Friday Sermon: Men of Excellence

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Friday Sermon: Men of Excellence

Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(at) Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
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After reciting Tashahhud, Ta’awwudh and Surah Fatihah, Huzoor (aba) said:

Today, I will talk about the Companions, whose introductions have been saved in the history as a few lines only, this will ensure that the names and history of all the Companions, who took part in the Ghazwa of Badr is saved in the literature of the Jama’at. It is a source of blessings for us to mention them or even to remember them, they were week and poor but defended their faith with immense resolve. They were never awed by the strength of their opponents but would instead place all their trust in God Almighty. They pledged their loyalty and love to the Holy Prophet (sa). They did not withhold from even giving their lives and by keeping to this oath, God Almighty gave them the glad tidings of paradise and announced that He was pleased with them.

Hazrat Abdul Rabby bin Haqq bin Aus was a Companion regarding whom there are varying opinions. Some have claimed his name is Abdul Rab whilst others have said it is Abdullah. He was from the Banu Sa’adah family of the Banu Khazraj tribe and he participated in the Battle of Badr.

Hazrat Salma bin Thabit. His full name is Salma bin Thabit bin Wakhsh. Hazrat Salma participated in the Battle of Badr. During the Battle of Uhud he was martyred by Abu Sufyan. His brother Amr bin Thabit was also martyred during the Battle of Uhud.

Hazrat Sinan bin Saifi In 12 Nabawi, as a result of the preaching efforts of Mus’ab bin Umair, he accepted Islam. He entered the fold of Islam alongside the 70 Companions during the Bai’at Aqba Thania. He participated in the Battles of Badr and Uhud. He also fought in the Battle of the Ditch and there he attained martyrdom.

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abdi Manaf. He belonged to the Banu Nu’man tribe. He had one daughter also named Humaima whose mother was Ruba bint Tufail. He participated in both the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat Muhrij bin Amir bin Malik. He participated in the Battle of Badr. The day in which the Holy Prophet (sa) was to depart for the Battle of Uhud, the very same morning he passed away. He was counted among those people who participated in the Battle of Uhud because his intention was to join them.

Hazrat Aiz bin Ma’is, who is an Ansari Companion [those who lived in Medina]. His name was Aiz bin Ma’is. He participated in the battle of Badr along with his brother, Hazrat Mu’adh bin Ma’is. He participated in all battles alongside the Holy Prophet (sa). Hazrat Aiz bin Ma’is was [involved in the incident] at Bair-e-Ma’unah and also participated in the battle of Khandaq. He was martyred in the battle of Yamama.

Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma bin Malik Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Bali’. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud and was martyred during the battle of Uhud. When Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma was martyred, he was wrapped in a cloth along with Hazrat Mujazzir bin Ziad and brought to Medina on a camel. The mother of Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma approached the Holy Prophet (sa) and said, “O Prophet of Allah (sa)! My son participated in the battle of Badr and has been martyred during the battle of Uhud. I wish to bring him close to me; in other words that he be buried in Medina so that I can enjoy his nearness.” Upon this, the Holy Prophet (sa) granted permission for this. Hazrat Abdullah bin Salma was well-built and heavy, whereas Hazrat Mujazzir bin Ziad was thin and light. In the narrations it is mentioned that despite this, their weight appeared to be equal when placed on the camel. People expressed their astonishment at this, upon which the Holy Prophet (sa) said that the deeds of both of them have made them equal.

Hazrat Mas’ud bin Khalda. His name was Mas’ud bin Khalda, however, it has been mentioned as Mas’ud bin Khalid in some narrations. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. According to some narrations, it is believed that he was martyred during the incident of Bair-e-Ma’unah. Whereas, according to other narrations he was martyred during the battle of Khaibar.

Hazrat Mas’ud bin Sa’d Ansari. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. According to some, Hazrat Mas’ud bin Sa’d was martyred during the incident at Bair-e-Ma’unah. However, according to Muhammad Bin Ammarah and Aby Na’eem, he was martyred during the battle of Khaibar.

