Sakhawat Usman Ghani

The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: The generous person is near Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, near Jannah, near people [and] far from Hell whereas the miserly person is far from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, far from Jannah, far from people and near Hell. A generous person who is ignorant is dearer to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ than a miser worshipper. (Sunan-ut-Tirmizi, vol. 3, pp. 387, Hadees 1968)

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Abbas رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا said: During the rule of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, a famine struck the land. People came in the court of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ and humbly said, ‘There is no rain from the heavens, no vegetation on the earth and people are suffering acutely.’ Khalifah-e-Rasool, Sayyiduna Siddeeq-e-Akbar رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘Go and have patience. The Most Gracious, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will remove your poverty before evening. So, shortly afterwards, there was a shouting, ‘A mercantile caravan of ‘Usman (رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ) has arrived from Syria.’

There were 100 camels loaded with food supplies. People gathered at the door of Sayyiduna ‘Usman رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ and knocked at the door. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ came out and asked: ‘What do you want?’ People said: ‘We are living from hand to mouth, there is no rain from the heavens, no vegetation on the earth and people are suffering acutely. Sell us your mercantile provision so that we distribute it amongst the needy Muslims and provide them comfort.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘You may enter by all means and buy it.’ The traders came inside, food supplies were available there. Sayyiduna ‘Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘How much profit will you give me against the price I have purchased from Syria?’ The traders said: ‘We will pay 12 in return for 10.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said, ‘I have an offer which is more than this.’ The traders said: ‘We will pay 15 in return for 10.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said, ‘That offer is even more than this.’ Greatly surprised, the traders said: ‘O Abu ‘Amr! There is no trader in Madinah except us. Who is offering you more?’ Sayyiduna ‘Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘My Rab عَزَّوَجَلَّ is offering me more by giving 10 in return for one. Can you offer more than this?’ The traders said, ‘By Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! We cannot give more than this.’ Sayyiduna ‘Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said, ‘I make Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ witness, I have given all these food supplies to the needy Muslims as a Sadaqah.’ (Ar-Riqqah wal-Buka li Ibn Qudamah, pp. 92)

Bought Jannah 2 times

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: Sayyiduna ‘Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ bought Jannah from the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم twice, once he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ purchased the ‘well of Roomah’ and dedicated it to the Muslims and the second time when he provided supplies of Jihad for Ghazwah Tabook. (Hilya-tul-Awliya, vol. 1, pp. 96, Raqm 171)

After being cruelly attacked, Sayyiduna ‘Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ embraced martyrdom at the age of around 82 on Friday, 18th of Zul-Hijja-til-Haraam, 35th AH, in the state of Sawm. (Al-Isaabah, vol. 4, pp. 379)

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

اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

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Sakhawat Usman Ghani

The Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم stated: The one who likes to see someone resembling Sayyiduna ‘Isa عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام in appearance and character, he should look at Abu Zar. (Al-Mu’jam-ul-Kabeer, vol. 2, pp. 149, Hadees 1626)

Dear Islamic brothers! Sayyiduna Jundub Bin Junadah, Abu Zar Ghifari رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ is considered to be among extremely illustrious companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُم. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ is matchless in his piety and asceticism, and incomparable in knowledge and exceptional in acting upon his knowledge. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would fulfil his promise, fulfil will, and avoid having unnecessary relations with people. In speaking the truth, he would neither be scared of the reproach of a rebuking person and nor would he come under the pressure of the awe of any ruler or king. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ remained steadfast upon the Deen even in every type of hardship and trial. (Hilyat-ul-Awliya, vol. 1, pp. 210)

Passion for worship

Before accepting Islam, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ worshipped the only Allah Almighty for three years while standing up the entire night; to the extent that he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would fall on the ground (out of tiredness) in the last part of the night. (Sahih Muslim, pp. 1030, Hadees 6359)

Acceptance of Islam and migration

According to one narration, when the rays of the luminosity of Islam emerged from the valleys of Makkah and reached the tribe of Ghifaar, then he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ came to Makkah but could not ask anyone about the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Sayyiduna ‘Ali-ul-Murtada کَـرَّمَ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَـالٰی وَجْھَهُ الْکَرِیْم thought of him to be a traveller and brought him to his house (and offered hospitality). Next day, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ brought him to his house again and asked: ‘What is your purpose of coming to this city?’ When he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ mentioned the state of his heart, then Sayyiduna ‘Ali-ul-Murtada کَـرَّمَ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَـالٰی وَجْھَهُ الْکَرِیْم said: ‘Follow me. If someone sees us on the way and if there is any sort of danger, then I will face the wall as if I am putting my shoe right, and you proceed ahead.’

This is how he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ presented himself in the court of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Moreover, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ was the first one to be privileged with presenting Salam to the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in Islamic manner. After embracing Islam, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ bore hardships inflicted by the disbelievers and polytheists.

(Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 480, Hadees 3522; summarized; Sahih Muslim, pp. 1030, Hadees 6359)

After all, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ returned to his tribe. Then, he migrated to Madinah Munawwarah after the battle of trench and joined the blessed companions of Suffah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُم. (Tabqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 4, pp. 170; vol. 1, pp. 197)

Status in the blessed court of Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ used to fulfil the obligation of serving the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. When he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would be free, he would come inside the Masjid and would also rest there. (Musnad Imam Ahmad, vol. 10, pp. 440, Hadees 27659)

Whenever he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would be blessed with the opportunity of meeting the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, then the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would definitely shake hands with him. (Musnad-ut-Tiyaalsi, pp. 64, Hadees 473)

When he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would be present in the blessed court of the Noble Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم (and if something was to be distributed), then the distribution would start from him; and if he would not be present there, then he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would be searched for. (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 66, pp. 187)

During his last moments, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم called him. When he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ reached the blessed court of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ devotionally bowed on the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم also clasped his blessed hand on his blessed body. (Musnad Imam Ahmad, vol. 8, pp. 101, Hadees 21499)

Making Satan angry

Once, one of his slaves broke the leg of his goat. When he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ asked the reason for it, he replied: ‘I wanted to make you furious so that you could become sinner by beating me up.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘I will make the one displeased (i.e. Satan) who enticed you to perform this action.’ Then, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ freed that slave. (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 66, pp. 211)

He would not accumulate Dirham and Dinar (wealth)

He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would severely dislike accumulating gold and silver. Once to test him, Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ sent one thousand Dinars to him in the night. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ gave all the Dinars as Sadaqah (charity) before the morning. (Siyar A’laam-un-Nubala, vol. 3, pp. 393)

Why shall I become rich?

Once, somebody asked him: ‘Why don’t you accumulate properties like others?’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ replied: ‘I do not desire to be rich.’ (Az-Zuhd-ul-Ahmad, pp. 171)

Aversion to the world

Somebody once came to him and presented him with some wealth. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘I have one goat for milk, one donkey as a ride, wife to serve me and one shawl more than my need. Due to this, I fear lest I am held accountable for this.’ (Al-Mu’jam-ul-Kabeer, vol. 2, pp. 150, Hadees 1631)

Joy upon tribulations

Once, the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘O Abu Zar! You are a pious man. You will soon be inflicted with tribulations after me.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ humbly asked: ‘Tribulations in the path of Allah Almighty?’ He صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘In the path of Allah Almighty.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ humbly said: ‘I welcome the command of Allah Almighty.’ (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 66, pp. 192)

Seclusive

During heading towards Ghazwah Tabook, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ was walking separate from everyone else. Seeing this, the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘O Abu Zar! You will walk alone, die alone and will also be resurrected alone.’ (Maghaazi lil-Waaqidi, vol. 3, pp. 1000)

It happened exactly as the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said. Therefore, after the apparent demise of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ permanently resided in one of the villages of Syria. Then during the caliphate of Sayyiduna Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ came to Damascus and carried on preaching. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ spent the last days of his life in a place called ‘Rabzah’ [رَبْذَہ], situated in the surrounding vicinities of blessed Madinah. (A’laam liz-Zarkali, vol. 2, pp. 140)

Belief upon the blessed saying of Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

Sayyiduna Abu Zar Ghifari رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ passed away in 32 Hijri. At the time of his demise, his blessed wife, Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Zar رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا started crying. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ asked: ‘Why are you crying?’ She humbly said: ‘I do not have enough cloth to shroud you.’ He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: Once, the Rasool of Rahmah صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to some of us, ‘One of you will pass away in a deserted place and a group of Muslims will participate in his funeral.’ Then he رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ stated: ‘All those who were present there have passed away in a city or a village. Only I am left out of them and I am sure that I am that person. Therefore, go out and have a look; a group of Muslims must be arriving.’

Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Zar رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا was waiting on the way outside and she saw the signs of a caravan. As the caravan came closer, then Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Zar رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا said: ‘One Muslim is taking his last breaths. Please arrange for his shroud and burial.’ People of the caravan asked: ‘Who is he?’ She replied: ‘Companion of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, Abu Zar Ghifari.’ Listening to this, people of the caravan became restless and went to him restlessly. He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ passed some pieces of advice to them and then his soul left his body.

According to one saying, companion of the Holy Rasool, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Mas’ood رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, who was also in this caravan, led his funeral Salah. (Asad-ul-Ghaabah, vol. 1, pp. 442; summarized)

He رَضِىَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has relayed 281 blessed Ahadees to the Muslim Ummah. (Tahzeeb-ul-Asma, vol. 2, pp. 513)

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