Wa’alaikomissalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
I pray this message reaches you in good health and iman.
If we go on the detailed story of the family, it will be quite long, so let me just give you a brief of it, and then later on I can post a detailed story about them. I hope that is okay. in sha Allah.
Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem.
1) Story about Sumayyah, Yasir and their son:
Yasir Ibn Amir Radiyallahu Anhu left his native place in Yemen seeking for his brother. In Makkah he found an appealing place, and settled there and was in alliance with Abu Huthaifah Ibn Al Mughirah, who married him to one of his slaves, Sumayyah Bint Khayyat Radiyallahu Anha.
With this marriage, Allah Azza Wa Jall gifted them a son, Ammar Ibn Yasir Radiyallahu Anhu. The family of Yasir was among the people who embraced Islam, earliest, and with that early righteous Muslims had a good share of the Quraish’s persecution and inhumane terror.
Since the family of Yasir belonged to the class of weak, poor or slaves of Makkah, the order for their persecution was handed to Banu Makhzum, where Abu Jahl was their chieftain, and with him there, indeed these class suffered the most.
The way the Quraish tortured the family of Yasir is just too horrible to describe, even the companions of Ammar had a hard time describing it, but there is this narration where it said:
"Ammar’s skin was burned with fire, the Quraish laid him on the heated sands of the desert under the burning stones, ducked him in water until he could hardly breathe and until his wounds and gashes were skinned."
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, when one reads about the torments that these great Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum suffered from the hands of these Quraish indeed our hearts are filled with indescribable pain. May Allah Azza Wa Jall be pleased with them all. Amin.
The family of Yasir, through their sufferings, were raised in such a status that they have inspired believers in ages, that within their stories lies that flame of martyrdom.
They are famous for the time where The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said to condole them from their sufferings: “Patience, O Yasir’s family. Verily, your meeting place will be in Paradise.”
Indeed, this is true for Sumayyah, Yasir and Ammar were among the caravan of martyrs.
Sumayyah was persecuted so much together with Yasir that they died even before the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam migrated to Al Madinah. Ammar Radiyallahu Anhu saw how his mother attained martyrdom, she was killed infront of Ammar, then his father (Yasir) also died due to extreme torture, and only Ammar was left and was also martyred at the age of 93 at the Battle of Siffin.
2) how they came to know Islam, converted and became shaheed
Their beloved son, it is because and through Ammar. As he was among the first people to be taught about islam at Dar Al Arqam. A narration says that one night when Ammar came from Dar Al Arqam, his parents asked him where he was, and then started to reprimand him and for some reason Ammar accidentally tapped an idol that his parents used to worship and it fell on the ground, with this his mother, Sumayyah exclaimed and said that for years it was the one who provided for them.
Upon hearing this, Ammar said: “But it couldn’t even help itself from falling.”
From this thought, Sumayyah and Yasir had a change of heart, and wanted to accept Islam and became one of the earliest Muslims.
Indeed, the story of this family defines such a wonderful ayah in the Qur’an:
"Do the people think that they will be left to say: "We believe", and they shall not be tried?"Qur’an 29:2
Their story of being among the Shuhada has been mentioned above, but for the detailed one, I will be posting it soon. bi’ithnillah.
In sha Allah I hope I have answered most of the question.
May Allah Azza Wa Jall bless you.
Note:These stories are rephrased and written by heart, but you can see their references from the books, Men Around the Messenger and Hayatus As Sahabah, with some of Kitab Al Isabah Fi Tamyiz Al Sahabah.
Do you love the Qur’an?
Do you feel the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall talking to you that with an instant you turn to Him, repent, ask forgiveness and abide to His commandments?
Is this how the Qur’an affects you?
We hear a lot of stories about conversions to Islam, but when you go and read about these stories all of them goes back to the core of Islam, the Qur’an.
It is always His Words that sparks and ignites ones heart to fully turn back to His Creator.
Today, I would like to “again” narrate to you the story of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu, I know many have read about this but do me a favor and read until the end, and I pray it enlightens and inspires your heart to fall in love again with the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall.
Nua’im Radiyallahu Anhu spotted ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab with his sword in his hand, and realized that he was setting out with the intention of harming the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, with his, Nu’am divulged the news to ‘Umar that he should check on his sister first for she and her husband had embraced islam.
Upon hearing that Faatimah Radiyallahu Anha, (his sister) and her husband, Sa’eed Radiyallahu Anhu had embraced Islam, ‘Umar was overcome by a fit of uncontrollable rage.
He then headed straight towards his sister’s house and banged on the door.
Faatimah, Sa’eed and Khabbab (their Qur’an teacher) were inside busy reading the Qur’an. As soon as they heard ‘Umar’s angry voice, they stopped what they were doing. Khabbab Radiyallahu Anhu found a place to hide and by the time ‘Umar entered, Faatimah did not have enough time to hide the scroll (other narrations say it was a piece of leaf) from which they were reading the Qur’an- and so she hurriedly tried to hide it under her leg.
