Let us altogether internalize upon the noble akhlaaq of the Companions of Rasulullah in terms of their obedience and adherence in upholding the symbols (shi’aar) of Islam. Verily, the Companions had undertaken great sacrifices and performed the best of deeds in aiding Rasulullah to uphold the religion of Allah.
Indeed, what is deemed as the Companions of Rasulullah are those that lived during his time, having met or seen him, heard his voice, knew Rasulullah, had a belief (imaan), strove and fought along with Rasulullah even for a brief moment. The Companions of Rasulullah were the best and utmost generation for they were blessed with the opportunity to attain knowledge directly, immersed in da’wah work, and undertake jihaad alongside Rasulullah.
The Companions of Rasulullah had proven and manifested how they truly loved, cared, and always gave priority upon every instruction or request from Rasulullah, for the sake of Islam. Hence, the Companions were always prepared to perform any command that would come from Rasulullah in safeguarding the interest of Islam. These noble traits were praised by Allah such that the Companions were guaranteed as the dwellers of Paradise. Allah mentions in verse 100 of Surah at-Tawbah (meaning):
“And the first forerunners [in the faith] among the Muhajireen and the Ansaar and those who followed them with good conduct – Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great attainment.” [Al-Quran, Surah at-Tawbah, verse 100].
Four of the Companions of Rasulullah that can be emulated by the Muslim ummah are:
- Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq who said: “If I am on the correct path, then aid me. But if I am deviating, then advise me!”
- ‘Umar al-Khattaab who said: “The Holy Book al-Qur’an is my guide and I will tread the path undertaken by Rasulullah and Abu Bakr.”
- Aside from that, ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan also stated: “In the Hereafter, there will be severe torment for those that transgressed against Allah and forgiveness as well as pleasure from Allah for those that truly obey the commands of Allah.”
- And finally ‘Ali who stated: “A true Muslim is one who utilizes his tongue and limbs to uphold the truth.”
Therefore, it behooves us as the Muslim Ummah to emulate the struggle, sacrifice, da’wah, and jihaad that was pioneered by the Companions in preserving the symbols of Islam.
Verily, we were taught to not curse or vilify the Companions of Rasulullah for they were truly noble and sincere in performing all of their deeds. Hence, let us not even once insult the Companions of Rasulullah in any way. In the hadith of Abu Sa’id al-Khudri, he mentioned that Rasulullah said:
“Do not abuse my Companions, for by the One in Whose Hand is my soul! If one of you were to spend gold the like of Uhud, it would not equal a mudd – nor half of it – of one of them.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari]
Loving the Companions of Rasulullah is a sign of faith in Allah. On the flip side, to insult, revile, and declare kufr (disbelief) upon the Companions of Rasulullah is strictly prohibited for it can nullify one’s imaan.
Moreover, it goes against the hadith of Rasulullah that was narrated on the authority of al-Baraa’ bin ‘Aazib:
“None loves the Ansaar but a believer, and none hates them but a hypocrite. So Allah will love him who loves them, and He will hate him who hates them.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim].