Download PDF: [S] The Zeal for Martyrdom

It is reported that in the Battle of Badr when the disbelievers were rushing against the Muslims, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – turned to the Muslims and declared, “Spring towards Jannah whose width is more than both the heavens and earth”.

 

When he heard this, Hadrat Sayyiduna Umair bin Hummaam Ansari – may Allah be pleased with him – asked, “Is the (reward for martyrdom) that Jannah whose width is more than both the heavens and earth?” The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – replied that yes it is that same.

 

The blessed companion then uttered words which indicated that he was ready for martyrdom. When the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – heard this, he declared, “You are certainly a person of Jannah.”

 

It is mentioned that at that moment, Hadrat Sayyiduna Umair bin Hummaam Ansari – may Allah be pleased with him – also had some dates with him. He uttered the words, “If I continue to consume these dates and still remain alive, then this is indeed a very long period in life.” He left the balance of the dates and sprung into battle. He fought extremely bravely and was martyred in this great battle. (Muslim Shareef)

 

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