man called Abu Qudamah Ash-Shamy, who lived in the Prophet's Madinah, was known
for his love for Jihaad in All‚h's cause and participating in expeditions to
the land of the Romans. One day, while conversing with some of his companions in
the Prophet's Holy Mosque in Madinah, they said: "O Abu Qudamah, tell us
about the most amazing thing you have witnessed while in Jihaad". He
once arrived at the city of Riqqa (in Iraq) seeking to purchase a camel to carry
my weapons. One day, a woman entered to where I was sitting and said: "O
Abu Qudamah, I was listening to what you mentioned about Jihaad and your
incitement for Muslims to join it. I have been blessed with more hair than many
other women; I have cut it and made a horse's rein out of, and I have covered it
with dust so that no one can recognise it. I wish that you take it with you, so
that when you arrive to the land of the disbelievers, and the horsemen engage in
battle, the arrows are fired, the swords are drawn, and the spears are pulled
out, either use it if you find the need for it, or hand it to whoever needs it,
for I wish that my hair will witness the battle and will get the dust in the Way
of All‚h. I am a widowed woman who had a husband and a number of relatives, who
were all killed in All‚h's Path; I would have joined Jihaad had it been
required of me." She then handed over the rein to me.
then said: "O Abu Qudamah, know that my husband left me a son who is
amongst the finest of youths: He has learnt the Qur'‚n, the art of
swordsmanship, as well as archery; he prays at night and fasts during the day,
and he is 15 years of age. He is currently away at a property which he has
inherited from his father. Hopefully he will get back before your departure, for
I wish to send him with you as a gift to All‚h the Exalt and most High. And I
ask you by All‚h that you do not deprive me from gaining the rewards I
Qudamah said: I had departed from Riqqa with my companions, when I heard a
horseman calling out from behind: "O Abu Qudamah, wait for me for a while,
may All‚h have mercy on you." I stopped and said to my companions: Go
forth while I check who it is. The horseman then approached me, hugged me, and
said: "Praised be All‚h who did not deny me from your company and did not
turn me back disappointed". I said: "My beloved, let me see your face,
for, if it is imperative on someone of your age to fight, I would command you to
join us, otherwise I would turn you back". When he uncovered his face, I
saw a young man who is like a full moon (in beauty), and who seems to have been
living a wealthy life. I said: "My beloved, do you have a father?" He
said: "No, in fact I am coming with you seeking revenge for my father who
was martyred, perhaps All‚h will grant me martyrdom as he granted my
father". I said: "My beloved, do you have a mother?"
"Yes", he replied. I then said: "Then go and ask her permission,
if she permits you to go then come back, otherwise stay back with her". The
young man said: "O Abu Qudamah! Don't you recognise me?"
"No", I replied. He said: "I am the son of the woman who gave you
the trust. How fast did you forget my mother's request! I am -Insha' All‚h-
the martyr son of the martyr! I ask you by All‚h not to stop me from going
forth with you in All‚h's way, for I memorise All‚h's Book, and have knowledge
of the Prophet's Sunnah, and I am experienced in horsemanship and shooting, and
I have not left behind someone who is a better fighter than myself, so despise
me not for my young age. My mother has taken an oath that I should not come
back, and said: 'O son! If you meet the disbelievers, turn not your back to
them, and offer your soul to All‚h, and seek to be close to All‚h, and the
company of your father and your righteous uncles in the Heaven; and if All‚h
grants you martyrdom, then intercede on my behalf, for I was told that the
martyr can plead on behalf of seventy of his relatives, and seventy of his
neighbours'. She then hugged me, lifted her head to the heavens and said: 'My
Lord, Master and God, this is my son, the flower of my heart and the dearest to
my soul, I present him to you, so draw him nearer to his father'."
I heard the youth's words, I wept in grief over his good character and the
beauty of his youth, and out of pity for his mother's heart, and over my
astonishment at her patience on being away from him.
went on with our journey; we rested at nightfall, and took off in the morning.
During that time the youth did not cease remembering All‚h and glorifying Him.
