The Martyrdom of Umair bin Abi Waqas RA
Umair RA was a slave of Abil Lahm and was very young. Every person in those days, regardless of age, was eager to strive in the Path of Allah . 'Umair RA requested Nabi SAW to permit him to fight in the battle of Khaiber. His master also recommended him very strongly. Nabi SAW permitted him and gave him a sword, which 'Umair RA hung around his neck. Now the sword was big for his size and he had to drag it with him. He fought in the battle till it ended in victory.
As 'Umair RA was a minor and a slave, he was not allowed to a full share in the booty. However, Nabi SAW gave him a share as a very special case. 'Umair RA was so eager to fight in the battle and sought recommendations for it although he knew that he will not get any share from the booty. What could be his motive other than the reward of the Hereafter, as promised by Allah and reported by Nabi SAW.
'Umair bin Abi Waqqaas RA hides himself 'Umair bin Abi Waqqas RA was a young Sahabi who had accepted Islam in its early days. He was a brother of Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas RA, the famous Muslim general. Sa’ad RA narrates: "At the time when were preparing to march for Badr, I noticed 'Umair RA trying somehow to hide himself. This surprised me. I said to him, 'What has happened to you? What makes you hide like this?' He replied, ’Although I desire to go and get martyred in the path of Allah , I am afraid that Nabi SAW may stop me from taking part in the battle because of my young age.’ 'Umair's fear proved just true.
Nabi SAW spotted him and then stopped him from going with the army. 'Umair RA could not bear this and began to cry. When Nabi SAW was informed of this eagerness and disappointment, he permitted him to go. He fought in the battle till he was killed." Sa’ad RA , Umair's brother, says: "The sword of Umair RA was too big for him. I had to put a number of knots in the belt, so that it might not touch the ground."