In the name of Allah, the most gracious and the most merciful.
I was interacting with few of my muslim friends few days ago and to my surprise I found that they are not aware about:
a. The seerat of the Prophet?
b. Who were the companions of the Prophet and what was their contribution to Islam?
c. What is Khilafat and who were the first four khalifa’s?
And many more such questions! I hope you know the answers to these questions, if no we should try and enhance our knowledge. I feel it is important for us especially the youth today to draw inspiration from the life of prophet and his companions to know about their contribution to Islam and the world. In my view they are the SUPERSTARS; their actions, perseverance, hardship, sacrifice, steadfastness, unwavering iman, taqwa and tawakkul is a benchmark for us. The Sahaba’s were the ones who were there besides the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم during the early days of the dawah in Makkah to the latter days of the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم life when Islam was established in Madina and the subsequent expansion of the Islamic State through the whole of the Arabian peninsula.
This is the context to the following hadiths and ayats:
‘The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘The best of my nation is my generation then those who follow them and then those who follow them.’ Sahih Bukhari
In Sura At-Tawba verse 100, Allah سبحانه وتعالى says,
وَالسَّابِقُونَ الْأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنْصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي تَحْتَهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
‘And the first forerunners [in the faith] among the Muhajireen and the Ansar and those who followed them with good conduct – Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great attainment.’
I’d request and appeal to my brothers & sisters in faith to study and draw inspiration from the life the prophet (saw) and his companions and make this life as well as the life in the hereafter more rewarding.
I inshallah plan to begin posting regarding the 10 sahaba’s who were promised paradise by the prophet (saw) they are referred to as ‘Al-‘Ashara al-Mubasharin’ – those that were granted Jannah while on the Dunya. This status was bestowed upon them as a result of their dedication and sacrifices for the sake of Islam.
Abdul Rahman bin ‘Awf narrates that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Abu Bakr is in paradise, Omar is in paradise, Uthman is in paradise, Ali is in paradise, Talha is in Paradise, Az- Zubair is in paradise, Abdul Rahman bin ‘Awf is in paradise, Saad is in paradise, Saeed is in paradise and Abu Ubaida bin al- Jarrah is in Paradise.’ Tirmidhi
I shall inshallah post frequently about the life prophet ى الله عليه وسلم and his companions so that we may know and further discuss regarding the same inshallah.