Men of Excellence: Hazrat Auf r.a. bin Harith & Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansari r.a. (20 November 2020)

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Last Updated on 30th December 2020

Friday Sermon

20 November 2020

Men of Excellence: Hazrat Aufra bin Harith & Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansarira

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

The first companion who shall be mentioned today is Hazrat Aufra bin Harith bin Rifa‘a Ansari. According to various narrations, his name has been recorded as Auf bin Harith and Auf bin Afra. Afra was the name of his mother. Hazrat Aufra bin Harith bin Rifa‘ah Ansarira belonged to the Banu Najjar tribe of the Ansar. Hazrat Muazra and Hazrat Muawwizra were the brothers of Hazrat Aufra

Hazrat Aufra was among those six men from among the Ansar, who were the first to come to Mecca and do the Bai‘at [pledge initiation]. He also partook in the Bai‘at at Aqabah. After he accepted Islam, he broke the idols of Banu Malik bin Najjar along with Hazrat Asadra bin Zurarah and Hazrat Umarah bin Hazmra

On the day of the Battle of Badr, Hazrat Aufra bin Afra asked the Holy Prophetsa in the midst of the battle, “O Messenger of Allahsa! At which deed of His servant is Allah the Almighty most delighted?” The Holy Prophetsa replied, “When His servant is engaged in battle and fights fearlessly without his armour.” In other words, if he is in battle, he should fight fearlessly. Upon this, Hazrat Aufra bin Afra took off his armour, went forth and started fighting until he was martyred. Abu Jahl martyred Aufra bin Harith and his brother, Hazrat Muawwizra, during the Battle of Badr.

In the books of Ahadith and in the biographies of the Holy Prophetsa, various names of Companions have been mentioned who attacked Abu Jahl during the Battle of Badr among whomra Auf bin Afra is also mentioned. This has been previously mentioned as well. In Sunan Abi Dawud it is mentioned that his name was Aufra bin Harith. (Ibn Saad, Al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, Vol. 3 [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 1990], 373-375, 370) (Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Al-Isabah fi Tamyiz al-Sahabah, Vol. 4 [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 1995], 614-615) (Ibn Abd al-Barr, Al-Isti‘ab fi Ma‘rifat al-Ashab, Vol. 3, [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Jil, 1992], 1225-1226) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Maghazi, Bab Fadl man Shahida Badran, Hadith 3988) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab Fard al-Khumus, Bab Man lam Yakhmus al-Aslab, Hadith 3141) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Maghazi, Bab Qatl Abi Jahl, Hadith 3963) (Sunan Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Jihad, Bab fi al-Asir Yuthaq, Hadith 2680)

He was commonly known by these two names. Nevertheless, he was among those who killed Abu Jahl and he also attained martyrdom during the Battle of Badr.

The next companion to be mentioned is Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari’s name was Hazrat Khalidra and his father was Zaid bin Kulayb. (Ali Ibn al-Athir, Usd al-Ghabah fi Ma’rifat al-Sahabah, Vol. 6, Hazrat Abu Ayub al-Ansari [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, 2003], 22)

He is known by his name as well as his title. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira belonged to the Banu Najjar branch of the Ansar tribe of Khazraj. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira was blessed with the opportunity to do the Bai‘at on the occasion of the second pledge at Aqabah along with 70 other companions. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari’s mother was Hind bint Saeed, whereas, according to one narration, her name was Zahra bint Saad. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari’s wife was Hazrat Umm-e-Hasanra bint Zaid, who bore a son by the name of Abdur-Rahman. The Holy Prophetsa formed a bond of brotherhood between Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira and Hazrat Mus‘abra bin Umair. (Ibn Abd al-Barr, Al-Isti‘ab fi Ma‘rifat al-Ashab, Vol. 2, Hazrat Khalid bin Zaid [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, 1995], 200.) (Ibn Saad, Al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, Vol. 3, Hazrat Abu Ayub al-Ansari [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 1990], 368-369)

When the Holy Prophetsa migrated to Medina, he stayed with Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira until the construction of Masjid-e-Nabawi and his house. (Ali Ibn al-Athir, Usd al-Ghabah fi Ma‘rifat al-Sahabah, Vol. 6, Hazrat Abu Ayub al-Ansari [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 2003], 23)

In Sirat Khatam-un-Nabiyyin [The Life and Character of the Seal of Prophetssa], Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra has mentioned the following in relation to the Holy Prophet’s stay in the house of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira:

“When the Holy Prophetsa reached the Banu Najjar, the question once again posed itself as to which person the Holy Prophetsa would stay with. Every individual of the tribe was desirous that he be the one to receive this honour. As a matter of fact, in the fervour of their love, some would even take hold of the reins of the camel belonging to the Holy Prophetsa. Upon seeing this, the Holy Prophetsa said, ‘Leave my camel, for at this time, it has been divinely inspired.’

“In other words, wherever Allah so desired it would sit down itself; and upon saying this, the Holy Prophetsa also released its reins. The camel gracefully advanced and sat down when it reached the place where, later, the Masjid-e-Nabawi, and the living quarters of the Holy Prophetsa, were built. At the time, this was an uncultivated plot of land, which was the property of two children from Medina. Immediately, however, it stood up and began to move forward; but after a few steps, it once again returned to its initial place of resting, and sat down. The Holy Prophetsa stated:

هٰذَا‭ ‬اِنْ‭ ‬شَاءَ‭ ‬اللّٰهُ‭ ‬الْمَنْزِلُ

“‘It seems as if the Will of Allah desires that this be our place of residence.’

“After this, the Holy Prophetsa supplicated to Allah and dismounted from his camel. Then the Holy Prophetsa enquired as to whose home was closest from that place. Abu Ayub Ansarira rushed forward and said, ‘O Messengersa of Allah! It is mine, and this is the entrance to my home. You are most welcome.’

“The Holy Prophetsa said, ‘Alright, then go and prepare a place for me to stay.’

“Abu Ayub Ansarira immediately prepared his home and returned. The Holy Prophetsa proceeded inside along with him. This was a two-storey home. Abu Ayubra desired that the Holy Prophetsa stay on the top floor. However, taking into consideration the ease of those people who would come to visit, the Holy Prophetsa preferred the ground-floor and resided there. 

“At nightfall, Abu Ayubra and his wife could not sleep all night in the thought that the Holy Prophetsa was beneath them, and they were above him. In addition to this, it so happened that during the night a pale of water broke on the roof. In his fear, Abu Ayubra quickly placed his quilt over the water to dry it, in order to prevent even a single droplet of water from seeping through to the ground floor. 

“In the morning, he presented himself before the Holy Prophetsa, and implored the Holy Prophetsa to stay on the top floor. At first, the Holy Prophetsa hesitated, but upon witnessing the insistence of Abu Ayubra, he agreed. The Holy Prophetsa stayed in this home for seven months, or according to Ibn Ishaq, he remained here until the month of Safar 2 AH. In other words, the Holy Prophetsa remained here until the construction of Masjid-e-Nabawi, and the adjacent living-quarters of the Holy Prophetsa. Abu Ayubra would present food to the Holy Prophetsa, and then, whatever would remain of it, he would eat himself. Due to his love and sincerity, he would eat from where the Holy Prophetsa had taken his food. Other Companions would also present food to the Holy Prophetsa.” (Life & Character of the Seal of the Prophets, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra, pp. 267, 268)

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra has also narrated this incident. Sometimes, there are certain additional details mentioned which have not been heard before, therefore I shall quote the incident in his words as well. Although the incident is more or less the same, however Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra has his own unique style of narration. He writes:

“While the Holy Prophetsa was in Medina, everybody longed to have the honour of being his host. As his camel passed through the streets, families would line up to receive the Messengersa of Allah. With one voice, they would say, ‘O Messengersa of Allah! Here we are with our homes, our property and our lives to receive you and stand ready to protect to you. Come and live with us.’ Many would show greater zeal, and would go forward and hold the reins of the camel and insist on the Prophet’s dismounting in front of their doors and entering their houses. Politely the Holy Prophetsa would refuse saying, ‘Leave my camel alone. She is under the command of God; she will stop where God wants her to stop.’ 

“Ultimately it stopped on a site which belonged to orphans of the Banu Najjar tribe. The Holy Prophetsa dismounted and said, ‘It seems that this is where God wants us to stop.’ Thereafter, the Holy Prophetsa enquired as to who the land belonged to. The guardian of the orphans came forward and informed the Holy Prophetsa and then offered the site for the use of the Holy Prophetsa. The Holy Prophetsa replied that he would not accept the offer unless he were allowed to pay. A price was settled and the Holy Prophetsa decided to build a mosque and some houses on it. After this, the Holy Prophetsa asked who lived nearest to the site. Abu Ayub Ansarira came forward and said that his house was the nearest and that his services were at the Holy Prophet’ssa disposal. The Holy Prophetsa asked him to prepare a room in his house for him. Abu Ayub’sra house was double-storeyed. He offered to let the Holy Prophetsa have the upper storey. But the Holy Prophetsa preferred to have the lower storey for the convenience of his visitors.” 

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra further writes:

“The devotion which the people of Medina had for the Holy Prophetsa showed itself again. Abu Ayubra agreed to let the Holy Prophetsa have the lower storey, but he and his wife were unable to sleep the entire night in the thought that the Holy Prophetsa was residing beneath them. He and his wife thought it discourteous to do so. (This was an expression of their deep love.) At night, a pale of water was accidentally broken and water flowed on the floor. Abu Ayubra, fearing lest some water should drip through to the room occupied by the Holy Prophetsa, took his quilt and with it, dried up the water before any could drip through. In the morning, he presented himself before the Holy Prophetsa and narrated the events of the night before, upon hearing this, the Holy Prophetsa agreed to occupy the upper storey. Abu Ayubra would prepare the meals daily and present it to the Holy Prophetsa. Abu Ayubra and his family would then eat whatever remained from it. After a few days, the other members of the Ansar insisted in having a share in serving the Holy Prophetsa. Until the Holy Prophetsa settled in his own house and made his own arrangements, the Muslims of Medina would take turns in presenting their services to the Holy Prophetsa.” (Dibachah Tafsir al-Quran, Anwar al-Ulum, Vol. 20, pp. 228, 229)

The reference from Introduction to the Study of the Holy Quran by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra is complete and now the following is a hadith narrated by Hazrat Abu Ayubra. Hazrat Abu Ayubra narrates that the Holy Prophetsa came to his home. The Holy Prophetsa stayed on the lower storey of the house while Hazrat Abu Ayubra was staying on the upper storey of the house. The narrator says that one night, Hazrat Abu Ayubra woke up and said that they were walking above the Holy Prophetsa and thus moved to one side and spent the entire night in a corner. Later, when he expressed this to the Holy Prophetsa, he replied by saying that it was easier for him to remain on the lower floor. Hazrat Abu Ayubra said that he could not reside on the upper level, while the Holy Prophetsa resided beneath it. Thus, the Holy Prophetsa moved to the upper level and Hazrat Abu Ayubra came down to the lower storey of the house. 

“Hazrat Abu Ayubra would prepare food for the Holy Prophetsa and when whatever remained from the food would be brought back to him, he would enquire from the person who brought it back as to where the Holy Prophet’sra fingers had touched the food and Hazrat Abu Ayubra would touch the same places; meaning he ate from the exact place where the Holy Prophetsa had eaten from. 

