THABIT BIN AD-DAHDAH
He Donated His Life and Wealth to Allah
Who Was He?
He was one of the Ansaris who accommodated the Prophet (S.A.W.), aided him and followed the light that was sent down with him. He was one of the distinguished students in the Prophetic school. He was a fearless and brave horseman who pledged into battles valiantly. He defied all perils and bore difficulties with equanimity. His skill was daunting. Besides all these, he was quick in assisting the troubled, restituting the oppressed and provide succor for the grieved. Above all, he stood on a high pedestal in the love of Allah and His Messenger. He found pleasure in (answering) the call of Jihad. He savored the hardship occasioned by battle. He perceived the sweet fragrance of Paradise w1der the blade of his sword.
A Glimpse of His Love of Allah
This is from what ibn Mas’ud reported. He said: “When the Verse ‘Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan … ‘ was revealed, Abu Dahdah said: ‘0 Messenger of Allah, does Allah want a loan from us?’ ‘Yes, 0 Abu Dahdah,’ the Prophet (S.A.W.) said. ‘Then show me your hand.’ When the Prophet (S.A.W.) extended his hand, he took it and said: ‘I lend Allah a garden containing 600 palm trees.’ Then he returned to the garden while Umm Dahdah and his family were in there and he called out to her: ‘0 Umm Dahdah!’ ‘Labbayk (I am responding),’ she responded. ‘Get out (of the garden) for I have loaned it to my Lord azza wa jalla.“‘
Umm Dahdah responded: “Profitable is your transaction! May you be blessed in what you have bought.”
Then Umm Dahdah went to her children ar1d extracted from their mouths some of the fruits of that garden (which they loaned to Allah) which they were eating. She also took out the ones in their stores as well and went to another garden. The Prophet (S.A.W.) said “How many greeat clusters of (fruits) and spacious houses (awaits) Abu Dahdah.”
Just as Abu Dahdah volunteered all that he had for Allah, he equally volunteered his most valuable treasure – his life, for the sake of Allah.
On the Day of Uhud, he demonstrated a deep understanding of the (Ulloohiyyah) oneness of the Divinity of Allah. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) stationed some men to watch a mountain path to prevent a surprise onslaught from the enemies. He took a pledge from them not to contravene his order. Unfortunately, the fifty archers the Messenger stationed to protect the mountain pass disobeyed his order.
The Companions of Allah’s Messenger(S.A.W.) were caught off guard by a surprise attack from the mountain pass. Unable to withstand the onslaught, the ranks of the Muslims broke and some of the polytheists availed themselves of the opportunity to hit Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W.). They deliberately spread that through the ranks of the Muslims to demoralize them and to goad them into abandoning their religion. However, the faith of the Muslim was firmer than that, regardless of the severity of the onslaught and regardless of the numerous martyrs.
Thabit ibn Dahdah stood firm (in the face of this great trial) calling in a loud voice that resonated all around the mountain: “0 community of the Ansar! Come over to me! Come over to me! Fight for the sake of your religion!” He had barely finished his call when a group of the Ansar gathered around him and together, they fell upon the polytheists in a deadly onslaught. However, in front of them were menacing weapons of the polytheists. Leading them were formidable men like Khalid bin Waleed, Amr bin Al-As, lkrimah bin Abu Jahl and Dharar bin AlKhattab. The battle raged between the Ansar and the polytheists. Khalid succeeded in mortally stabbing Thabit and he fell dead. Thereafter one after the other, the valiant warriors of the Ansar that fought alongside him also fell.
There, at the foot of the mountain of Uhud lie the bodies of the martyrs of this battle.
“But those who are killed in the way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost. He will guide them and set right their state. And admit them to Paradise which He has made known to them (i.e. they will know their places in Paradise more than they used to know their houses in the worlds).” (Rasool Allah:4-6)