Knowing the Less Famous Giants
Knowing the Less Famous Giants: There are such famous companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as Salman al-Farisi, Bilal, Abu Bakr and Umar rad allahu anhum (may Allah be pleased with them) about which we have heard so much. Their travels to Islam and how they sacrificed for the sake of truth, bring smiles to our faces or sometimes bring us to tears — and always make us feel connected to our Islamic heritage. There are other comrades whom we do not hear so often, but their lives are also filled with struggle and exemplary behavior, which deserves our attention.
One of these little-known companions is Sa`īd ibn `Amir al-Jumahy. His story is translated below, with some changes, from the book. Suwar Min Hayāt Al-Sahābah (“Views from the life of companions”) by Dr. Abd al-Rahman Rafaf al-Bashi. I hope you find his story as moving and inspiring as I am, and it can resonate deep in your heart, mind, and soul.
The story of Sa'id begins when he was a young boy living in Mecca. His fate was a witness that haunts him forever, but completely transforms his life.
He was among thousands of people invited to observe the assassination of Kubayab ibn Adi, the companion of the Prophet, who was captured by Quraysh. Said Ida had a tall stature and a strong build, so he managed to break through to the front and get a close-up view of the Quraysh prisoner. He saw Hubayb hang himself with chains when women and children pushed him into the arena of death. They all wanted to avenge Muhammad уб by killing Khubayb, and also avenging their dead in the battle of Badr.
Said watched as they brought Hubaybah to the cross to be crucified. He heard his calm, firm voice among screaming women and children: “If you would let me pray two rak`as (units of prayer) before my death, please do it. " He saw that he meets qibla (direction of prayer), and pray with complete self-control and satisfaction. After his prayer, Hubayb appealed to the leaders of Quraysh and fearlessly said: "By Allah, if you had not assumed that I was prolonging my prayer for fear of death, I would have extended my prayer."
Then, with his own two eyes, Said saw that his people were crippling Khubayb alive. They cut his body, piecemeal, with nerves to challenge Hubayb: "Do you want Muhammad to be in your place and you will save?" with my family and children, while Muhammad is even pounding with one thorn ... ”
The spectators were furious. They raised their hands up and shouted even louder than before: “Kill him! Kill him! "Said saw Hubayb look at the sky from the top of the cross and say:Everythingāhumma-ahsihim `adadā, waqtulhum badadā, wa lugh tughādir minhum ahadā (O Allah, count them all, wipe them off and do not leave any of them.) Then he exhaled his last breaths, leaving countless cuts and clogs from all the swords and spears that had struck him.
Soon after that, everyone broke up. Quraysh people got into other events and forgot about Hubayb and his death. But this young boy, Said ibn ʻAmir, never forgot Hubayb for a moment. He saw him in a dream when he was asleep, and he saw his image while he was awake - being disfigured before him and praying for these two calm rak`as before he was crucified. He heard the echo of Hubaib’s voice when he begged against Quraysh, fearing that he would be counted in prayer and struck by a lightning strike, or that a boulder would fall from him.
Said learned from Hubayb what he did not know before. He learned that true life is the life of faith and conviction in God, and she fights for that faith until death. He also learned that deeply rooted I (faith in God) can give you unimaginable power. And one more thing he learned: a man whom his comrades loved him so much, should to be a Messenger receiving Divine help from heaven.
It is through these realizations that Allah led Said Islam. He did not waste time and stood in front of a group of people and announced his Islam and its separation from the sins and evil actions of Quraysh, as well as from their idols and false gods.
Said migrated to Medina and accompanied the Prophet; he witnessed the battle of Khybar with him and other battles after that. When the dead Messenger died, Said was at the disposal of Abu Bakr and Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) during their caliphates, and he lived a life that was uniquely exemplary to the believers. Both followers of the Prophet were aware of Said’s honesty and God’s consciousness, and they took his advice and listened attentively to his words. Once, at the beginning of Umar’s caliphate, Said came to Umar and said:
“O` Umar, I advise you to be afraid of Allah to deal with people and not be afraid of the people over Allah. Do not allow your words to contradict your actions, since the best of speeches is what actions confirm ...
O `Umar, never lose sight of those whom Allah has given you responsibility from close and distant Muslims. Love them, what you love for yourself and your family, and hate for them what you hate for yourself and your family. Test the problems to reach the truth, and Allah, do not be afraid of the guilty ones. ”
“Who can handle all this Said ?!” Umar asked passionately.
"Someone like you, whom Allah gave to the leadership of Ummah Muhammad," and whom no one stands between him and Allah. "
At this point, Umar turned to Said for help. He said: "Said, I make you the ruler of Hims Said replied: “O'Umar, I ask you, Allah, do not take me through this court.”
