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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 9

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 9











Sa’id ibn Aamir al-Jumahi was one of the thousands who left for

the region of Tan’im on the outskirts of Makkah at the invitation

of the Quraysh leaders to witness the killing of Khubayb ibn Adiy,

one of the companions of Mohammed (PBUH) whom they had

captured treacherously.

With his exuberant youthfulness and strength, Sa’id jostled through

the crowd until he caught up with the Quraysh leaders, men like

Sufyan ibn Harb, and Safwan ibn Umayyah, who were leading the

procession. Now he could see the prisoner of the Quraysh shackled

in his chains, the women and children pushing him to the place

set for his death.

Khubayb’s death was to be the revenge for Quraysh losses in the

battle of Badr. When the assembled crowd arrived with its prisoner

at the appointed place, Sa’id ibn Aamir took up his position at a

point directly overlooking Khubayb as he approached the wooden

cross. From there he heard Khubayb’s firm but quiet voice amid

the shouting of women and children. “If you would, leave me to

pray two rakaats (unit of prayer) before my death.”

This the Quraysh allowed.

Sa’id looked at Khubayb as he faced the Ka’bah and prayed. How

beautiful and how composed those two rakaats seemed!

Then he saw Khubayb facing the Quraysh leaders. “By God, if you

thought that I asked to pray out of fear of death, I would think the

prayer not worth the trouble,” he said.

Sa’id then saw his people set about dismembering Khubayb’s body

while he was yet alive and taunting him in the process.

“Would you like Muhammad to be in your place while you go free?”

With his blood flowing, he replied, “By God, I would not want

to be safe and secure among my family while even a thorn hurts


People shook their fists in the air and the shouting increased. “Kill

him. Kill Him!”

Sa’id watched Khubayb lifting his eyes to the heavens above the

wooden cross. “Count them all, O Lord,” he said. “Destroy them

and let not a single one escape.” Thereafter Sa’id could not count

the number of swords and spears which cut through Khubayb’s body.

The Quraysh returned to Makkah and in the eventful days that

followed forgot Khubayb and his death. But Khubayb was never

absent from the thoughts of Sa’id, now approaching manhood. Sa’id

would dream of Khubayb in front of him praying his two rakaats,

calm and contented, before the wooden cross. And he would hear

the reverberation of Khubayb’s voice as he prayed for the punish-

ment of the Quraysh. He would be afraid that a thunderbolt from

the sky or some calamity would strike him.

Khubayb, by his death, had taught Sa’id what he did not realize

before--that real life was faith and conviction and struggle in the

path of faith, even until death.

He taught something else too- that the man who is loved by his

companions with such a love as Khubayb’s could only be a Prophet

with Divine support.

Thus was Sa’id’s heart opened to Islam. He stood up in the assem-

bly of the Quraysh and announced that he was free from their sins

and burdens. He renounced their idols and their superstitions and

proclaimed his entry into the religion of God.

Sa’id migrated to Madinah and attached himself to the Prophet

(pbuh). He took part with the Prophet in the battle of Khaybar

and other engagements thereafter. After the Prophet passed away,

Sa’id continued active service under his successors, Abu Bakr and

Umar. He lived the unique and exemplary life of the believer who

purchased the Hereafter with this world. He sought the pleasure

and blessings of God above selfish desires and bodily pleasures.

Both Abu Bakr and Umar knew Sa’id well for his honesty and piety.

They would listen to whatever he had to say and follow his advice.

Sa’id once came to Umar at the beginning of his caliphate and said,

“I adjure you to fear God in dealing with people and do not fear

people in your relationship with God. Let not your actions deviate

from your words for the best of speech is that which is confirmed

by action. Consider those who have been appointed over the affairs

of Muslims, far and near. Like for them what you like for yourself

and your family. Surmount any obstacles to attain the truth and do

not fear the criticisms of those who criticize in matters prescribed

by God.

“Who can measure up to this, Sa’id?” asked Umar. “A man like

yourself from among those whom God has appointed over the

affairs of the Ummah of Muhammad and who feels responsible to

God alone,” replied Sa’id.

“Sa’id,” he said, “I appoint you to be governor of Homs (in Syria).”

“Umar,” pleaded Sa’id, “I entreat you by God, do not cause me to

go astray by making me concerned with worldly affairs.”

Umar became angry and said, “You have placed the responsibility

of the caliphate on me and now you forsake me.” “By God, I shall

not forsake you,” Sa’id quickly responded. Umar appointed him

as governor of Homs and offered him a gratuity.

“What shall I do with it, O Amir al-Mu’mineen?” asked Sa’id. “The

salary from bayt al-mal will be more than enough for my needs.”

With this he proceeded to Homs. Not long afterwards, a delegation

from Homs made up of people in whom Umar had confidence,

came to visit him in Madinah. He requested them to write the

names of the poor among them so he could relieve their needs.

They prepared a list for him in which the name Sa’id ibn Aamir

appeared. “Who is this Sa’id ibn Aamir?” asked Umar. “Our amir,”

they replied. “Your amir is poor?” said Umar, puzzled. “Yes,” they

affirmed, “By God, several days go by without a fire being lit in his

house.” Umar was greatly moved and wept. He got a thousand

dinars, put it in a purse and said, “Convey my greetings to him and

tell him that the Amir al-Mu’mineen has sent this money to help

him look after his needs.”

The delegation came to Sa’id with the purse. When he found that

it contained money, he began pushing it away saying, “From God

we are and to Him we shall return.” He said it in such a way as if

some misfortune had descended on him.

