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Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Fourteen

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Life of Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Abu ZarThe Different Narrations Describing the Demise of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – continued

The second narration describing the demise of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is as follows:

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had neared his end, his wife began to cry. “What makes you cry?” he asked her. She replied, “I am crying because there is nobody to help me bury you and I do not have sufficient cloth to enshroud you.” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “Do not cry, for verily I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying to a group of people which included me, “One of you will most definitely pass away in a deserted place. A group of believers will be present by him (at the time of his death).” There is no person from that group except that he has already passed away in a village and a group of believers. I am the one who is passing away in a deserted place. Keep a watch on the road for you will soon see what I mentioned to you regarding the group of believers. Verily, by the oath of Allah, neither do I lie through these words and nor did Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) lie when he mentioned this to me.”

She asked, “How is that possible? Whereas the people travelling for Haj have ceased to pass by due to the time of Haj elapsing and the roads are deserted!” He again instructed, “Keep a watch on the road.” She would thus run and stand on a hill, watching, and then return to Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to nurse him after which she would again return to the hill. While doing this, she suddenly saw a group of riders who were riding with such speed that they seemed to be birds. She waved a cloth to attract their attention and they came to her and asked her what the matter was. She replied, “A man from the Muslims is passing away. You will enshroud him and be rewarded for it.” They asked, “And who is he?” She replied, “Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” When they heard this, they began to exclaim, “May our mothers and fathers be sacrificed for him!”They thereafter spurred their animals on with their whips, hastening to meet him. When they reached him, he told them, “Glad tidings! You are the group regarding whom Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had prophesized.” He then said, “Verily I heard Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “There are no two Muslims who lose two or three children between them – due to which they anticipate reward and are patient – who will see the fire of Jahannum.” Listen! If I owned cloth which was sufficient to enshroud me, I would not be enshrouded in any cloth besides my own, or if my wife owned cloth which sufficed as my shroud, I would not be enshrouded in besides her cloth. I therefore ask you, for the sake of Allah and Islam, that none of you enshroud me who is a governor, leader or chief.” All present had accepted some sort of position with the exception of an Ansaari youngster who said, “I will enshroud you for verily I have received none of the positions that you mentioned. I will enshroud you in this shawl which I am wearing and two more pieces of cloth which are in my bag. They are from my mother’s yarn which she spun for me.” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “You are the one who must enshroud me.” The Ansaari then enshrouded him after he passed away amidst the group that was present from among whom were Hujr ibnul Adbar and Maalik Al-Ashtar (rahimahumallah). All those who were present in this group were from Yemen.

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Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Thirteen

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Life of Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Abu ZarThe Date of the Demise of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) passed away in Rabzah in the year 32 A.H. According some ‘Ulamaa, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) passed away during Zul Hijjah in the year 31 A.H.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/397, Usdul Ghaabah 4/437)

The Different Narrations Describing the Demise of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

There are essentially two narrations which explain the manner in which Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) passed away.

The first narration is as follows:

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had neared his end, there was nobody with him besides his wife and slave. He instructed them saying, “Give me ghusl and enshroud me in the kafn (when I pass away). Then take my body and place it on the road. Say to the first caravan passing by, “This is Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the companion of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Help us and assist us to bury him.” When he passed away, they both gave him ghusl and enshrouded him and thereafter placed his body on the road. The first caravan to pass by was that of Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was on his way to Makkah Mukarramah to perform Umrah with a caravan of people from Iraq. As they were passing by, they were surprised to see a body lying on the road and it was feared that the camels would trample it. At that point, the slave of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came forward and said to them, “This is Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the companion of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Help us to bury him.” On hearing this, Hazrat Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began to weep and said, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) spoke the truth when he said, “O Abu Zar! You have come walking alone, you will pass away alone and you will be resurrected alone.”” They then descended from their camels and proceeded to bury him. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had mentioned this on the occasion of Tabook.

(Ibn Sa’d 4/177)

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Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twelve

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Life of Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Abu ZarThe Prophecy of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) Passing Away Alone

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) departed for Tabook, some people began to remain behind in order to abandon the expedition. As this would happen, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would inform Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! So and so has remained behind.” On hearing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would say, “Leave him. If there is any good in him then he will soon join us. If there is no good in him then Allah Ta‘ala has relieved you of his presence.” This continued until someone eventually called out to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has remained behind on account of his camel not being able to move.”

