demise of the Holy Prophetsa, he left Medina and settled in Mecca. Hazrat Abu Sabrah passed away during the Khilafat of Hazrat Usmanra.  (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, pp. 307-308, Abu Sabrah bin Abi Ruhm, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990) (Sira Al-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 583, Hazrat Abu Sabrah bin Abi Ruhm, Dar-ul-Isha’at, Karachi, 2004)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Thabit bin Amr bin Zaid. Ibn Ishaq and Zuhri, two historians, have traced Hazrat Thabit bin Amr’s lineage to Banu Najjar, whereas Ibn Mundah traced it to the Banu Ashja tribe who were the confederate of the Ansar. He participated in the Battle of Badr and attained martyrdom in the Battle of Uhud.  (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 449, Thabit bin Amr bin Zaid, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut) 

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Abul A‘war bin al-Harith. There are various opinions about the name of Hazrat Abul A‘war bin al-Harith. Ibn Ishaq says that Abul A‘war’s name is Ka‘b whereas Ibn Ammarah believes that his name was Harith bin Zalim. His uncle was called Ka‘b. And so, those who are not aware of his lineage have connected it with his uncle Ka‘b. Ibn Hisham also holds the same opinion. The mother of Hazrat Abul A‘war was Umm Niyaar bint Ayas bin Amir. He is from the Banu Adiyy bin Najjar branch of the Ansari Khazraj tribe. He fought in the Battle of Badr and Uhud. 

(Al-Istiaab Fi Marifti Al-Ashaab, Vol. 4, p. 1599, Abul A’war bin Al-Harith, Dar-ul-Jeel, Beirut, 1992) (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, pp. 389-390, Abul A’war, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Abas bin Amir bin Adiyy. Ibn Ishaq writes his name as Abas and Musa bin Uqba has written it as Absi. His mother was Ummul Banin bint Zuhair bin Tha‘laba. He was from the Banu Salma family of the Khazraj tribe from among the Ansar. Hazrat Abas was among those 70 Companions who were present at the occasion of the pledge at Aqaba and he participated in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 294, Abas bin Amir, Dar-e-Ihyaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996) (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, p. 415, Abas bin Amir Al-Ansari, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Ayyas bin Bukair who is also known as Ibn-e-Abi Bukair. He belonged to the tribe of Banu Sa‘d bin Lais who were the confederate of Banu Addi. Hazrat Aaqil, Hazrat Amir, Hazrat Ayyas and Hazrat Khalid all accepted Islam together at Dar-e-Arqam. Hazrat Ayyas and his brothers, Hazrat Aqil, Hazrat Khalid and Hazrat Amir migrated together and in Medina stayed in the house of Rifa‘ bin Abdil Munzir. He also had three maternal brothers who all participated in the Battle of Badr. Ibn-e-Yunus has stated that Ayyas participated in the conquest of Egypt and passed away in 34 AH, whilst according to another narration, Hazrat Ayyas was martyred during the battle of Yamama.  

His brothers Hazrat Mu‘az, Hazrat Mu‘awiz and Aqil were martyred in the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Khalid was martyred during the incident of Raji‘ whilst Hazrat Amir was martyred during the battle of Yamama. In one of the narrations regarding Hazrat Amir it states that he was martyred during the incident of Bir-e-Ma‘unah. Hazrat Ayyas bin Bukair participated in all the battles alongside the Holy Prophetsa, including the Battle of Badr, Uhud and the Ditch. He was amongst the pioneer Muslims and took part in the initial migration. He was the father of Muhammad bin Ayyas bin Bukair. The Holy Prophetsa established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Ayyas bin Bukair and Hazrat Harith bin Khazma. He was also a poet. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, pp. 297-298, Aqil bin Abi Al-Bukair, Ayaas bin Abi Al-Bukair, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990), (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 213, Ayaas bin Al-Bukair, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003), (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, pp. 309-310, Ayaas bin Abi Al-Bukair , Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 2005), (Kitab-ul-Mujar, pp. 399-400, Dar-e-Nashr Al-Kutub Al-Islamiyyah, Lahore), (Badr-ul-Badoor Al-Maroof Ashaab-e-Badr, Qazi Muhammad Sulaiman Mansoor Puri, p. 44, Ayyas bin Bin Al-Bukair, Maktaba Naziria, Lahore).

