Hazrat Saeed bin Zayd (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ)

As Sabiqun Al Awwalun – Abu-al-Aawar, Blessed Companion, Disciple of Muhammad SAW

His father Zaid bins ‘Amr RA was one of the very few Quraish who did neither believed in nor practiced idolatry – the religion of the Quraish; before the advent of Islam. Before Islam, Arabs often buried their girl children alive. Zaid bin ‘Amr RA was one of the first people to oppose that barbaric tradition. He had saved and raised many girls who were about to be buried alive by their families.

Zaid bin ‘Amr RA never participated in the celebrations of various gods and goddesses that were worshipped by the Quraish and other Arab tribes. He traveled widely in search of the True religion of Allah (God).

Zaid bin ‘Amr RA used to practice the religion of Ibrahim AS (Abraham). The Quraish used to harass him for his religious beliefs including his brother Khattab bin ‘Amr. Zaid bin ‘Amr RA used to tell people that he was waiting for a Messenger of Allah (God) to come among the descendants of Isma’il AS (Ishmael), but he was murdered five years before Allah (God) chose Muhammad SAW His final Rasul (Messenger). Zaid bin ‘Amr RA was buried near Mount Hira, where Allah (God) sent His first Wahi (Message from Allah) to Muhammad SAW.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA was born in Makkah in the year 22BH (Before Hijrah) (600 CE). He had inherited his father’s religious beliefs of Islamic Monotheism, and accepted Islam at a young age. Sa’id bin Zaid RA along with his wife became Muslim when only a handful of people had accepted it. They went through all sorts of abuse, ridicule and torture because of their decision.

His mother Fatimah RA was also among the as-Sabiqun al-Awwalun (Early Muslims). Sa’id bin Zaid RA was married to Fatimah binti Khattab RA, sister of Umar bin Khattab, who later became the second Khalifah (Caliph) of Muslims.

Umar bin Khattab was a strong opponent of Islam, before he converted to Islam. He was greatly distressed by the bifurcation of the Quraish tribe because of Islam. In his anguish, he wanted to kill the Rasul of Allah, Muhammad SAW, to cement the divided Quraish tribe.

One day he decided to resolve the dispute forever. He took out his sword out of its sheath and rushed towards Dar Arqam (House of Arqam RA) where the Rasulullah SAW and his Sahabah (Companions) used to meet in secret during the early days of Islam.

On the way, ‘Umar bin Khattab met a Sahabi (Companion) named Nu’aym bin ‘Abdullah RA. Nu’aym bin ‘Abdullah RA could gather by the aggressive stance of Umar bin Khattab that his intentions are very serious. Upon enquiry Saidina Umar bin Khattab RA told him that he is going to kill the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad SAW, who was responsible for dividing the once so cohesive Quraish tribe. 

Nu’aym bin ‘Abdullah RA advised Umar bin Khattab to take care of his immediate family first. He told him that his sister Fatimah binti Khattab RA and her husband Sa’id bin Zaid RA had also accepted Islam. 

‘Umar bin Khattab was outraged at this news. In a fit of anger, he rushed to the house of Sa’id bin Zaid RA, to take care of his sister and brother in-law first. When he reached there, both Sa’id bin Zaid RA and his wife Fatimah binti Khattab RA were listening to the recitation of the Quran by Khabbab bin Arrat RA. He was reciting from the twentieth Surah (Chapter) of the Holy Quran named Ta-Ha. 

‘Umar bin Khattab heard his recitation from the outside when he reached their house. He was in a state of confusion, the recitation did have a strange tranquilizing effect on him, but his anger overcame it. He entered their house and started beating Sa’id bin Zaid RA mercilessly. ‘Umar bin Khattab also hit his sister Fatimah binti Khattab R, when she tried to save her husband Sa’id bin Zaid RA. He wanted to force both of them to quit their newly accepted religion of Islam, to return to the age-old religion of ignorance that their ancestors practiced for so long.

His merciless thrashing did not yield any results and both remained steadfast. When ‘Umar bin Khattab got tired of beating them, better sense prevailed upon him after seeing them bleeding. A sense of guilt over took him. Then he remembered the strange versed he had heard prior to entering their house. Out of curiosity, he asked them to recite the same verses back to him, which he heard while entering their house. Sa’id bin Zaid RA and Fatimah binti Khattab RA recited those beautiful verses from the Quran again. Its 14th Ayah (Verse) resulted in a total change of heart of ‘Umar bin Khattab.

He was awed by the power and truth in the words of Allah (God).

“Verily! I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) for My Remembrance.

Surah (Chapter) Ta-Ha The Qur-an 20:14

‘Umar bin Khattab went straight to Dar Arqam (House of Arqam R), where the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad SAW was temporarily staying with his Sahabah (Companions) and converted to Islam immediately. Sa’id bin Zaid RA and his wife Fatimah binti Khattab RA  were instrumental in the conversion of Saidina Umar bin Khattab RA  who became one of the greatest followers of Islam.

Rasulullah SAW used to pray to Allah for causing change of heart of either one of the two big enemies of Islam, ‘Umar bin Khattab or Abu Jahl bin Hisham. He wanted either of them to accept Islam and become a Muslim. Allah SWT answered his prayers by sending ‘Umar bin Khattab RA to the folds of Islam.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA and his wife Fatimah binti Khattab RA migrated to Madinah with other Muslims. They stayed with Rafa’ah bin ‘Abdul Mandhar RA, brother of Abu Lubabah RA. Sometime later, Rasulullah SAW granted him a piece of land for building a house. 

In his early career, he served as the secretary of Rasulullah SAW and recorded the verses of the Quran which were revealed to Rasulullah SAW.] History record that Sa’īd bin Zaid RA was a pious man and he never did anything throughout his life against the teachings of Rasulullah SAW. It is said that ‘Sa’īd always covered Muhammad keeping himself ahead and in front of him in battle and always stood behind him in prayers. He took part in a number of battles, even after the death of Muhammad, for the sake of Islam, and fought very bravely.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA participated in all the battles fought for the cause of Islam, except the battle of Badr because Rasulullah SAW had sent him and Talhah bin ‘Ubaidullah RA on a reconnaissance mission a few days before it. Muslim army had just returned to Madinah after achieving victory at Badr in their first battle with the Quraish, who greatly outnumbered Muslims; when these two Sahabah (Companions of Rasulullah SAW) also returned from their mission.

Rasulullah SAW gave them their share in Mal Ghanimah (War Booties) and told them that they would also get rewarded for Jihad (Striving for the Cause of Allah). Sa’id bin Zaid RA rode with Rasulullah SAW as a commanding officer of a battalion of the victorious Muslim army that conquered Makkah without any bloodshed in the year 8H (Hijrah) (629 CE).

Sa’id bin Zaid RA had served under all four Khalifah” Rashidun (Rightly guided Caliphs) after the demise of Rasulullah SAW. During the Khalifah (Tenure of a Caliph) of ‘Saidina Umar bin Khattab RA, he commanded the infantry battalions of the Muslim army during the initial battles in Sham (Syria). Sa’id bin Zaid RA showed exemplary bravery in the battle of Ajnadayn where he commanded a unit. Sa’id bin Zaid RA also participated in the battles for Damishaq (Damascus) and Fahl. He killed the Roman governor of Hums. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was instrumental in the Muslim victory in the battle of Yarmuk.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA had also briefly served as the ‘Amil (Governor) of Damishaq (Damascus), but he voluntarily resigned to participate in Jihad (Striving for the Cause of Allah) for Sham (Syria). Sa’id bin Zaid RA who heard the glad tiding of eternal bliss from the tongue of Rasulullah SAW, spent his luminous and long life in the struggle for belief. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was so close to Rasulullah SAW that he was always around him like a moth. Said bin Jubair RA expresses this closeness as follows:

“Abu Bakir, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Talha, Zubair, Sa’d, Abdurrahman bin Awf and Sa’id bin Zaid RA used to fight in front of the Messenger of Allah during the battle and pray behind him during the prayers.” 

They always showed that they were loyal friends of Rasulullah SAW in all phases of their lives. After the demised of Rasulullah SAW, Sa’id bin Zaid RA, formed the most important link of the caravan of the Islamic service. Sa’id bin Zaid RA showed great effort in the selection of the caliphs. Sa’id bin Zaid RA exerted great efforts in order to prevent disagreement and conflicts. When he placed Saidina Umar RA, who was the symbol of justice, in the grave next to Rasulullah SAW, he was shedding tears.

When somebody asked, “O Aba Awar! Why are you crying?”, Sa’id bin Zaid RA he was crying for his cause:

“I am crying for Islam. The martyrdom of Saidina Umar RA is a gap opened in Islam. This gap is not going to be closed until the Day of Judgment.”  Thus, he expressed the unique place of Saidina Umar RA in the history of Islam.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA had a great role in the Victory of Yarmuk and the Conquest of Damascus during the caliphate of Saidina Umar RA.  Sa’id bin Zaid RA was the commander of a military unit when they encountered the Byzantine army in the Valley of Yarmuk. The Byzantine army suddenly attacked the left wing of the Islamic army. It looked as if the Byzantine army would defeat them. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was among the commanders that preserved their places and persevered. Sa’id bin Zaid RA jumped off his horse and said,  

“Solemnity and recklessness make man attain honor in the world and mercy in the hereafter. We should try to attain both.”

The mujahids were excited by his speech and played an important role in the Victory of Yarmuk. Their commander fought at the front and kneeled down when he was tired. The enemy panicked when Sa’id bin Zaid RA killed the Byzantine commander. Making use of this panic, Sa’id bin Zaid RA attacked the center. Soon, the river behind them was full of the dead bodies of the enemy soldiers.[8]

After the Conquest of Damascus, Hz. Abu Ubaidah RA, the commander of the army offered Hz. Said to become the governor of Damascus. Preferring serving to holding a post, Sa’id bin Zaid RA wanted to make jihad; he said,

“O Abu Ubaydah, I want to make jihad in the way of Allah. Give the post of governorship to another brother that you find appropriate.”

Sa’id bin Zaid RA served in the Islamic army of conquest for a long time. Sa’id bin Zaid RA played an important role in making the region of Iraq and Syria become parts of the Islamic land. Then, Sa’id bin Zaid RA travelled around these regions, and taught and trained people. Sa’id bin Zaid RA tried to prevent the gossips against Saidina Uthman RA and Saidina Ali RA. Mughira bin Shuba was the governor of Kufah. Once, Mughira was sitting in the biggest mosque of Kufah and people had gathered around him.  

Meanwhile, Sa’id bin Zaid RA entered the mosque. The governor welcomed him with respect and made him sit next to him. Then, a man from Kufah entered the mosque and started to utter ugly words. Sa’id bin Zaid RA could not realize what was happening and asked the governor,

“O Mughira! Against whom is this man talking?” Mughira said,

“Against Saidina Ali RA.” When Sa’id bin Zaid RA heard it, he became very sad and said to the governor.

“O Mughira! The Companion of Rasulullah SAW is insulted and condemned in your presence but you do not prevent him; you keep silent!” Sa’id bin Zaid RA kept on speaking:

“I will report you a hadith that I heard from Rasulullah SAW with my own ears. Rasulullah SAW said, “Abu Bakr is in Paradise; Umar is in Paradise; Uthman is in Paradise; Ali is in Paradise; Talha is in Paradise; Zubair is in Paradise; SA’d bin Abi Waqqas is in Paradise.” If it was necessary to mention the ninth one, I would mention him, too.”

The next day, people gathered around Sa’id bin Zaid RA and insisted on learning the name of the person he did not mention by vowing. Sa’id bin Zaid RA could not put up with their insistence and said,

“Since you have vowed by the name of Allah, I will tell you: I am the ninth one.”

Then, he said,

“It would be better for any of you to live with Rasulullah SAW and make his face dusty in jihad than all of the good deeds he would do if he lived as long as Noah.”

Sa’id bin Zaid RA spent the last years of his long life in Aqiq near Madinah. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was engaged in agriculture there.

Once, a woman called “Awra binti Uways”, whose land was next to his land, went to Marwan bin Hakam, the governor of Madinah and complained about him.

She said,

“Sa’id bin Zaid RA occupied some of my land. Take it from him and give it to me.”

The governor sent a few people to investigate the issue. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was in his land in Aqiq. The delegation mentioned him about the complaint. Sa’id bin Zaid RA whose place in Paradise was definite when he was alive, realized that he was wronged. He said to them,

“Let me report you something that I heard from Rasulullah SAW said, ‘If a person seizes a land that does not belong to him, that land will be wrapped around his neck on the Day of Judgment even if he is under the seventh floor of the earth. A person who dies for his property is regarded as a martyr.'”

Then, Sa’id bin Zaid RA vowed that he did not violate the land of the woman. Then, he raised his hands and prayed as follows:

“O Allah! If this woman is lying, blind her eyes before she dies and make her well a grave for her!”

Allah Almighty heard the cry of the oppressed and accepted his prayer. The woman who slandered him became blind after a while. Then, she fell into the well in her garden while she was wandering around her house. The well became her grave. On his death-bed, the second Khalifah (Caliph) of Muslims, Saidina Umar bin Khattab RA, nominated a panel of prominent Sahabah (Companions of Rasulullah SAW) to choose his successor. Because of their close relationship he did not nominate Sa’id bin Zaid RA on it; although he was qualified to be included in that panel.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA did not mind it at all and was among the first Muslims to do Baiah (Pledge Allegiance) to the newly elected Khalifah (Caliph) of Muslims, Saidina Uthman bin ‘Affan RA.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA was in Kufah when Saidina Uthman bin Affan RA was martyred. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was disgusted by the events that followed the Shahadah (Martyrdom) of Saidina Uthman bin ‘Affan RA. Sa’id bin Zaid RA withdrew himself from active life and did not participate either in the battle of Jamal or Siffin. He spent his life in prayers living in a quite suburb of Madinah. Sa’id bin Zaid was offered the office of a Governor on account of his courage and administrative abilities, but he did not accept it.

Once he was appointed Governor of Damascus without his consent. He wrote to Abu ‘Ubaidah RA, “I am unable to offer such a sacrifice. You will perform Jihad while I will be deprived of it. Please send someone else to replace me as soon as you receive this letter. I am coming to you soon.” Later, he fought as an ordinary soldier in all the battles which were waged for the cause of Islam.

He is said to have passed the rest of his life in perfect peace and did not ever incline towards the mundane pleasures of life.

He disliked taking oaths. Once he had to attend a court of law in connection with a suit. The judge asked him to speak on oath. He withdrew his case and abandoned his claim. His submission to faith, his fear of Allah, and his services for the cause of Islam, earned him the glad tidings from Muhammad during his lifetime that he would enter the Eternal Gardens in the life hereafter.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA greatly respected the fourth Khalifah (Caliph) of Muslims, ‘Ali bin Abu Talib RA, to whom he had also pledged his allegiance.

Sa’id bin Zaid RA died in Madinah in the year 50 or 51H (Hijrah) (670-673 CE) on a Friday. Sa’ad bin Abu Waqqas RA gave him the final bath and ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar RA lead his Janazah Salah (Funeral Prayers). He died aged seventy nine in 673 AD (51 AH) during the reign of Muawiyah and was buried by Saad ibn Abi Waqqas and the son of Umar. In 673 (AH) Said bin Zaid RA passed away. He prayed Salatul Fajr at the Masjid one morning, returned home and passed away during his nap. Sa’ad ibn Abu Waqqas RA and Abdullah ibn Umar RA were the sahabah who performed Said Bin Zaid RA ghusl. Both of them give the account that whenever they perfumed the body of Said bin Zaid RA , they found that his body already had the sweetest of smells. It was as if Allah SWT was saying to Said bin Zaid RA that his service has been accepted.

 

Another version about the biography and the life of Said bin Zaid RA – The Early Muslim

‘Atikah binti Zaid RA, the sister of Sa’id bin Zaid RA was married to ‘Abdullah bin Abu Bakr RA. After his death, Saidina Umar bin Khattab RA married her. When Saidina Umar bin Khattab RA achieved Shahadah (Martyrdom), Zubair bin Al ‘Awwam RA married her who also achieved Shahadah (Martyrdom).

Allah, may He be glorified, heard the prayer of Zaid RA. When Muhammad the Messenger of Allah rose up inviting people to Islam, his son Said was in the forefront of those who believed in the oneness of God and who affirmed their faith in the Prophethood of Muhammad. This is not strange for Said grew up in a household which repudiated the idolatrous ways of the Quraish and Sa’id bin Zaid RA was instructed by a father who spent his life searching for Truth and who died in its pursuit. Said was not yet twenty when he embraced Islam. His young and steadfast wife Fatimah, daughter of al-Khattab and sister of Umar RA, also accepted Islam early. Evidently both Said and Fatimah managed to conceal their acceptance of Islam from the Quraish and especially from Fatimah’s family for some time. She had cause to fear not only her father but her brother Umar who was brought up to venerate the Kabah and to cherish the unity of the Quraish and their religion.

Umar Al Khattab was a headstrong young man of great determination. Sa’id bin Zaid RA saw Islam as a threat to the Quraish and became most violent and unrestrained in his attacks on Muslims. Sa’id bin Zaid RA finally decided that the only way to put an end to the trouble was to eliminate the man who was its cause. Goaded on by blind fury he took up his sword and headed for Rasulullah’s house. On his way he came face to face with a secret believer in Rasulullah who seeing Umar’s grim expression asked him where he was going. “I am going to kill Muhammad…” There was no mistaking his bitterness and murderous resolve. The believer sought to dissuade him from his intent but Umar was deaf to any arguments. He then thought of diverting Umar in order to at least warn the Prophet of his intentions.