“Once he prepared food for the Holy Prophetsa which contained some garlic. When the food was brought back, he enquired once again as to where the Holy Prophetsa had eaten from. When he was informed that the Holy Prophetsa had not eaten that day, he became worried and went upstairs to the Holy Prophetsa to ask whether garlic was haram [forbidden]. The Holy Prophetsa replied, ‘No, but I personally dislike it.’ Hearing this, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira said, “If you dislike something, then I dislike it as well,” or he said, “If you do not like something, then I will not like it either.” 

The narrator says that angels would visit the Holy Prophetsa. This is a narration from Sahih Muslim. Since the angels would visit the Holy Prophetsa, therefore he disliked anything with an unpleasant odour; however, he did not say it was forbidden.

Another narration from Sahih Muslim is also recorded as such; Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira narrates, “When food would be presented to the Holy Prophetsa, he would eat from it and would send whatever was left to me. One day, he sent back the food, from which he had not eaten at all because it contained garlic. I asked the Holy Prophetsa whether this was forbidden, to which he replied, ‘No, but I do not like it due to its smell.’ Upon this, Hazrat Abu Ayubra said, ‘I also dislike that which you dislike.’” (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Ashribah, Bab Ibahat al-Akl al-Thum, Hadith 5356-5358)

There is another narration from Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal in which this same incident has been recorded in the following manner; Abu Ayub Ansarira narrates: 

“The Holy Prophetsa stayed on the lower storey of our home while I was residing on the upper level. Once, some water spilled on the upper level and so I, along with Umm Ayub, began drying the water with a sheet of cloth, for fear that lest some water drips onto the Holy Prophetsa. Then, I nervously went before the Holy Prophetsa and submitted, ‘O Messengersa of Allah, it feels inappropriate for us to be residing above you. I request that you move to the upper level.’ Thus, upon the instruction of the Holy Prophetsa, his belongings, which comprised of very little, were moved to the upper level. 

“I then submitted, ‘O Messengersa of Allah, whenever you sent [some of your] food back to me, I would find the imprints of your fingers and would place my hand on the very same place. Today, however, when you sent the food back to me, I did not find the imprints of your fingers.’ The Holy Prophetsa replied, ‘You are right. Actually, it contained onions’” – onions have been mentioned here instead of garlic – “‘and I did not wish to eat it due to the fact that there is an angel who comes to visit me. However, you may eat it.’” (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23966 [Beirut, Lebanon: Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 781)

Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira had the honour of accompanying the Holy Prophetsa in all the battles, including the battles of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq. (Ibn Saad, Al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, Vol. 3 [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, 1990], 369)

Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira relates, “On the day of Badr, the Muslims were arranging themselves in rows, when some people moved ahead of the row. The Holy Prophetsa looked at them and said, ‘Remain with me, remain with me’”, meaning they should remain behind him and not move ahead of him. (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23963 [Beirut, Lebanon: ‘Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 780)

Then, there is a narration in regards to the night following the marriage of the Holy Prophetsa with Hazrat Safiyyahra. Although I have briefly mentioned this before in relation to another account, however I shall mention it again. At night, after the Holy Prophet’ssa marriage with Hazrat Safiyyahra, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira stood guard outside the tent with his sword unsheathed and remained on guard for the entire night, circling all four sides of the tent. In the morning, when the Holy Prophetsa saw Hazrat Abu Ayubra outside the tent, he asked him, “O Abu Ayub, what is the matter?” He replied saying, “O Messengersa of Allah, I feared for your wellbeing since her father, husband and the people of her nation have been killed and she has only recently become a believer. Thus I stood guard the entire night for the sake of your security.” Upon this, the Holy Prophetsa prayed for Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira:

اَللّٰهُمَّ‭ ‬احْفَظْ‭ ‬اَبَا‭ ‬اَيُّوْبَ‭ ‬كَمَا‭ ‬بَاتَ‭ ‬يَحْفَظُنِيْ

“O Allah! Protect Abu Ayub just as he spent the entire night for the sake of my protection.”

Imam Suhaili states that as a result of this prayer offered by the Holy Prophetsa, Allah the Almighty protected Hazrat Abu Ayubra, to the extent that the Romans used to safeguard his grave and would pray by his graveside for water, as a result of which it would rain upon them. (Ali bin Burhan al-Din al-Halabi, Al-Sirah al-Halabiyyah, Vol. 3, Ghazwat Khaibar [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 2002], 65)

Hazrat Mahmood states that he heard from Hazrat Itban bin Malik Ansarira – who was among those who were present alongside the Holy Prophetsa in the Battle of Badr – say: 

“I used to lead my tribe, Banu Salim, in prayer. Along the way to the mosque, however, there was a small stream which would become difficult for me to cross when it rained. Thus, I went to the Holy Prophetsa and submitted, ‘My eyesight has weakened significantly. When it rains heavily, the small stream between my place of residence and the rest of the people becomes flooded and becomes difficult for me to cross. Thus, it is my wish, O Messengersa of Allah,that you come to my home and offer your prayers here, after which I will turn my house into a place for worship.’ The Holy Prophetsa replied by saying that he would come. 

“The next morning, the Holy Prophetsa and Hazrat Abu Bakrra came to my home after sunrise. Upon reaching the door, the Holy Prophetsa requested permission to enter. I permitted them to enter. When the Holy Prophetsa entered the home, he did not sit down; rather, he asked, ‘Which part of the house do you wish for me to offer prayers?’” Since he had requested the Holy Prophetsa to come and offer prayers, he asked where he wished for him to offer prayers. 

“I pointed to a corner of the house where I desired for the Holy Prophetsa to offer his prayers. The Holy Prophetsa stood up for prayer and said, ‘Allahu Akbar’ [Allah is the Greatest]. We stood behind him forming a row for prayer. The Holy Prophetsa led two rak‘aat [units] of prayer and then offered the salaam. When the Holy Prophetsa said salaam, we also said salaam. I then requested the Holy Prophetsa to stay a little longer to eat khazeerah (a dish prepared from meat and flour or bread) which was still being prepared. Some other residents of the area had heard that the Holy Prophetsa was visiting my home, and so they came running and eventually many people had gathered in my home. One of them said, ‘Where is Malik? I do not see him.’ Another person replied, ‘He is a hypocrite.’” 

