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The Boy Who Raised First Sword for the Cause of Allah – Zubair Bin-Ul-Awam (RA)

Zubair Bin Ul Awam The Boy Who Raised First Sword for the Cause of Allah – Zubair Bin Ul Awam (RA)

Zubair bin-ul-Awam (RA) was one of the closest related persons to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He (RA) is one of the most famous and respectable personalities of Islam. He (RA) served his whole life for the betterment and establishment of Islam. He (RA) was one of the favorite companions of Rasool Allah (SAW) who awarded Zubair with the title of Hawari-e-Rasul meaning the disciple of the messenger of Allah.

He (RA) was related to the Holy Prophet (SAW) in many ways. Firstly, he (RA) was the cousin of the Holy Prophet (SAW) as he was the son of Safiyah (RA) the aunt of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Khadijatul Kubra the wife of the Holy Prophet (SAW) was the aunt of Zubair bin-ul-Awam (RA) so the Holy Prophet (SAW) became his uncle. He (RA) was also the brother-in-law of the Holy Prophet (SAW) as the sister of Hazrat Ayesha (RA) was married to him. He (RA) also had ancestral relations with the Holy prophet (SAW). Belonging to a family, which was very close to the Holy Prophet (SAW) it was quite natural that he also accepted and embraced Islam. He (RA) accepted Islam between the age of 12 and 16 years. His father died when Zubair (RA) was still a child. His mother Safiyah (RA) made him a tough and brave man.

The Bravery of Zubair (RA)

Hazrat Zubair (RA) was a brave person since childhood and there are many examples of his immaculate bravery. As Rasool Allah (SAW) declared that, he was the one who raised the first sword against the antagonists in Makah when he was just sixteen. He had deep love and affection for the last prophet and his religious preaching.

Zubair and the Zuberi Clan

The history of Zubairi family is traceable to the time of Last Prophet of Islam. Hazrat Zubair had a large family with 21 children out of 12 were male and 9 of them were female children. Three of his male children became much popular as one became the caliph at Makkah called Abdullah, second son became the governor of Kufa called Musab and the third son became the famous historian of Islam called Urwa. Zubairi clan is present in the Indian Sub continent, Middle East, UK and USA. One of the famous saints in Zubairi clan is called Hazrat Sheikh Samauddin Zuberi from the 14th century AD.

Sa`D Ibn Abi Waqas (RA) – The Father Of Arab-China Political Relations

Sa’d ibn Abī Waqqās (RA) was one of the ten people who were promised paradise by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He (RA) was in the panel of the six people who had to choose the next caliph of Islam among them after the death of the second caliph Hazrat Umar (RA). He (RA) served his whole life in serving Islam and spreading it. He (RA) took many responsibilities at the advent of Islam.

He (RA) embraced the teachings of Islam at a young age of 17 and was one of the earliest to do it. Sa’d ibn Abī Waqqās (RA) was closely related to the Holy Prophet (SAW) and was his (SAW) cousin. However, Holy Prophet (SAW) considered him his uncle. Holy Prophet (SAW) once said: “Here is my uncle, Sa`d. if anyone has an uncle like him, then he should show me.” [Ibn Hajari, Tarikh, 2:33; Ibn Athir, ibid, 2:291]. Sa’d ibn Abī Waqqās (RA) was one of those sahabas or companion of Rasool Allah who worked tirelessly for the betterment of Islam and he (RA) also took the responsibilities of preacher, ambassador and an adviser to the Holy Prophet (SAW). He (RA) played a vital role in the battles of Persia and Qadsiya in the reign of Hazrat Umar (RA). He (RA) was sent to the battlefield as commander of the army in both these conquests. With his immaculate strength and bravery, he (RA) taught a worthy lesson to the enemies of Islam.

Sa`D Ibn Abi Waqas (RA) Biography In Brief
595 – 674
Place of birth Mecca, Arabia
Place of death Madinah, Arabia.
Allegiance Rashidun Caliphate.
Service/branch Rashidun army
Years of service 636-644
Rank Commander
Governor of Ctesiphon (637-638)
Governor of Busra (638-644), (645-646)
Commands held Rashidun conquest of Persian Empire

The Memorable Role

Sa’d ibn Abī Waqqās (RA) was a preacher and played a role of advisor to Rasool Allah. He was a traveler and famous warrior. Designated as ambassador he (RA) played a significant role in developing the diplomatic relations with China. At the age of eighty he died and is buried in Madinah. The immaculate and impeccable services by Sa’d ibn Abī Waqqās would always be remembered as he was loyal to the Holy Prophet (SAW). His statesmanship and Governorship of Persia are notable services to Islam.

Khalifa Umar bin al-Khattab – Battles Before Conquest of Mecca

Expedition To Turbah
Banu Howazin was a tribe which inhabited the Turbah valley at two days march from Mecca. The tribe had indulged in some hostile activities against Islam, and in 629 A.D., the Holy Prophet decided to take punitive action against the tribe.
The Holy Prophet commissioned Umar to lead the expedition against Banu Howazin. The instructions of the Holy Prophet were that the tribe should be called to Islam, and in the event of their refusal, force should be used against them, and they should be driven away from the Turbah valley.

The Muslim expeditionary force consisted of thirty men. They had with them a guide of the Banu Hilal, who showed them the way, and led them to Turbah valley through unfrequented paths.

When the Muslim force reached the Turbah valley, they found that on hearing the approach of the Muslim force, the Banu Howazin had evacuated the valley and fled elsewhere with their animals and other belongings. The Muslim force stayed in the valley for some days. Scouts were sent in various directions to find some clue of the whereabouts of the Banu Howazin. No clue was found, and as the object of driving away the hostile tribe from the neighbourhood of Mecca had been achieved without firing a shot, the Muslim force decided to return to Madina.

When on the return march, the Muslim force reached ZiAljaza, about six miles from Madina, the Banu Hilal guide said:

As on the expedition against Banu Howazin you have had no booty, and if you want to return to Madina carrying some booty I can guide you against some other tribe Banu Kbusham have been afflicted with famine. I have seen them going that way. If you think of attacking them and getting some booty, I can take you by a path to such a place from where you could launch a surprise attack on them. In spite of famine conditions they have ample wealth with them which you could appropriate.”

Thereupon Umar said:”The Holy Prophet merely sent us against Banu Howazin, and the object was to promote the cause of Islam and not to get booty for ourselves. As the Holy Prophet did not authorise me to attack any other tribe, I am afraid I can not attack any other tribe just for the sake of booty, without the express instructions of the Holy Prophet. “When on return to Madloa, Umar submitted his report to the Holy Prophet, and stated how he had not accepted the advice of the guide to attack Banu Khusham, the Holy Prophet said, “Umar you did well. If you had attacked them, I would have been unhappy.”

Abu Dujana, Stories of The Sahaba

Abu Dujana

Amongst the Lions of Allah was a companion by the name of Abu Dujana Sammak bin Kharsha (r.a.a). He was from the Ansar and accepted Islam early in the Prophet’s (s.a.w) mission. He was recognized for his piety and strength and bravery in Jihad. Wherever we discover his name in the books of Sunnah, he can be identified fighting for the Deen of Allah.

Anas bin Malik, Witness to the Verse Of Al-Hijab, The Veil

ahadith Anas bin Malik, Witness to the Verse Of Al Hijab, The Veil

Narrated Anas bin Malik (raa): I was ten years old when Allah’s Apostle (saws) arrived at Medina. My mother and aunts used to urge me to serve the Prophet (saws) regularly, and I served him for ten years.

When the Prophet (saws) died I was twenty years old, and I knew about the order of Al-Hijab (veiling of ladies) more than any other person when it was revealed.

It was revealed for the first time when Allah’s Apostle (saws) had consummated his marriage with Zainab bint Jahsh (raa).

When the day dawned, the Prophet (saws) was a bridegroom and he invited the people to a banquet, so they came, ate, and then all left except a few who remained with the Prophet (saws) for a long time.

The Prophet (saws) got up and went out, and I too went out with him so that those people might leave too.

The Prophet (saws) proceeded and so did I, till he came to the threshold of ‘Aisha’s dwelling place. Then thinking that these people have left by then, he returned and so did I along with him till he entered upon Zainab and behold, they were still sitting and had not gone.

So the Prophet (saws) again went away and I went away along with him. When we reached the threshold of ‘Aisha’s dwelling place, he thought that they had left, and so he returned and I too, returned along with him and found those people had left.

Then the Prophet (saws) drew a curtain between me and him, and the Verses of Al-Hijab 1 were revealed.

Wedlock, Marriage (Nikaah) – Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 62, Number 95

Al Ahzâb – Surah 33. The Clans, The Coalition

[33:59] “O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Three Notable and Respectable Non-Arab Sahaba Women

Al Nahdiah

She was a slave along with her daughter Umm Ubays. Her owner was a woman from Banu Abd-al-dar. Both of the mother and daughter embraced Islam during their slavery and had to face immense torture and brutalism by the non Muslims of Makkah. Upon seeing their miserable condition, Abu Bakar talked to her mistress. The mistress replied in an arrogant tone and asked him to pay for her freedom. Abu bakar paid for their freedom according to the price the mistress demanded. So, this way their miseries came to an end by the grace of Allah.


Lubaynah was another slave girl freed by the notable friend of Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi wasalam known as Abu Bakar R.A. Abu Bakar R.A. had freed many other slave men and women by paying from his own pocket and wealth.

Lubaynah was owned by Umar ibn al-Khattab who had not yet embraced Islam. Another slave girl known as Zinnira accompanied her. Umar threw all of her anger and hatred for Islam on them. His harsh treatment was unbearable by the slave girls. His merciless beatings could not affect the faith of Lubaynah at all. The brave girl refused to renounce her religion in any condition and remained steadfast to her beliefs in One Allah SWT and His Apostle Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam.

Sîrîn bint Sham’ûn

Sîrîn bint Sham’ûn, the Egyptian lady and sister of Umm al Momineen Maria Al-Qibtiyya were sent as a gift to Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam. Muqawqis, the Sassanid official, wanted to please the Prophet with his gifts. Both of the girls were slaves of Prophet and comprised unique intelligence with beauty. Unlike any ordinary master, Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam, the master of masters treated both of his slave girls with much respect and gave them honor. The Prophet sent Maria Al-QIbtiyya proposal and her sister got married to Hassan ibn Thabit, companion of Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam.

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