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(Peace be upon him) had never gathered his parents except in the case of Sa‘d — a privilege
granted to him for his efficiency.
In a version by Jabir — authorized by An-Nasa’i — concerning the attitude of Talha bin ‘Ubaidullâh
towards the gathering of idolaters around the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) — when
there were only some Helpers with him — Jabir said: “When the idolaters reached him, the
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) said: ‘Who will suffice us their evils (i.e. fight them back)?’
Talha said: ‘I will.’” Then Jabir mentioned the advance of the Helpers to fight and how they were
killed one after the other in a similar way to Muslim’s narration— “When all the Helpers were killed,
Talha proceeded forward to fight as much as the other eleven ones did till his hand was hurt and his
fingers were cut off. So he said: ‘Be they cut off!’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: ‘If you had
said: In the Name of Allâh, the angels would have raised you up before the people’s very eyes.’”
Then he said: “Allâh drove the idolaters off them.” In
— a book by Hakim— it is stated that
Talha had sustained thirty-nine or thirty-five wounds, and his fingers (i.e. the forefinger and the one
next to it — got paralyzed.
In a version by Qais bin Abi Hâzim — authorized by Al-Bukhari, he said: “I saw the hand of Talha
paralyzed. That was because he protected the Prophet (Peace be upon him) with it in Uhud Battle.”
At-Tirmidhi stated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) then said about Talha: “He who desires to
see a martyr walking on the ground, let him look at Talha bin ‘Ubaidullâh.”
Abu Da’ûd At-Tayalisi on the authority of ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her), said: “Whenever
Uhud Day (i.e. battle) was mentioned, Abu Bakr used to say: ‘That was Talha’s day (i.e. battle)’.
Abu Bakr recited a verse of poetry about him: ‘O Talha bin ‘Ubaidullâh! Paradise is due to you as
water-springs are due to deer to drink out of.’ At the awkward and most delicate circumstances,
Allâh, Glory is to Him, sent down His invisible Help. In a version by Sa‘d — cleared and authorized in
Sahih Al-Bukhari
— he said: “I saw the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) on
Uhud Day with two men — dressed in white defending him fiercely — I have never seen similar to
them neither before Uhud nor after it.” In another version: “He means to say that they were Gabriel
and Michael”.
All those events happened in no time. If the Prophet ’s elite Companions had realized the grave
situation immediately, they would have rushed on the spot and would not have left him sustain
these wounds. Unfortunately, they got there after the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) had
been wounded and six of the Helpers killed, the seventh was staggering under the brunt of wounds
and desperately militating in defence of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). However as soon as they
arrived they encircled the Messenger with their bodies and weapons and were alert enough to
prevent the enemies from reaching him. The first one who returned to give help, was his cavemate
Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (May Allah be pleased with him).
In a version by ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) recorded in Ibn Hibban’s
, she narrated
that Abu Bakr had said:
“When it was Uhud Day and at the time that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was left behind, I was
the first to go back and see him. Before him I saw a man fighting to shield him from the enemies. I
said to myself: ‘I wish he were Talha. Let my father and mother be sacrificed for you. (O Allâh) Let
him be Talha! Let my parents be sacrificed for you!’ On the way, I was overtaken by Abu ‘Ubaidah
bin Al-Jarrah, who was then moving as swiftly as a bird. We both rushed to dress the Prophet ’s
wounds. There we found Talha suffering from serious wounds before the Messenger of Allâh (Peace
be upon him). The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: ‘See to your brother. His deed entitled him for
an abode in Paradise.’ I noticed that two rings of the iron-ringed helmet had penetrated his cheek.
So I set out to take them out; but Abu ‘Ubaidah demanded: ‘By Allâh, O Abu Bakr — I beseech you,
let me do it myself.’ Fearing to hurt the Prophet (Peace be upon him) he started pulling one of the
two rings out very slowly and carefully with his mouth. Then he pulled the arrow out by his mouth,
too. Consequently, his front tooth fe ll. Then I proceeded to pull the second out; but Abu ‘Ubaidah
besought me to leave it: ‘O, Abu Bakr, I adjure you by Allâh to let me do it.’ He pulled the second
ring very slowly and carefully with his mouth — till it came out. The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be
upon him) said: ‘See to your brother. He has proved to be worthy of being housed in Paradise.’ We
approached Talha to cure him but found out that he had had some ten sword-strokes in his body.
(This showed how efficiently Talha had fought and struggled on that day).”
At those awkward moments of that day, a group of Muslim heroes gathered around the Prophet
(Peace be upon him) forming a shield to protect him from the idolaters. Some of them were Abu
Dujana, Mus‘ab bin ‘Umair, ‘Ali bin Abi Talib, Sahl bin Haneef, Malik bin — Sinan the father of Abu
Sa‘îd Al-Khudri, Umm‘Amara, Nusaiba bint Ka‘b Al-Mâziniya, Qatada bin An-Nu‘man, ‘Umar bin Al-
Khattab, Hatib bin Abi Balta‘a and Abu Talha.
The number of idolaters was steadily increasing; and their attacks, naturally, got severer. Their
press had increased to an extent that the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) fell into one of
the holes dug and designed by Abu ‘Amir Al-Fasiq to be used as traps. His knee scratched and ‘Ali
helped him by grasping his hand up. Talha bin ‘Ubaidullâh took him in his lap till he could stand
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