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."
Umayr bin Wahab Jumhi RA - Sacrificed In Dakwah
Umayr bin Wahab Jumhi
Illustration Only : Umayr RA in Battlefield and Dakwah.
Acceptance of Islam and
his Sacrificed in Da'wah
Umayr bin Wahab and
Safwaan bin Umayyah,Urwa bin Zubayr narrates that shortly after their
defeat at Badr, Umayr bin Wahab Jumhi who had been a Shaitan from
amongst the Shaiyaateen of the Quraish was sitting with Safwan bin
Umayyah in the Hateem. Umayr bin Wahab used to harm Rasulullah SAW
and the Sahabah RA, who suffered tremendous difficulty at his hands
when in Makkah. His son Wahab bin Umayr was also one of the captives
whom the Muslims had captured during the Battle of Badr. When Umayr
bin Wahab mentione
d what had happened to the people of the well (the
well in Badr in which the corpses of seventy Mushrikeen were thrown),
Safwan bin Umayyah
commented, "By Allah! There is no enjoyment in life after their
deaths." Umayr bin Wahab remarked, "That is true. By Allah!
Had it not broken for the debts I have which I am unable to settle,
and for my family whom I fear shall be destroyed without me, I would
certainly ride to Muhammad and kill him. In fact, I have an excuse to
see him, my son is a captive in the hands of the Muslims."
Taking advantage of the
situation, Safwaan bin Umayyah said, "I take the responsibility
of settling your debts and I shall care for your family with my own
and I shall do everything in my capacity to care for them as long as
they live." Umayr bin Wahab said to him, "Keep this matter
a secret between us." Safwaan bin Umayyah agreed and Umayr bin
Wahab proceeded to have his sword sharpened and poisoned. He then
left on his journey until he reached Madinah.
In the meanwhile, Saidina
Umar RA was in the company of a group of Sahabah RA who were busy
discussing the Battle of Badr. They spoke about the victory that
Allah SWT had blessed them with and the defeat of their enemy that
had shown them. As they spoke, Saidina Umar RA noticed Umayr bin
Wahab settling his camel at the door of the Masjid and carrying a
sword around his neck. Saidina Umar RA exclaimed, "That dog and
enemy of Allah Umayr bin Wahab is up to no good. It was he who caused
trouble during the Battle of Badr and who estimated our numbers for
Umayr bin Wahab With
Saidina Umar RA then came
to Rasulullah SAW and said, "0 Nabi of Allah! The enemy of Allah
Umayr bin Wahab has come with a sword hanging from his neck.
Rasulullah SAW said, "Allow him to meet me." Saidina Umar
RA grabbed hold of the handle of Umayr bin Wahab's sword and pulled
him towards Rasulullah SAW by the collar. He then said to the men of
the Ansar who were with him, "Go to Rasulullah SAW and sit with
him. Watch this wretch closely for he cannot be trusted." He
then brought Umayr bin Wahab to Rasulullah SAW. When Rasulullah SAW,
saw him with Saidina Umar RA pulling him by the handle of his sword
at his collar, Rasulullah SAW said, "Leave him, 0 Umar! You may
come closer, 0 Umayr."
When Umayr bin Wahab came
closer to Rasulullah SAW he greeted with the words, "Blessed is
your morning." This was the manner in which people greeted &
during the Period of Ignorance. Rasulullah SAW said, "Allaah has
blessed us with a greeting better than your greeting, 0 Umayr. He has
blessed us with the greeting of Salam which is the greeting of the
people of Jannah." 'Well," said Umayr, "By Allah! This
is new to me, 0 Muhammad." Rasulullah SAW asked, What brings you
here, 0 Umayr?" Umayr replied, "I have come regarding this
prisoner that you have with you. Please be kind to him."
Rasulullah SAW asked, 'Why then the sword around your neck?"
Umayr cursed, "These swords! Have they ever done us any good?!"
Rasulullah SAW said, "Tell me the truth. What have you come
for?" "I have come only for this," lied Umayr.
W then said to him, 'You and' Safwaan bin Umayyah were
sitting in the Hateem and discussing what had happened to the people
of the well when you said, 'Had it not been for my debts and the
family I have, I would have gone to kill Muhammad.'Safwaan then
assumed responsibility for your debts and your family if you would
kill me. However, Allah stands between you and I."
Umayr bin Wahab
Accepts Islam and Gives
Da'wah to the People
Illustration -The many war of Umayr bin Wahab RA
Umayr exclaimed, "I
testify that you are certainly the Rasul of Allah. 0! Rasulullah ,We
used to treat as a lie everything that you brought to us from the
heavens and the revelation that descended on you. However, this is a
matter that none witnessed but Safwaan and I. By Allah! I am
convinced that none besides Allah could have brought you this news.
All praises belong to Allah, Who has guided me to Islam and has
pulled me in this way." He then recited the Shahadah of truth.
Rasulullah SAW said to the Sahabah RA "Educate your brother
about his Deen, teach him the Qur'aan and free his prisoner."
When the Sahabah RA, had
done as they were commanded, Umayr ! said, "0 Rasulullah SAW I
made tremendous efforts to extinguish the Deen of Allah and I used to
cause great harm to those who followed the Deen of Allah. I would now
like you to permit me to go to Makkah and invite the people towards
Allah, His Rasul and Islam. Perhaps Allah shall guide them. If they
do not accept, I shall cause harm to them because of their religion
as I used to cause harm to your companions because of their Deen."
Rasulullah SAW give his permission and he arrived in Makkah.
After Umayr RA left for
Makkah, Safwaan bin Umayyah had been had telling the people, "Rejoice
at the news that will come to you in a few days, which will make you
forget the incident of Badr." Safwaan used to enquire about
Umayr from every traveller (coming from Madinah) someone arrived and
informed him that Umayr, had accepted Islam. Safwaan then took an
oath saying that he will never speak to Umayr again and will never do
him any good turn.
A Large Number of
People Accept Islam at the
Hands of Umayr RA.
Ibn Jareer has also
narrated this incident from Urwah RA but with the addition that when
Umayr arrived in Makkah, he stayed there inviting people to Islam
and harassing those who opposed him. A large number of people
accepted Islam at his hands.
The Comment of Saidina
Umar RA Concerning
the Conversion of
Urwah bin Zubayr RA has
also reported a narration which states that the Muslims were
overjoyed when Umayr bin Wahab RA accepted Islam. Saidina Umar RA
used to say, "There is no doubt that I liked a pig more than him
the day he arrived. However, today he is more beloved to me than some
of my own children." (3)
Arnr bin Umayyah RA
narrates that when Umayr RA returned to Makkah after accepting
Islam, he proceeded straight to his house without meeting Safwaan bin
Umayyah. He made it public that he had accepted Islam and started
inviting people to Islam. When this news reached Safwaan, he said,
'When he went to his family before coming to me, I knew that Umayr
had become involved in the very thing he feared and had forsaken his
religion. I shall never speak to him again and never do a good turn
to him or his family."
As Safwaan stood in the
Hateem one day, Umayr RA called for him. When Safwaan ignored him,
Umayr RA said to him, 'You are one of our leaders. Tell me. When we
worshiped stones and sacrificed animals for them, was this any
religion? I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah
and that Muhammad SAW is Allah's servant and Rasul." Safwaan did
not utter a word in response.
I ) ~ a a q i d a s quoted in Isti2ab (Vo1.4 Pg.225).
Haakim in his Mustadrak (Vo1.3 Pg.239). Ibn Sa'd has also reported a
similar narration in his
(Vo1.3 Pg.123). Comments o n the chain of narrators have been made by
a s well a s in Isaaba (Vo1.2 Pg.234).
Ibn Is'haaq a s quoted in AIBidaaya wan Nihaaya (Vo1.3 Pg.313).
Kanzul Ummaal (Vo1.7 Pg.81). Tabraani has narrated a similar report
and Haythami (Vo1.8 Pg.286)
verified that the chain of narrators is sound.
Tabraani has also narrated a similar report from Hadhrat Anas W &
Haythami (Vo1.8 813.287)
commented on the chain of narrators. Ibn Mandah has also narrated it
but Isaaba (Vo1.3