Nourishing your soul.

RICH AND KIND ABDURRAHMAN

In the Name of Allah.

Let’s talk about a great companion. He is AbdurRahman Ibn ‘Awf Ibn Al-Harith Ibn Zuhrah Ibn Kulab Ibn Murah Ibn Ka’b Ibn Lu’ayy (RadiyaLlahu ‘Anhu). He was given birth to in Makkah 10 years after the year of Elephant (when the Prophet [ﷺ] was given birth to).

AbdurRahman Ibn ‘Awf is one of the Asharah Al-Mubashireen (ten companions who were given glad tidings of Paradise in one narration); one of the six Companions of Shurah (Consultation) commissioned by ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (RadiyaLlahu ‘Anhu) to select the next leader after him; also one of the companions who partook in the battle of Badr (and he became lame after the battle of Uhud); one of the first eight people who embraced Islam (as he did through Abu Bakr [RadiyaLlahu ‘Anhu] two days after Abu Bakr himself accepted Islam); one of those that had the two migrations (first to Ethiopia and later to Madinah); and one of the companions that the Prophet (ﷺ) prayed behind. What an outstanding companion!

When they got to Madinah, the Prophet (ﷺ) paired AbdurRahman Ibn ‘Awf with Sad Ibn Ar-Rabi’ah (RadiyaLlahu ‘Anhu) who established a firm bond of brotherhood with him. In Sad’s generosity, he prepared to share his wealth with AbdurRahman who humbly rejected but requested the marketplace where he can trade and make money too. He began trading and eventually became the richest among the companions. His wealth was undoubtedly beneficial to Islam and Muslims.

Where are the corrupt wealthy ones in our society? They need to read the profile of AbdurRahman Ibn ‘Awf. It was said verse 262 of Surah Al-Baqarah was revealed in respect of people like AbdurRahman Ibn ‘Awf for his charity towards the Cause of Allah. In fact, after the demise of the Prophet (ﷺ), he took it as a responsibility to provide for the mothers of the believers. 

I beseech Allah to be Especially Merciful to AbdurRahman Ibn ‘Awf and grant felicity to all the companions. (Aameen)

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