The Story of Abdullah bin Ja’far and Abdullah bin Zubair

Abdullah  Bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho anhuma): Hadhrat  Ja’far Tayyar  (Radhiyallaho anho) is a  cousin of  the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and a brother of Hadhrat  Ali  (Radhiyallaho anho). His  whole  family  is renowned  for magnanimity, generosity, valor  and heroism, but Hadhrat  Ja’far  (Radhiyallaho anho) had  a  special  love for  the poor  and  often mingled  and associated with  them. He  emigrated  to Abyssinia  with  the other Muslims  at  the time of  the persecution by Qureysh, and he was the spokesman  who  so  successfully  defended  the  emigrants  in  the court  of  the Negus.  This story we  have  already  given  in

Chapter I. After  returning  from Abyssinia, he emigrated  to Madinah  and was martyred  in  the  expedition  of  Mootah. On receiving the news of his death, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe  wasallam) went  to  his  house  to  console his family. He called his sons Abdullah, Aun and Muhammad (Radhiyallaho  anhum), consoled  them  and  blessed  them with  his  prayers.  All  his  sons were  cast  in  the mould  of their  father,  but  Hadhrat  Abdullah  (Radhiyallaho  acho) was  so generous and  large-hearted  that  people  called  him “Qutbus  Sakha”  (the chief  of  the generous). He  embraced Islam  at  the hands of  the Prophet  (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) when he was barely seven. Once on his  recommendation,  his  uncle  Hadhrat  Ali  (Radhiyallaho  anho)  helped some  person  in  his  need.  The  person  sent  four  thousand dirhams  as  a  present  to Hadhrat  Abdullah  (Radhiyallaho anho),  but he returned the whole lot saying:

“We people don’t sell our good deeds.”

Upon  another occasion, somebody  sent him  two thousand dirhams as a  present:  and  he  spent  all  of  them  in  charity there  and  then. A  trader  once happened  to  bring  a  large quantity  of  sugar  for  sale  in  the  market,  but  as  chance would  have  it,  there  was  no  demand  for  the  commodity just  then and  this grieved him very much. Hadhrat Abdullah  (Radhiyallaho anho) purchased  the whole  lot  through

his  agent,  and  distributed  it  (free) among  the  people.  He always  acted  as  a  host  to  all  the  strangers  who  were stranded in the city during  the night.

Hadhrat Zubair  (Radhiyallaho anho), when  participating in his  last battle, called his son Hadhrat Abdullah  (Radhiyallaho anho)  to his side and confided to him that he had a  premonition  that  this was  going  to  be  his  last  fight,  in which  he was destined  to fall, adding  that  if  it  turned  out to  be  so, Hadhrat  Abdullah  (Radhiyallaho  anho) was  to clear  all  his  debts. He  further  admonished  his  son  to  call upon his  ‘Master’  if  he encountered any difficulty  in doing so. His son, a  bit  puzzled,  inquired  as  to who  his Master was? “Allah,” replied Hadhrat Zubair (Radhiyallaho anho). The same day he met his fate. When Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair  (Radhiyallaho  anho)  checked  the  accounts  of  his father, he  discovered  debts  that  amounted  to  no  less  than two  million  dirhams.  Having  the  reputation  of  being  as honest and  trustworthy a person as any that ever breathed, people  flocked  to him  for  the safe deposit of  their money. He invariably address them like this:

“Dear  brethren,  I posses no vaults  for the safe-keeping of  your deposits.  I will  treat  them as loans to me, and you may take the same back when you please.”

He  would  then  spend  the  money  on  the  poor  and  the needy. By  and by, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho anho)  cleared all the debts of  his father. He says:

“Whenever I experienced any difficulty, I would pray (to Allah) ‘0, Master of Zubair, help me,’ and the difficulty would be removed.”

He  narrates  an  incident with  Hadhrat  Abdullah  bin  Ja’far (Radhiyallaho  anho)  to whom he had gone on business.

Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“I  find  from  the  accounts  of  my  father  that  you  owe him one million dirham.”

Abdullah bin Ja’far (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“All right. You can have the money when you please.”

On  checking  the  accounts  once  again,  however,  he found  that  it was his mistake, and  in fact this much money was  due  to  Hadhrat  Abdullah  bin  Ja’far  (Radhiyallahoanho) from his  father. He  therefore went  to him again  and said:

Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“Excuse me. It was my mistake. In fact my father owed you that much money.”

Abdullah bin Ja’far (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“If that is the case,  I remit the debt.”

Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“No, I must pay it.”

Abdullah bin Ja’far (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“All right. You may pay it at your convenience.”

Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“Will  you accept some land  in lieu thereof? (He had received some land as his share of booty. and he wanted to dispose of  it.”)

Abdullah bin Ja’far (Radhiyallaho  anho):

“Yes, if it suits you.”

Abdullah  bin  Zubair  (Radhiyallaho  anho). says,  “I made over  to  him  a piece  of  waterless  land. He  asked  his slave to go and spread his prayer-mat  in that land. He then went and said two  rakaats  of  Salaat, spending a  long time in Sajdah. On finishing the Salaat, he pointed out a certain spot  to his slave, and ordered him  to dig at  that particular place. After  a  little  digging, water  gushed  forth  from  the pit.”

The qualities of  the Sahabah mentioned here were  part  of  their  every-day  life.  In  fact,  these  things were not considered to be anything unusual.

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