One of the individuals was asking regarding the whereabouts of another companion and to this he responded by saying, “‘He was a hypocrite and has no love for Allah or His Messengersa, which is why he did not come.’ Upon hearing this, the Holy Prophetsa said, ‘Do not say this. Has he not professed the Islamic creed of لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰه [There is none worthy of worship except Allah] in the hope of attaining the pleasure of God?’ The one who said the aforementioned statement then said, ‘God and His Messengersa know best’. He then said, ‘However, we only see him having ties and taking to the hypocrites.’ Upon this, the Holy Prophetsa stated, ‘Hell has been forbidden on the one who declares لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰه [there is none worthy of worship except Allah] in a manner whereby they seek the pleasure of Allah.’”  

Hazrat Mahmudra bin Rabi narrates, “I mentioned this saying of the Holy Prophetsa to a few other people, including Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira, a companion of the Holy Prophetsa. At the time, Hazrat Abu Ayubra was taking part in the battle against the Byzantine forces under the command of Yazid bin Muawiyah and he died during this battle in the Byzantine territory. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira dismissed what I had stated, saying, ‘By God, I cannot accept that the Holy Prophetsa would have ever stated what you just narrated,’” i.e. the narration that Hell would be forbidden on the one who simply declares لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰه [there is none worthy of worship except Allah].  

Nonetheless, he further narrates, “I was greatly perturbed by this matter and became anxious. I made a vow to Allah the Almighty that if He enabled me to return safely from this battle, I would go and enquire about this matter from Hazrat Itbanra bin Malik, so long as he was alive when I went to visit the mosque of his tribe. Thus, I returned and in order to perform Hajj or Umrah, I entered into a state of ihram [sacred state for the intention of performing the pilgrimage]. I then departed and reached Medina and went to that part of Medina where the Banu Salim resided. I went to Hazrat Itbanra who had become very frail and his vision had deteriorated. He was leading his people in prayer. When he concluded his prayer, I offered him the greetings of peace and introduced myself to him. I then asked him concerning the matter. He narrated the exact same incident he had mentioned previously to me.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Tahajjud, Bab Salat al-Nawafil Jama’atan, Hadith 1186) (Lughat al-Hadith, Vol. 1, p. 580)

In other words, he had indeed heard the Holy Prophetsa say, “Hell would be forbidden for the one who declared لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰه [there is none worthy of worship except Allah]”; however, Hazrat Abu Ayubra did not accept this narration.

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra has written his opinion on this matter. In the hadith, it states:

مَنْ‭ ‬قَالَ‭ ‬لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰهُ‭ ‬يَبْتَغِيْ‭ ‬بِذٰلِكَ‭ ‬وَجْهَ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra has quoted the entire hadith; I shall read the translation, which will shed further light on this matter. He writes:

“Mahmud bin Rabi narrates, ‘I heard from Itban bin Malik that the Prophetsa of Allah said, ‘Allah the Exalted has prohibited the fire of hell upon all those who in full sincerity and to seek the pleasure of God Alone, declare that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.’” Mahmudra added, “I told the above narration to some people in a gathering where the companion, Abu Ayubra was also present. Abu Ayubra denounced the narration and said, ‘By God, I cannot at all presume that the Holy Prophetsa might have said so.’”

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra further writes:

“In this hadith, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira refused to accept a narration on the basis of dirayat, though it seemed authentic with reference to riwayat”, i.e. based on the principles of hadith related to the chain of narrators. Hazrat Abu Ayubra refused to accept the narration based upon the principles [of verifying ahadith] which he deemed to be correct.

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra further writes: 

“It is quite possible that the argumentation and rationalisation of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira is incorrect, but nonetheless, this hadithis proof of the fact that the companions of the Holy Prophetsa did not blindly accept every hadiththat reached them. Quite to the contrary, they would accept ahadithonly after a thorough investigation, whilst utilising both the principles of riwayat and dirayat.” (Life & Character of the Seal of the Prophets, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra, p. 16)

In other words, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra proves from this that the companions did not just blindly accept every hadith; rather, they would carefully ponder over it and study it. 

Under the Commentary of this hadith from Sahih Bukhari, Hazrat Syed Waliullah Shah Sahibra has written:

“When Hazrat Abu Ayubra heard this narration from Mahmud bin Rabi, he refused to accept it. Some are of the opinion that the reason he questioned this narration was because he believed that simply declaring لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰه [there is none worthy of worship except Allah] will not safeguard one from the hellfire, unless one also performs virtuous deeds alongside it. This is an established Islamic principle …” 

Indeed, this is correct, but then Shah Sahibra further writes, “… however, the clause يَبْتَغِيْ‭ ‬بِذٰلِكَ‭ ‬وَجْهَ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬clarifies the meaning of this declaration of faith, i.e. the one who declares, لَا‭ ‬اِلٰهَ‭ ‬اِلَّا‭ ‬اللّٰه ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah’ with full sincerity and seeking the pleasure of Allah, Hell has been forbidden upon such a person.” 

Shah Sahibra further writes, “Hazrat Mahmudra enquired again thinking that perhaps he was unable to memorise and recall some of the words correctly. However, after investigating, he discovered that everything mentioned in that narration was indeed correct.”

