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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Episode 5 Keeping Up With The Sahabah (RA)!!

Rasulullah (Pbuh) said: "The person in whose heart there is an iota of pride will not enter Jannah." 

Ahh! the Sahabah (RA) were on a different level…..physically and spiritually. My vocabulary is too shallow to begin to paint the image of how humble these shining stars of our glory days were….

Undoubtedly, the Sahabah were tutored by the best hence they graduated as the best. 

Did you know that AbuBakr bin Abu Quhafah (RA) would go around in Madinah milking goats for its residence even though he was the Khalifah? Tell me, which leader today sees it normal to sit with his gardeners….

Did you know that the commander of the faithfuls 'Umar bin Al-khattab (RA) ruled over 2.2 million square miles yet when he entered Ash-Sham, he rode on a camel and the people were perplexed suggesting that he should have rode on a fast horse? Humility personified!

Did you know that 'Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) taught women how to make Assedah (a paste made from flour and clarified butter)?

Did you know that "Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) and Uthman bin Affan (RA) would allow people to ride with them on their animals {an act they learnt from Rasulullah (Pbun)} out of humility? They sought to make life easy for commoners unlike us today.

Did you know that Uthman bin Affan (RA) would fetch water for himself at night for ablution (no privilege of boreholes and water taps) even though he was the Khalifah and he would say he doesn't need his servants to that because the night is for them to rest? Humility…

Did you know that Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) would go to the market places to guide lost people, announce lost items, and offer a helping hand to those who need it even though he was the Khalifah?

Did you know that Salmaan Al-Farsi (RA) would weave his own baskets even though he was the commander of twenty thousand man army at Madaa'in?

Did you know that three things form the core of humility by the definition of Ali bin Abi Talib (RA)?
They are: 
  1. To be the first to greet others (don't wait to be greeted first).
  2. To be contented with an inferior position in a gathering rather than aspiring to be seen and known or to be on the high table).
  3. To dislike ostentatious display and boastfulness.
From the above excerpts it is now vivid before us that the people that had the most to feel superior were in fact foremost in displaying absolute humility.

I've said it before and I'll reiterate objectively, a humble man attracts not only the love of his friends but he also leaves his enemies with no option of hatred.

References:*Imam Ahmad in kitabu Zuhd*,* Ibn Assakir*,*kanzul Ummal*,*Ibn Sa'd*,*Targheeb wat Tarheeb*