The first Masjid in Islam was built by Hadhrat Ammaar b. Yasir radhiyallahu anhuma. When Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam emigrated to Medinah, Hadhrat Ammaar radhiyallahu anhu offered to build a structure for him where Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam could sit, take rest in the afternoon, and say his Salaat under its roof. Hadhrat Ammaar radhiyillahu anhu first collected stones and then built the Masjid in Quba.
Hadhrat Ammaar radhiyallah ‘anhu’s honourable father’s name: Hadhrat Yasir radhiyallahu anhu
beloved mother’s name: Hadhrat Sumayyah radhiyallahu anha
Hadhrat Ammaar radhiyallahu anhu and his parents radhiyallahu anhuma were subjected to the severest afflictions. They were tormented on the scorching sands of Makkah Mukarramah. Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa salaam while passing by them would enjoin patience giving them glad tidings about paradise.
Hadhrat Ammaar radhiyallahu anhu’s father, Hadhrat Yasir radhiyallahu anhu passed away after prolonged sufferings at the hands of the persecuters, and his mother Hadhrat Sumayyah radhiyallahu anha was murdered by the tyrant, Abu Jahl, who put his spear through the most private part of her body, causing her death. She had refused to renounce Islam in the face of terrible torture in her old age. The blessed sahabiyyah radhiyallahu anha was the first to meet martyrdom in the cause of Islam.
This did not stop Hadhrat Ammaar radhiyallahu anhu, he proceeded to meet the enemies of Islam with great zeal and courage. Once he was fighting in a battle when said rejoicingly:
“I am to meet my friends very soon, I am to meet Muhammed sallallahu alaihi wa sallam and his companions radhiyallahu anhum.
He then asked for water. He was offered some milk. He took it and said:
“I heard Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam saying to me, “Milk shall be the last drink of your worldly life.”
He then fought till he met his coveted end. He was then aged about ninety-four.
Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported: “I was once seated with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) when ‘Ammar ibn Yasir sought permission [to enter]. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Allow him in, Welcome to the pure purified one.’”
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(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3798, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 146)
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “‘Ammar is filled with Iman till the top of his bones.” [i.e. He is filled with Iman].
(Sunan Nasai; Al Mujtaba, Hadith: 5007, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 147 and Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 7076)
A Hadith in Sahih Bukhari states that Allah Ta’ala had protected Sayyiduna ‘Ammar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) from Shaytan.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3287 and 3742)
Sayyiduna Hudhayfah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: ‘We were seated with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) when he said, ‘…And follow the way/guidance of ‘Ammar [ibn Yasir]…”
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3799)
In another Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said that ‘Ammar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) always chooses matters that have more guidance.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3799)