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7. Zubayr Ibn al-Awwam

He is al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam Ibn Khuwaylid Ibn Asad al-Qurashi al-Asadi (ra). He was very tall, his hair was thick but his beard’s hair was sparse. His complexion was light brown, and he didn’t dye his hair but left it grey. He is a cousin of the Prophet (saw), the son of Safiyyah bin Abdul Muttalib. He was one of the early Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia. He was the first to draw a sword for Islam; he accompanied the Messenger of Allah (saw) on all military expeditions including Badr and Uhud.

He was one of the ten companions promised Paradise. He accepted Islam at the age of fifteen and was known as the disciple of the Prophet (saw). He was also one whom the Prophet (saw) said to, ‘May my father and mother be sacrificed for you.’

He witnessed all of the major events. Amr Ibn Jarmuz killed him in the year 36 H (656 CE) after his departure from the battle of al-Jamal.

8. Abu Ubaidah Ibn al-Jarrah (D. 18 AH)

He is Amir Ibn Abdullah Ibn al-Jarrah Ibn Hilal Ibn Uhayb Ibn Dabah Ibn al-Harith Ibn Fihr al-Qurashi al-Fahri (ra). His lineage meets with the Prophet (saw) with their ancestor Fihr. He was tall, slender and he had a sparse beard. He had no front teeth, and he dyed his hair with hennah and al-katm (a reddish black dye).

After accepting Islam and among the few who memorized the Qur’an, he migrated to Abyssinia and then later to the city of the Prophet – Medinah. Abu Ubaidah lost two front teeth on the day of Uhud, pulling out the two rings of armour stuck in the cheeks of the Messenger of Allah (saw). He was one of the ten companions promised Paradise.

During the caliphate of Umar, Abu Ubaydah led the Muslim army to many victories in Syria. After much of the area came under Muslim control, Syria was stricken by plague of Amwas. Abu Ubaydah remained with his troops to suffer whatever they might suffer, and eventually died from plague of Amwas.

Abu Ubaydah passed away in the year 18 H (639 CE), at the age of fifty-eight during the Khalifah of Umar Ibn al-Khattab. He was in the trustworthy of this nation and died a martyr.

9. Sa’id Ibn Zayd (D. 51 AH)

He is Said Ibn Zayd Ibn Amr Ibn Nufayl al-Qurashi al-Adawi (ra). He was very dark skinned, tall and he had thick hair. He was raised in a house that rejected polytheism and idolatry. Sa’id married Fatimah, the sister of Umar Ibn al-Khattab, and both accepted Islam, concealing their new faith from the pagans of Makkah, especially from Umar who at the time was not a Muslim.

Sa’id participated in all of the Prophet’s battles except for Badr. He was one of the ten companions promised Paradise. He died at the age of seventy in the year 51 H (671 CE) and was buried in the Baqi’ cemetery.

10. Abdur-Rahman Ibn Awf (D. 32 AH)

He is Abdur Rahman Ibn Auf Ibn Abd Auf Ibn al-Harith al-Qurashi al-Zuhri (ra). He was light in complexion and lustrous eyes with long eyelashes. He has a convex nose and had a long elegant neck.  He had somewhat protruding upper teeth and heavy hair under his earlobes. His hands and fingers were thick and masculine and he had curly hair.

He accepted Islam early at hands of Abu Bakr. He too experienced the suffering that befell many of the early Muslim community. He migrated to Abyssinia, and later to Madinah.

He gave in charity more than half of his wealth on more than one occasion. He witnessed every battle with the Prophet (saw). During the battle of Uhud, he was wounded so severely that he walked with a limp. He was one of the ten companions promised Paradise. He died at Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah in the year 32 H (652 CE), at the age of seventy two and was buried in the Baqi cemetery.                                           (End)

Prepared by Abdul Muhaemin Karim