Usâma is one of the most beloved
Our Prophet climbed the minbar in the masjid and said, “O my Companions! As Usâma’s father Zayd was deserving of the commandership and as he was the most beloved in my sight; likewise, his son Usâma is deserving the commandership after him, too. Usâma is one of the most beloved people in my sight.”
Under the command of Hadrat Usâma, there were such notable Companions as Hadrat Abû Bakr, Hadrat ’Umar, Hadrat Abû Ubayda bin Jarrah and Hadrat Sa’d bin Abî Waqqâs among the people who were going to war. However, since the Sultan of the universe suddenly became ill the next day, the advance of the army had been postponed until after the demise of our Master, the Prophet. Our beloved Prophet had contracted malaria. His fever was steadily increasing. The illness intensified. One night when his pains had lessened, he got out of his bed. He put on his clothes and prepared for going out. When our mother Hadrat Âisha saw this, she asked our Prophet, “May my parents be sacrificed for your sake O Rasûlullah! Where are you going?” Our Master Sarwar-i âlam replied, “I have received a command to beg for forgiveness on those who were buried in the Baqî Cemetery. Therefore I am going there.” He then proceeded there along with Abû Muwayhib and Abû Râfi. He supplicated in the cemetery for a long time and invoked Allahu ta’âlâ for the forgiveness of those who were buried there. When the Companions, who were with Rasûlullah, heard the insistent invocations of our Master, the Prophet, they said, “If only we were also buried here and honored by attaining the invocations of our Master, the Prophet!” Then, our beloved Prophet turned towards Abû Muwayhib and said, “O Abû Muwayhib! I was offered to make a choice of my free will between the worldly treasures and the blessings in the Hereafter. And I was told, ‘If you want, you can remain in the world and then go to Paradise later, or if you desire, the Liqâullah (meeting with Allahu ta’âlâ) will take place and you will then enter Paradise. I chose the Liqâullah and going to Paradise.” On another day, he went to invoke for forgiveness on the martyrs buried in Uhud. For a lengthy time, he invoked and prayed to Allahu ta’âlâ for those martyrs. He then came to the masjid and said to his Companions, “Among you, I will be the first to reach the Kawthar Pond and meet you there. That will be our meeting place… I am not worried about your conversion to polytheism after me, however, I am worried about your sinking into worldly desires, envying each other for them, consequently killing each other and perishing the same as your antecedents…” Then he went to his home of bliss. His illness became worse. His blessed wives informed him that he should stay in the house of our mother Hadrat Âisha and declared that they had renounced their rights regarding this subject. Our Prophet became pleased due to that self-devotion of his blessed wives and prayed for them and thereafter started to spend his remaining days in our mother Hadrat Âisha’s house. Our Master Rasûl-i akram’s (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) fever had severely increased. Due to the intense pain of his fever, our Prophet would turn from side to side in his bed. While he was in such a condition, his Companions were visiting him and feeling deep sorrow for him when they saw his suffering. Abû Sa’îd-i Khudrî related as follows: I had gone to the blessed presence of Rasûlullah. There was a velvet cover on him. The heat of the fever could be felt through the cover but we could not touch it due to its heat. Seeing our astonishment and sorrow against that scene, our Master Rasûlullah said, “The worst of troubles happen to prophets. Yet, they rejoice more for these troubles then they rejoice for benevolences.” Ummu Bishr bin Barâ related: I had visited Rasûlullah. His blessed body was so hot, it was as if it was burning. Then I said, “May my life be sacrificed for your sake O Rasûlullah! I had never seen such an intense illness!…” Then he said, “O Ummu Bishr! The intenseness of the fever is for my thawabs (rewards) to be more. I suffer the pain of the poisonous meat I had tasted at Khaibar. I would feel the pain of that poison all the time. Due to that poison I had eaten, my aorta almost fails to function now.” Our beloved Prophet said to Hadrat Abdullah bin Mas’ud, “There is no Muslim that becomes ill, whose mistakes and sins would not to be forgiven by Allahu ta’âlâ, like a tree sheds its leaves!” The illness was becoming worse over time.

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