Ammaar (R.A.A.) and his
parents were also subjected to the severest affiliations. They were tormented
on the scorching sands of Mecca.
The Holy Prophet (S.AW.),
while passing by them, would enjoin patience giving them glad tidings about
paradise. Ammar's father Yasir (R.A.A.) died after prolonged sufferings at
the hands of persecutors and his mother Sumyya (R.A.A.) was killed by a spear
from Abu Jahl. Sumyya (R.A.A.) had refused to renounce Islam in the face
of terrible torture in her old age. The blessed lady was the first to meet
martyrdom in the cause of Islam.
The first Masjid (mosque
in Islam was built by Ammaar (R.A.A.). When the Prophet (S.A.W.) emigrated
to Medina, Ammaar (R.A.A.) offered to build a structure for him where he
could sit, take rest in the afternoon, and perform his Salat under its roof.
He built the Masjid in Kab'ah. He fought against the enemies of Islam with
great zeal and courage. During one of the battles Ammaar (R.A.A.) asked for
water but was offered some milk. He graciously accepted it and said: "I
am to meet my friends very soon; I am to meet the Prophet (S.A.W.) and his
companions. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) had told me that the milk shall he
my last drink in this worldly life." He then fought till he met his
coveted end. At the time of his death, Ammaar (R.A.A.) was 94 years of age.
To be able to please The Almighty, was really the Sahahah's (Companions)
greatest achievement, and the sole purpose of their life.
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