15 Ahadith on love and respect of the sahaba (radi Allahu anhum) for The Holy Prophet Muhammed صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم
1. During the negotiations of the Treaty of Hudaybiah, Arwah, as the representative of the Quraish, repeatedly wanted to touch the beard of the Holy Prophet ﷺ as per the Arab tradition of diverting one’s attention. But, Sayyiduna Mughirah Bin Sha’bah radi Allahu anhu intercepted his hand with his sword. Arwah became very conscious and started observing the manners of the Sahaba. When he returned to the pagans, he said:
“I have seen the Courts of Caesar and Najashi but I never saw the respect, which the Companions of Muhammad ﷺ show to him. They take the saliva of Muhammad ﷺ into their hands and never let it drop down and rub the saliva on their faces. When Muhammad ﷺ gives them some order, they compete With each other to carry out that order. They fight with each other to take the water, Which flows after Muhammad’s ﷺ ablution. When they speak in front of him, they lower their voices and never look at his face directly.” — Sahih Bukhari Vol 3, Book 50,Hadith 891
2. When the Noble Messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم once finished making wudhu, Hadrat Bilal رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ took the water that was used. People saw this and hurried towards him. The one who placed his hand in this used water (ghusata) of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم wiped it over his face, and the one who couldn’t reach it took its wetness from the hand of another and used it to wipe his. – Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Mishkaat p74, Baabus-Surmah
3. Some Sahaba (radi Allahu anhum) were elder to the Beloved Habeeb (Sallallahu ta alayhi wa sallam) but did not like to be called elderly. On one ocassion, Sayyiduna Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) asked another companion: “Who is elderly between you and the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ta alayhi wa sallam)?” He said: “Elderly is the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ta alayhi wa sallam); I was born a little earlier than him.” – Tirmidhi Shareef
4. Whenever the Sahaba radi Allahu anhum got a chance to take food along with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) they never started eating before the Glorious Prophet of Islam (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam). – Abu Dawood Shareef
5. The Sahaba (radi Allahu anhum) sat in front of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallahu ta ala alayhi wa sallam) in such a manner as if birds were sitting over their heads. – Abu Dawood Shareef
6. A Sahabi (radi Allahu anhu) removed some of the blood of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم (bloodletting). He then went out and drank all of it. On this, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said to him: “Go! You are freed from the fire of hell!” – Khasais al Kubra Vol.2 p.252
7. “Hadrat Ziraa رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ who was present in the delegation of Abdul-Qais, narrates, “When we arrived at Madina, we hastily descended from our rides and began to kiss the hands and feet of the Holy Prophet Muhammed صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. – Mishkaat, Baabul-Musaafaha wal-Muanaqa, Section 2
8. Hadrat Safwaan ibn Asaal رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ states, ”They kissed the hands and feet of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم – Mishkaat, Baabul-Kabaair wa Alaamaatin-Nifaaq
9. Hadrat Abdullah ibn Umar رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ used to place his hand and mouth upon (i.e. he used to kiss) the mimbar from which the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم used to deliver the khutba. – Ash-Shifaa Sharif
10. Once, the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم went to the home of Hadrat Kabsha رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ and drank water by placing his blessed mouth on the leather water-bag (mashkeeza) of his host. Hadrat Kabsha رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ cut out this piece and kept it for blessings. – Mishkaat, Kitaabul-Atimaa, Baabul-Ashribaa
11. Hadrat Ataa ibn Yasaar رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ, states, “I went to Abdullah ibn Amr ibn A’as رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ and requested him to recite the praise (Naath) of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم found in the Torah (Old Testament). He recited it for me.” – Mishkaat, Baabu Fadhaailis-Sayyidil-Mursaleen, Section 1
12. Hadrat Asma Bint Umais, the wife of Hadrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhum) states: “The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was receiving the divine revelation whilst his blessed head was on the lap of Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu). Hazrat Ali did not get the chance to pray his Asar Salaah, and the sun had set. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم woke up and asked “O Ali! You have not prayed your Asr Salah?” He answered “No! O Messenger!” The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم made dua, “Ya Allah! Ali was in Your and Your Messenger’s obedience (that is why he missed his Salaah). O Allah! Bring back the sun for him (So that he can pray his Salaah).”
Hazrat Asma Bint Umais (radi Allahu anha) then carries on saying:
“I saw the sunset, then I saw (after the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم made the Dua) that the sun came back up and its brightness spread all over the mountains and on the ground”. This incident took place at a place called ‘Sahba’ near Khaibar. – Al Shifa Sharif Vol.1 p.185
13. Hazrat Umar Faruq reports from Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (May Allah be pleased with them):
“When he (Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique) reached the Cave of ‘Thour’ with the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, he said to the Prophet: “I swear by Allah, that you will not enter before I enter, so that if there is something that will harm you then I would suffer and not you”.
He then entered that cave and cleaned it, There were some holes in the cave so he ripped his shirt into small pieces and filled them with his shirt. However, there were two holes left, so he covered them with his two heels. He then called the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. The Noble Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم entered the cave, placed his holy and blessed head on the lap of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique, and went to sleep.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was sleeping when a snake bit the heel of Sayyiduna Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique, but he never moved and stayed still for a very long time. Due to the pain, tears began to flow, which fell upon the blessed face of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم woke up and asked, “What has happened?” He replied, “Ya Rasoolallah! May my parents be sacrificed upon you! I have been bitten by a snake”. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم placed his blessed saliva on the wounded foot. Immediately he was relieved from the pains. – Mishkat Sharif p.556
14. Hazrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) has stated: “I once saw the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, and a person was shaving his blessed head. The companions around him were vigilant not to let a single hair fall onto the ground.” – Muslim Sharif Vol.2, p.256.
15. Hazrat Qadi Iyaad alaihi rahmah has written: “The companions respected the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم (in many ways). When the Kuffar gave permission to Hazrat Uthman Ghani (radi Allahu anhu) to do the Tawaaf of Ka’ba. He was already in Makka after he was sent from Hudaibiah concerning a treaty with the Meccans. He refused to perform the tawaf saying ‘ I will not perform my Tawaf unless my beloved Messenger performs his first.” – Ash-Shifa Sharif Vol.2, p.31
Alahadrat Azeemulbarakat عليه الرحمة has explained it beautifully:
Jaan-O-Dil Tere Qadam Par Waarey,
Kya Naseebey Hai Tere Yaaron Ke!
They laid down their lives and hearts at the feet of yours,
How Fortunate O Master ﷺ, are the campanions of yours!