The Story of Hadhrat Abdullah bin Ja’far and Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair

The Sahaabah-Abdullah Ibn Zubair
Hadhrat Ja’far Tayyar RA is a cousin of Nabi SAW and a brother of Hadhrat Ali RA. His whole family is renowned for justice, generosity, valour and heroism, but Hadhrat Ja’far had a special love for the poor and often mingled and associated with them. At the time of persecution by the Quraish, he emigrated to Abyssinia with the other Muslims, and was the spokesman who so successfully defended the emigrants in the court of the Negus. This story has already been given earlier..

After returning from Abyssinia, he emigrated to Madinah and was martyred in the expedition of Mutah. On receiving the news of his death, Nabi SAW went to his house to offer his condolences. He called his sons Abdullah , Aunand Muhammad , consoled them and blessed them with his duas. All his sons were exactly like their father, but Hadhrat Abdullah was so generous and large-hearted that people
called him “Qutbus Sakha” (the chief of the generous). He embraced Islam at the hands of Nabi SAW when he was just seven.Once on his recommendation, his uncle Hadhrat Ali helped some person in his need. The person sent four thousand dirhams as a present to Hadhrat Abdullah , but he returned the whole lot saying: “We people don’t sell our good deeds.”
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On another occasion, somebody sent him two thousand dirhams as a present, all of which he spent in charity there and then. A trader once happened to bring a large quantity of sugar for sale in the market, but as chance would have it, there was no demand for sugar just then and this grieved him very much. Hadhrat Abdullah purchased the whole lot through his agent, and distributed it free of charge among the people. He always acted as a host to all the strangers who were stranded in the city during the night.

Hadhrat Zubair , when participating in his last battle, called his son Hadhrat Abdullah to his side and confided to him that he had a strong feeling that this was going to be his last fight, in which he was going to pass away, adding that if it turned out to be so, then Hadhrat Abdullah was to clear all
his debts. He further advised his son to call upon his ‘Master’ if he encountered any difficulty in doing so. His son, looking a bit puzzled, inquired as to who his master was? “Allah,” replied Hadhrat Zubair

The same day he lost his life. When Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair checked the accounts of his father, he discovered debts that amounted to no less than two million dirhams. Having the reputation of being as honest and trustworthy a person as any that ever breathed, people flocked to him for the safe deposit of their money. Healways addressed them like this: “Dear brothers, I possess no vaults for the safe-keeping of your deposits. I will treat them as loans to me, and you may take the same back when you please.”

He would then spend the money on the poor and the needy. In time, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair cleared all the debts of his father. He says: “Whenever I experienced any difficulty, I would pray (to Allah) ‘O, Master of Zubair, help me,’ and the difficulty would be removed.” He narrates an incident with Hadhrat Abdullah bin Ja’farto whom he had gone for business. Abdullah bin Zubair : “I find from the accounts of my father that you owe him one million dirhams.”

Abdullah bin Ja’far: “All right. You can have the money when you please.” However, on checking the accounts once again, he found that it was his mistake, and in fact this much money was due to Hadhrat Abdullah bin Ja’far from his father. He therefore went to him and said: “Excuse me. It was my mistaske. In fact my father owed you that much money.”

Abdullah bin Ja’far: “If that is the case, then I absolve you of the debt.” Abdullah bin Zubair: “No, I must pay it.”Abdullah bin Ja’far: “All right. You may pay it at your convenience.”
Abdullah bin Zubair : “Will you accept some land in lieu there of?” (He had received some land as his share of booty, and he wanted to dispose of it.)

Abdullah bin Ja’far: “Yes, if it suits you.” Abdullah bin Zubairsays, “I made over to him a piece of waterless land. He asked his slave to spread his prayer-mat on that land. He then went and said two rakaats of Salaah, spending a long time in sajdah. On finishing the Salaah, he pointed out a certain spot to his slave and ordered him to dig at that particular spot. After a little digging, water gushed out from the pit.”

The qualities of the Sahaabah mentioned in this chapter were part of their everyday life. In fact, these things were not considered to be anything unusual.