The Best Generation – The First Envoy and The Standard Bearer

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“And Muhammad is but a Messenger. Messengers have passed away before him” [3:144]

This verse was revealed later on, after he had spoken it.  

 

As children, the elders used to  tell us stories. I can remember being half asleep, dozing and listening to the tales being told……………many of them registering  in not only my conscious mind but my subconscious as well

Hearing about him as a child before I even knew his name, he was the stuff of legends……….

The Ultimate Standard Bearer…………

He carried the standard on the Day of Uhud and when the Muslims were scattered he stood fast.

When his right hand was cut off, he recited the verse, “And Muhammad is but a Messenger. Messengers have passed away before him” [3:144]

He held the standard with his  left hand, his left hand was cut off and he held the standard with his upper arms reciting the verse, “And Muhammad is but a Messenger. Messengers have passed away before him” [3:144]

Then he was struck with a spear that went through him. He fell and then the standard.

Mus’ab Ibn ‘Umair was martyred on the Day of Uhud and did not leave behind anything except a sheet of shredded woollen cloth. If his head was covered with it, his feet were uncovered and if his feet was covered, his head was uncovered. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) said to the his companions, “Cover his head with the cloth and  put lemon grass over his feet.” 

And the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave a sad look at the garment in which Mus’ab was shrouded and said,

“I saw you at Makkah, and there was not a more precious jewel, nor more distinguished one than you, and here you are bare-headed in a garment”

Historians commented that “He was the most charming of Makkans”

He was Mus’ab Ibn Umair known as Mus’ab the Good.

His mother was Khunaas Bint Maalik and he was born and brought up in wealth. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I saw Mus’ab here, and there was no youth in Makkah more petted by his parents than he. The he abandoned all this for the love of Allah and His Prophet.”

His mother withheld him from all luxury, refused him food and tried to imprison him. He swore that he would kill all who came to her aid to lock him up. She turned him out of her house and said to  him, “Go away, I am no longer your mother”

So Mus’ab left the luxurious life that he had been living and wore the roughest clothes, eating one day and going hungry the next. While he was in this state the Prophet (peace be upon him) commissioned him to be his envoy to Al-Madiinah. At the time that he  was sent to Al-Madiinah, there were only 12 Muslims. He won the hearts of the Madinites with his piety, uprightness and sincerity so that during the next pilgrimmage season, the Madinite Muslims sent a delegation of 70 believing men and women to meet the Prophet (peace be upon him).

He was the first envoy of the the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and he succeeded without comparison.

In preparation for the Battle of Uhud, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) chose him to bear the standard. When the polytheists started to  concentrate on the Prophet of Allah to  finish him off, Mus’ab saw  the threat and raised the standard shouting, “Allahu  Akbar” drawing the attention of the enemy to himself in order to turn their attention away from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

He had thought that if he fell  and the standard fell that it  would be a stepping  stone to the death of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). So he deliberately put himself in harm’s way fro the sake of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he continued to say with every sword stroke that fell on him from the enemies,

And Muhammad is but a Messenger. Messengers have passed away before him” [3:144]

Until he was martyred.

These are the men of Islam who we should strive to emulate and who we must  ensure that our youth learn about….

 

 

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