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When they took him out of the Haram of Makkah to kill him outside its boundaries, Khubaib requested them to let
him offer two Rak`ah of voluntary prayer. They allowed him and he offered two Rak`ah prayer. Then he said: "Had
I not apprehended that you would think that I was afraid of death, I would have prolonged the prayer. O Allah!
Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them.'' He then recited these poetic verses:
`I do not care how they kill me as long as I get martyred in the Cause of Allah as a Muslim. I received my death for
Allah's sake. If Allah so desires, He will bless, the amputated limbs of the torn body.'
Then the son of Al-Harith killed him. It was Khubaib who set the tradition for any Muslim sentenced to death in
captivity to offer two Rak`ah of voluntary prayer. On that day the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) informed his
Companions of the martyrdom of Khubaib. Later on, when some disbelievers from Quraish were informed that
`Asim had been martyred, they sent some people to fetch a significant part of his body to ascertain his death. (This
was because) `Asim had killed one of their chiefs. So Allah sent a swarm of wasps, resembling a shady cloud, to
hover over the body of `Asim and to shield him from their messengers, and thus they could not cut off anything
from his body.
'' means a group or party. Some people say it consisted of six persons - `Asim bin Thabit,
Marthad bin Abu Marthad, Khubaib bin `Adi, Zaid bin Ad-Dathina, `Abdullah bin Tariq and Khalid bin Bukair
(May Allah be pleased with him) Some say that it comprised ten persons. Allah knows better.
The incident reported in this Hadith has many miracles and marvels. For instance, according to his prayer, the news
of his assassination was conveyed by Allah through Wahy to the Prophet (PBUH) on the very day when he was
martyred and he (PBUH) informed his Companions about it.
Second, Allah provided Khubaib with grapes when they were out of season during his imprisonment.
Third, Allah sent wasps for the safety of `Asim's corpse.
Fourth, his enemies met with the evil end which he had imprecated for them.
This Hadith brings forth the following six points:
1. If one's enemy shows strictness and oppression, then he should not accept the offer of protection from them even
if he is killed as a result of this. One can, however, try to save his life if he sees some signs of leniency in the
enemy's attitude.
2. The matchless perseverance and steadfastness of the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) and their patience on
the tyrannies perpetrated on them by their enemies.
3. Even in the worst of circumstances, the Companion of the Prophet (PBUH) (i.e., Khubaib) maintained the best
standard of morality and did not harm the enemy's child in any way.
4. If the enemy is bent upon killing, then it is permissible to request them for permission to offer two Rak`ah of
voluntary Salat because this act of Khubaib (May Allah be pleased with him) was upheld by the Prophet (PBUH).
5. It is lawful to imprecate for oppressors and disbelievers.
There are many Ahadith on the validity of marvels and miracles which have been mentioned in the present book in
different chapters. The following instances can be quoted in this respect:
1. The incident of the boy who used to visit a priest and a magician. (See the Chapter on Patience).
2. The story of Juraij (
which occurs in the Chapter on Sincerity
3. The story of the men of the cave, the entrance of which was closed with a huge stone. (
The Chapter on
4. The story of the man who had heard the voice from the clouds ordering them to shower rain on a particular garden
the Chapter on Generosity
Many other incidents also come in this category which are supported by evidence and are well-known. Allah is
Capable of doing everything.
لﺎﻗ ﺎﻤُﻬْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﺮﻤُﻋ ِﻦْﺑا ﻦَﻋو
ﱡﻂﻗ ٍءﻲَﺸِﻟ ُلﻮُﻘَﻳ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر َﺮﻤُﻋ ُﺖْﻌِﻤﺳ ﺎﻣ
ُﻪﱠﻨُﻇﻷ ﻲﱢﻧإ
، ﱡﻦُﻈَﻳ ﺎَﻤَآ َنﺎَآ ﱠﻻإ اﺬَآ
يرﺎَﺨُﺒﻟا ُﻩاور
Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
I never heard `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him)
relating anything that he conceived it to be so-and-so, but that it proved to be as he had conceived it.
This Hadith tells us about the distinction of `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) and confirms
the marvels which Allah manifested through him. Almighty Allah had endowed him with abundant sagacity and
intelligence. For this reason, the Prophet (PBUH) stated that if there would ever be a man in his Ummah who will be
gifted with inspiration, this man would be `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him).