A Student’s Perspective: “Loving the Sahabas of the Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ”

Ayyan Chaudhry, a student of IFSS grade 6B, was awarded the highest grade in his class for his essay on the importance of loving the Sahaba (Radi’Allahu Anhum).

Ayyan has been excelling in all his classes at IFSS. It is no surprise to the vast amounts of enthusiasm, energy, and love that he has in completing all of his assignments. This essay was only one of many that he had written excellently on different topics such as the Importance of loving the Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم among others.

Ayyan writes,

“The Sahaba are people who have unbelievable faith in Allah (SWT). For a minute look at our faith compared to the faith of the Sahaba, our faith is nowhere near how much they had.”

Both co-teachers of the 6B grade were very impressed by the level of understanding and love the students were showing. This inspired them to come up with more assignments which would continue to gage the students’ interest and understanding.

Below, we have decided to reprint Ayyan’s essay for other students and parents so that they may have a chance to appreciate Ayyan’s efforts as well as increase their love for the Sahaba of the Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم

“Ali ibn Ali Talib … sacrificed his life for the Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم . Ali did that by laying in the Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ’s bed when he was escaping to Medina and the Kuffar were going to attack the Prophet  صلي الله عليه واله وسلم . Ali [Radi’Allahu Anhu] was the one of the Sahabas. The Sahaba are people who have unbelievable faith in Allah (SWT). For a minute look at our faith compared to the faith of the Sahaba, our faith is nowhere near how much they had.

The Sahaba had very strong faith in the Prophet and Allah. For example there was a [Sahabi] named Bilal [Radi’Allahu Anhu] who was forced by the Kuffar to give up on Islam, but he did not give in to the Kuffar’s torture[. H]e had endurance … and stayed a believer. There are many Sahaba who were tormented by the Kuffar to give up in Islam, but they never gave up[. They] stayed Muslim. We [,] the Ummah [,] have to love the Sahaba … because they were the companions … or the family of our beloved Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم . [Their] faith was so strong[,] they were prepared to do [whatever] the Prophet صلي الله عليه واله وسلم had asked them to do. The Sahaba were willing to do whatever [they] needed to do for the sake of [the] Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم)…and Islam. The Sahaba were ready to die for Islam, that was how strong their Iman was.

We should love the Sahaba for their immeasurable love for Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). This love from the Sahaba to the Prophet knew no bound and was the epitome of the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) hadith on perfect Iman. The Sahaba had [eaten] with the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم), drank with him, shed tears, and blood by his side. The Sahaba were blessed to be so close to Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). The Quran and the blessings of Allah (SWT) came through to the Sahaba through their love for [the] Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). The Sahaba had loved Rasulullah [so much that] they’d rather all die then see him killed.

From the Sahaba’s love of [the] Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) [this] brought them complete faith and devotion to the revelations that came through him. The Sahaba did not only love the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم), but they believed whatever he said. A good example of this is when Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) went on Isra Miraaj…[N]o one of the Kuffar believed Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) , but when  [they] went to Abu Bar RA he had believed Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) without question. This is how much faith and love the Sahaba had for Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم).

We often overlook the tremendous sacrifices the Sahaba [made],. The torture they endured, and the loss of their lives, family and wealth for the message of Islam. The Sahaba were tortured by the Kuffar many times along with the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). The Sahaba sacrificed whatever they had for the sake of Islam. Many Sahaba had los[t] their family members along with their [own] lives for the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) and Islam. The Sahaba also lost their wealth. The Sahaba had endured many bad times in Makkah, an example is when the year of depression happened, which was the year when the Muslim were driven out of Makkah with no food, or water. Also the year when Abu Talib and Khadija had died.

We should try to emulate the Sahaba…because they lived their lives in the image of the most perfect of creation [,] Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). The Sahaba were very pious…and strong people in Islam. Here are three Sahaba’s [we] should try to emulate[:] Abu Bakr (ra) for his truthfulness, Haz[rat] Umar Farooq (ra) for his courage, and Hazrat Usman Ghani for his generosity. Another peron [we] should try to emulate[e] is Khadija (ra) because of [the] generosity she [showed] by giving every penny to the poor. We should implement their faith for Islam and their love for Allah and [the] Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) to our lives. The Sahaba have set [a] perfect example for [us,] and we should love them for it….The Sahaba were once ignorant people, but through Islam they have changed their way of life.”