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Special Story: The Sahabi whose Head Every Muslim was Obligated to Kiss!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

‘Umar was greatly pleased and when he looked at the prisoners he said,

“Every Muslim has a duty to kiss the head of ****(insert name of Sahabi)**** and I shall start.”

Umar then got up and kissed the head of that Sahabi.

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From: ‘Companions of The Prophet’ by ‘Abdul Wahid Hamid;vol. 1 via Sahaba.net

In the nineteenth year after the Hijrah, ‘Umar dispatched an army to fight against the Byzantines. In it was ‘Abdullah ibn Hudhafah As-Sahmi. News of the Muslim force reached the Byzantine emperor, Heraclius. He had heard of their sincerity of faith, and their willingness to sacrifice their lives in the way of Allah and His Prophet. He gave orders to his men to bring to him any Muslim captives they might take alive.

God willed that ‘Abdullah ibn Hudhafah should fall captive to the Byzantines and he was brought before the Emperor. The Emperor looked at ‘Abdullah for a long time.

Suddenly he said, “I shall make a proposal to you.”

“What is it?” asked Abdullah.

“I suggest that you become a Christian. If you do this, you will be set free and I shall grant you a safe refuge.”

The prisoner’s reaction was furious: “Death is preferable to me a thousand times to what you ask me to do.”

“I see that you are a bold man. However, if you respond positively to what I propose to you, I will give you a share in my authority and swear you in as my aide.”

The prisoner, shackled in his chains, smiled and said, “By Allah, if you give me all that you possess and all that the Arabs have in exchange for giving up the religion of Muhammad (peace be upon him), I shall not do so.”

“Then I shall kill you.”

“Do what you want,” answered ‘Abdullah.

The emperor then had him put on a cross and ordered his soldiers to throw spears at him, first near his hands and then near his feet, all the while telling him to accept Christianity or at least give up his religion. This he refused over and over again to do.

The emperor then had him taken down from the wooden cross. He called for a great pot to be brought. This was filled with oil which was then heated under a fierce fire. He then had two other Muslim prisoners brought and had one of them thrown into the boiling oil. The prisoner’s flesh sizzled and soon his bones could be seen.

The emperor turned to ‘Abdullah and invited him to Christianity. This was the most terrible test that ‘Abdullah had had to face up till now. But he remained firm and the emperor gave up trying. He then ordered that ‘Abdullah too be thrown into the pot.

As he was being taken away he began to shed tears.

The emperor thought that he had at last been broken and had him brought back to him.

He once more suggested that ‘Abdullah become a Christian but to his astonishment, Abdullah refused.

“Damn you! Why did you weep then?” shouted the emperor.

“I cried,” said Abdullah, “because I said to myself ‘You will now be thrown into this pot and your soul will depart’. What I really desired then was to have as many souls as the number of hairs on my body and to have all of them thrown into this pot for the sake of Allah.”

The tyrant then said, “Will you kiss my head? I will then set you free!”

“And all the Muslim prisoners also?” asked ‘Abdullah.

Thus the emperor agreed to do and ‘Abdullah said to himself, “One of the enemies of Allah! I shall kiss his head and he shall set me and all other Muslim prisoners free. There can be no blame on me for doing this.”

He then went up to the emperor and kissed his forehead. All the Muslim prisoners were released and handed over to ‘Abdullah. ‘Abdullah ibn Hudhafah eventually came to ‘Umar ibn al Khattab and told him what had happened.

‘Umar was greatly pleased and when he looked at the prisoners he said,

“Every Muslim has a duty to kiss the head of ‘Abdullah ibn Hudhafah and I shall start.”

‘Umar then got up and kissed the head of ‘Abdullah ibn Hudhafah.

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Similar story can be found in ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, His Life And Times’ by ‘Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabi; Vol. 1, pp. 273 – 274. Quoting from Tafsir Ibn Kathir 2/610 – via Hayatus Sahaaba

The Romans captured the great Sahaabai ‘Abdullaah Ibn Hudhaafah As-Sahami, and took him to their king, who said to him, “Become Christian and I will share my kingdom with you and give you my daughters hand in marriage.”

He (‘Abdullaah Ibn Hudhaafah As-Sahami) said to him, “Even if you give me all that you posses and all that the Arabs possess to make me give up the religion of Muhammad (saw) for the blink of an eye, I would not do it.

He said, “Then I will kill you.”

He said, “It’s up to you.

So the king ordered that he be crucified and that the archers shoot him near his hands and feet, whilst he was telling him to become Christian, but he refused to do so.

Then he ordered that he be taken down and a huge pot of coper be heated up.

Then one of the Muslim prisoners was brought and thrown into it, and when he looked, there was nothing left but bones. He again told him to become Christian, but he refused.

Then he ordered that he be thrown into that pot, and he was lifted on a pulley to be thrown in, but he wept and the king hoped that he would respond and he again told him to become Christian.

But ‘Abdullaah said, “I am only weeping because I have but one soul to be thrown into this pot for the sake of Allaah. I wish that I had as many souls as hairs on my body, so that they may all receive this torture for the sake of Allaah.

According to some reports, the king imprisoned him and deprived him of food and drink for several days, then he sent wine and pork to him but he did not touch them.

The king summoned him and said, “Why did you not eat?”

He said, “They were permissible for me (in that situation), but I did not want to give you the satisfaction.”

The king said to him, “Kiss my head and I will let you go.”

He said, “And will you let all the Muslim prisoners go?”

He said, “Yes.”

So he kissed his head, and he let him go and he let all the Muslim prisoners go with him.

When he came back, ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said,

“Every Muslim should kiss the forehead of ‘Abdullaah Ibn Hudhaafah, and I will be the first,”

and he stood up and kissed his head.

~

May Allah SWT be pleased with them all…

O Allah SWT teach us and our generations through Your Mercy and Affection : how to be courageous and God-fearing like them!

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ

Ameen.

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One comment on “Special Story: The Sahabi whose Head Every Muslim was Obligated to Kiss!

  1. […] googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1326644231210-2'); }); Originally Posted by Scented Blood As-Salaamu alykum I need references where Muslims have asked for the release of Muslim Prisoners. Anyone have the refernce for when the sahabi asked for the release and the king said he would if the sahabi kissed his forehead? JazakAllah khair Please do not ignore. You have no idea how much khair this can bring you.. Wa `Alaykum al-Salam Wa Rahmatu 'Llahi Wa BarakaTuhu, Special Story: The Sahabi whose Head Every Muslim was Obligated to Kiss! | Grasping onto the Handhol… […]

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