I observed his movements, and found that he was better than us when riding, and
our servant once we dismounted. As we got closer and closer to the enemy, he
would strengthen our determination, his spirit would fortify, his heart would
purify, and the signs of happiness would cover him.
proceeded until we were close to the land of the Kuffar. It was near sunset when
we alighted. The young man was cooking food for us to break our fast when he
fell asleep. He slept for a long time, and I could see him smiling during his
sleep. When he woke up, I said to him: "My beloved, I saw you smiling while
asleep". He said: "I saw a vision which I liked and made me
laugh". I said: "What was it you saw?" He said: "I saw
myself in an elegant green garden. While wandering in it, I faced a silver
castle which had balconies made of pearls and jewels. Its doors were made of
gold, and its curtains were lowered. I then saw some maids, whose faces were
like the moons (in beauty), lifting the curtains. Upon seeing me, they said:
'Welcome'. I then heard some of them saying to the others: 'This is the husband
of the 'Mardhiyyah' (Blessed)'. They then said to me: 'Come forth, may All‚h
have mercy on you'. When I approached, I saw a room on the top of the castle, it
was made of red gold, and had a green bed made of jewels, and its legs were made
of white silver. There was a girl on the bed whose face was like the sun, and
had it not been for All‚h's help I would have lost my sight, and I would have
lost my mind, because of the brilliance of the room, and the beauty of the girl.
Upon seeing me, the girl greeted me saying: 'Welcome, O All‚h's servant and His
beloved! You are mine and I am yours.' I wanted to hug her, but she said: 'Slow
down, do not rush, you are not one of those who do wrong. However, we shall meet
tomorrow at the time of Zuhur prayers, so rejoice!'."
Qudamah said: I then told him: "My beloved, you saw but good, and good it
shall be Insha' All‚h."
at the youth's dream, we went to sleep. When we woke up, we rushed, mounted our
horses, and the caller cried: "O All‚h's horsemen! Mount, and rejoice with
Paradise, 'March forth, whether you are light or heavy'
[Qur'‚n, 9:41]." It was only an hour before the army of Kufur,
may All‚h humiliate it, approached as if they were locusts spread abroad. The
first of us to attack them was the youth, who scattered them, dispersed their
lines, and plunged into their ranks; he killed many of their men, and knocked
down their heroes. When I saw him doing this, I caught up with him, grabbed his
horse's rein, and said: My beloved, retreat! You are a young boy who is
inexperienced in warfare. He replied: "O uncle! Did you not hear All‚h's
saying: 'O you who believe! When you meet those who
disbelieve, in battle a field, never turn your backs to them', do you
wish for me to enter the Fire of Hell?"
talking, the Mushriks launched a great offensive, which caused us to separate,
and each of us had to look after himself. When the two parties separated, the
killed were countless. I rode around examining the killed, whose blood was
flowing on the ground, and who could not be recognised due to the dust and blood
which covered their faces.
riding, I saw the youth between the horses' hooves, covered with dust and blood;
he was saying: "O Muslims! For All‚h's Sake, get my uncle Abu Qudamah to
come to me!" Upon hearing his crying, I ran towards him. I could not
recognise his face because of the blood, and the marks from the horses'
footsteps. I said: "Here I am, this is Abu Qudamah". He said: "O
uncle, by the Lord of the Ka'bah, my dream has come true. I am the son of the
rein's owner!" Upon hearing this, I threw myself on him, kissed him between
the eyes, wiped the dust and blood off his face, and said: O my beloved! Do not
forget your uncle Abu Qudamah, make him amongst those you intercede on their
behalf on the Day of Judgement! He replied: "The likes of you cannot be
forgotten! You wipe my face with your gown? My gown is worthier. O uncle, leave
it, for I wish to meet All‚h in this state. O uncle! The Hoor (girl of
Paradise) that I described to you, she's at my head, waiting for my soul to
depart from my body, and she is saying to me: 'Hurry, I am longing for you.' O
uncle, for the Sake of All‚h, if He was to bring you back safely, take my
blood-stained clothes to my poor, grieved and sad mother, present them to her,
and tell her: 'All‚h has accepted your gift'." He then smiled and said:
"I bear witness that there is no god but All‚h, no partner has He; He has
kept His promise, and I bear witness that Muhammad is All‚h's servant and
Messenger; this is what All‚h and His Messenger has promised us, and All‚h and
His Messenger were true to their promise." His soul then left his body.
then enshrouded him with his clothes, and buried him, may All‚h be pleased with
him and us.
we returned from our expedition and entered the Riqqa, I headed towards the
house of the young man's mother. She came out, and seemed very worried. I
greeted her, she answered my Salam and said: "Did you come as a condoler or
as a rejoicer?" Explain to me what is a condolence and what is a rejoice to
you, may All‚h have mercy on you, I replied. She said: "If my son has come
back safe, then you are indeed a condoler. Whereas if he has been killed in All‚h's
Path, then you are a rejoicer!" I said: Rejoice, for All‚h has accepted
hearing this she wept and said: "Did He accept it?" I said: Yes.
Thereupon she said: "Praise be to All‚h who spared him for me on the Day
All‚h subhanahu wa ta'ala give us the hikmah to take correct lesson from this
and give us the iman and taqwa to act upon it.