Dhu Mikhbar is the paternal nephew of Sayyidina Najashi radiya Llahu ‘anhu. He is among those who travelled from Abyssinia to meet Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in Arabia. He derived maximum benefit from Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam by staying permanently with him, serving him, and learning his teachings.
Later on in his life, students of knowledge would come to him to learn these teachings. He would relate to them the manner Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam performed wudu’ once while on a journey. After he completed his ablution, “there was no mud on the earth,” he said alluding to the little amount of water he would use. He explains that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commanded Sayyidina Bilal radiya Llahu ‘anhu to call out the adhan and he called it out unhurriedly. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam then stood and offered two units of prayer (Sunnah) calmly. Then he ordered Sayyidina Bilal radiya Llahu ‘anhu to call out the iqamah. Thereafter, Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam led the congregation in two rak’at of fard, without rushing. This hadith teaches us to carry out the actions of din calmly.
His students would ask him about the peace treaty with the Romans. He would share with them the following hadith, “You will secure a peace treaty with the Romans, then you and they will fight an enemy behind you, and you will be victorious, take booty, and be safe. You will then return and alight in a meadow with mounds and one of the Christians will raise the cross and say, ‘The cross has prevailed.’ One of the Muslims will become angry and smash it, and the Romans will act treacherously and prepare for the great battle. The Muslims will then make for their weapons and will fight, and Allah will honour that corps with martyrdom.”
He is also responsible for narrating the hadith that leadership was among the Himyar. Then Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala snatched it away from them and placed it among the Quraysh, but it will soon return to the former.
Dhu Mikhbar radiya Llahu ‘anhu explains that once while travelling, Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam increased the pace of the caravan. He would do this generally due to scarcity of provisions. After covering a good distance, he halted for a bit, and was informed that the rest of the caravan was far behind, so Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam waited at that place until all of the people gathered there. It was very late at night and everyone was totally exhausted so Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam told the people to alight and spend the night at that spot.
Sayyidina Dhu Mikhbar radiya Llahu ‘anhu volunteered to stand guard that night so Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam gave him his camel’s halter. He led Rasulullah’s salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam camel as well as his own to one side and let them graze. While looking at them, sleep overtook him. He woke up with the rays of the sun burning his face. He woke up the first person he got to and people began waking each other up until Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam woke up. None of them had performed Salat al Fajr yet. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam called for water and performed wudu’ with it. Thereafter Sayyidina Bilal radiya Llahu ‘anhu called out the adhan. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam performed two rak’at unhurriedly. The iqamah was then called out after which Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam led the people in salah calmly. Someone asked him, “O Messenger of Allah, did we overstep the bounds?” “No,” he said, “Allah seized our souls until He returned them to us. Now we have performed salah.”
Abu Hayy al Mu’adhin, Jubayr ibn Nufayr, ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abdul Rahman, Abu al Zahirah, ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdullah al Hadrami, Khalid ibn Ma’dan, Rashid ibn Sa’d, and ‘Abdullah ibn Muhayriz are some of his students. He later settled in Syria and passed away in his sixties.
 Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 2, Hadith: 446.
 Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 2, Hadith: 445, 446.
 Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 38, Hadith: 4280; Sunan Ibn Majah, vol. 5, Book 36, Hadith: 4089.
 Fath al Bari, vol. 13 pg. 125; Musnad Ahmed, Hadith: 16873; Usd al Ghabah, pg. 369, Biography: 1555.
 Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, vol. 6 pg. 61, 62; Musnad Ahmed, vol. 4 pg. 90, 91, Hadith: 16824.
 Usd al Ghabah, pg. 369, Biography: 1555; Raf’ Sha’n al Hubshan, pg. 302.
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