Companion of the Prophet, Sayyiduna Jahjah Bin Sa’eed Ghiffari رضی اللہ عنہ

Best people of the Ummah

The glorious personalities who became companions of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم after being blessed with the company of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم are the best people among the entire Ummah. Sayyiduna Jahjah Bin Sa’eed Ghifari رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ is also one of those blessed companions. From the era of Tabi’een to the Day of Judgement, no pious saint, Ghaus, Qutub or Abdaal of this Ummah can ever rise to this great rank no matter how high ranks they reach.

Name and introduction

His name is famous as Jahjah, whereas, Imam Muhammad Bin Yusuf Shaami رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه has narrated from Imam Ibn-e-Jareer Tabari: اَلْمُحَدِّثُونَ يَزِيْدُوْنَ فِيهِ الْهَاء، وَ الصَّوَابُ جَهْجَا، دُونَ هَاء i.e. Muhaddiseen have added the word ہ to it. The correct name is without the ہ’, ‘جھجا. (Subul-ul-Huda war Rashaad, vol. 4, pp. 356) He رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ used to look after the horses of Sayyiduna Umar Farooq A’zam رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ. (Ghawamid-ul-Asma il-Mubhamah, vol. 1, pp. 102)

Du’a of Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم for the tribe of Ghifar

Sayyiduna Jahjah Bin Sa’eed Ghifari رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ belonged to the tribe of Ghifar. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم made Du’a for this tribe on his blessed pulpit in the following manner: ‘غِفَارُ غَفَرَ اللهُ لَهَا i.e. May Allah Almighty forgive Ghifar. (Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 477, Hadees 3513)

In another narration, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم took the name of seven tribes including Ghifar and said, ‘They are my helpers. Only Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His Rasool are their helpers.’ (Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 475, Hadees 3504)

The renowned companions Sayyiduna Abu Zar Ghifari, Sayyiduna Khifaf Bin Ima Ghifari, Sayyiduna Unays Bin Junadah Ghifari, Sayyiduna Huzayfah Bin Usayd Ghifari, Sayyiduna ‘Ubaad Bin Khalid Ghifari, Sayyiduna Hakam Bin ‘Amr Ghifari, and Sayyiduna Rafi’ Bin ‘Amr Ghifari رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُم also belonged to the tribe of Ghifar.  

Account of embracing Islam

Sayyiduna Jahjah Bin Sa’eed Ghifari رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ has narrated, ‘I went to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم to embrace Islam with one of the groups of my tribe at the time of Maghrib. After performing Salaam, he صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘Everyone shall hold the hand of the person sitting next to himself and shall take him with himself.’ (When everyone left), there was no one else inside the Masjid except for me and the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. I was tall and heavily built. No one came to me. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم took me to his home. Then, he صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم gave me the milk of one goat that I drank. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم then brought me the milk of seven more goats which I drank. Thereafter, something was brought [to me] in a stone pot. I ate that too. Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Ayman رَضِیَ اللّٰـەُ عَنْهَا said: ‘May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ keep the one hungry who has kept the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم hungry tonight.’ The Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Umm-e-Ayman, leave it. He has eaten his own sustenance, and our sustenance is upon the responsibility of Allah’s Generosity.’

The following day, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and blessed companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُم gathered. They started mentioning what happened to them. So, Sayyiduna Jahjah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ spoke about the milk of seven goats and the meal of [stone] pot. (That day after embracing Islam, Sayyiduna Jahjah Bin Sa’eed Ghifari and other) Blessed companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُم offered Maghrib Salah again with the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. He صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said the same, ‘Everyone shall hold the hand of the person sitting next to himself and shall take him with himself.’

(This time again), no one was left inside the Masjid except for me and the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. He صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم took me to his home. He صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم again brought the milk of a goat for me. I drank it and was full up. Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Ayman رَضِیَ اللّٰـەُ عَنْهَا said, ‘Is he not our (yesterday’s) guest?’ The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied: ‘Why not. Today, he has eaten in the intestine of a believer. Before it, he ate in the intestine of a disbeliever. Undoubtedly, a believer eats in one intestine, and a disbeliever eats in seven intestines.’(Ma’rifat-us-Sahabah, vol. 1, pp. 517, Hadees 1746)

Took part in the battle of Bani Mustaliq

He رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ has also been privileged to take part in the Battle of Bani Mustaliq with the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم which took place in 5 A.H for the eminence of Islam. (Al-Istee’aab, vol. 1, pp. 268) At the time of this battle, he رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ was the employee of Sayyiduna Umar Farooq A’zam رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ and was walking holding his horse. (Al-Istee’aab, vol. 2, pp. 656)

Privilege of Bayt-e-Ridwan

No details have been found out regarding Sayyiduna Jahjah Ghifari رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ being a Badri companion, however, he رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ was blessed with the privilege of being present during the pledge of allegiance that the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم took from the blessed companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُم under a tree after the treaty of Hudaybiyah. As Imam Ibn-e-Hajar ‘Asqalani رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه has stated: شَھِدَ بیعةَ الرضوانِ بِالْحُدَیْبِیَة i.e. He رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه was present at Bayt-e-Ridwan at the time of the treaty of Hudaybiyah. (Al-Isaabah fi-Tamyeez is-Sahabah, vol. 1, pp. 621) The companions who were present at this pledge of allegiance have been given the good news in the Holy Quran that Allah Almighty is pleased with them. Allah Almighty has stated:

لَقَدْ رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ عَنِ الْمُؤْمِنِیْنَ اِذْ یُبَایِعُوْنَكَ تَحْتَ الشَّجَرَةِ فَعَلِمَ مَا فِیْ قُلُوْبِهِمْ فَاَنْزَلَ السَّكِیْنَةَ عَلَیْهِمْ وَ اَثَابَهُمْ فَتْحًا قَرِیْبًاۙ(۱۸)

Indeed Allah became pleased with the believers when they pledged allegiance to you beneath that tree (at Hudaybiyah), so He knew what was in their hearts. He therefore sent down tranquillity upon them, and rewarded them with a near forthcoming victory.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 26, Surah Al-Fath, Verse 18)

Moreover, the good news of freedom from Hell has also been mentioned in a blessed Hadees for all these blessed companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰـە عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated, ‘None of those who have pledged allegiance under the tree will enter Hell.’ (Tirmizi, vol. 5, pp. 462, Hadees 3886)

Demise

He رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ passed away after some time of the martyrdom of Ameer-ul-Mu`mineen, Sayyiduna Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْـهُ. (Tarh-ul-Tasreeb, vol. 1, pp. 38)

May Allah Almighty have mercy on him and forgive us without any accountability for his sake. اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم

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