`Umar got angry and said:“ Woe to you ... you put this business (i.e. the Caliphate) around my neck, and then you leave me! By Allah, I will not let you go. ” So, Umar appointed Said governor of Hims and asked: “Will we pay you? "Said quickly refused:" And what would I do with him, O Amir al-Muh # minin ?! My right from the Treasury already exceeds my needs. ” Then "Umar left Said to control Hims."
After a short time, a group of people from Hims, whom Umar trusted, passed through the city. He asked them to write down the names of their poor people so that he could satisfy their needs. They gave him a list, and, behold, one of the names was Said ibn ʻAmir.
Shocked, ʻUmar said: "Who is Said ibn ʻAmir ?!"
They said: "He is our Amir."
“Is your Amir poor?!” Umar was surprised.
They confirmed: “Yes, and Allah will miss the days, and there will be no light in his house (i. E. Fire for cooking).”
Upon learning this, Umar began to cry, until his beard wetted with tears. He took 1000 dinars and put them in a bag, instructing people from Hims: “Send him to me muds and tell him that Amir al-Muminin sent you this money to help you meet your needs. "
The delegation brought money to Saidou. He opened the bag and found money in it, but immediately pushed him away, saying:hotelā lillāhi wa innā ilayhi raji`UN (we belong to Allah, and our return to Him), “as if a catastrophe had happened to him.
Startled, his wife asked, “What happened? Said ...? Amir al-Muminin disappeared ??
“No, worse than that,” said Said.
“Have the Muslims been struck by a disaster ?!”
"No, worse than that."
"And what could be worse?"
" Dunya (material world) came to destroy my (result for) in the future, and fitny (court) entered my house. "
Not knowing anything about money, she said easily: “Get rid of it.”
"Will you help me in this?"
“Yes,” she replied.
So they both put the dinars in bags and handed them to the poor Muslims in Hims.
Shortly before Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) came to al-Sham to verify his affairs. Hims at that time was known as Al-Kuwaife (smaller Kufa), because he looked like Kufa, because his people complained about their leaders, like the people of Kufa. When Umar went to Hims, people met him, and he asked them: “How do you find your Amir?”
They immediately complained about him and raised four questions: each of them was worse than the previous one. `Umar said:“ I gathered them together (Sayid and his people) and prayed with Allah that He did not disappoint me (Sayid), because I trusted him very much. ”
When they were all in front of him, he again asked: “What are your complaints about your Amir?”
They replied: "He does not come to us until late morning."
"What can you say about this Sa & rs; ide?" Asked Umar.
He paused for a bit, then said: “By Allah, I would not want to say that, but now I have to; my family has no servant, so I wake up every morning and knead the dough for them. Then I rest for a while until I get up. Then I bathe them for them. Then I do the ablution and go out to meet the people.
“And what other complaint do you have about him?” Asked Umar.
“He does not respond to anyone who calls him at night,” they said.
“What can you say about this to Said?” Umar asked again.
He replied: "By Allah, I would not like to mention this either ... I dedicated this day (service) to them and nights (worship) to Allah, the Great and Almighty."
“And what other complaint do you have about him?” Said Umar.
They said: "There is one day out of every month when it does not go out at all."
“And what is this Sayid?” Asked Umar.
Said said: “I have no servant, O Amir al-Muminin, and I have no clothes, except what is on me now. So I wash it once a month and wait (at home) for it to dry, and then I go out to the people at the end of the day. ”
“And what is your last complaint about him?” Asked Umar.
They said: "From time to time he loses consciousness and is not aware of those with whom he sits."
"And what is this Sayid?!" Exclaimed Umar.
Said said: “I witnessed the murder of Khubayb ibn Adea when I was mushrikAnd I saw how Quraysh crippled and cut his body, asking him: “Would you like Muhammad to be in your place and you were saved?” But Hubayb replied: “By Allah, I would not want me to be the safety of my family and children, while Muhammad even pricked one thorn ... "
And Allah is not one day when I remember it and how I did not help him, except that, I think, Allah will not forgive me for it; and then I lose consciousness. "
At that moment, Umar exclaimed: “Praise be to Allah, who did not disappoint me in it!”
He then sent Said another 1,000 dinars to help him with his needs. When Said's wife saw the money, she said:
"Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) that we should no longer depend on your ministry. Go buy us food and bring us a servant.
Said told her: “Are you interested in something better?”
“What will it be?” She asked.
"We give it to the one who sent it to us, while we really need it."
"And how is that?"
“Yes,” she agreed, “and you can be rewarded well (for that),” she said.
I didn’t get up from my seat until I took all 1000 dinars and again divided them into bags. He said to someone from his family: “Take them to the widow of this man and to all the orphans and the needy in this family and the poor of such-and-such families.”
It was the simple, humble, pious life of Said Ibn Amir, who always preferred others over himself, although he was in desperate deprivation.
May Allah be pleased with Said, Hubai and all the Companions. And may He cleanse our hearts and provide us with the strength and courage to follow in the footsteps of the righteous.