Mâwiya

Mâwiya, an emancipated female slave (who later became Muslim), who was present in the house where Hubayb bin Adiy was kept, reported: “Hubaby was imprisoned in a cell of the house in which I was present. I have not seen any prisoner better than him. One day, I saw him eating grapes from a big bunch of grapes. Everyday, he was seen with a bunch of grapes. In that season, in Mecca, it was never possible to find any grapes. Allahu ta’âlâ gave him livelihood. He used to perform ritual prayers and recited the Qur’ân-i karîm in the cell where he was imprisoned. The women, who listened to the Qur’ân-i karîm he recited, used to weep and feel pity for him. Sometimes, when I asked him, “Do you want anything?” He used to say, “Give me sweet water, do not bring me meat from the animals sacrificed for the idols, and inform me beforehand, when they will kill me, I do not want anything more.” When the day of his persecution was determined, I went and informed him. When he learned this, he did not show any sorrow and there was no change in his attitude. When that day approached, he said he would shave his body and requested a shaving knife. Therefore, I gave a shaving knife to my child and sent him. When the child went to him, I suddenly became afraid. I said, “This man will cut the child with the shaving knife. He will be killed in the end.” I ran to see the child. Taking the shaving knife from the child, Hubayb made him sit on his lap to caress him. When I saw that scene, I shouted out from my fear. When he noticed the situation, he said, “Do you suppose, I will kill this child? There is nothing like that in our religion. Killing a person undeservedly is not part of our behavior and glory.”
The day, on which the polytheists had agreed to kill Hubayb bin Adiyy and Zayd bin Dasinna, arrived. That day, in the early morning, the polytheists unchained and brought them to the place called Tamîm, out of Mecca. The people of Mecca and notables of the polytheists had gathered to watch the execution. There was a large crowd. The polytheists had set up two gallows where they would execute the captives. While they wanted to raise Hubayb and tie him to the gallows, he said, “Leave me, and let me perform a ritual prayer of two rak’ats.” They released him and said, “Perform it there.” Hubayb started the ritual prayer immediately and performed it with awe of Allahu ta’âlâ. The gathered polytheists, women and children watched him in excitement. After he completed his prayer, he said, “I swear by Allahu ta’âlâ that if you would not think that I extended the ritual prayer out of fear of death, I would extend it and I would pray more.” Hadrat Hubayb bin Adiyy was the first person who performed a ritual prayer of two rak’ats before his execution. When our Master, the Prophet heard that he made a ritual prayer of two rak’ats at his execution, he found this behavior appropriate. Thus, it became a sunnat for people who will be executed to perform a ritual prayer of two rak’ats before being put to death. After he performed his prayer, they lifted him up to the gallows tree and tied him. They turned his face from the Qibla to Medina. Then, they said, “Now, abandon your religion! If you do, we will set you free!” He replied, “I swear by Allah that I won’t! Even if all the world is given to me, I will not give up Islam!” The polytheists, who received this answer, said, “Do you want Muhammad to be in your place and to be killed instead of you now? If you say yes, you will free yourself and stay at your home in peace!” Hubayb said, “I can never consent to even a toe’s harm to Muhammad ’alaihis-salâm’s foot!” The polytheists, making fun of him and together laughing, said, “O Hubayb! Abandon Islam! If you do not, we will kill you absolutely!” Hubaby replied to them, “As long as I am on the path of Allahu ta’âlâ, to be killed is not important to me at all.” After this, Hubayb prayed, “O my Allah! Here, I am not seeing any other face than the foes’. O my Allah! Forward my greetings to your Messenger. Inform your Messenger of what is done to us,” and said, “Assalâmu alayka yâ Rasûlullah.” While Hubayb said this prayer, our beloved Prophet ’alaihis-salâm was sitting with his Companions. He said, “Wa ’alaihis-salâm.” The Ashâb-i kirâm asked, “O Rasûlullah! To whose greeting this is a reply to?” He answered, “It is a reply to the greeting of your brother Hubayb. Jabrâil (’alaihis-salâm) has brought me the greeting of Hubayb.” The Quraysh polytheists, gathered around Hubayb, had youngsters attack him with spears by saying, “This is the man who killed your fathers,” and started wounding his blessed body. At that moment, Hubayb’s face turned towards the Kâ’ba. The polytheist turned him towards Medina. Hubayb prayed, “O my Allah! If I am a good slave in Your sight, turn my face towards the Kâ’ba. His face again turned towards the Kâ’ba. None of the polytheists could turn his face towards any other direction. At that moment, Hubayb, recited a poem stating that he was being martyred, surrounded by the foes. When the polytheists started tormenting him by thrusting spears into his body, he said, “I swear by Allah that as long as I will be killed as a Muslim, I do not care on which of my sides I will fall. All of these are on the path of Allahu ta’âlâ.”

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