Prophet Muhammad ﷺ enumerated a list of his 10 great companions names who were promised the paradise while living in this life. The Messenger of Allah said: “Abu Bakr is in Paradise, ‘Umar is in Paradise, ‘Uthman is in Paradise, ‘Ali is in Paradise, Talhah is in Paradise, Az-Zubair is in Paradise, ‘Abdur Rahman bin Awf is in Paradise, Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas is in Paradise, Sa’id ibn Zayd is in Paradise, and Abu ‘Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah is in Paradise.”
Abu Bakr As-Siddiq
Abu Bakr was given the title of “As Siddiq” or” (Testifier to the Truth). He was two and a half years younger than prophet Muhammad, he was a senior companion and the father-in-law of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Abu Bakr became the first openly declared Muslim outside Muhammad’s family.
Umar ibn Al-Khattab
He is a Quraishi man, the tribe of Banu Adi. And lived as one of the most powerful and most influential Muslim caliphs known in history and succeeded Abu Bakr as the second caliph. This is the man whose name is paired with justice and truth, strength and courage, and asceticism and godliness. He was pious, observing and fearing Allah, and crying out of fearing Him. He is the second Caliph and one of the in-laws of the Prophet. His conversion to Islam marked the beginning of a new phase of the call.
Uthman ibn Affan
Uthman ibn Affan was kind, generous man and even before his conversion to Islam he would freely give money to help those in need. His marriage to two daughters of the Prophet had earned Uthman the nickname Dhun-Noorayn (the one with the two lights).
Ali ibn Abi Talib
He was the cousin and the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He ruled as the fourth caliph. The love between Ali and the prophet was divine because they had a lot in common; not looks nor attitude but they were both born in the month of the Elephant and both shared a common grand father, Abdul Mutalib.
Talha ibn Ubaidullah
The Prophet said about Talha: “He, who desires to see a martyr walking on the ground, let him look at Talha bin Ubaidullah.”
The Messenger of Allah once wore two coats of armor and tried to get up on a boulder, but was unable to, so Talha squatted under him such that he could sit on the boulder. Allah was so pleased with Talh, lifting the Prophet a’s help and the Prophet informed Talha that Paradise was now obligatory on him.
Az-Zubair bin Al-Awwam
He is well known in the books of seerah as “The Disciple” of the Prophet. The Prophet himself gave him this title. He was also a prominent companion of the prophet and loved him very much.
Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf
Abdur-Rahman was one of the first eight persons to accept Islam. He was one of the ten persons assured of entering Paradise. And one of the six persons Umar chose to form the council of shura to choose the Caliph after his death. He accepted Islam only two days after Abu Bakr as-Siddiq did.
Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas
He was seventeen years old when he embraced Islam. Sa’d was the seventeenth person to embrace Islam. He is mainly known for his commandership in the conquest of Persia in 636, governorship over it, and diplomatic visit to China in 616 and 651.
Sa’id ibn Zayd
He inherited his father’s religious beliefs of Islamic Monotheism, and accepted Islam at an early age. Sa’id with his wife accepted Islam when only a handful were Muslims. They went through all sorts of abuse, ridicule and torture because of their decision. Sa’id and his wife Fatimah binti Khattab were instrumental in the conversion of Umar bin Khattab who became one of the greatest followers of Islam. He served in the Islamic army of conquest for a long time and played an important role in making the region of Iraq and Syria become part of the Islamic land.
Abu Ubaidah bn al-Jarrah
He was described as the “Amin” or Custodian of Muhammad’s community with dignity and grace, a handsome, pleasant, well spoken man with a tall, slim physique and bright sharp eyes. These were the physical good looks of a man whom the Prophet said:
’Every Ummah (nation) has a trustee: the trustee of my Ummah (nation) is Abu Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah.’
By character and nature, he was very humble and modest. Amongst his friends, he was gentle and soft as silk. When it came to war, he was as hard as iron. During the battle of Uhud, he lost his two front teeth. It was within this battle that two of the iron links of the Prophet’s helmet pierced his blessed head. Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah pulled them out with his teeth. His integrity and honesty was unparalleled even amongst the companions of the Prophet.
May Allah gather us with the Prophet Mohammed, his family, and his companions, and keep, ya Allah, your peace and blessing upon your beloved the Prophet Mohammed.
Written by Ustatha Menna Kotb
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