Trader Companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم
Sayyiduna Hakeem Bin Hizam رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ
Bilal Husayn Attari Madani
Sayyiduna Hakeem Bin Hizam رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ belongs to a branch of the Quraysh family known as Banu Asad. He is the nephew of Umm-ul-Mu`mineen Sayyidatuna Khadijah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا and paternal cousin of Sayyiduna Zubair Bin ‘Awwam رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ. He accepted Islam in the year 8 AH, the year of the conquest of Makkah. He was very wise, prudent, knowledgeable and pious. He reached 120 years of age. He passed away in 54 AH in Madinah Munawwarah. (Ikmal ma’ Mishkat, p. 591; Karamaat-e-Sahabah, p. 254, selected)
The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم prayed for him, ‘O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Grant blessings (Barakah) in the earnings of his hand.’ (Mu’jam Kabeer, vol. 3, p. 205, Hadees 3136) The effect of the prayer of Mustafa صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was such that he traded all his life but never suffered a loss. He used to trade garments during the period of ignorance (pre-Islamic age). He used to travel to Yemen and Syria for trade and used to make immense profit. Then he would come to the poor people of his family (and distribute wealth) in order to increase his love for his family members and so that they also become financially strong. Apart from this, he رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ used to trade in 3 seasonal markets.
1. Market of ‘Ukaz
2. Market of Majinnah
3. Market of Zul-Majaaz. (Tahzeeb-ul-Kamal, vol. 3, p. 77, selected)
Trade for the Beloved Master صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Once, the Noble Messenger صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم sent him with a dinar to buy an animal for sacrifice. He bought the animal and sold it for two dinars. Then for one dinar, he bought a goat and came to the blessed court of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and offered both, the goat and the dinar. He صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم became happy and prayed for him to be blessed and ordered him to give that dinar in charity. (Mu’jam Kabeer, vol. 3, p. 205, Hadees 3133)
Helping the Banu Haashim
In the seventh year of the proclamation of prophethood, when the disbelievers of Makkah boycotted the Banu Haashim and besieged them in Shi’b Abi Taalib (The valley of Abu Taalib), he رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ played a very important role in delivering food and drink there. When his caravan would come from Syria, he would bring a camel full of wheat near the valley and drive it away. In this way, the camel would enter the valley and the Banu Haashim would take that wheat. (Tahzeeb-ul-Kamal, vol. 3, p. 78)
He رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ was very generous. He freed 100 slaves and made 100 people perform Hajj by providing them with conveyance. And when he performed Hajj himself, he sacrificed 100 camels and freed more than 100 slaves in ‘Arafah. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 4, p. 247, derived from)
He رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ sold the house called Dar-un-Nadwah to Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ for one hundred thousand dirhams and gave all the money in the way of Allah. (Tahzeeb-ul-Kamal, vol. 3, p. 82, derived from)
May Allah Almighty bless our sustenance and grant us the fortune of spending in the way of Allah.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم