Moulana Zakariyya Khandhalvi’s Epilogue: Lives Of Sahabah رضي الله عنهم

Just as we are today lacking in our other duties we owe to Islam, so are we very seriously neglectful in our respect and esteem of the Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum. Some negligent people go to the extent of even making adverse remarks against them. We must remember that the Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum are those people who laid the foundations of Islam. They are the pioneers in Tabligh. We can never be too grateful to them. May Allah shower his choicest blessings on their souls for their efforts in acquiring Islam from the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and handing it down to their successors. I am reproducing below the translation of a chapter from “Shifa” by Qazi Ayaz:

If we claim to revere and honour the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam), we must also respect his Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum. As Muslims, it is incumbent on us to appreciate what we owe to them, to follow them and to ask for giveness of Allah for them. No doubt they had their differences, but we have no right to comment on them. We must beware of the stories forged by Shiahs, Inno vators or biased historians, whose mischievous motive is to slander some of the Sahabah and slight the others. We must never doubt the sincerity and honesty of Sahabah. When we come across any event in history which appears likely to lower their status in our eyes, we must explain it as far as we can in their favour and attribute it to sincere motives, for they really deserve this line of action. We should always speak of their virtues and must hold our tongue in uttering anything likely to slight them.”

11 Virtues Of The Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum:

(1) Follow Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhum)when I am no more with you.”

(2) My Sahabah are like (Guiding) stars. Whomsoever you follow, you will be guided (on the right path):”

(3) “Likeness of my Sahabah (among mankind) is as the likeness of salt in the food. There is no relish in the food without the salt.”

(4) “Beware (of opening your tongue) in slighting my Sahabah. Do not make them the target of your calumny. Who loves them loves them for his love for me, and who spites them spites them for his spite for me. Who annoys them, annoys me, and who annoys me annoys Allah. Allah will very soon seize the person who annoys Him.”

(5) “Do not revile my Sahabah. If any of you (persons coming after Sahabah) has spent gold (in Sadaqah)

6) “on the person who reviles my Sahabah rests the curse of Allah and of angels and of men combined. Neither his Fardh nor his Nafi is accepted by Allah.”

(7) “After the Prophets, Allah has preferred my Sahabah above all His creation. He has again preferred four of my ‘Sahabah’ over the rest of them. They are Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Usman and Ali (Radhiallaho anhum).”

(8) “O, People! I am pleased with Abu Bakr. You should realize his rank. I am also pleased with ‘Umar, Ali, “Usman, Talhah, Zubair, Sa’ad, Saeed, Abdur-Rehman-bin-Auf and Abu Ubaidah (Radhi allaho anhum). You should realize their rank. O, People! Allah has announced the forgiveness of all those who participated in Uhud and who swore allegiance at Hudeybiah. O, people! You should have regard for me while dealing with my Sahabah, specially those who are my kindred by marriage. Beware doing wrong to them, lest they complain against you on the Day of Judgement and you may not be pardoned.”

(9) “Have regard for me in dealing with my Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum and my kindred in marriage. The person who has regard for me shall be in the protection of Allah on the Day of Judgement. Allah is free of any obligation to him who has no regard for me. He may seize him any time.

(10) “On the Day of Judgement, I shall be the guardian of those who have regard for me in their dealing with my Sahabah.”

(11) “The person who has regard for me in his dealing with my Sahabah, shall be able to reach me, when I shall be at Kauthar; while the person who has no regard for me in his dealing with them shall not be able to approach me. He may have a look at me from a distance.”

Ayub Sakhtiani Rahmatullahi Alaihi says:

Whoso loves Abu Bakr, he establishes his faith. Whoso loves ‘Umar, he receives guidance on the right path. Whoso loves Usman, he is illumined with the light of Allah. Whoso loves Ali, he holds fast to the cable of Allah. Whoso honours Sahabah, he can never be a Munafiq. Whoso reviles them, he is surely an innovator or Munafiq or an anti-Sunnat. No good action of such person, I am afraid, will be accepted by Allah until he cleans his heart of their spite, and begins to love all of them.

Sahl-bin-Abdullah Rahmatullahi Alaihi says:

He, who does not honour Sahabah, has actually not believed in the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam).”

May Allah save me, my friends, my patrons, my acquaintances, my Shaikhs, my pupils and all Muslims from His wrath and from His beloved Prophet’s displeasure, and may He fill our hearts with the love for the Sahabah (Radhiyallaho anhum)

HADHRAT MOULANA MUHAMMAD ZAKARIYYA KANDHALWI RAHMATULLAHI ALAIHI

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