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Friday, November 2, 2018

Eminent Companions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)


A large number of early Muslims who embraced Islam during life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and had the privilege of seeing and interacting with him are known as the "Sahaba" (plural of Sahabi - the companion).  The Companions, being eyewitnesses, have been the most authentic sources of Ḥadīth, the record of Prophet Muḥammad’s sayings and activities.

We are starting a series of posts from today on to talk about the life and achievements of some of these blessed Muslims who had the privilege of being very close to the Prophet of Allah and contributed tremendously to the cause and spread of Islam, besides rendering exclusive company to the Prophet of Allah. Attributing his great admiration to his companions, the Prophet of Allah once remarked: “My companions are like the stars. Whichever one you follow, you’ll be guided.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) spoke very high of his companions and the believers who embraced Islam. "The best of my nation is my generation then those who follow them and then those who follow them."

Thus the companions are considered the best generation of the Islamic nation. And by knowing them more, we learn about the Prophet of Allah and the times of difficulties they braved to spread Islam with an extreme devotion to the religion of Islam. So we need to know them more and their services to Islam and love for the Prophet of Allah. The Companions of the Holy Prophet were indeed the best of all people. Ibn Masood, one of the Companions, said: "Indeed Allah, the Exalted, chose Muhammad as His Prophet, for he was the most pious of His slaves, and Allah sent him with the Message. Allah then chose the Companions of the Prophet to be with the Prophet as they were the best of all people after him." [2] 




Since list of these blessed Muslims is very long, we will try to present the life and achievements of some of the most eminent and revered companions. These would also include the first four caliphs, who are the ṣaḥābah held in highest esteem among Sunnite Muslims and are part of a group of 10 Companions, known as the Ashra Mubashra,  to whom prophet Muḥammad promised paradise

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) named ten of his companions which he said would be blessed with paradise in the hereafter.  The Prophet of Allah named "Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali (the first four caliphs) , Talhah, Al-Zubayr,  Abdul-Rahman ibn Awf,   Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas,  Sa`id ibn Zayd and Abu `Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah ." 

We will also include some very close companions in the series under this heading which though not named in the ten blessed ones, but were still very close and dear to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

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