The Prophet’s Teachings on Being With The Pious People

After the death of Messenger of Allah (PBUH), Abu Bakr said to `Umar : “Let us visit Umm Aiman as Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to visit her”.  When  we came to her, she wept. They (Abu Bakr and `Umar said to her, “What makes you weep? Do you not know that what Allah has in store for His Messenger (PBUH) is better than this worldly life?” She said, “I weep not because I am ignorant of the fact that what is in store for Messenger of Allah (PBUH) in the Hereafter is better than this world, but I weep because the Revelation has ceased to come”. This moved both of them to tears and they began to weep along with her.
[Muslim].

Commentary: Umm Aiman (May Allah be pleased with her) belonged to Ethiopia and was a slave-girl of the Prophet’s father (`Abdullah bin `Abdul-Muttalib). After the death of `Abdullah, Umm Aiman (May Allah be pleased with him) remained with the Prophet’s mother, Aminah, and took great care in his upbringing. Subsequently, the Prophet (PBUH) set her free and then she was married to Zaid bin Harithah.  This tradition shows that for weeping over the death of the pious is allowed and also shows that it is desirable to visit the pious amongst us. This incident also shows the love that the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) had for him.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A man set out to visit a brother (in Faith) in another town and Allah sent an angel on his way. When the man met the angel, the latter asked him, “Where do you intend to go?” He said, “I intend to visit my brother in this town.” The angel said, “Have you done any favour to him?” He said, “No, I have no desire except to visit him because I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious.” Thereupon the angel said, “I am a messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake)”
[Muslim]

I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Whosoever visits an ailing person or a brother of his to seek the Pleasure of Allah, an announcer (angel) calls out: `May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you be awarded a dignified position in paradise”
[At-Tirmidhi]

I heard the Prophet (PBUH) saying, “The similitude of good company and that of bad company is that of the owner of musk and of the blacksmith. The owner of musk would either offer you some free of charge, or you would buy it from him, or you smell its pleasant fragrance; and as for the one who is the blacksmith, he either burns your clothes or you smell a repugnant smell”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A woman is married for four things: for her wealth, for her lineage, for her beauty or for her piety. Select the pious, may you be blessed!”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (PBUH) said to Jibril (Gabriel), “What prevents you from visiting us more frequently?” Thereupon was revealed the Ayah: “(The angels say:) `And we (angels) descend not except by the Command of your Rubb. To Him belongs what is before us and what is behind us, and what is between those two”. (19:64)

commentary:  The Prophet loved to be visited by the holy spirit or the angel Jibril.  This is because the pious love the company of the pious.

I heard the Prophet (PBUH) saying, “Man follows his friend’s way, you should be careful who you take for friends”.
[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A person will be summoned with the one whom he loves (on the day of judgement)”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A person will be in the company of those whom he loves”.

A bedouin came to Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said to him, “When will be the Hour (i.e., the Day of Judgment)?” He (the Prophet (PBUH)) said, “What preparation have you made for it?” He said, “Only the love of Allah and His Messenger.” Then Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “You will be with those whom you love.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

When delegations from Yemen came at the time of Jihad.  `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) would ask them, “Is there Owais bin `Amir amongst you?” (He continued searching for him) until he met Owais . He said, “Are you Owais bin `Amir?” He said, “Yes”. `Umar asked, “Are you from the Qaran branch of the tribe of Murad?” He said, “Yes”. He `Umar  again said, “Did you suffer from leucoderma and then you were cured from it but for the space of a gold coin?” He said, “Yes”. He `Umar said, “Is your mother still alive?” He said, “Yes”. He `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, `There would come to you Owais bin `Amir with the reinforcement from the people of Yemen. He would be from Qaran (the branch) of Murad. He had been suffering from leucoderma from which he was cured but for a spot of a gold coin. He has a mother to whom he is very dutiful. If he were to take an oath in the Name of Allah trusting Him, Allah would fulfill his oath. And if it is possible for you, ask him to ask forgiveness for you.’ So, ask forgiveness for me”. He Owais  did. `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) then said, “Where do you intend to go?” He said, “To Kufah.” He `Umar  said, “Let me write a letter for you to its governor,” whereupon he Owais  said, “I love to live amongst the poor people”. The following year, a person from among the elite of  Kufah  performed Hajj and he met `Umar . `Umar asked him about Owais . He said, “I left him in a state with meagre means of sustenance in a decaying house.” (Thereupon) `Umar  said, “I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, `There would come to you Owais bin `Amir of Qaran, a branch (of the tribe) of Murad, along with the reinforcement of the people of Yemen. He had been suffering from leucoderma which would have been cured but for the space of a gold coin. He has a mother to whom he is very dutiful. Were he to swear, trusting Allah, for something, Allah would fulfill his oath. If you can ask him to pray for forgiveness for you, you should do so”. This man went to Owais  and asked him to pray for forgiveness for him. Owais  said to him, “You have just returned from a blessed journey, it is you who should pray for forgiveness for me; and did you meet `Umar?” The man said, “Yes”. `Owais (May Allah be pleased with him) then prayed for forgiveness for him. People became aware of the high status of Owais (May Allah be pleased with him).
[Muslim]

I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, `The best one of the next generation (At-Tabi`un) is a man called Owais, he will have a mother and he will be suffering from leucoderma. Go to him and ask him to pray for forgiveness for you”.
[Muslim]

commentary:  The Prophet advised the Muslims to seek the company of the pious

I sought permission of the Prophet (PBUH) to perform umrah (a tripe to mecca for prayers & worship). He granted me leave and said, “Dear brother! Do not forget us in your supplications”.




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