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Hazrat Ziyad(ra) bin Labeed

A Badri Companion of the Holy Prophet(sa)

(Friday Sermon - June 1, 2018 )

Acceptance of Islam and travel to Medina

Another Companion of the Holy Prophet(sa) was Hazrat Ziyad(ra) bin Labeed. His mother’s name was Amrah bint Abeed Matroof. Hazrat Ziyad(ra) had a son called Abdullah. He accepted Islam during second pledge of Aqabah along with 70 Companions. On his return to Medina after accepting Islam, he broke the idols of his tribe Banu Bayada which they used to worship. He then travelled to the Holy Prophet(sa) in Mecca and remained there until the Holy Prophet(sa) migrated to Medina. So he too migrated after the Holy Prophet(sa) had reached. This is why Hazrat Ziyad(ra) is renowned as a Muhajir Ansari. He was a Muhajir [one who migrated from Mecca] and an Ansari [native of medina] too. Hazrat Ziyad(ra) fought alongside the Holy Prophet(sa) in the Battle of Badr, the Battle of Uhud, the Battle of the Ditch and in all other battles of the Holy Prophet(sa). (Usdul Ghaaba, Vol. 3, p. 302, Ziyad bin Labeed, Darul Fikr, 1996, Beirut).

After migrating to Medina, the Holy Prophet(sa) was passing by the quarters of Banu Bayada, so Hazrat Ziyad(ra) greeted him saying, “Ahlan wa sahlan” and offered his home for him to stay. The Holy Prophet(sa) said to let his camel loose, it will find its home by itself.

Services during the time of the Prophet(sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr’s(ra) khilafat

In Muharram of 9th Hijri, the Holy Prophet(sa) appointed different collectors for Sadaqah and Zakat, and Hazrat Ziyad(ra) was appointed as the collector for the area of Ḥaḍhramaut. He continued his service there till the time of Hazrat Umar’s(ra) Khilafat. After being relieved of his duty, he moved to Kufa and passed away in 41 Hijri. (Sarwar-e-Kainat Ke Pachass Sahaaba, Talib Al-Haashmi, pp.557-559, Metro Printers, 1985, Lahore)

It has been written down in history that when the uprising of apostasy [of certain tribes] had gained momentum during the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr(ra) and people refused to pay the Zakat, Ash‘ath bin Qais Al-Kindi was also among those to become an apostate. Hazrat Ziyad(ra) was appointed to confront him. When he went to attack him, he had taken refuge in the Naheer fortress. Hazrat Ziyad(ra) had besieged them so severely to the point that he became distressed and sent a message that if he, along with nine other people, is granted safety, they would open the doors to the fortress. Hazrat Ziyad(ra) said to write down the agreement and bring it to him to stamp. Thereafter they opened the doors. Later on, when they checked the agreement, the names of the nine people were written down but Ash‘ath forgot to write down his own name, so he was taken prisoner to Medina with the rest of the captives. (Imta-ul-Asmaa, Vol.14, pp.254-255, Darul Kutubil Ilmiyya, 1996, Beirut)