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saw that he was unable to travel with his camel, he placed his luggage on his back and departed on foot to join Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). After some time, one of the companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) glanced behind and called out, “There is a man walking on the road!” On hearing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) eagerly exclaimed, “Let it be Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)!” When the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) looked closely at the person approaching on foot and identified him, they called out, “By Allah! It is Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)!” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then made du‘aa saying, “May Allah have mercy on Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! He is walking alone, he will pass away alone and he will be resurrected alone.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/384)

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Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Eleven

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Life of Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Abu ZarGlimpses of the Austerity and Asceticism of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

Sa‘eed bin ‘Ataa’ bin abi Marwaan (rahimahullah) narrates the following from his father:

I once saw Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) performing Salaah while wearing only a lower garment. I therefore said to him, “O Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! Do you have no clothing besides this sheet?” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “If I had another sheet, you would see me wearing it.” I replied, “But a few days did pass in which I saw you wearing two sheets.” To this, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O my nephew! I gave those two sheets to someone who was more in need of them than me.” On hearing this, I exclaimed, “By Allah! You are definitely in need of those two sheets!” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded saying, “O Allah! You forgive!” He then addressed me and said, “Indeed you attach much importance to the dunya! Do you not see me wearing this sheet while I possess another which I wear to the musjid? I possess goats which I milk, camels on which I carry my provisions and we have slaves who serve us and suffice for us by seeing to the preparation of our food. Which favor of Allah can be greater than the favors which we are enjoying?”

(Ibn Sa’d 4/178)

Abu Qilaabah narrates that Abu Asmaa’ Rahabi (rahimahullah) once entered into the presence of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in Rabzah. On entering, he found that the wife of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was with him. She was a dark skinned woman who wore earrings and had no trace of saffron or khalooq (a type of perfume) on her body. Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed him and said, “Do you not see what this dark skinned woman is instructing me to do? She is instructing me to go to Iraq. When I go to Iraq, the people will overcome me with their dunya. Behold! Indeed my beloved friend (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) promised and warned me that there is a path which is very slippery before reaching the bridge which is over Jahannum. It is more likely that we will be saved if we traverse this path with a load that is easy to bear than if we traverse it with a full load.

(Ibn Sa’d 4/178)

Ja’far bin Burqaan narrates that Ghaalib bin Abdir Rahmaan met a man who mentioned the following: If all the items in the home of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had to be gathered, the shawl of this person (referring to a person who was nearby) would be more valuable than all those items combined. Ja’far bin Burqaan thereafter mentions that he recounted this narration to Mahraan bin Maymoon (rahimahullah) who said, “I do not think that the combined contents of the home of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) equaled even two dirhams in value.”

(Ibn Sa’d 4/175)

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Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Ten

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Life of Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu)

Abu ZarThe Adherence of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to the Instruction of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) left Shaam and arrived in Madinah Munawwarah, Hazrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “Why don’t you stay with me? The milk-giving she camels will come to you in the morning and evening.” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) declined this offer and replied, “I do not have any need for your wealth.” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter asked Hazrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) for permission to settle in Rabzah to which Hazrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) consented. When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) arrived in Rabzah, the salaah was commencing and the Imaam was an Abyssinian slave belonging to Hazrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). On seeing Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the slave moved back so that Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) could advance forward and lead the jamaat. Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), however, refused and said, “Go forward and lead the salaah as I have been commanded to listen and obey, even if it be before an Abyssinian slave, and you are an Abyssinian slave.”

(Ibn Sa’d 4/171, Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/389)

Ma’roor bin Suwaid (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

We once passed by Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in Rabzah and noticed that he was wearing two pieces of matching clothing. One, however, was old, while the other was new, and his slave was also wearing two pieces of matching clothing, of which one piece was new and the other old. We therefore said to Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “O Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! If you wore both pieces of new clothing (by giving your slave the old cloth which you are wearing and taking the new cloth from your slave), they would have formed a set of clothing that matched (as both pieces would be new).”

In reply, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) explained, “An argument once broke out between me and one of my Muslim brothers whose mother was a non-Arab. In the course of the argument, I insulted him referring to his mother. He therefore went to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and laid a complaint against me. When I later met Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he said to me, “O Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! You are a man who still has the traits of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance) in him.” I tried to explain the reason for my insulting his mother during the course of insulting him by saying to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! The one who insults people generally insults his mother and father as well.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) again said, “O Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! You are a person who has the traits of Jaahilyyah (ignorance) in him. They are your brothers and slaves whom Allah Ta‘ala has placed in your control. Therefore feed them from the same food that you eat, clothe them from the same clothing that you wear and do not burden them with that which they will not manage. If you burden them with a difficult task then ensure that you assist them.”

By mentioning that one should feed his slave from the same food that he eats and dress him with the same clothing that he wears, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had explained to Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that although a slave belongs to a person and is under his control, he is still a Muslim brother and should thus be treated with kindness and compassion. Hence although it is not compulsory for one to treat his slave as his equal by feeding him from the exact same food which he eats and clothing him with the exact same clothing that he wears, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) took the blessed words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) so seriously that over and above treating his slave kindly, he dressed him and fed him as if he was his equal.

(Saheeh Muslim #1661, Saheeh Bukhaari #30, Fat-hul Baari 1/106, Ibn Sa’d 4/179)

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