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Hazrat Ayub Ansari(ra)

A Badri Companion of the Holy Prophet(sa)

(Friday Sermon - March 16, 2018 )

Background

One of the early Companions was Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra). He was fortunate to have received the honour of being the host of the Holy Prophet(sa) during his early days in Medina after migration. Every person desired for the Holy Prophet(sa) to stay at their home and everyone expressed this desire, requesting the Holy Prophet(sa) [for this honour] at that time.

The Holy Prophet(sa) said, “Let my camel loose. It will stop wherever Allah the Exalted desires.” Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) was fortunate that the camel stopped in front of his home. However, people were not satisfied with this. They said, “Our homes are nearby as well, please stay with us.” Upon this, the Holy Prophet(sa) drew a lot and even then, the name of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) came up.

(Al-Tabqat Al-Kubra Li-ibni Sa‘d, Vol. 1, p. 183, Dhikr Khuruj Rasulullah(sa), Darul Kutub Al-‘Ilmiyah, Beirut 1990)

The Holy Prophet’s(sa) stay at his house

Hence, the Holy Prophet(sa) stayed at his home. His house had two floors. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) stayed in the upper floor and the lower floor was offered to the Holy Prophet(sa). He [Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra)] was on the upper floor one night, when a vessel or pot of water broke. They used to have pots of clay, in which they stored water. Even today, water is stored in such pots in third-world and impoverished countries, such as Pakistan and in Africa.

Anyhow, the pot broke. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) and his wife spent the entire night drying [the spillage] with their quilt. The following day, he related the incident that had transpired the previous night to the Holy Prophet(sa) and requested the Holy Prophet(sa) to stay on the upper floor. The Holy Prophet(sa) accepted his request and stayed with him for approximately six or seven months. He tried to fulfil his dues of hospitality most excellently.

His own meal would be the leftovers of the Holy Prophet(sa). In a narration it is mentioned that wherever the marks of the Holy Prophet’s fingers could be seen, he would eat the leftovers of the Holy Prophet(sa) from there. One day, he observed that there were no finger marks of the Holy Prophet(sa) on the food and the food seemed not to have been eaten. He went to the Holy Prophet(sa) and asked, “Huzoor, you did not eat today?” Upon this the Holy Prophet(sa) replied, “I was about to eat, when I noticed that it was prepared with onions and garlic. As I do not like these, I did not eat.” Hazrat Abu Ayyub Ansari(ra) said, “I dislike whatever the Holy Prophet(sa) dislikes and I will never eat these items in future.” How astonishing are these stories of love and devotion.

(Musnad Ahmad Bin Hanbal, Vol. 7, p. 781, Hadith 23966, Musnad Abu Ayub Ansari(ra), ‘Alam Al-Kutub, Beirut) (Sahih Muslim, Al-Ashriba, Bab Abahatu Aklith-Thaum, Hadith 5356) (Al-Tabqat Al-Kubra Li-ibni Sa‘d, Vol. 1, p. 183, Dhikr Khuruj Rasulullah(sa), Darul Kutub Al-‘Ilmiyah, Beirut 1990)

Participation in battles

Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) participated in all the battles [where the Holy Prophet(sa) was present]. (Al-Tabqat Al-Kubra Li-Ibni Sa‘d, Vol. 3, p. 369, Bab Abu Ayub Ansari(ra), Darul Kutub Al-‘Ilmiyah, Beirut 1990)

Guarding the Holy Prophet(sa)

During the Battle of Khaybar, the Jewish leader was killed. When his daughter, Hazrat Safiyya was married to Holy Prophet(sa), the following morning, the Holy Prophet(sa) came outside to lead the prayers and saw Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) stood, watching guard. The Holy Prophet(sa) enquired as to why he was doing so. He replied, “Close relatives of Hazrat Safiyya have been hurt at our hands and some of them were even killed. For this reason, the thought came to my mind that I should come and keep guard lest anyone causes mischief or tries to take revenge.” The Holy Prophet(sa) then prayed for him in the following manner, “O Lord! Keep Abu Ayub always under Your protection, just as he readily stayed the whole night protecting me!”

The Battle of Rome and his demise

Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari(ra) also participated in the Battle of Rome in spite of his old age. He only participated in order to witness [the fulfilment of] the prophecy of the Holy Prophet(sa) regarding Constantinople.

However, he also fell ill in that duration. When he was asked as to what his final wishes were, his reply was to convey his greetings to every Muslim and for his grave to be as close as possible to the land of the enemy. Henceforth, after his demise during the night, his coffin was taken to the furthest possible point in the land of the enemy where he was buried.

Even today his grave is found in Turkey and it is said and there are also narrations, people have crafted narrations pertaining harmful innovations that people supplicate him. Certainly, it is not he who is supplicated but whatever one prays for at his grave, that prayer is accepted.

Anyhow, with the passage of time, such stories are concocted. The result of the prayer of the Holy Prophet(sa) of protection and security of Abu Ayub(ra) was that he participated in many battles and every time came forth as a ghazi [Muslim soldier who has triumphed battle] and he attained a very long life.