40 Ahadith Expounding the Virtues of the Sahabah

The Sahabah radiya Llahu `anhum raised the flag of Islam at the ends of the world. They conquered cities and lands, growing their influence. They expended the prime of their youth in elevating the peak of the Islamic empire. They expelled from the book of their Lord the distortions of the extremists, the fabrications of the liars, and the wrong interpretations of the ignorant. They entered every doorway that led to the pleasure of their Lord. They surpassed men in good actions and sublime character whilst warning the creation of evil and vile character. They sincerely advised the ummah in its small and big matters together with clarifying the subtleties of the shari`ah.

This book is a testament to this sacrifice and nobility of theirs. Read it. Understand it. Imbue within yourselves their spirit. The true Islamic spirit

 
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Foreword

 

Introduction

 

The First Narration

While I was sitting with Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Abu Bakr radiya Llahu ‘anhu came, lifting one corner of his garment uncovering his knee…..

 

The Second Narration

I saw ‘Umar ibn al Khattab radiya Llahu ‘anhu a few days before he was stabbed in Madinah. …

 

The Third Narration

‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan radiya Llahu ‘anhu came to Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam carrying a thousand dinars in his garment whilst Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was equipping the Jaysh al ‘Usrah (The Army of Hardship for Tabuk)…..

 

The Fourth Narration

By him who split the seed and created life, the unlettered Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam gave me a promise that no one but a believer would love me, and none but a hypocrite would nurse a grudge against me.

 

The Fifth Narration

Al ‘Aqib and Sayed, the rulers of Najran, came to Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam with the intention of doing Li’an (Mubahalah: invoking a prayer curse)….

 

The Sixth Narration

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would say, “Indeed your [feminine plural: referring to the wives of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] affair is from that which concerns me after me, and none shall be able to persevere with you except the patient ones.”Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would say, “Indeed your [feminine plural: referring to the wives of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] affair is from that which concerns me after me, and none shall be able to persevere with you except the patient ones.”….

 

The Seventh Narration

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said at the Battle of the Trench, “Who will go and bring me news of the Banu Qurayzah?”….

 

The Eighth Narration

On the day of (the battle of) Uhud, the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam wore two coats of mail armour…..

 

The Ninth Narration

I never heard the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam mentioning both of his parents being ransomed for anyone except for Sa’d. On the Day of Uhud, I heard him saying, “Shoot Sa’d, may my father and mother be ransomed for you.”

 

The Tenth Narration

The Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Ten are in Paradise: Abu Bakr is in paradise, ‘Umar is in paradise, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali, Zubair, Talhah, ‘Abdul Rahman, Abu ‘Ubaidah and Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas are in paradise.”….

 

The Eleventh Narration

Hassan radiya Llahu ‘anhu faced Muawiyah radiya Llahu ‘anhu with military squadrons like mountains…..

 

The Twelfth Narration

My mother asked me, “When do you plan to meet the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam?”……

 

The Thirteenth Narration

Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent ‘Amr ibn al As radiya Llahu ‘anhu as the commander of the troops of Dhat al Salasil……

 

The Fourteenth Narration

Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent an expedition of ten men as spies under the leadership of ‘Asim ibn Thabit al Ansari, the grandfather of ‘Asim ibn ‘Umar ibn al Khattab…..

 

The Fifteenth Narration

On the Day of the Battle of Uhud, my father was brought, and he had been mutilated (in battle) and was placed in front of Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam with a sheet covering him. …..

 

The Sixteenth Narration

The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent some cavalry towards Najd and they brought a man from the tribe of Banu Hanifah who was called Thumamah ibn Uthal. They fastened him to one of the pillars of the Masjid….

 

The Seventeenth Narration

The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam informed the people about the death of Zaid, Jafar, and Ibn Rawahah before the news of their death reached them….

 

The Eighteenth Narration

I invited my mother, who was a polytheist, to Islam. I invited her one day and she said to me something about Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam which I disliked…..

 

The Nineteenth Narration

The Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent word to me saying, “Put on your garment and take up your weapon, then come to me.”….

 

The Twentieth Narration

O Allah, make him a beacon of guidance, guide him, and guide through him.

 

The Twenty First Narration

Abu Talhah had more date-palm tree gardens than any other amongst the Ansar in Madinah and the most beloved of them to him was Bayruha’….

 

The Twenty Second Narration

Once I went with ‘Umar ibn al Khattab to the market. A young woman followed ‘Umar and said, “O leader of the believers! My husband has died, leaving little children….

 

The Twenty Third Narration

Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent an army and appointed Usamah ibn Zaid as their commander. ….

 

The Twenty Fourth Narration

My uncle Anas ibn al Nadr radiya Llahu ‘anhu was absent from the Battle of Badr and he said, “O Messenger of Allah! I was absent from the first battle you fought against the polytheists, and if Allah gives me the opportunity to participate in a battle against the polytheists, Allah will see what I do.”…..

 

The Twenty Fifth Narration

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to us on the day of Hudaybiyyah, “You are the best individuals on this earth.”….

 

The Twenty Sixth Narration

The Apostle of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam came to us and there was none in our house but I, my mother, and my aunt Umm Haram…..

 

The Twenty Seventh Narration

Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent me, al Zubair ibn al ‘Awwam, and Abu Marthad al Ghanawi, and we were all on horseback…..

 

The Twenty Eighth Narration

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “O Bilal, what act have you done in Islam that you hope to receive the best reward for?”…..

 

The Twenty Ninth Narration

The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam cursed those people who killed his Companions at Bi’r Ma’unah for 30 days……

 

The Thirtieth Narration

On one occasion the Aws and Khazraj tribes boasted to each other……

 

The Thirty First Narration

We set out for pilgrimage and promised to meet the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam during the days of Tashriq. …..

 

The Thirty Second Narration

When Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam distributed the spoils of war to the Quraysh and the Arab tribes without giving anything to the Ansar, the Ansar were upset…..

 

The Thirty Third Narration

A man came to the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent a messenger to his wives (to bring something for that man to eat) but they said that they had nothing except water. ….

 

The Thirty Fourth Narration

The Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam came over to Madinah and encamped at the upper side of Madinah among the tribe known as Banu ‘Amr ibn ‘Awf. …..

 

The Thirty Fifth Narration

The Ansar are my near companions to whom I confided my private secrets; so accept the good of the good-doers amongst them and excuse the wrong-doers amongst them. They have fulfilled their responsibilities whilst their rights remain unfulfilled.

 

The Thirty Sixth Narration

Do not revile my Companions for if one of you gave in charity the amount of gold equivalent to Uhud, it would not amount to as much as the mudd of one of them, or half of it.

 

The Thirty Seventh Narration

We offered the Maghrib prayer along with Allah’s Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam…..

 

The Thirty Eighth Narration

A man said at the Battle of Tabuk: “I have never seen anyone whose belly is hungrier; whose tongue lies more or who is more cowardly in fighting than these scholars of ours.”….

 

The Thirty Ninth Narration

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to me. “O Muaz, I love you, so say ‘O Allah assist me in remembering you, in showing gratitude to you, and in worshipping you well.

 

The Fortieth Narration

By Him in Whose hand is my life, the son of Maryam will soon descend among you as a just judge and a fair Imam…..

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