His alarmed wife hurried to him and asked, “What’s the matter,

Sa’id? Has the Khalifah died?” “Something greater than that.” “Have

the Muslims been defeated in a battle?” “Something greater than

that. The world has come upon me to corrupt my hereafter and

create disorder in my house.”

“Then get rid of it,” said she, not knowing anything about the di-

nars. “Will you help me in this?” he asked. She agreed. He took the

dinars, put them in bags and distributed them to the poor Muslims.

Not long afterwards, Umar ibn al-Khatab went to Syria to examine

conditions there. When he arrived at Homs, which is called little

Kufah because, like Kufah, its inhabitants complained a lot about

their leaders, he asked what they thought of the Amir. They com-

plained about him mentioning four of his actions each one more

serious than the other.

“I shall bring you and him together,” Umar promised. “And I pray

to God that my opinion about him would not be damaged. I used

to have great confidence in him.”

When the meeting was convened, Umar asked what complaints

they had against him. “He only comes out to us when the sun is

already high,” they said. “What do you have to say to that, Sa’id?”

asked Umar.

Sa’id was silent for a moment, then said, “By God, I really didn’t

want to say this but there seems to be no way out. My family does

not have help in the home so I get up every morning and prepare

dough for bread. I wait a little until it rises and then bake it for my

family. I then make wudu and go out to the people.”

“What’s your other complaint?” asked Umar. “He does not answer

anyone at night,” they said. To this Sa’id reluctantly said, “By God,

I really wouldn’t have liked to disclose this also, but I have left the

day for them and the night for God, Great and Sublime is He.”

“And what’s your other complaint about him?” asked Umar. “He

does not come to us for one day in every month,” they said.

To this Sa’id replied, “I do not have a house help, O Amir al-Mu’mi-

neen and I do not have any clothes except what’s on me. This I

wash once a month and I wait for it to dry. Then I go out in the

later part of the day.”

“Any other complaint about him?” asked Umar. “From time to time,

he blacks out in meetings,” they said.

To this Sa’id replied, “I witnessed the killing of Khubayb ibn Adiy

when I was a mushrik (ascribing partners to Allah). I saw the Quraysh

cutting him and saying, “Would you like Muhammad to be in your

place?” to which Khubayb replied, ‘I would not wish to be safe and

secure among my family while a thorn hurts Muhammad.’ By God,

whenever I remember that day and how I failed to come to his aid,

I only think that God would not forgive me and I black out.”

Thereupon Umar said, “Praise be to God. My impression of him

has not been tainted.” He later sent a thousand dinars to Sa’id to

help him out.

When his wife saw the amount she said. “Praise be to God Who has

enriched us out of your service. Buy some provisions for us and get

us a person to help in the house.” “Is there any way of spending it

better?” asked Sa’id. “Let us spend it in whoever comes to us and

we would get something better for it by thus dedicating it to God.”

“That will be better,” she agreed.

He put the dinars into small bags and said to a member of his

family, “Take this to the widow of so and so, and the orphans of

that person, to the needy in that family and to the indigent of the

family of that person.”

“Sa’id ibn Aamir-al Jumahi was indeed one of those who deny

themselves even when they are afflicted with severe poverty.

Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“He has no faith who does not keep trust, and he has no

prayer who is impure, and he has no religion who does

not offer prayer. Verily the place of prayer in the religion

is just as the position in the body.” (Al-Mu’jam Al-Saghir)

Abu Musa Ash’ari (R.A.A.) said, “A person, who comes to

offer prayer from a long distance, gets the highest reward;

and he who waits so that he might say his prayer along

with the Imam (in congregation) has higher recompense

than the one who prays all alone, and thereafter goes to

sleep.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Saeed Khudri (R.A.A.) relates that the Holy Prophet

(S.A.W.) said: “When you notice a person regularly visit-

ing a mosque, testify to his faith (his being a believer) for

Allah, the Master of Honor and Glory said: “The mosques

of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe

in Allah and the Last Day.” (S.9 V.18) (Tirmizi)

Abu Hurairah (R.A.A.) relates that the Holy Prophet

(S.A.W.) said: When a person goes under sound sleep the

Satan ties three knots at the nape of his neck (where it

touches the head) reciting some spell over each of these

knots i.e. there is enough of the night go on sleeping. If

he wakes up and remembers Allah, one of these knots is

untied. Then if he gets up and makes ablution, another

one is loosened. If he offers his prayer, then the remaining

third knot is loosened. Thus he faces his morning quite

fresh and is in a cheerful mood. Otherwise he gets up in an

unpleasant, dull and lethargic mood. (Bukhari andMuslim)

When you are among your goats in the desert and call the

Adhan, raise your voice for whoever of the jinn and men;

and whatever hears the farthest sound of the voice of the

muezzin shall bear witness to it on the Day of Judgment.


If people realized the beneficence of calling the Adhan and

standing in the first row for Prayer, and they could secure

these privileges only through drawing lots they would draw

lots for them; and if they knew the merit of coming early

to Prayer they would vie with each other in hastening to it;

and if they appreciated the value of the dawn and evening

Prayers they would come to them even if they had to crawl

on all fours. (Bukhari and Muslim)

When you hear the Adhan, repeat after the muezzin what

he says. (Bukhari and Muslim)

A supplication made between Adhan and Iqamah is not

rejected. (Abu Daud and Tirmidhi)

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “Tell me if one of you

had a stream running at his door and he should take a

bath in it five times every day would any dirt be left upon

him?” He was answered: “No dirt would be left on him.”

The Holy Prophet observed: “This is the case of the five

Prayers. Allah wipes out all faults in consequence of them.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)


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