Zaid bin Aslam narrates that the sons of Abul Bukair (i.e. referring to him), came to the Holy Prophetsa and said, “O Messenger of Allah, we want such and such person to marry our sister.” The Holy Prophetsa stated, “What is your opinion regarding Bibal? He is a better suitor, therefore you should consider him.” Upon hearing this, they retuned. They then came a second time and asked the Holy Prophetsa to lead the nikah of their sister to the individual whom they enquired for initially. The Holy Prophetsa gave the same response and said, “What is your opinion regarding Bilal?” Again, they went back to consider this proposal. They then came back a third time with the same request of leading their sister’s nikah with that particular individual. This time again the Holy Prophetsa said, “What is your opinion regarding Bilal?” and then added, “What do you think of that individual who is a dweller of Paradise?” Thus, accepting the advice of the Holy Prophetssa, they married their sister to Bilalra (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 179, Bilal bin Ribaah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990). This was the high status of Hazrat Bilalra and this is how marriages were settled in that time. Although they refused on the first two occasions, however on the third occasion they accepted the advice of the Holy Prophetsa. Everyone has their own status; some would follow the advice of the Holy Prophetsa on the first occasion, whilst others would take their time to reflect upon it. Nevertheless, from this incident one can determine the high status of Hazrat Bilalra.  

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Malik bin Numaila. His mother was Numaila and he was known as Ibn-e-Numaila. He was from the tribe of Muzaina which was a branch of the Aus tribe who were confederate with Bani Muawiyah. He participated in the Battles of Badr and Uhud and was martyred in the Battle of Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 358, Malik bin Numaila, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990) (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 4, p. 258, Malik bin Numaila, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003).  

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Unais Bin Qatadah bin Rabee‘a. He was from the Ansar tribe of Aus. He accompanied the Holy Prophetsa during the Battle of Badr. He was martyred during the battle of Uhud by Abul Hakam bin Akhnas Bin Shareek. Hazrat Unais bin Qatadah was married to Hazrat Khansa Bint Khizam. When he was martyred on the day of Uhad, the father of Hazrat Khansa settled her nikah to a person from the tribe of Muzaina. However, she did not like him and came to the Holy Prophetsa. The Holy Prophetsa annulled the nikah of Hazrat Khansa. The father had settled her nikah, but the Holy Prophetsa annulled the nikah since she was not happy with him. After this, Hazrat Khansa married Hazrat Abu Lababa and through this marriage Hazrat Saib bin Abi Lababa was born. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 187, Qatadah bin Rabee’a, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003), (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 354, Unais bin Qatadah, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyya, Beirut, 1990). 

This is an example in relation to women’s rights in choosing spouses. Those who compel their daughters whilst choosing their spouses should greatly ponder over this teaching. 

Then, Hazrat Harith Bin Arfajah was also a companion. It is stated that he belonged to the tribe of Banu Ghanam. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 253, Harith Bin Arfajah, Dar-e-Ihyaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996).

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Rafi Bin Unjudah Ansari. Hazrat Rafi’s father’s name was Abdul Harith and Unjada was his mother’s name. However, Hazrat Rafi was more commonly known by his mother’s name as opposed to his father’s.  He was from tribe of Banu Umaiyya bin Zaid bin Malik. He participated in battles of Badr, Uhud and the Battle of the Ditch. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 45, Rafi Bin Unjudah, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003), (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 369, Rafi Bin Unjudah, Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 2005). According to a narration, the Holy Prophetsa established a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Rafi bin Unjudah and Hazrat Hussainra bin Harith. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 30, Zikr Hussain bin Al-Harith, Dar-e-Ihyaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, Beirut, 1996).

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Khulaida bin Qais. His mother’s name was Idam bint al-Qain, who belonged to the Banu Salma tribe. Apart from Khulaida bin Qais, there are various other traditions which report his name as Khulaid bin Qais, Khalid bin Qais and Khalida bin Qais. He took part in the Battle of Badr and Uhud. His brother’s name is Khallad and according to some historians, he was also amongst the Companions who took part in the Battle of Badr. (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 292, Khulaid bin Qais, Dar-e-Ihyaa Al-Turath Al-Arabi, 1996).

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Saqaf bin Amr. There are varying opinions regarding his tribe. Some believe he was from Banu Aslam, and according to others, it was Banu Asad or the Banu Salam tribe. He was a confederate of Banu Asad, but according to others he was a confederate of Banu Abd Shams. He took part in the Battle of Badr along with his two brothers, whose names are Hazrat Malik bin Amr and Mudlaj bin Amr. Hazrat Saqaf bin Amr was from among the very first Companions who took part in the migration. He took part in the Battle of Badr, Uhud, and the Ditch. He was also present at the treaty of Hudaibiya and he was martyred in Khaibar. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 476, Saqaf bin Amr, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut) (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 1, p. 525, Saqaf, Dar-ul-Kutb Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 1995), (Al-Tabkaat-ul-Qubra Li-ibn Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 72, Saqaf bin Amr, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilmiyyah, Beirut, 1990)

Then there is another companion by the name of Hazrat Sabra bin Fatik. He was the brother of Khuraim bin Fatik and belonged to the Banu Asad tribe. His father’s name was Fatik bin al-Akhram. There are also some traditions which report his name to be Samura bin Fatik. Aiman bin Khuraim relates, “My father and my uncle took part in the Battle of Badr. They took an oath from me that I would never fight any Muslim.”  

