Sayyiduna Jareer Bin Abdullah Bajali

In the holy month of Ramadan of either 9th or 10th AH, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was sitting in Masjid-e-Nabawi, in the meantime, a caravan of 150 people from Yemen reached near Madinah for embracing Islam. The leader of this caravan was a tall, very handsome and a good-looking young horseman. This young man sat his riding animal, took out fine clothes from a bag and put them on. He then started going towards Masjid-e-Nabawi in a dignified manner. When he entered the blessed Masjid, he saw that the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was saying something. The young man said Salam to the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and sat down. People were looking at him again and again. Being surprised he asked the person sitting close to him, ‘O the bondman of Allah Almighty! Was the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم talking about me?’ He replied, ‘The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has just said: ‘In a short while, the best man of Yemen will come to you through this door, who has the sign of kingship on his face.’ Having heard these words for himself, this young man expressed thanks to Allah Almighty. (Derived from: Sabal-ul-Huda, vol. 6, pp. 311, Tabaqaat Ibn-e-Sa’d, vol. 1, pp. 26) Dear Islamic brothers! This best and handsome young man of Yemen, whose face was showing signs of kingship, was Sayyiduna Jareer bin Abdullah Bajali رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ.

Blessed appearance

He was very handsome, for this reason, Sayyiduna Umar Farooq-e-A’zam رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ would call him, “the Yusuf of the Ummah of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم”. (Isti’aab, vol. 1, pp. 309) Tabi’i pious predecessor Sayyiduna Abdul Malak Bin Umair Kufi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه has said: I saw the beautiful face of Sayyiduna Jareer bin Abdullah Bajali رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ; it was (shining) like the moon (Tareekh Ibn-e-Asakir, vol. 72, pp. 80).  He رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ was so tall that he would reach the hump of a camel when he would stand up. His shoe size would be approximately one and a half foot. He would apply saffron-dye to the beard. (Tahzeeb-ul-Asma, vol. 1, pp. 153)

Status in blessed court of Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

Once, he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ came to the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and stood by the door. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم looked on the right and left, but did not find any suitable place then he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم picked up his blessed cloak and threw it to the blessed companion and said, ‘sit on it’. He رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ held the blessed cloak and touched it on his face and chest, then kissed it and kept it on his eyes. After that, returning the blessed cloak, he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ humbly said, ‘O the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم! May Allah Almighty increase your honour and reverence the way you have respected me!’ Then, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم addressed the attendees: ‘When an honourable person from any nation comes to you, pay him respect’. (Mu’jam Awsat, vol. 4, pp. 75, Hadees 5261, Sabal-ul-Huda, vol. 7, pp. 304)

Great honour

The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once honoured him by saying, ‘Do not speak ill of Jareer رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ as he is amongst our Ahl-e-Bayt (family members)’. (Tareekh Baghdad, vol. 1, pp. 201)

Blessed Du’a of Mustafa صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once blessed him with Du’a: ‘Allah Almighty has blessed you with beauty; may He عَزَّوَجَلَّ also bless you with good manners!’ (Tareekh Ibn-e-Asakir, vol. 72, pp. 80)

Kindness of Mustafa صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

Sayyiduna Jareer bin Abdullah Bajali رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ has stated: Since I embraced Islam, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has not stopped me (from entering his blessed home) and whenever he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم looks at me, he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم gives me a blessed smile. (Muslim, pp. 1032, Hadees 6363)

Never fell from horse

Once, he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ mentioned his one problem and difficulty to the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم by saying: I cannot sit on the horse firmly. Having heard this, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم struck his chest with his blessed hand and made Du’as for him: اَللَّہُمَّ ثَبِّتْہ واجْعَلْہ ھَادِیًا مَھْدِیًّا Translation: O Allah Almighty! Sit him (on the horse) firmly make him the one who gives guidance and who has been blessed with guidance. (Muslim, pp. 1032, Hadees 6364) He رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said that after this he never fell from his horse. (Bukhari, vol. 3, pp. 126, Hadees 4357)

Wisdom

Once, Sayyiduna Jareer رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ was present in the court of Sayyiduna Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ, somebody broke wind. Sayyiduna Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said: ‘Whoever has broken wind should stand up and go to make Wudu, (if anybody, at that time, had stood up and performed Wudu, his hidden matter would have been disclosed and he would have faced embarrassment, perhaps for this reason) Sayyiduna Jareer رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ requested: “Please instruct all of us to perform Wudu.  Sayyiduna Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ also immediately realized the sensitivity of the matter, therefore, said: I intend to make Wudu and you all also intend to make Wudu as this session ends. After that, all of them offered Salah led by Sayyiduna Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ. According to one narration Sayyiduna Farooq-e-A’zam رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said to him (Sayyiduna Jareer رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ): May Allah Almighty have mercy on you! You were the best chief in the era of ignorance and you are the best chief in the era of Islam as well. (Siyar A’laam-un-Nubala, vol. 4, pp. 145)

Well-wishing

Sayyiduna Jareer رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ pledged allegiance to the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم that he would be a well-wisher of every Muslim. (Mu’jam Kabeer, vol. 2, pp. 349, Hadees 2461) How excellently he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ fulfilled his allegiance can be judged by the event that once he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said to someone, ‘Buy a horse for me’. That person bought a horse for 300 Dirhams. He رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ saw the horse and estimated that it should be for 400 Dirhams, so he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said to the owner of the horse: ‘Will you sell this horse for 400 Dirhams?’ He said, ‘I agree’. After seeing its excellent gait [walking style] and features, he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ thought again that its price should be 500 Dirhams. This way, he thought many times and kept on increasing 100 Dirhams to the extent that he bought the same horse for 800 Dirhams. (Tahzeeb-ul-Asma, vol. 1, pp. 153; summarised)

Would consider himself a common Muslim

Once, his share from the spoils of war became more than other Muslims’ share, but he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ did not take more than other Muslims and said: ‘I do not need it. I am also a common Muslim. Whatever share is for others should be for me as well. Whatever increase or decrease is done to their share should also be done to my share.’ (Tareekh Ibn-e-Asakir, vol. 72, pp. 81)

Reform of family members

Once he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ fulfilled a need of a needy person, but his family members did not like it. Seeing this, he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said, ‘The worldly wealth and possessions are Amanat (Trust) from Allah Almighty and we are its custodians. Therefore, we will give food to the hungry; we will quench the thirst of the thirsty.’ (Tareekh Ibn-e-Asakir, vol. 72, pp. 82)

Number of Ahadees narrated

The number of Ahadees he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ has narrated is 100. Eight Ahadees are Muttafaq Alayh [مُتّفَق عَـلَيْه] (i.e. available in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim), whereas, Imam Bukhari رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه has narrated one and Imam Muslim رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه has narrated six Ahadees separately. (Tahzeeb-ul-Asma, vol. 1, pp. 153)

Blessed demise

In 17 AH, when Kufah was being populated he went to Kufah and stayed there for a long time. After the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ when the rebels started speaking ill of some blessed companions رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُم, he رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ moved to a place (Qurqaisiya) and started living there. He رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ departed this life at the same place in 51 or 54 AH. (Al-Muntazam, vol. 5, pp. 245, Ma’rifat-ul-Sahabah, vol. 5, pp. 83)

May Allah Almighty have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!

 صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّماٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن 

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