Ayman ibn ‘ Ubaid

Shuqran al Habashi
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019

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Ayman ibn ‘ Ubaid


Sayyidina Ayman radiya Llahu ‘anhu is the son of ‘Ubaid ibn Zaid and Sayyidah Umm Ayman radiya Llahu ‘anha. He is thus the uterine brother of Sayyidina Usamah ibn Zaid radiya Llahu ‘anhu. Blessed was he, that his mother is a dweller of Jannat and the very woman regarding whom Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Umm Ayman is my mother after my biological mother.”[1]

He would serve Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and was in charge of his water jug, with which he made ablution.[2] Not much is known about his life. However, this much is certain that he participated in the Battle of Hunayn in the year 8 A.H. Fighting valiantly at the side of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, did this son of Islam taste martyrdom.[3]


وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِيْنَ قُتِلُوْا فِيْ سَبِيْلِ اللّٰهِ أَمْوَاتًا  بَلْ أَحْيَآءٌ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُوْنَ فَرِحِيْنَ بِمَا أٰتَاهُمُ اللّٰهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهٖ وَيَسْتَبْشِرُوْنَ بِالَّذِيْنَ لَمْ يَلْحَقُوْا بِهِم مِّنْ خَلْفِهِمْ أَلَّا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُوْنَ يَسْتَبْشِرُوْنَ بِنِعْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّٰهِ وَفَضْلٍ وَّأَنَّ اللّٰهَ لَا يُضِيْعُ أَجْرَ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ

And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision, rejoicing in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those [to be martyred] after them who have not yet joined them – that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. They receive good tidings of favour from Allah and bounty and [of the fact] that Allah does not allow the reward of believers to be lost.[4]


With this glad tiding, he rejoices in Jannat. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commentates on these verses, “The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung from the throne of the Almighty. They eat the fruits of Jannat from wherever they like and then nestle in these chandeliers.”[5]

A hadith is reported from him. He affirms that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam only cut the hand of a thief if the item stolen had the value of a shield, at minimum. And a shield in those days was to the value of one gold coin.[6] This hadith is corroborated by a report in Sahih al Bukhari.[7]


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[1]‘Umdat al Qari, vol. 16 pg. 323, Hadith: 3737; al Isabah, vol. 8 pg. 359.

[2]Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, vol. 6 pg. 39.

[3]Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, vol. 6 pg. 39; Munasarat al Sahabah al Afariqah, pg. 42.

[4]  Surah Al ‘Imran: 169 – 171.

[5]Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Hadith: 4651.

[6]Sunan al Nasa’i, vol. 5, Book 46, Hadith: 4946.

[7]Sahih al Bukhari, vol. 8, Book 81, Hadith: 788.

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