Us and Them
had chosen for them (Qutb, 14). The Companions cherished in their hearts the love of Allah (swt), which is the basis for allworship. In regards to the love of Allah (swt), Ibn Al-Qaym Al-Jozee said: “It is a stage that all ofthose who are striving and competing are competing for it and it is a kind of life that if you aremissing it you are one of the dead. It si a light that if you are without it you are in and ocean ofdarkness. It is a medicine or cure that if you are without it, your heart becomes a place ofsicknesses. It si a sweetness or pleasure that id you are without it, life becomes a thing ofworries and pain.
LOVED THEIR LEADERSHIP
In addition to the strong belief in Allah (swt), the Companions wholeheartedly loved the Prophet(saw). The leader that they experienced was one of perfect morals; his character wasunmatched by anyone in his time or even times to come after. He was a man of the highestnobility, honesty, integrity, abstinence, perseverance,… The list goes on. Prior to the advent ofIslam, people used to give their money to the Prophet (saw) for safekeeping. A classic case ofhis reputation (even at the time when he first began to speak of Islam) is when he climbed themountain of Safah and asked his notables if they would believe him if he told them that an armywas coming to attack them on the other side. They all responded in the affirmative, due to theirexperiences with him, which had led them to nickname him, "as-siddiq & al-amin." The Prophet (saw)'s qualities were as such that even his dire enemies testified to them. Onesuch enemy was Abu Jahl who used to continuously say to him, "O Muhammad, we are in noposition to belie you, we rather, disbelieve what you have brought us (Islam)." The Prophet(saw) once responded to Ubai bin Khalaf's threat to kill him; by saying that he (saw) wouldinshallah kill Ubai. Ubai is known to have remarked, "I am convinced [that Muhammad (saw)]would be able to kill me even if he spat on me." Why would his enemies shudder at anythreatening words received by the Prophet (saw)? This is because he was known for nothingless then truth; whatever he uttered was bound to be true. On the other hand, the Companions experienced the sweetness of their leader's character.They cast their lives into their model of perfection - the Prophet (saw). Thus they became thepractical demonstrations of his teachings. the Companions thus proved that the life instructedby the Prophet (saw) was not one of inconsistency to human nature, instead, it was one thatwas molded to the fitra (nature) of humankind. It was one that successfully transformed people
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