Hazrat Zaid bin Aslam. He is also an Ansari. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. He was martyred on the day of Ghuzakha, whilst fighting Tulaiha bin Khuwailid Al-Asadi during the Khilafat of Hazrat Abu Bakr. Ghuzakha is the name of a fountain in Najd, where Muslims engaged in battle against Tulaiha bin Khuwailid Al-Asadi, who rebelled against the Islamic state and claimed prophethood.

Ab-ul-Munzir Yazid bin ‘Amir. His name is also mentioned as Yazid bin ‘Amr. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Sawad. He pledged initiation at ‘Aqaba and participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat ‘Amr bin Tha’labah Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu ‘Adi. He was more commonly known by his title. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. Hazrat ‘Amr bin Tha’labah narrates that I met the Holy Prophet (sa) at Sayala and accepted Islam at this very place and the Holy Prophet (sa) placed his hand on my head.

Hazrat Abu Khalid bin Harith bin Qais bin Khalid bin Mukhallid. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Zuraiq. He pledged initiation at ‘Aqaba and including the battle of Badr, he participated alongside the Holy Prophet (sa) in all battles. He fought alongside Hazrat Khalid bin Walid in the battle of Yamama and was wounded. The wound healed but opened up once again during the caliphate of Hazrat ‘Umar, as a result of which he passed away. Due to this, he is counted among the martyrs of the battle of Yamama.

Abdullah bin Tha’labah Al-Balawi. He was also an Ansari. His name was Abdullah bin Tha’labah. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat Mahhab bin Tha’labah Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Bali’. Hazrat Mahhab bin Tha’labah pledged initiation at ‘Aqaba and participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud along with his brother, ‘Abdullah bin Tha’labah. Hazrat Mahhab bin Tha’labah is also known as Bahaath bin Tha’labah.

Hazrat Malik bin Mas’ud Ansari. His name was Malik bin Mas’ud and he belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Sa’ida. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Abdullah bin Qais bin Sakhr Ansari. He belonged to the Ansar tribe of Banu Salma. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud along with his brother, Ma’bad bin Qais.

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abs Ansari. Some have mentioned his name as ‘Abdullah bin ‘Ubais. He participated alongside the Holy Prophet (sa) in the battle of Badr as well as all the battles that followed.

Hazrat Mu’attib bin Qushair Ansari. In some narrations, his name has been mentioned as Mu’attib bin Bashir as well. He belonged to the branch of Banu Zubai’ah of the Ansar tribe of Aus. Hazrat Mu’attib bin Qushair participated in the pledge at ‘Aqaba and also participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat Sawad bin Razn Ansari. His name was Sawad bin Razn. However, in some narrations, his name has been mentioned as Aswad bin Razn as well as Sawad bin Zuraiq. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Then, there is a companion by the name Hazrat Mu’attib bin ‘Auf. He is also known as Mu’attib bin Al-Hamra. His title is Abu ‘Auf. Hazrat Mu’attib bin ‘Auf participated in the second migration towards Habesha [Abyssinia].. Including the battles of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq [ditches], Hazrat Mu’attib bin ‘Auf participated in all battles alongside the Holy Prophet (sa). Hazrat Mu’attib bin ‘Auf passed away at the age of seventy-eight.

Hazrat Bujair bin Abi Bujair. Hazrat Bujair bin Abi Bujair participated both in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud.

Hazrat Amir bin Bakeer. Hazrat Amir bin Bakeer was from the Banu Sa’d tribe. Hazrat Amir bin Bakeer took part in the Battle of Badr and his brothers Hazrat Ayas bin Bakeer, Hazrat ‘Aqil bin Bakeer and Hazrat Khalid bin Bakeer fought alongside him during the Battle of Badr. All of them participated in the rest of the battles with the Holy Prophet (sa). Furthermore, these brothers all accepted Islam in Dar-Arqam. Hazrat Amir bin Bakeer was martyred on the day of the Battle of Yamama.

Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah bin Al-Mu’tamar. His full name is Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah bin Mu’tamar. Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah fought in the Battles of Badr, Uhud, the Ditch and in all other battles with the Holy Prophet (sa). Hazrat Amir bin Rabi’ah narrates, “The Holy Prophet (sa) sent us on the expedition of Nakhla and with us was Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah. His body was slim and he was tall in height. During the journey Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah sat down holding his stomach as there was nothing there to eat and drink. He could not carry on walking due to the extreme hunger and thirst. So, we tied a rock tightly to his stomach after which he was able to continue walking with us. We then reached an Arab tribe where they accommodated and provided for us. Thereafter he was able to carry on. The Companions enjoyed light-hearted comments as well, and so after completing their meal there, once they had set off Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah said, ‘At first I thought that both legs of a man support his stomach but today I have realised that the stomach is the one which is supporting the legs.’” If a man is empty-stomached, he cannot walk. Hazrat Amr bin Suraqah passed awayduring the caliphate of Hazrat Usman (ra).

Hazrat Thabit bin Huzaal who was a Companion from the Banu Amr bin Auf branch of the Khazraj tribe. He participated in the Battles of Badr, Uhud, the Ditch and all the other battles with the Holy Prophet (sa). In 12AH he was martyred during the Battle of Yamama, during the caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra).

Hazrat Subaih bin Qais. He was an Ansari from the Khazraj tribe. He fought in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. He passed away and apart from him he had no other son. Hazrat Ubadah bin Qais was his brother.

Hazrat Khabbab bin Maula Utbah bin Ghazwan. Hazrat Khabbab (ra) was a freed slave of Hazrat Utbah bin Ghazwan. Hazrat Khabbab fought in the Battles of Badr, Uhud, the Ditch and all other battles of the Holy Prophet (sa). In 19AH he passed away in Medina at the age of 50. Hazrat Umar (ra) led his funeral.

Hazrat Sufyan bin Nasar Ansari was a Companion of the Holy Prophet (sa). He fought in the Battle of Badr and Uhud.

Abu Maghshi Al-Ta’i who is known by his title of Abu Maghshi. His name was Su’aid bin Maghshi. He was amongst the first to migrate. He participated in the Battle of Badr.

Hazrat Wahab bin Abi Surrah was also a Companion. Musa bin Uqba writes that he fought in the Battle of Badr alongside his brother Amr.

Hazrat Tamim Maula Banu Ghanam Ansari. Hazrat Tamim was the freed slave of Banu Ghanam Al-Salam and he fought in the Battle of Uhud.

Hazrat Abul Hamraa Maula Hazrat Harith bin Afraa participated in both the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud. During the Battle of Badr Hazrat Mu’adh, Hazrat Auf and Hazrat Mu’awwidh along with their freed slave Abul Hamraa had a camel upon which they would take turns to ride.

Hazrat Abu Sabrah bin Abi Ruhm. Abu Sabrah’s was his title and it was so popular that the people forgot his real name. His mother was Baraa bint Abdul Muttalib, who was also the paternal aunt of the Holy Prophet (sa). So accordingly Hazrat Abu Sabrah was the cousin of the Holy Prophet (sa). Hazrat Abu Sabrah migrated to Abyssinia and on both occasions. During the second migration to Abyssinia his wife Umm Kulthum bint Suhail bin Amr accompanied him. They had three sons – Muhammad, Abdullah and Sa’d. When Hazrat Abu Sabrah migrated from Mecca to Medina he stayed at the house of Mundhir bin Muhammad. Hazrat Abu Sabrah fought in the Battles of Badr, Uhud, the Ditch and accompanied the Holy Prophet (sa) in all his other battles.

Hazrat Thabit bin Amr bin Zaid. Ibn Ishaq and Zuhri, participated in the Battle of Badr and attained martyrdom in the Battle of Uhud.

Hazrat Abul A’war Al-Harith. There are various opinions about the name of Hazrat Abul A’war Al-Harith. He is from the Banu Adiyy bin Najjar branch of the Ansari Khazraj tribe. He fought in the Battle of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat Abas bin Amir bin Adiyy. Hazrat Abas was among those 70 Companions who were present at the Bai’at Uqba and he participated in the Battle of Badr and the Battle of Uhud.