Abdullah bin Yousaf states, “Sabra bin Fatik is the one who distributed the land of Damascus amongst the Muslims. He is counted among the people of Syria.” He further states that the Holy Prophetsa stated that the scale is in the hands of God Almighty; He raises certain nations in rank and causes the decline of others (i.e. owing to their own deeds).

Once, Hazrat Sabra bin Fatik walked past Hazrat Abu Darda and he said that the spiritual radiance of the Holy Prophetsa accompanies Sabra. 

Abdul Rehman bin Aaiz relates, “I once saw that someone had insulted Hazrat Sabra and he supressed his anger and refrained from responding to him and remained silent. His eyes began to fill with tears as a result of suppressing the extreme anger due to the insults he received.”

The Holy Prophetsa stated how wonderful would Sabra be if he shortened his long hair (his hair was quite long) and slightly raised up the garment he tied around his waist. When these words of the Holy Prophetsa reached Hazrat Sabra, he immediately acted accordingly to the instruction. 

He also used to say, “I wish that every day I face an idolater who is equipped with armour and martyrs me, and if not, then I kill him and someone else like him stands up before me.”

According to some narrations, he did not take part in the Battle of Badr, however Imam Bukhari and others have included him and his brother among those Companions who took part in the Battle of Badr. (Usdul Ghaba Fi Marifati Al-Sahaba, Vol. 2, p. 190, Sabra bin Fatik, Dar-ul-Fikr, Beirut, 2003) (Al-Asaba fi Tameez Al-Sahaba, Vol. 3, pp. 25-26 & 152, Sabra bin Fatik, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 2005) (Al-Istiaab Fi Marifti Al-Ashaab, Vol. 2, p. 29, Kuraim bin Fatik Al-Asadi, Dar-ul-Kutub Al-ilimiyya, Beirut, 2002)

These were the accounts of the companions. 

After the Friday Prayers, I shall offer two funeral prayers in absentia. The first funeral is of respected Ungku Adnan Ismail Sahib, President of the Jamaat in Malaysia. He passed away on 8 October at the age of 74 – Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. His father was amongst the early Ahmadis who did the Bai‘at in 1956 through the missionary of Singapore, Maulana Muhammad Sadiq Sahib and the first President of the Jamaat in Singapore, Muhammad Salikeen Sahib. His father was a Mufti of Johor, one of the states in Malaysia and was also related to the King of that state through his mother’s side of the family. 

After accepting Ahmadiyyat, he was transferred to another department of the government. Adnan Sahib was born in August, 1944. In 1968 he completed his BA (Hons) in political science from the University of Singapore. In 1969, he began serving in various administrative offices of the government. From 1969 to 1981 he worked in the research department for the prime minister. During this time, he was appointed in the embassies of Singapore, Beijing and Bangkok. Thereafter he was promoted as the divisional head of the prime minister’s national security and he worked in this department from 1984 to 1992. Aside from the prime minister’s office, from 1992 to 1997 he held various other official governmental positions. In 1996 he had a bypass operation of the heart. From 1997 he then again worked in the research department for the prime minister and eventually took retirement in 1999. Although he did the Bai‘at in 1956, but really became an active Ahmadi after returning from his posting in Bangkok in 1981 and formed a strong connection with the Jamaat. 

In 1986, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh appointed him as the first president of the Jamaat in Malaysia and during his tenure, the Jamaat saw a lot of progress and many changes took place. The Bait-ul-Islam and Bait-ul-Rahman buildings were completed during his time. He also greatly helped in bringing the missionaries from Indonesia and settling them in Malaysia. Similarly, he sent students to Jamia Rabwah and Qadian from Malaysia. For the last two years, his condition had deteriorated a lot and he was admitted to hospital many times. He also wrote to me that he wanted to go to the Tahir Heart [hospital] and in May this year he also went to the Tahir Heart Hospital and stayed there for some time and his condition also improved. However, his health deteriorated again and he was taken back to hospital. 

