Both Allah SWT and Rasulullah SAW reciprocated the companions love and devotion.
"… God is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever." (Quran 9:100)
Rasulullah SAW said, "The best of my nation is my generation then those who follow them and then those who follow them."
Proceed in the path of Allah and Seeing them Off
Encouraging People to Proceed in the path of Allah SWT and Seeing them Off.
The Battle of Badr
Rasulullah SAW walks with
the Mujaahideen and advises them. Abdullaah bin Abbas reports that
Rasulullah walked with them up to Baqi Gharqad when he sent them off
on an expedition. He then said to them, "Proceed in the name of
Allah. 0 Allah! Assist them." ('I When Abdullaah bin Yazeed RA
was once invited for a meal, he mentioned to the people that whenever
Rasulullaah SAW bade farewell to an army, he prayed, "In Allah's
care do I hand over your Deen, your trusts and the results of your
Saidina Abu Bakr RA sees
the Army of Usama RA. In a narration discussing the dispatching of
Usama's army, Hasan RA,-narrates that Saidina Abu Bakr RA left his
home to meet the army. As he saw them off, Saidina Abu Bakr RA
walking while Usama RA rode his animal. In the meanwhile, Abdur
Rahmaan bin Auf RA was leading Saidina Abu Bakr RA with animal
along. Usama RA said, "0 Khalifah of Rasulullaah! Either you
ride or I shall dismount." Saidina Abu Bakr RA instructed, "By
Allah! Neither should you dismount nor shall I ride! What harm can
there be if my feet get dusty for a while in the path of Allah? A
person proceeding in the path of Allah SWT receives the reward of
seven hundred good deeds for every step he takes. In addition to
this, his status is elevated by seven hundred degrees and seven
hundred of his sins are forgiven."
After Saidina Abu Bakr
RA had seen them off, and was returning, he requested, "If you
deem it appropriate to assist me with (leaving) Saidina Umar RA
(behind with me in Madinah), please do so." Usaama RA then
allowed Saidina Umar RA , Who stay back.Yahya bin Sa'ed reports that
when Saidina Abu Bakr RA dispatched several armies to Sham, he
walked with Yazeed bin Abu Sufyaan RA who was in command of one of
the four armies.Yazeed RA said to Saidina Abu Bakr RA"Either
you ride or I shall dismount." Saidina Abu Bakr RA instructed,
"By Allah! Neither will you dismount nor shall I ride! I hope to
be rewarded for these steps in the path of Allah."(4) Jaabir
Ru'ayni RA narrates that as Saidina Abu Bakr RA,was walking as he
saw an army off. He then said to them:
Ghazwa of Badr - 313 Mujahidin vs 1000 Musyrikin.
"All praises are for
Allah, Who has allowed our feet to accumulate dust in His path."
Someone asked, "How have our feet become dusty (in the path of
Allah) when we are merely seeing them off?" Saidina Abu Bakr RA
replied, "Because we have helped them prepare, have seen them
off and are making du'aa for them (we shall therefore also share in
the rewards of going out in the path of Allah)." Abdullaah bin
Umar RA Sometime Sees People Proceeding in the path of Allah.
Mujaahid reports that as he was proceeding in the path of Allah,
Abdullaah bin Umar RA came to see them off. As Abdullaah bin Umar ,
was about to part from them, he said, "I have nothing to give
you, but I have heard Rasulullaah SAW say that whenever something is
handed over in Allah's care, Allah protects it. I therefore hand over
in Allah's care, your Deen, your trusts and the results of your
Welcoming those returning
from the path of Allah SWT, the people came outside Madinah when the
Sahabah RA returned from their expedition to Tabuk. Saa'ib bin Yazeed
RA says, "The people (of Madinah) came to welcome Rasulullaah
SAW when he returned from the expedition to Tabuk. I also met him
along with other children at Thaniyyatul Wadaa." ( 3 ) Saa'ib
bin Yazeed RA also reports, "When Rasulullaah SAW returned from
the expedition to Tabuk, the people came out of Madinah to
Thaniyyatul Wadaa to welcome him. Still a boy then, I also
accompanied the others." (4)
(1) Haakim (Vol.2 Pg.98).
(2) Haakim (Vol.2 Pg.98).
(3) Ibn Asaakir, as quoted in Kanzul
4.Maalik and Bayhaqi, a s quoted in
Kanzul Ummaal(Vol.2 Pg.295).
( I ) Bayhaqi (Vo1.9 Pg.173). Ibn Abi
Shayba has also reported the narration a s quoted in Kanzul
(2) Bayhaqi (Vol.9 Pg.173).
(4) Bayhaqi (Vo1.9 Pg. 175).
(5)Tirmidhi, a s quoted in
FatlhulBaari(Vo1.4 Pg. 131).
( 6 ) Ibn Sa'd and Ahmad, a s quoted in
Kanzul UmmaaI(Vo1.4 Pg.329).