Faatimah Radiyallahu Anha prepared for the worst, for she immediately saw and understood the meaning of the evil expression of ‘Umar’s face.
"I heard you speaking in low, secretive voices, what were you saying?" ‘Umar demanded. (They were reciting Chapter Ta-Ha of the Noble Qur’an.)
"We were just having a conversation between ourselves." Faatimah said.
"Perhaps the two of you have abandoned your religion," said ‘Umar.
Sa’eed said, "O ‘Umar, suppose that the truth lies in something other than your religion."
'Umar suddenly hunged at Sa'eed and pulled his beard. The two of them struggled for a brief period, but 'Umar was clearly stronger, pinning his opponent on the ground and then sitting on his chest.
Seeing this, Faatimah came and tried to push ‘Umar off her husband, but then ‘Umar struck her on her face, which resulted in blood streaming down the side of her face. In angry tone, Faatimah exclaimed, “O enemy of Allah! Do you strike me simply because I believe in the Oneness of Allah?” He dryly replied, “Yes.”
Now one will be truly amazed on the faith of Faatimah as she said, "Then do whatever you planned to do. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. We have embraced Islam in spite of you!"
When ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu heard these words, he began to regret what he had done. He got off Sa’eed Radiyallahu Anhu and sat down beside him on the ground. And he then said, "give me the scroll that is with you, so that I can read it." Faatimah said,"I will not do that."
'Umar said, “Woe upon you! What you said struck a chord in my heart, so give it to me and let me see it. I give you the sincerest and strongest of pledges that I will not betray (by tearing it apart, for instance) and that I will give it back to you so you can then safeguard it in any place of your choosing.”
"You are impure," Faatimah replied, thus alluding to the saying of Allah Azza Wa Jall (Qur’an 56:79)
"Then stand up and take a bath, or at least perform ablution," Faatimah said.
'Umar left, took a bath, and then returned to his sister, who then gave him the scroll. It contained Chapter Ta-Ha, in addition to other chapters of the Qur'an. The first words 'Umar read were: In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.”
Upon reading the words: “The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,” ‘Umar felt frightened and dropped the scroll from his hand. When he then regained his composure, he picked up the scroll again and read the following verses of Chapter Ta-Ha:
"Ta-Ha. We have not sent down the Qur’an unto you (O Muhammad) to cause you distress, But only as a Reminder to those who fear (Allah). A revelation from Him (Allah) Who has created the earth and high heavens. The Most Beneficent (Allah) rose over (Istawa) the (Mighty) throne (in a manner that suits His Mejsty). To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth, and all that is between them, and all that is under the soil. And if you (O Muhammad) speak (the invocation) aloud, then verily, He knows the secret and that which is yet more hidden. Allah! La ilaha ila Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names." Qur’an 20:1-8
He felt the magnificence and greatness of what he was reading for upon finishing the said verses, he commented, “Is it from this that the Quraish have been running away?” He then continued to read on, until he reached the saying of Allah Azza Wa Jall:
"Verily! I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana. ( none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) for My remembrance. Verily, the Hour is coming-and My Will is to keep it hidden- that every person may be rewarded for that which he strives. Therefore, let not the one who believes not therein (i.e in the Day of Resurrection, Reckoning, Paradise and Hell, etc.), but follows his own lusts, divert you therefrom, lest you perish." Qur’an 20:14-16
'Umar then said, "As for the One Who says this, it is not fitting that any other (false idol, person, angel or anyone or anything for that matter) should be worshipped alongside him. TAKE ME TO MUHAMMAD."
Subhan’Allah. After hearing ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu uttered those last words, Khabbab who was hiding came out from his hiding place and exclaimed,” rejoice, O’Umar! For Indeed I hope that the supplication of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam made on Monday is being answered with you. He Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said, “O Allah, honor Islam with the more beloved of these two men to you: Abu Jahl Ibn Hisham or ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab.”
And we all know what happened next, ‘Umar was more beloved to Allah Azza Wa Jall for ‘Umar embraced Islam.
Now why did I highlight this story of ‘Umar for this blessed day of Jumu’ah? Time by time, Muslims need reminders, inspiration and motivation. A lot of Muslims nowadays, have made the Qur’an nothing but among the ordinary books on their shelves, or decorations on their houses.
O Muslims, the Qur’an is to be read and reflected upon! Do not put it on your shelves for it is for you to use, have we forgotten how the Sahabah radiyallahu Anhum struggled to compile such beautiful gift from Allah?
Reflect O Muslims, are we the likes of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab that when He read parts of the Qur’an he had the urge to enter the fold of Islam, we are Muslims, but indeed everyday we need to renew our iman, we need to enter again the fold of Islam, but how can one be given such thirst for Islam when one doesn’t become affected by the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall?
Or are we the likes of Faatimah and Sa’eed Radiyallahu Anhum who stood up for Islam, even tho they knew they could have faced death on that time?
Know that only through the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall did Faatimah and Sa’eed;s hearts feel such strength within them to stand up for it and it is only through the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall did the heart of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab become guided!