“O Umar,” he said, “Why not first go back to the people of your own house and set them to rights?” “What people of my house?” asked Umar Al Khattab? “Your sister Fatimah and your brother-in-law Said bin Zaid RA. They have both forsaken your religion and are followers of Muhammad in his religion…” Umar turned and made straight for his sister’s house. There he called out to her angrily as he approached. Khabbab ibn al-Aratt who often came to recite the Quran to Said bin Zaid RA and Fatimah Al Khattab RA was with them then. When they heard Umar’s voice, Khabbab hid in a corner of the house and Fatimah concealed the manuscript. But ‘Umar had heard the sound of their reading and when he came in, he said to them: “What is this haynam Sa’id bin Zaid RA ah (gibbering) I heard?”

They tried to assure him that it was only normal conversation that he had heard but he insisted: “Hear it I did,” he said, “and it is possible that you have both become renegades.” “Have you not considered whether the Truth is not to be found in your religion?” said, Said bin Zaid RA to Umar trying to reason with him. Instead, Umar set upon his brother-in-law hitting and kicking him as hard as he could and when Fatimah went to the defense of her husband, Umar struck her a blow on her face which drew blood. “O Umar,” said Fatimah, and she was angry. “What if the Truth is not in your religion? I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.”

Fatimah’s wound was bleeding, and when Umar saw the blood he was sorry for what he had done. A change came over him and he said to his sister: “Give me that script which you have that I may read it.” Like them Umar could read, but when he asked for the script, Fatimah said to him: “You are impure and only the pure may touch it. Go and wash yourself or make ablutions.” Thereupon Umar went and washed himself, and she gave him the page on which was written the opening verses of Surah Ta-Ha. He began to read it and when he reached the verse, ‘Verily, I alone am God, there no deity but me. So, worship Me alone, and be constant in Prayer so as to remember Me, ‘he said: “Show me where Muhammad is.”

Umar then made his way to the house of al-Arqam and declared his acceptance of Islam and Rasulullah SAW and all his companions rejoiced. Said bin Zaid RA and his wife Fatimah were thus the immediate cause which led to the conversion of the strong and determined Umar and this added substantially to the power and prestige of the emerging faith. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was totally devoted to Rasulullah SAW and the service of Islam. Sa’id bin Zaid RA witnessed all the major campaigns and encounters in which the Prophet engaged with the exception of Badr. Before Badr, he and Talhah were sent by the Prophet as scouts to Hawra on the Red Sea coast due west of Madinah to bring him news of a Quraish caravan returning from Syria. When Talhah and Said returned to Madinah the Prophet had already set out for Badr with the first Muslim army of just over three hundred men.

After the passing away of Rasulullah SAW, Sa’id bin Zaid RA continued to play a major role in the Muslim community. He was one of those whom Abu Bakr consulted on his succession and his name is often linked with such companions as Uthman, Abu Ubaidah RA and Sad ibn Abi Waqqas RA in the campaigns that were waged. Sa’id bin Zaid RA was known for his courage and heroism, a glimpse of which we can get from his account of the Battle of Yarmuk. Sa’id bin Zaid RA said: “For the Battle of Yarmuk, we were twenty four thousand or thereabout. Against us, the Byzantines mobilized one hundred and twenty thousand men. They advanced towards us with a heavy and thunderous movement as if mountains were being moved. Bishops and priests strode before them bearing crosses and chanting litanies which were repeated by the soldiers behind them.

When the Muslims saw them mobilized thus, they became worried by their vast numbers and something of anxiety and fear entered theft hearts. Thereupon, Abu Ubaidah RA stood before the Muslims and urged them to fight. “Worshippers of Allah” he said, “help Allah and Allah will help you and make your feet firm.” “Worshippers of Allah be patient and steadfast for indeed patience and steadfastness (Sabr) is a salvation from unbelief, a means of attaining the pleasure of God and a defense against ignominy and disgrace.”

“Draw out your spears and protect yourselves with your shields. Don’t utter anything among yourselves but the remembrance of Allah Almighty until I give you the command, if God wills.” “Thereupon a man emerged from the ranks of the Muslims and said: “I have resolved to die this very hour. Have you a message to send to Rasulullah SAW, may God bless him and grant him peace?”

