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There was once a young man in Mecca whose name was Abdul Uzza. If his story is told, it can be written in no other colour but in gold. Certainly, Abdul Uzza was an example of the Qur’anic verse in which Allah Almighty clearly declares that He certainly raises the status of some above others.
When his father died, Abdul Uzza was taken care of by his paternal uncle. When the message of Islam began to spread in the valley of Mecca Shareef, the Nur of this religion also touched the heart of this young man.
Even though he had been captured by the truth of Islam, his uncle was still an ardent enemy of Islam. However, he still waited for the day when his uncle would change his opinion and see the light of Islam. However, his uncle refused to accept the truth of Islam and became a symbol of hatred against Islam and the Muslims.
A few months later, the message of Islam began to spread in the blessed city of Madina Shareef (as the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him –has already migrated to that city). Abdul Uzza was also looking forward to travel to Madina Shareef so that he could also enjoy the light of Islam. Even though he had immense love for Islam and the Muslims, yet at the same time, the wrath of his uncle also stood against him.
When the truth of Islam is in the heart of someone, it would not take long for that truth to reveal itself. One day, he could not hold himself further and began to announce to everyone that he was a Muslim.
When his uncle heard this announcement, anger overtook his entire body like a wild fire. He grabbed the young man by his throat and began to shake him. You could say that there were flames of fire which appeared from his mouth. However, this did not stop Abdul Uzza and he began to bravely announce that he had also accepted Islam. Abdul Uzza also announced to his uncle that this was not his first day as a Muslim but that he had accepted Islam many days earlier and today he was merely announcing his religion to everyone. He said that he had hoped that his uncle could see the light of Islam but he could see that this was not to be.
Little did his uncle realise that these were not people who would give up on Islam just because they were been abused and tortured. These were those blessed people who had been sent to the world to teach future generations of Muslims how steadfast and strong one had to remain as a Muslim. They came with the message to Muslims that indeed Muslims would face all types of trials and tribulations in this world as is the method of this world, but the examples of the blessed Ashaab were in front of them to see. Hence, this young man was not going to move away from the truth of Islam merely because someone was beating him in public.
When we look at the atrocities and oppression which are befalling the Muslims of the present era, the examples of the blessed Ashaab and their amazing endurance in the face of such hardship would be a source of guidance to future Muslims. When we look at the amazing examples of the blessed Ashaab, we can only conclude that these were sincere and devout Muslims unlike what the Kaafir Shia sect think. The Kaafir in the guise of a Shia believe that the majority of the blessed Ashaab turned against Islam after the passing of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him!
In fact, he was so brutally assaulted by his uncle that even stones and small rocks were thrown at him but in all of these moments, he kept repeating the Kalimah and refused to go against Islam. As a matter of fact, his uncle even became tired after assaulting him so ferociously.
Their oppressed him beyond imagination.
Abdul Uzza laid unconscious on the floor and even though his body was still his blessed lips still continued to murmur the Kalimah. The uncle by this time had become fed up and had given up hope. When Abdul Uzza regained a little of his senses, his uncle stood over him again and asked him whether he still insisted on remaining a Muslim. The same thing again happened. Abdul Uzza was again severely assaulted and he kept on reading the kalimah.
When his uncle realised that this person was standing like an unshakeable mountain in front of him, he completely changed his tactic. He decided to capture all the belongings of Abdul Uzza. Whatever he had in his pocket, all that was also taken away from him. Whatever was in his house, whatever property or animals belonged to Abdul Uzza was also taken away. Abdul Uzza was left standing on one side of the road with nothing in his hand.
His uncle was under the impression that perhaps his nephew would change his mind when he realised the immense poverty which had befallen him. When his uncle returned, he found that there was no change in his nephew.
Such was the hatred displayed by his uncle that he even removed the clothing of this young man and made him stand naked in public. At night, he silently approached the house of his mother to ask for a small piece of clothing to cover his body. His mother then gave him a piece of cloth which he tore into two pieces. With one piece he covered the upper part of his blessed body and with the other piece, he covered the lower part of his body. He then continued to walk towards Madina Shareef day and night. Bear in mind that the distance between the both cities was about 418 kilometres in those days.
During the day, his feet swelled with blisters and during the night as he walked, his feet were injured by walking on sharp stones found in the desert. He eat the leaves of trees merely to satisfy his hunger because he had no food with him.
You are not Abdul Uzza but Abdullah Zul Bijaadeen.
Finally, he arrived at his destination and the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – had also been informed about this amazing companion of his. In the dark of night, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – saw someone in the shadows and asked who it was. The person replied that he was Abdul Uzza. However, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – replied, “You are not Abdul Uzza, you are Abdullah Zul Bijaadeen (or the person with two clothes).”
When he heard the declaration of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – his eyes swelled with tears and emotion. The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then approached him and warmly embraced him. There is no doubt that this show of immense warmth by the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – certainly removed all his troubles and pains of trauma which he had experienced.
It is mentioned that after this incident, he became a very close and beloved companion of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.
It is mentioned that he also had the habit of reading the Qur’an aloud and one day, he was scolded by Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – and told to read the Qur’an softly. The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was also sitting close by. He immediately declared, “O ‘Umar! Do not say anything to him. He has certainly paid a heavy price for the sake of Allah and His Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”
A special servant of the Holy Prophet.
It is mentioned that while the Muslims were preparing for the expedition of Tabuk, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdul Uzza Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – approached the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him –and said, “O Prophet of Allah! Please make Du’a that I am martyred in this battle.”
Bear in mind that no war took place in this expedition and at the same time, Allah Almighty did not want to make this blessed companion unhappy, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then took a parchment and wrote on it, “O Allah! Please make the blood of Abdullah Haraam upon the sword of any disbeliever.”
Obviously when the blessed companion heard this, he was extremely worried. He then said to the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “O Prophet of Allah, I had asked to be martyred.” The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – replied, “Abdullah! If you travel on the Path of Allah and even pass away through fever, still too, you would be considered a martyr.”
This predicament of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – certainly came true. During their march towards Tabuk, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – was overtaken by very high fever and through this, he passed away.
If only this was my Janazah.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Ma’sud – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates, “Abdullah bin Abd Nahm Zul Bijaadeen was buried during the night on the expedition towards Tabuk. Hadrat Sayyiduna Bilal – may Allah be pleased with him – stood with a lantern while the blessed Ashaab dug the grave. When the grave was buried, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – himself entered the grave and Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr and Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with them – carried the body forward.
As the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – saw the blessed body coming forward, he announced to everyone, “Please give me the body of my brother.” When he had been buried, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – raised his blessed hands and made Du’a, “O Allah I am very pleased with this person, You also be pleased with him.”
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Mas’ud – may Allah be pleased with him – mentions that when he saw the manner in which this blessed companion was buried and the special words which were used for him by the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him –he said loudly, “If only this was my Janaza.” (Al Usaabah, Usdul Ghaabah, Al Isti’aab, etc.)