Today is a blessed day, Mercy indeed is hovering upon us, regain your strength, redeem your soul, renew your imaan, go read the Qu’ran.
And may Allah Azza Wa Jall fill our hearts with hidayah, rahma and barakah from Him.
Fadail As-Sahaabah, Imam Ahmad, 1/344
Always a favorite! :)
Narrated Aisha (radhiAllaahu ‘anha):
A lady along with her two daughters came to me asking (for some alms), but she found nothing with me except one date which I gave to her and she divided it between her two daughters, and did not eat anything herself, and when she got up and went away. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) came in and I informed him about this story. He said, “Whoever is put to trial by these daughters and he treats them generously (with benevolence) then these daughters will act as a shield for him from Hell-Fire.”
Are we losing the grip? Are we falling down with our depression, our troubles in life?
If yes, then here’s a story that would give you a push towards good again, in sha Allah.
Did you know that among the hundred tribes that came to enter the fold of islam, there was this one tribe from the Arabian peninsula that was and is a very great example of firm faith and strong belief?
Yes, there was, the Banu Mazeenah, a tribe that lived near Al Madinah on the road which linked up with Makkah.
Why do I say they are firm believers of Islam? Well, after the passing away of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, many tribes turned apostate (renounced their belief) of Islam. Such tribes bluntly refused to pay zakat, but this Mazeenah tribe, subhan’Allah, they remained as firm as a mountain in their faith and belief in the tenets which are the five pillars of Islam.
They continued to pay Zakat, observed the obligatory prayers five times a day and adhered faithfully to the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. They neither panicked nor faltered in their steadfastness; doubt and disbelief did not enter their hearts even for a moment.
With this, Allah Azza Wa Jall did bless this tribe the leadership of one of the greatest Muslim general that Islam ever had, in the person of Nu’man Ibn Maqran Radiyallahu Anhu!
Let me tell you the story of this beautiful day of Islam.
When bedouins learnt about the religion of Islam speeding among neighboring lands of Al Madinah, 400 warriors came to their chieftain, Nu’man Radiyallahu Anhu and told him, after moments of deep thinking, he said:
"Brothers, I have made a firm decision to set out for Al Madinah early in the morning and those of you who wish to accompany me on this auspicious journey is welcome to join me."
At dawn, Anu’am Radiyallahu Anhu was pleasantly amazed to find all his brothers and the 400 warriors ready to embark on the journey with him.
There had been no rains and a famine in the region,and the means off income had dwindled and were very limited, yet in spite of all these problems, Nu’am Radiyallahu Anhu collected many very expensive gifts to express his sincere love and regard for the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
When this caravan arrived in Al Madinah, they caused such an unusual stir in the city, imagine the quantity of these people filling up the streets of Al Madinah just for the purpose of accepting this religion! Subhan’Allah.
This was such a breathtaking sight, and whenever I try to imagine it with my mind, my tears just start to fall down!
So when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam learnt of their arrival he went out and greet them. Nu’am Ibn Marqam Radiyallahu Anhu, together with his nine brothers, Sanan, Suwaid, ‘Abdullah, ‘Abdur-Rahman, ‘Aqeel, Na’eem, Mardhi, Dharrar and 400 warriors swore allegiance to Islam, simultaneously!
It was worthy of being seen and experienced!
When this happened every eye was filled with tears, and the face of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was radiant with joy. The faces of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were all glowing with happiness.
Wallah, this event was so great that Allah Azza Wa Jall loved it so much that an ayah was revealed, and the moment was immortalized in the Qur’an for all time. This ayah is:
"And of the bedouins there are some who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and look upon what they spend in Allah’s Cause as means of nearness to Allah, and a cause of receiving the Messenger’s invocations. Indeed these (spendings in Allah’s Cause) are a means of nearness for them. Allah will admit them to His Mercy. Certainly Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most merciful." 9:99
Subhan’Allah! The love and regard of Banu Mazeenah to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and the religion of Tawheed, Al Islam, belief in Allah Azza Wa Jall was just so incredible!
These people had golden hearts, in spite all the sufferings and famine they faced, they still managed to spend for the cause of and to attain nearness to Allah Azza Wa Jall and to receive some invocations from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, subhan’Allah when most of us can’t even try to pay a small amount to attend an islamic lecture or to spend for the cause of Allah. Astagfirullah.
Are we the likes of those tribes who when calamity came to them, renounced their belief and turned away and became enemies of islam? Or are we likes of the people of Banu Mazeenah, that in the face of famine, sufferings, sorrow, we would stand firm as mountains and continue to pursue the rewards of Jannah?
Our actions may not be so great that Allah Azza Wa Jall would reveal an ayah for us, but know that you every deed is written and seen by Him and he will give the duly reward or punishment for each.
So with this we pray with such beautiful words:
”Allahumma ya Muqallib al Quloob thabbit qalbi ‘alaa Deenik,”
O Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion.
Story: Ibn Marqan, Ghadanfar, p. 191-193 | Tafsir Surah At-Tawbah
Supplication: Shaikh Albaanee declared it to be saheeh in Saheeh al Adab al Mufrad (527)