He then writes, “It is inappropriate to pass judgement in relation to a person’s faith or to call someone a hypocrite openly before others”, i.e. it is wrong to call someone a hypocrite or tell them they are of weak faith before others “because in this narration, the Holy Prophetsa was displeased by this same criticism of Ibn Dukhshum’s character.” The Holy Prophetsa disproved of it being publicly announced. “Instead of leading to reformation, this form of criticism leads to evil and discord.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Tahajjud, Bab Salat al-Nawafil Jama‘atan, Hadith 1186, Vol. 2, p. 565, Nazarat Isha‘at Rabwah) 

In one narration, it is mentioned that when they were at Abwah, a disagreement arose between Hazrat Abdullahra bin Abbas and Hazrat Miswarra bin Makhramah regarding the ghusal [washing or bathing]. Hazrat Abdullahra bin Abbas stated that a muhrim [one who is in a state of ihram] can wash their head, whereas Hazrat Miswarra stated that a muhrim cannot wash their head. The narrator states: 

“Hazrat Abdullahra bin Abbas sent me to Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira. At the time, he was bathing between two wooden poles which had a covering around it. I went to him and offered the greetings of peace. He enquired as to who it was, and I replied, ‘I am Abdullah bin Hunain. Hazrat Abdullahra bin Abbas has sent me to you to enquire as to how the Holy Prophetsa used to wash his head when he was in a state of Ihram’”, as Hazrat Miswarra claimed that one should not wash their head in a state of Ihram. 

“Hazrat Abu Ayubra placed his hand on the cloth covering and lowered it enough so that I was able to see his head (i.e. he lowered the screen that was used as a covering) and showed me his head and instructed the one who was pouring water over him to pour the water. He poured water over Hazrat Abu Ayub’sra head and he passed both his hands over his head from back to front and from front to back and then stated, ‘I have seen the Holy Prophetsa do this’”, i.e. to wash the head in a way that he would pass his hands over his head and then back. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Said, Bab al-Ightisal li al-Muhrim, Hadith 1840) 

Hazrat Saeedra bin Musayyib narrates, “On one occasion, Hazrat Abu Ayubra saw a piece of straw or something similar in the beard of the Holy Prophetsa and removed it. He then showed the Holy Prophetsa [what it was]. The Holy Prophetsa said, ‘May Allah remove from Abu Ayub that which displeases him.’” In a different narration the Holy Prophetsa said, “O Abu Ayub! May all your difficulties be removed.” (Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 13, p. 614, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 37568, 37569, Maktabat Mu‘assisat al-Risalah, Beirut, 1985)

Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira was at the front of Hazrat Ali’s army during the Battles of Jamal, Siffin and Nahrawan. (Ali Ibn al-Athir, Usd al-Ghabah fi Ma‘rifat al-Sahabah, Vol. 6, Hazrat Abu Ayub al-Ansari [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 2003], 22)

One can gauge the level of trust Hazrat Alira had in Hazrat Abu Ayubra from the fact that when Hazrat Alira declared Kufa to be the Capital [of the Muslim empire] and moved there, he appointed Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira as the Governor of Medina. He remained the governor of Medina until 40 AH when the Syrian army of Amir Muawiyah under the command of Busr bin Abi Artat invaded Medina. Owing to this, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira left Medina to be with Hazrat Alira in Kufa. 

After the demise of the Holy Prophetsa, the Companions of the Holy Prophetsa would be given a monthly stipend from the Khalifa. Initially Hazrat Abu Ayub’s stipend was 4,000, but during the Khilafat of Hazrat Alira it was increased to 20,000. Initially, eight workers were assigned to cultivate the land belonging to Hazrat Abu Ayubra, but Hazrat Alira increased this to 40. (Muhammad Ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Tarikh al-Tabari, Vol. 3 [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 1987], 153) (Sheikh Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi, Siyar al-Sahabah, Vol. 3 [Karachi, Pakistan: Dar al-Isha‘ah, 2004], 112)

Hazrat Habeeb bin Abi Thabit narrates, “Hazrat Abu Ayubra once came to Amir Muawiyah and complained about an outstanding debt. Amir Muawiyah took no notice of what pleased Hazrat Abu Ayubra but instead turned his attention to what displeased him”, i.e. he overlooked Hazrat Abu Ayub’s predicament and instead turned his attention to what had displeased him. 

“Upon this, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira said, ‘I heard the Holy Prophetsa say, “Later on, you will see that people’s priorities will change.”’ Amir Muawiyah stated, ‘What did the Holy Prophetsa command you to do in such circumstances?’ Hazrat Abu Ayubra replied, ‘The Holy Prophetsa instructed us to demonstrate patience,’” i.e. when the priorities change and their requests are not heard, then they ought to demonstrate patience. 

“Amir Muawiyah said, ‘Then you ought to show patience. If the Holy Prophetsa has instructed to demonstrate patience, then you should be patient.’ Hazrat Abu Ayubra then stated, ‘By Allah! I will never make any request from you in the future.’ Hazrat Abu Ayubra then moved to Basra and stayed with Hazrat Ibn Abbasra. Hazrat Ibn Abbasra emptied his house for him and said to him, ‘Most certainly I will extend the same hospitality to you just as you extended to the Holy Prophetsa.’ Hazrat Ibn Abbasra instructed his family to leave and said to Hazrat Abu Ayub, ‘Whatever is in the house belongs to you.’ He also gave him 40,000 dirhams and 20 servants.”

He made other arrangements for himself and not only gave him 40,000 dirhams, but also 20 servants. (Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 13, p. 614-615, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 37570, Maktabat Mu‘assisat al-Risalah, Beirut, 1985)

In the commentary of the verse: 

وَاَنْفِقُوْا‭ ‬فِيْ‭ ‬سَبِيْلِ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬وَلَا‭ ‬تُلْقُوْا‭ ‬بِاَيْدِيْكُمْ‭ ‬اِلَى‭ ‬التَّهْلُكَةِ‭ ‬وَاَحْسِنُوْا‭ ‬اِنَّ‭ ‬اللّٰهَ‭ ‬يُحِبُّ‭ ‬الْمُحْسِنِيْنَ

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra has stated: 

“People have erred greatly in their understanding of the verse:

وَاَنْفِقُوْا‭ ‬فِيْ‭ ‬سَبِيْلِ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬وَلَا‭ ‬تُلْقُوْا‭ ‬بِاَيْدِيْكُمْ‭ ‬اِلَى‭ ‬التَّهْلُكَةِ‭ ‬وَاَحْسِنُوْا‭ ‬اِنَّ‭ ‬اللّٰهَ‭ ‬يُحِبُّ‭ ‬الْمُحْسِنِيْنَ

“From this, they infer that whenever they are faced with a difficulty in the way of Allah, they immediately say that this is akin to ruining oneself with one’s own hands. They claim that since Allah the Almighty Himself has stated, ‘And cast not yourselves into ruin with your own hands,’ therefore they are unable to partake in such matters. However, this verse does not mean that whenever a Muslim is faced with a trial [from Allah the Almighty] whereby his life is under threat, he ought to run away from it and show cowardice. In actuality the meaning of this verse is that when there is war against the enemy, one ought to readily spend one’s wealth in this cause. If one does not spend their wealth, it will be akin to ruining oneself with their own hands. 

“A narration is found in the ahadith in which Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira said when he had gone to conquer Constantinople, ‘This verse was revealed regarding us, the Ansar.’ He then further stated, ‘Initially we would spend our wealth in the way of God Almighty. But then when God Almighty established His religion and honoured it by granting Muslims victory, we stated: 

قُلْنَا‭ ‬هَلْ‭ ‬نُقِيْمُ‭ ‬فِيْ‭ ‬اَمْوَالِنَا‭ ‬وَ‭ ‬نُصْلِحُهَا

“That is, it would be better if we safeguard our wealth and save it. At that time, this verse was revealed that one should not hold back in spending in the way of Allah Almighty for if one does that then it will be akin to casting oneself to ruin. Therefore, you ought not to accumulate wealth, rather spend it in the way of Allah the Almighty, otherwise your lives will go in vain and the enemy will overcome you and you will be completely destroyed.” (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 2, p. 429)

After Hazrat Alira, when the era of Amir Muawiyah’s rule started, Uqbahra bin Amir Juhani was appointed by him as the governor of Egypt. During Hazrat Uqbah’sra rule as governor, Hazrat Abu Ayubra had the opportunity to travel to Egypt twice. The first time was for the purpose of recording a hadith as he had come to know that Hazrat Uqbahra used to relate a particular hadith. Hazrat Abu Ayubra endured the hardship of travels in his advanced years for just one hadith. The second time he travelled to Egypt was with the intention to take part in the battle against the Byzantines. (Sheikh Shah Muinuddin Ahmad Nadvi, Siyar al-Sahabah, Vol. 3 [Karachi, Pakistan: Dar al-Isha‘ah, 2004], 113)

When Marwan was serving as the governor of Medina, he once saw that someone had placed his face on the grave of the Holy Prophetsa. Upon this, Marwan observed, “Do you know what you are doing? This is shirk for you are prostrating before it.” When Marwan came a little closer, he saw that it was Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira and he replied, “I have to come to visit the Holy Prophetsa and not these stones.” (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23983 [Beirut, Lebanon: Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 785) (Sheikh Shah Muinuddin Ahmad Nadvi, Siyar al-Sahabah, Vol. 3 [Karachi, Pakistan: Dar al-Isha‘ah, 2004], 116)

To clarify the aforementioned incident, what he meant by this was that he had lowered himself out of his deep love for the Holy Prophetsa and he was not prostrating to the stones. He was not committing any shirk, rather it was an expression of his love and even whilst doing this he had the belief in the oneness of God and there was no aspect of shirk

Abu Abdur Rahman Hubli narrates that they were travelling by sea and Abdullah bin Qais Fazari was appointed as their Amir and Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira was also with them. When Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira walked past the individual who was responsible for distributing the spoils of battle and was overseeing the prisoners, he noticed that a woman was crying. Upon enquiring what had happened to her, he was informed by the people that the she and her son had been separated. The narrator of the tradition states that Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira took hold of the child’s hand and placed it in the hand of his mother. Subsequently, the individual who was appointed to distribute the spoils of battle went to Abdullah bin Qais and informed him of what had just happened. Abdullah bin Qais called for Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira and asked why he acted in this manner. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira replied, “I heard the Messengersa of Allah say, ‘Allah the Almighty will cause such a person who causes a mother and son to be distanced from one another, to be distanced from his loved ones on the Day of Judgment.’” (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23985 [Beirut, Lebanon: ‘Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 64.) 

Hence, there is an important lesson for those people who separate children from their mothers. Islam shows great compassion in such matters; however, those who level allegations against Islam ought to look at their own actions. 

Recently, it was reported that the migrants who had arrived in the USA were separated from one another and the children were also separated from their mothers. In some cases, the children could not even recognise their mothers after some time. In any case, Islam’s teaching are so detailed that it even states that a child should not be separated from their mother and not to cause them distress on account of this. 

Hazrat Mursadra bin Abdillah narrates, “When Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira came to us to take part in Jihad, Hazrat Uqbahra bin Amir was the governor of Egypt at the time. One day, he offered the Maghrib prayers slightly later than its prescribed time. Upon this, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira went to him and said, ‘O Uqbah, what kind of prayer is this?’ Hazrat Uqbahra replied that he was preoccupied in something. Upon this, Hazrat Abu Ayubra replied, ‘I swear by Allah, my only intention in saying this is so that people do not think that you saw the Messengersa of Allah doing this. Have you not heard the Messengersa of Allah say, “My Ummah will remain established on virtue – or perhaps he said that it will remain established on fitrah [pure disposition] – for as long as it does not delay offering the Maghrib prayer to the extent that the stars begin to shine.”’” (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23931 [Beirut, Lebanon: Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 773) 

Thus, one ought to offer the Maghrib prayer in the earlier part of its prescribed time. 

Abu Wasil narrates, “I once met Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira and shook his hand and noticing that my nails were very long he said that the Holy Prophetsa once stated, ‘There are some among you who ask about heavenly matters and yet their nails are so long like the claws of a pigeon that impurity and filth begins to gather in it.’” (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23938 [Beirut, Lebanon: Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 775) 

In other words, they would ask highly intellectual question and yet their condition was such that their nails were extremely long. Since filth begins to gather in them, therefore one should cut their nails. This is a narration from Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal

Hazrat Abu Ayubra had such a lofty status that the companions would seek solutions to various matters from him. Hazrat Ibn Abbas, Ibn Umar, Baraa bin Aazib, Anas bin Malik, Abu Umamah, Zaid bin Khalid Juhani, Miqdam bin Ma‘di, Karib, Jabir bin Samurah, Abdullah bin Yazid Khatmy, etc., who had all directly received training from the Holy Prophetsa, would benefit from the knowledge of Hazrat Abu Ayubra. Similarly, among the Tabi‘een [those who had met the Companionsra] which included prominent individuals like Saeed bin Musayyib, Urwah bin Zubair, Salim bin Abdillah, Atta bin Yassar, Atta bin Yazid Laithi, Abu Salama, and Abdur Rahman bin Abi Laila, etc., all held Hazrat Abu Ayubra in high esteem. (Sheikh Shah Muinuddin Ahmad Nadvi, Siyar al-Sahabah, Vol. 3 [Karachi, Pakistan: Dar al-Isha‘ah, 2004], 115)

It has been related from Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira that he left to take part in Jihad during the rule of Amir Muawiyah. He states, “I became severally ill and told my fellow companions that if I passed away, they should carry me until they were stood in their rows to fight the enemy and bury me in the ground below them. ‘I shall share a hadith with you which I heard from the Messengersa of Allah. If my demise was not imminent, I would never have related it. I heard the Messengersa of Allah say, ‘Whoever dies in a state whereby they never committed any shirk [associating partners with Allah] shall enter paradise.’” 

In another narration it states that nearer to the time of his demise, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira stated, “I have kept hidden something from you which I had heard from the Messengersa of Allah. The Messengersa of Allah stated, ‘If you did not commit sin, then Allah the Most Exalted would have brought about a people who would have committed sin and Allah would then grant them His forgiveness.’” 

In other words, this is the extent to which Allah the Almighty manifests His attribute of mercy and forgiveness. 

The narrator, Muhammad relates that Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira took part in the Battle of Badr and was never absent from any of the battles in which the Muslims fought, except if he was engaged in another battle that was taking place at the same time. In other words, if two battles were taking place at one time, he would certainly be present in one of them. 

It was only one year that he did not take part in battle because the commander who was appointed over the army was very young and so, that year, he remained behind from taking part in any battle. After that year, he would always express his regret by saying, “What concern was it of mine as to who was appointed over me? What concern was it of mine as to who was appointed over me? What concern was it of mine as to who was appointed over me?” He repeated this three times.

It is narrated that the youth who was appointed to take command of the army was Abdul Malik bin Marwan. The narrator further states that Hazrat Abu Ayubra fell ill and at the time, Yazid bin Muawiyah was the commander of the army. He came to visit Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira and asked if there was anything he required. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira replied, “My only desire is that if I pass away, then carry me to the land of the enemy as far as you possible can. When you can no longer carry me, then bury there and return.” 

When Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira passed away, he placed him on a mount and as far as it was possible for him, he took him into the enemy’s land and buried him and returned. 

The narrator relates that Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira used to say, “God Almighty has stated: 

اِنْفِرُوْا‭ ‬خِفَافًا‭ ‬وَّ‭ ‬ثِقَالًا

‘Go forth, light and heavy’ [Ch.9: V.41] and I find myself both light and heavy.”

It is mentioned in a narration of a resident of Mecca that when Yazid bin Muawiyah went to Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira, he told him to convey his salaam and farewell to the people and that they should take him as far as they can go. Yazid therefore informed the people of everything Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira had said to him. The people accepted this and carried his body as far as they possibly could. 

Even after the demise of the Holy Prophetsa, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira continued to perform Jihad up until his demise in Constantinople. It is mentioned in a narration that in 52 AH, Yazid bin Muawiyah fought in the battle in Constantinople during the rule of his father, Amir Muawiyah, and in the same year, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira passed away. 

Yazid bin Muwaiyah led his funeral prayer and his grave is by a fortress in Constantinople. The narrator states that he learnt that the Romans protected his grave and maintained it and through him, they sought water during the days of drought. (Ibn Saad, Al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, Vol. 3 [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 1990], 369-270) (Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Al-Isabah fi Tamyiz al-Sahabah, Vol. 2, Khalid bin Zaid [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah, 1995], 201) (Ahmad bin Hanbal, Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari, Hadith 23912 [Beirut, Lebanon: Alam al-Kutub, 1998], 768) 

According to a narration, during the rule of Amir Muawiyah, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira fought in the battle against the Byzantine government under the command of Yazid. He passed away and was buried near the city of Constantinople in 50 AH or 51 AH. 

According to another narration, Yazid ordered his cavalry to run back and forth over the grave of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira until there remained no sign of it. 

It is also mentioned that the morning after when Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira was buried, the Romans enquired of the Muslims as to what they were doing at night. The Muslims replied by saying, “Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira was among the revered companions of the Holy Prophetsa and had accepted Islam before any of us. We buried him as you can see. By God, if his grave is dug up, then as long as we have authority, your [church] bells shall not ring in the Arab lands.” 

