(Friday Sermon - May 11, 2018 )
His name was K’ab bin Zaid bin Qais bin Malik and he was from the Banu Najjaar tribe. He took part in the Battle of Badr and was martyred in the Battle of Khandaq [Ditch]. It is said he was hit with the arrow of Umaya bin Rubiya bin Sakhr. He was from among the Companions of Bir Maona, where all the other Companions were killed however he was the sole survivor. (Al-Isti‘ab, Vol. 3, p.376, Darul Kutub-ul-Ilmiya, 2002, Beirut).
Bir Maona is where the Holy Prophet(sa) – on the request of a tribe – sent 70 of his companions, a large party of whom were Huffaz [had memorized the entire Quran] and were Qaris [those who are able to read the Qur’an according to its proper rules of recitation]. They had been deceived and all of them were martyred with the exception of Hazrat Ka’b(ra). Hazrat K’ab(ra) survived because he had climbed up a mountain. According to some narrations, the disbelievers attacked and injured him severely. Perceiving him dead, the disbelievers left him whereas he was actually alive. He soon returned to Medina and returned to good health.