“Yes” replied Abu Ubaidah RA, “convey salam to him from me and from the Muslims and say to him: O Rasulullah, we have found true what our Lord has promised us.” “As soon as I heard the man speak and saw him unsheathe his sword and go out to meet the enemy, I threw myself on the ground and crept on all fours and with my spear I felled the first enemy horseman racing towards us. Then I fell upon the enemy and Allah removed from my heart all traces of fear. The Muslims engaged the advancing Byzantines and continued fighting until they were blessed with victory.”

Sa’id bin Zaid RA was ranked by Rasulullah SAW as one of the outstanding members of his generation. He was among ten of the companions whom Rasulullah SAW visited one day and promised Paradise. These were Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Abdur-Rahman ibn Awl, Abu Ubaidah RA , Talhah, Az-Zubair RA, Sad of Zuhrah, and Said the son of Zaid the Hanif. The books of Rasulullah’s sayings have recorded his great praises of the Promised Ten (al-‘Asharatu-l Mubashshirun) and indeed of others whom on other occasions he also gave good tidings of Paradise.

HADITHS  NARRATED BY SAID BIN ZAID RA

There are many verses in the Qur’an concerning the companions. Sa’id bin Zaid RA narrated 48 Alhadith (Sayings of Muhammad SAW).

“Messenger of Allah SWT said, ‘Abu Bakr is in Paradise, ‘Umar is in Paradise, ‘Alee is in Paradise, ‘Uthmaan is in Paradise, Talhah is in Paradise, Az-Zubayr is in Paradise, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn ‘Awf is in Paradise, Sa’d Ibn Abee Waqqaas is in Paradise, Sa’eed Ibn Zayd Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Nufayl is in Paradise, and Abu Ubaydah Ibn Al-Jarraah is in Paradise.’”

Sahih: Tirmidhi 3747, Ahmed (1/193)

Narrated Sa’id ibn Zaid: AbdurRahman ibn al-Akhnas said that when he was in the mosque, a man mentioned Ali (may Allah be pleased with him). So Sa’id ibn Zayd got up and said: I bear witness to the Apostle of Allah SAW  that I heard him say: Ten persons will go to paradise: Rasulullah SAW  will go to paradise, Abu bakr will go to paradise, Umar will go to paradise, Uthman will go to paradise, Ali will go to paradise, Talhah will go to paradise: Az-Zubayr ibn al-Awwam will go to paradise, Sa’d ibn Malik will go to paradise, and Abdur Rahman ibn Awf will go to paradise. If I wish, I can mention the tenth. The People asked: Who is he: So he kept silence. The again asked: Who is he: He replied: He is Sa’id ibn Zaid. .. (Abu Dawud Book #40, Hadith # 4632) Recorded in Ibn Majjah as well.

Found in: The Book of the Sunnah

Hadith no: 133

Narrated: Said bin Zaid bin Amr bin Nufail

“The Messenger of Allah (saw) was one of the Ten (given glad tidings of Paradise). He (saw) said: Abu Bakr will be in Paradise; Umar will be in Paradise; Uthman will be in Paradise; Ali will be in Paradise; Talhah will be in Paradise; Zubair will be in Paradise; Sad will be in Paradise; Abdur-Rahman will be in Paradise.” He was asked: ‘Who will be the ninth?’ He said: ‘I will.’” (Sahih)

Found in: The Book of the Sunnah

Hadith no: 134

Narrated: Said bin Zaid

“I bear witness that I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say: ‘Stand firm, O (mountain of) Hira’, for there is no one upon you but a Prophet, a Siddiq and a martyr.’” Then he listed them as follows: “The Messenger of Allah (saw), Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali, Talhah, Zubair, Sad, Ibn Awf and Saeed bin Zaid.” (Sahih)

Found in: The Chapters on Legal Punishments

Hadith no: 2580

Narrated: Said bin Zaid bin Amr bin Nufail

that the Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever is killed defending his property, he is a martyr.” Sahih

The Martyrs

From Akwar Abi Said bin Zaid ‘Amru bin Nufel r.a (he was one of the ten people who was witnessed to enter Heaven ) who said: “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “He who is killed while guarding his property is a martyr, he who is killed while defending himself is a martyr, he who is killed while defending his religion is a martyr, and he who dies protecting his family is (also) a martyr.”

(Abu Daud and at- Tirmidhi)

Saeed bin Zaid (R.A.) narrates that I heard Rasulullah SAW) saying, “Truffles are like Manna (i.e. they grow naturally without man’s care) and their water heals eye diseases.”(Farooqi, 19

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