Hazrat Ayaas Bin Bukair who is also known as Ibn-e-Abi Bukair. Hazrat Aaqil, Hazrat Amir, Hazrat Ayyas and Hazrat Khalid all accepted Islam together at Dar-e-Arqam. Hazrat Ayyas participated in the victory of Egypt and passed away in 34 AH whilst according to another narration Hazrat Ayyas was martyred during the battle of Yamama. His brothers Hazrat Ma’az, Hazrat Mu’awiz and Aqil were martyred in the battle of Badr, Hazrat Ayyas Bin Bukair participated in the battle of badr, battle of Uhud, the battle of the ditch and in all other battles of the Holy Prophet (sa). He was amongst early Muslims and amongst the initial people who migrated.

Hazrat Malik bin Nameela. He was known as t Ibn-e-Nameela. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud and was martyred in the battle of Uhud.

Hazrat Anees Bin Qatadah bin Rabee’a. He accompanied the Holy Prophet (saw) during the battle of Badr. He was martyred during the battle of Uhud by Abul Hakam bin Akhnas Bin Shareek. Hazrat Khansa Bin Khazam was married to Hazrat Anees bin Qatadah. When he was martyred on the day Uhad, the father of Hazrat Khansa settled her Nikah to a person from the tribe of Muzaina. However, she did not like him and came to the Holy Prophet (sa). The Holy Prophet (sa) annulled the Nikkah of Hazrat Khansa. The father had her Nikkah done, but the Holy Prophet (sa) annulled the Nikkah since she was not happy with him. After this Hazrat Khansa married Hazrat Abu Lababa and through this marriage Hazrat Saib bin Abi Lababa was born. This is an example in relation to women’s rights in choosing spouses. Those who compel their daughters at times of choosing a spouse should ponder over this.

Hazrat Harith Bin Arfajah was also a companion. He participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud.

Hazrat rafi’ Bin Unjada Ansari. He participated in battles of Badr, Uhud and the battle of the ditch. According to one narration the Holy Prophet forged a relationship of brotherhood amongst Hazrat Rafi’ Bin Anjadah and Hazrat Husain bin Harith.

Hazrat Khulaida bin Qais. He took part in the Battle of Badr and Uhud. His brother’s name is Khalaad and according to some historians, was also amongst the Companions who took part in the Battle of Badr.

Hazrat Saqaf bin Amr. He took part in the Battle of Badr along with his two brothers, whose names are Hazrat Malik bin Amr and Batlaj bin Amr. Hazrat Saqaf bin Amr took part in the Battle of Badr, Uhud, and Khandaq. He was also present at the occasion of Hudaibiya and he was martyred in Khaibar.

Hazrat Sabra bin Fatik. Abdullah bin Yousaf states, “Sabra bin Fatik is the one who distributed the land of Damascus amongst the Muslims. He is counted among the people of Syria.” He further states that the Holy Prophet (sa) stated that the scale is in the hands of God Almighty; He raises certain nations in rank and causes the decline of others i.e. owing to their own deeds. Once, Hazrat Sabra bin Fatik walked past Hazrat Abu Darda and he said that the spiritual radiance of the Holy Prophet (sa) accompanies Sabra. According to some he did not take part in the Battle of Badr, however Imam Bukhari has included him and his brother among those companions who took part in the Battle of Badr.

This was the description of the Companions. After the Friday Prayers, I shall offer two funeral prayers in absentia. The first funeral is of respected Umko Adnan Ismael Sahib, the President of the Jama’at in Malaysia. He passed away on 8th October at the age of 74 – Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. in 1986, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh appointed him as the first President of the Jama’at in Malaysia and during his tenure the Jama’at saw a lot of changes and progress made. The Bait-ul-Islam and Bait-ul-Rehman buildings were completed during his time. He also greatly helped in bringing the missionaries from Indonesia and settling them in Malaysia. Similarly, he sent students to Jamia Rabwah and Qadian from Malaysia. May God Almighty elevate his status and may his progeny also continue his good deeds and have strong bond with the Jama’at.

The second funeral prayer is of Hamida Begum Sahiba, who was the wife of Chaudhry Khalil Ahmad Sahib of Rabwah. She passed away on 5th October at the age of 84 - Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return She was regular in her prayers and Tahujjad. She would recite the Holy Quran numerous times in the day. May God Almighty elevate her status and enable her progeny to remain loyal in their attachment to their faith.

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