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The Companions in Hadith

By Shari`ah Staff
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Besides the Glorious Qur’an, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself praised the Companions and warned Muslims against attacks and saying insulting words about them. For example:

Al-Bukhari, Muslim and other Hadith narrators relate from abu Sa`id al-Khudri that Allah’s Messenger warned:

"Do not curse my Companions! Do not curse my Companions! I swear by Him in Whose hand my life is that, even if one among you had as much gold as Mount Uhud and spent it in the way of Allah, this would not be equal in reward to a few handfuls of them or even to half of that." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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This is certainly so because they accepted Islam, preached and protected it when circumstances were most severe. Besides, according to the rule ‘the cause is like the doer’, the reward gained by all Muslims so far and yet to come until the Last Day has been, and will be, added to the record of the Companions, without, of course, diminishing anything from the reward of the doers themselves.

Had it not been for the efforts of the Companions to spread Islam, to convey it to the peoples of the world, no one could have the possibility of knowing of Islam, and, therefore, being Muslim. So, all the Muslims coming after the Companions should feel indebted to the Companions and, rather than thinking of criticizing them, should pray for them as the Qur’an teaches us to:

{As for those who came after them, they say, Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in belief, and put not into our hearts any rancor towards those who believe. Our Lord, surely You are the All-Gentle, the All-Compassionate.} (Al-Hashr 59: 10)

At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban quote `Abdullah ibn Mughaffal that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) warned:

"... Refrain from using bad language about my Companions! . . . Refrain from using bad language about my Companions! Do not make them the target of your attacks after me! Whoever loves them, loves them on account of his love of me; whoever hates them, hates them on account of his hatred of me. He who hurts them, has hurt me, and he who hurts me, has hurt Allah, he who hurts Allah, Allah will punish him." (At-Tirmidhi)

Prophet Muhammad said: My Companions are means of security for my nation (Ummah). (Sahih Muslim)
Imam Muslim relates in his Sahih that Allah’s Messenger  (peace and blessings be upon him)  declared:

"The stars are means of security for the heaven, [that is, the heaven is maintained because of the delicate order among the stars]. When the stars are scattered [when that order collapses], what was promised for the heaven befalls it [i.e. the final destruction of the universe]. I am the means of security for my Companions [my Companions will continue to live in peace and security as long as I am alive]. When I leave the world, what was promised for my Companions will befall them. My Companions are means of security for my nation (Ummah). When my Companions leave the world, what was promised for my Ummah will befall them [they will be exposed to many misfortunes and calamities]." (Muslim)

As recorded in authentic books of Hadith, including Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Allah’s Messenger, (peace and blessings be upon him) declared:

"The best of people are those living in my time. Then come those who follow them, and then come those who follow them. Those will be followed by a generation whose witness is sometimes true, sometimes."

They (the Companions) are the best among his (the Prophet's) Ummah, the purest in heart, the deepest in knowledge. (`Abdullah ibn `Umar)
The time of the Companions and the two succeeding generations was the time of truthfulness. People of great righteousness and scholars of utmost exactitude appeared among those first three generations of Islam. Among the later generations were many who told lies and perjured themselves in order to reinforce false beliefs or for worldly aims. It was natural for liars, for members of heterodox sects (as it is for biased Orientalists and their blind followers in the Muslim world), to lie against the Companions and the pure Imams of the two generations succeeding them. For the Companions and those Imams were strongholds of Islam, and strengthened its pillars.

In his 'Hilyat al-Awliya’, Abu Nu`aym quotes `Abdullah ibn `Umar as saying:

Whoever desires to follow a straight path, should follow the path of the righteous early Muslims who have passed away. They are the Companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). They are the best among his Ummah, the purest in heart, the deepest in knowledge, and the farthest from false display of piety. They are a community whom Allah chose for the company of His Prophet and the conveyance of His religion. Try to be like them in conduct and follow their way. They are the Companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). I swear by Allah, the Lord of the Ka`bah, that they were on true guidance. (Abu Nu`aym)

As recorded by Tabarani and Ibn al-Athir, `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud, who was among the first to embrace Islam in Makkah and sent to Kufah as a teacher by `Umar, said:

‘Allah looked at the hearts of His true servants and chose Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to send to His creatures as a Messenger. Then, He looked at the hearts of people and chose his Companions as the helpers of His religion and the viziers of His Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). (Abu Nu`aym)

Ibn Mas`ud also said concerning the Companions:

‘You may excel the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)  in fasting, praying and in striving to worship Allah better. Yet they are better than you. For they give no heed to the world and are most desirous of the Hereafter.' (Abu Nu`aym)

O Allah, bestow blessings and peace on our Master Muhammad and on his family and Companions.

Glory be to You, Oh Allah! We have no knowledge save what You have taught us. Surely you are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

References

Taken with slight modifications from :www.thewaytotruth.org

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