By the grace of God Almighty he was a Musi and he leaves behind one daughter and two sons. Ungku Adnan Ismail Sahib was an extremely humble man despite belonging to the royal family of the Joho state. He rendered his official and Jamaat work in an excellent fashion. He was extremely meticulous over the reports that were sent to the headquarters and would remain in office till late in the night in order to fulfil his Jamaat responsibilities. He was extremely kind to office-bearers, workers, and members of the Jamaat and in particular with the missionaries. He paid great attention and showed a lot of concern for the moral upbringing of the children of the Jamaat and would say that they are future of the Jamaat. His wife says that he laid great emphasis on the children of the Jamaat to acquire the highest education and would always be thinking about the Jamaat’s progress. On the day he passed away, there was no ambulance available at the hospital to take his body to the mosque. The members of the Jamaat phoned a Chinese volunteer, Kuan Chee Sahib, who used his own vehicle to help transport the bodies. This Chinese volunteer wrote on his Facebook page that he had an extraordinary experience when transporting this body. He said that when he began driving the van, he saw that there was no traffic on the road even though this road would always be full of traffic. And, normally where it usually takes an hour to complete that journey, it only took 25 minutes. He said when he reached the mosque he felt that perhaps this was the body of someone who served the faith. 

Wakil-ul-Tabshir in Rabwah, Mansoor Khan Sahib has written that Adnan Ismail Sahib has served as the President of the Malaysia Jamaat for a long period. He was like a father figure for the members of his Jamaat. He says that during the tour of Malaysia, he had the opportunity to speak to him about various Jamaat matters and found him to be an individual who worked with great wisdom and he was able to successfully complete the work of the Jamaat in unimaginable circumstances. His suggestion was always trusted during the most difficult of circumstances. May God Almighty elevate his status and may his progeny also continue his good deeds and a have strong bond with the Jamaat. 

The second funeral prayer is of Hamida Begum Sahiba, who was the wife of Chaudhry Khalil Ahmad Sahib of Rabwah. She passed away on 5 October at the age of 84 – Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. She was born in an Ahmadi family that lived in Behni Bangar, a village neighbouring Qadian. She was regular in her prayers and Tahujjad. She did not have any secular education but had great love for the Holy Quran. She would recite the Holy Quran numerous times in the day. During the month of Ramadan, she would always go to the mosque for the Tarawih prayer so that she could listen to the Holy Quran. When women were permitted to go the mosque for the Friday Prayers [prior to the security threat in Pakistan], she would always make the effort to be the first person out of the ladies to enter Masjid Aqsa and therefore would leave for the Friday Prayer very early. 

She led a simple life. Whatever money she would save, she would spend in the various Jamaat’s donation schemes and for the construction of mosques and would be extremely happy about this and would thank God Almighty. She helped in the marriage arrangements for a lot of poor girls and even arranged their dowry. Many a time, she would give her jewellery towards chanda [financial contributions] and for the poor. Her greatest happiness was in regularly meeting the poor. She would openly spend in the way of the poor and would never let anyone return emptyhanded. By the grace of God Almighty she was a Musi. She leaves behind two daughters and eight sons. She was the elder sister of Latif Ahmad Sahib, who is a retired missionary. Her eldest son is Dr Muzaffar Chaudhry Sahib and he also regularly has the opportunity for doing Waqf-e-Arzi and lives here in Scunthorpe, UK. Her son, Basharat Naveed Sahib is a missionary and is currently serving in the island of Réunion. Her son-in-law is also a missionary, Hafiz Abdul Haleem Sahib. One of her grandchildren is also a missionary and two of her grandsons are Hafiz-e-Quran while one of her grandsons is studying here in Jamia Ahmadiyya. Generally, I lead the funeral prayer of the missionaries who are serving in the field and cannot attend the funeral prayer of their parents. Basharat Naveed Sahib is also serving in the field and could not go back upon her demise and therefore I shall also be leading her funeral prayer in absentia. 

Basharat Naveed Sahib writes, “After completing Jamia Ahmadiyya, when I began my formal service in the field, I came home once and could not go to the mosque for the morning prayer. Upon this, she said, ‘My dear son, you may go to the mosque where you are posted because people closely observe you and therefore because of them you go to the mosque but remember that here God Almighty is watching you, therefore always pay attention to your prayers. Always remember that God Almighty is watching you.’”

He further states, “While I was studying in Jamia Ahmadiyya, due to sudden circumstances, my father passed away. My elder brother was abroad and she looked after the entire household with great fortitude.” He states, “One day, in a light-hearted manner, I said that I would ask the Jamaat to not send me far away as I would like to serve my mother who is on her own. However, she became very serious and said in a strict tone, ‘Wherever the Jamaat sends you, you must go there. It can’t be possible that the son who I have devoted for the services of the Jamaat I keep with me and I send the others away who are earning material wealth. If ever I want to keep anyone with me, it will not be you but the ones who are seeking material wealth.’” Such was her passion. 

He further states, “In 2013 when I went to Pakistan and met her for the last time, I asked her if I should leave my wife and children behind with her. Even though she was extremely weak and it was difficult for her to even get of bed, however she did not allow for this and said, ‘Your wife and children should remain with you.’” 

This is a lesson of the elders which is extremely important even today. May God Almighty elevate her status and enable her progeny to remain loyal in their attachment to their faith. 

(Translated by The Review of Religions)

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