Mujahid states that whenever a drought would befall them, they would move some dirt off the grave of [Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira] and rain would begin to fall. (Ali Ibn al-Athir, Usd al-Ghabah fi Ma‘rifat al-Sahabah, Vol. 6, Hazrat Abu Ayub al-Ansari [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, 2003], 23)

This narration has been recorded, but Allah knows best how accurate it is. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira passed away during the battle in Constantinople in 50 AH, 51 AH or 52 AH; however, the majority are of the opinion that it was in 52 AH. (Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Al-Isabah fi Tamyiz al-Sahabah, Vol. 2, Khalid bin Zaid [Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, 1995], 201) 

The grave of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansarira is in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The grave is in a terrace, which is closed off by a brass grid door. Many people in Turkey visit it for the purpose of seeking comfort and peace. (Salman bin Akhtar, Tabarrukat Sahabah ka Taswiri Album [Karachi, Pakistan: Maktabat Arsalan, 2011], 35, 50)

Now the mention of Badri companions has come to an end, but I shall mention the accounts of the four Khulafa, insha-Allah. There has been brief mention of some of them, but I shall mention them in detail. Similarly, in the beginning, some of the companions were mentioned briefly, so if further information about them is obtained, I shall also narrate that as well and when their details are compiled, they can be added to it, but there are only a few.

Now I wish to mention some deceased members who passed away recently and I shall also lead their funeral prayers in absentia after the [Friday] prayer. The first is Abdul Hayy Mandal Sahib, a muallim in India. He passed away at the age of 53 on 25 September 2020 due to a heart attack. 

اِنَّا‭ ‬لِلّٰهِ‭ ‬وَاِنَّا‭ ‬اِلَيْهِ‭ ‬رَاجِعُوْنَ

[To Allah do we belong and to Him shall we return.]

After conducting his own research, he accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1999. After graduating from Jamiatul Mubashirin in 2003, he continued to serve the Jamaat with great effort, sincerity and passion right up till his demise. So in this way, his service spanned over 17 years. 

He was extremely sincere, obedient, regular in offering his prayers and a muallim, who had great love for the Jamaat. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. May Allah the Almighty grant forgiveness and mercy to the deceased and grant comfort and solace to his wife and children.

The next funeral is of Sirajul Islam Sahib, a muallim of Murshadabad in the district of Bengal. He passed away on 14 October 2020 at the age of 60. 

اِنَّا‭ ‬لِلّٰهِ‭ ‬وَاِنَّا‭ ‬اِلَيْهِ‭ ‬رَاجِعُوْنَ

[To Allah do we belong and to Him do we return.] 

In 2002, the muallim acquired six months of training at Jamiatul Mubashirin in Qadian and continued serving as arzi bil muqtah [temporary non-graded] muallim until 2020. So in this regard, he served for 18 years. He was extremely sincere, pious, obedient, regular in fasting and offering his prayers and a hard-working muallim who had love for the Jamaat. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. The two elder daughters are married and the third is still in education. 

May Allah Almighty grant forgiveness and mercy to the deceased. May He grant patience and forbearance to those he leaves behind and enable them to continue his good deeds. 

The third funeral is of Shahid Ahmad Khan Pasha Sahib, the maternal grandson of the Promised Messiahas, who is also the paternal grandson of Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan Sahibra. He was the son of Hazrat Nawab Amatul Hafeez Begum Sahibara and Hazrat Nawab Abdullah Khan Sahibra. He passed away in hospital on 26 October at the age of 85. 

اِنَّا‭ ‬لِلّٰهِ‭ ‬وَاِنَّا‭ ‬اِلَيْهِ‭ ‬رَاجِعُوْنَ

[To Allah do we belong and to Him do we return.]

By the grace of Allah he was a musi. Shahid Ahmad Khan Pasha Sahib married twice. His first marriage was to Amatul Shakoor Sahiba, who is the daughter of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh in 1962. His nikah was led by Maulana Jalaluddin Shams Sahib due to an illness of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra at the time. He has five children from the first marriage – two sons and three daughters. His second marriage was in 1977 to Sameena Saeed Sahiba, daughter of the late Saeed Sahib. He has one son from her, who currently resides in the US. 

Although he did not serve in any official capacity, he did have the blessed opportunity to travel with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh on his tours abroad, where he had the chance to render his services. Another excellent quality, regarding which his wife wrote, is that he took great care of the poor and would pay for the needs of the poor. In fact, he even donated a house which he had constructed. He would regularly help the poor. 

May Allah Almighty grant him forgiveness and mercy and enable his children to remain attached to the Community and to Khilafat. 

The next funeral is of Syed Masood Ahmad Shah Sahib of Sheffield, UK who passed away on 8 September due to a heart failure.

اِنَّا‭ ‬لِلّٰهِ‭ ‬وَاِنَّا‭ ‬اِلَيْهِ‭ ‬رَاجِعُوْنَ

[To Allah do we belong and to Him do we return]. 

The first time Ahmadiyyat was introduced to his family was through his father, Hazrat Syed Nazim Husain Sahibra who, in 1902, took the oath of allegiance at the hand of the Promised Messiahas having travelled to Qadian at the age of 20. Syed Masood Shah Sahib took permanent residence in Sheffield after moving to the UK in 1962. After the Community was established in Sheffield, his house became the first Namaz centre and he served as the Sadr of the Community there until 1970. 

From 1997 up till his last breath he served as the Ziafat [hospitality] Secretary. He was good-natured, hospitable, noble, full of passion to serve, compassionate to the poor and a pious, sincere human being. He had unbounded love for Khilafat. 

His daughter, Dr Ayesha Sahiba says, “He would always strive for us to develop a bond with the Community, and Khilafat in particular, and he would advise us to go meet the Khalifa after every six months.”

May Allah the Almighty grant his daughter and his wife patience and forbearance. May Allah grant forgiveness and mercy to Shah Sahib and may Allah Almighty enable his daughter and his wife to uphold and continue his good deeds. 

(Original Urdu transcript published in Al Fazl International, 11 December 2020, pp. 5-10. Translated by The Review of Religions.)

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