Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Ansari رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ

The Taabi’i pious person Sayyiduna Mujahid رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه said: I had an assumption for myself that I was the best and strongest Hafiz of Quran [in terms of memorisation] amongst people but this assumption proved wrong when I performed Salah led by an Ansari companion who recited complete Surah Al-Baqarah and made no single mistake of even ‘واؤ’ and ‘الف’. (Usud-ul-Ghaabah, vol. 5, pp. 184)

Dear Islamic brothers! This excellent Qari and Hafiz-e-Quran was an Ansari blessed companion, ‘Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ.’

Birth place

When the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم migrated to Madinah, Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ was 4 years old at that time whereas according to one opinion he was born during the first year of the migration. (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 58, pp. 60, 61)

Residence and personality

After the conquest of Egypt, Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ stayed there for some period then he arrived in Madinah. (Usud-ul-Ghaabah, vol. 5, pp. 184)

But he رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ later moved to Egypt. (Al-A’laam liz-Zarkali, vol. 7, pp. 224) Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ had a heavy body. (Futooh-e-Misr, pp. 101) Despite this fact, he used to worship extensively. (An-Nujoom-uz-Zahirah, vol. 1, pp. 134)

Responsibility of Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji during Farooqi era

Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ would collect Zakah and Sadaqahs from the rich and distribute amongst the poor as ordered by Sayyiduna ‘Umar Farooq رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ. (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 58, pp. 62)

Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ was foremost in the conquests of Egypt. He had also been very much helpful during fixing the boundaries of Egypt. (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 58, pp. 58)

Governorship of Egypt and Africa

Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ was appointed as the governor of Egypt in 47 AH. (Al-A’laam liz-Zarkali, vol. 7, pp. 224) He رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ was also blessed with the governorship of Africa in 50 AH; so he was the first one to become the governor of Egypt and Africa at the same time. (Jami’-ul-Usool fi Ahadees-ir-Rasool, vol. 14, pp. 121)

Sayyiduna ‘Amr Bin ‘Aas consulted Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji

The great army chief and sagacious blessed companion, Sayyiduna ‘Amr Bin ‘Aas رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ would also consult Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ. (Futooh-e-Misr, pp. 103)

This was the Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ who persuaded Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ to send an Islamic army to conquer Constantinople; so, an Islamic army was sent in 49 AH. (An-Nujoom-uz-Zahirah, vol. 1, pp. 134)

Expansion of Masjid and construction of minarets

He رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ was the first one to get the minarets constructed in the Masajid of Egypt in 53 AH so that Muazzin ascends the minarets and call out Azan. (Al-Istee’aab, vol. 3, pp. 455) He رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ ordered to expand the Jami’ Masjid of Egypt in 53 AH. (Husn-ul-Muhadirah, vol. 2, pp. 214)

Distribution of stipends

During the rule of Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ, the names of those who used to be given stipends were written in 40000 registers. Out of them, 4000 names of people were mentioned in 200 registers. Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ received such a great amount of collection from Egypt that he not only distributed stipends and salaries to all these people but also distributed the provision amongst their families and the grief-stricken as well as also amongst other people. Thereafter he رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ sent leftover 600000 dinars to Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ. (Husn-ul-Muhadirah, vol. 1, pp. 120; summarised)

Blessed demise

Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ passed away on 25th Rajab or Zul-Qa’dah or Zul-Hijja-til-Haraam in 62 AH in Alexandria (Egypt). (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 58, pp. 58; An-Nujoom-uz-Zahirah, vol. 1, pp. 136)

As per one opinion, Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ passed away in Madinah during the rule of Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ. (Tabqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 7, pp. 349)

Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ had an only daughter. He رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ had no son. (Futooh-e-Misr, pp. 125)

Narrations

Very few Ahadees have been narrated by Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ. Read a blessed Hadees:

Sayyiduna Maslamah Bin Mukhallad Khazraji رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ has narrated, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated, ‘Whoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will conceal his faults in this life and the Hereafter; whoever removes a hardship, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will remove one of the hardships of the Day of Judgement from him, and Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will keep fulfilling the need of the one who will keep fulfilling the need of his brother.’ (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 6, pp. 37, Hadees 16956)

May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ have mercy on him and forgive us for his sake!

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

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