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In The Name Of Allah,
The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
It was neither invented discourse nor false rumor that was recorded in history about the great
company of men who came into the world of belief and faith. That is because the entirety of human
history has never witnessed such accurate documentation, honesty, and investigation of facts as did that
epoch of Islamic history and its men. An extraordinary human effort has been exerted to study and
pursue its tidings. Successive generations of able and brilliant scholars have not left unexamined even the
smallest details nor minutest explanations concerning that early epoch without putting them under
microscopic investigation, scrutiny, and criticism.
The spectacular magnitude we encounter on the pages of this book of those colossal men of the
Companions of the Messenger (PBUH) is not something legendary, even though they may seem like
legends due to their miraculous nature! These are facts characteristic of the personality and life of the
Prophet's Companions. They soar high and are exalted and ennobled, not because of the author or,
depicter, but because of what the Companions themselves desired and the extraordinary and righteous
effort they exerted for the sake of excelling and attaining perfection.
This book does not claim the power to present this immaculate and extraordinary magnitude to the
reader. Suffice it to refer to its characteristics and to approach its horizon.
Surely history has not witnessed men who set their intentions and will to achieve a totally lofty and
just goal and then devoted their entire lives to it in such an extremely fearless manner, with personal
sacrifice and exertion, as it has witnessed in these men around the Messenger (PBUH).
They came to life at their appointed time and their promised day. When life was craving for
someone to rejuvenate its spiritual values, those Companions came with their noble Messenger (PBUH)
as heralds and sincere believers. When life was craving for someone to remove the shackles of troubled
humanity and to liberate its existence and destiny, they came and stood by their great Messenger as
revolutionaries and liberators. When life was craving for someone to present human civilization with
new and sound inclination, they came as pioneers and luminaries.
How could those righteous men achieve what they did in a few years. How did they triumph over
the ancient world, with all its empires and sovereignties, and turn it into a ruinous mount. How could
they build with Allah's Qur'aan and His Words a new world reverberating with freshness, glittering with
glory and surpassing in capability. Above all, how were they able, with the speed of light, to illuminate
human conscience with the truth of monotheism and sweep away forever the paganism of ancient
centuries. This was their real miracle!
Moreover, their real miracle resides in that remarkable psychological power with which they shaped
their virtues and adhered to their faith in a manner that defies comparison.
However, all their achieved miracles were nothing but a modest reflection of the greater miracle that
enlightened the world on the day Allah willed His noble Qur'aan to be sent down, His honorable
Messenger to deliver the message, and the procession of Islam to start its paces on the road of
In this book, which was previously published in five separate parts and is issued now in a complete
new edition, we present sixty personalities of the Prophet's Companions (May Allah have peace upon
them all). As mentioned at the conclusion of this book, these sixty men represent several thousand others
of their brethren who were contemporaneous with the Messenger (PBUH) and who believed in him and
supported him. In their reflection we see the images of all the Companions. We see their faith, their
constancy, their heroism and their loyalty to Allah and His Messenger (PBUH). We see the effort they
exerted, the calamities they endured, and the victory they achieved. We also see the eminent role they