Sahaba Stories – Companions Of The Prophet | Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (RA) | Quran Stories

Asalamu Aalikum Waalaikumasalam ,Yousuf uncle Don’t you have school today? No uncle, it’s a holiday for us. Can you please tell
me a story today? I am so glad that you like the
stories of Sahabahs. Inshallah, I will tell you a
new story today. Today I’m going to tell you the story
of Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (Rali Allahu Anhu) Ma sahallah, that sounds great! Story of Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah
(Rali Allahu Anhu) Bismillahirrahmanirrahim! Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah
(Rali Allahu Anhu) was one of the companions of
Prophet Muhammad(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam). He was one of the ten companions
of the Prophet Muhammad(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) He was faithful to the
Prophet and his religion. He remained the commander of a large
section of the Muslim armies during the time of
Umar(Rali Allahu Anhu) as Caliph. He was also on the list of ‘Umar’s
appointed successors to the Caliphate. Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu Anhu) was born in the year 583 CE in the house of
‘Abdullah ibn al-Jarrah, who was a merchant by profession. Abu Ubaidah belonged to the Qurayshi
clan of Banu al-Harith ibn Fihr. Even before his
conversion to Islam, he was considered to be one of the
nobles of the Qurayshi clan of Makkah for his modesty and bravery. When he got converted to Islam, Abu Ubaidah(Rali Allahu Anhu) had to
live through the harsh experiences like every other Muslims in Makkah. He endured the insults and
oppressions of the Qurayshis The violence against the Muslims grew many folds as the first
migration happened. Being the only person in his
clan to have accepted Islam, Abu Ubaidah was considered as
a major enemy by his clan. [—Birds chirping—] He loved the Prophet Muhammad
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) so much that he always wished to
spend his time with him. [—–No audio—-] Since the enemies were getting
stronger day by day, the Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
decided to migrate to Medina. When the Prophet Mohammed
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) migrated from Mecca to Medina, Abu Ubaidah(Rali Allahu Anhu)
also migrated with him. When the Prophet Mohammed
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) arrived at Medina, he paired off each of
his immigrant companions, with one of the residents of Medina. Abu Ubaidah loved the Prophet
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam ) and his people, and he was very loyal to them. Hence he was appointed as the Aamil or the tax collector of Bahrain by the
Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) He was a great soldier as well, and he always fought for
the prosperity of Muslims. Abu Ubaidah(Rali Allahu Anhu) participated in the first major battle between the Muslims and the
Quraysh of Mecca, at the Battle of Badr. Abu Ubaidah(Rali Allahu Anhu) was a
great humanitarian too. He was always concerned about the others. During the time of great famine, Arabia fell into a severe drought. A large number of people began to perish from hunger and
epidemic diseases. Both resulting from the drought. Countless number of people throughout
Arabia gathered at Medina, as food was being rationed. Medina’s food reserves
were getting depleted. But people waited outside in the queue, hoping to get some food. They were sure that their beloved
Caliph would find a way to feed them. To find a solution
for this problem, Umar(Rali Allahu Anhu) as a Caliph wrote
to the governors of his provinces, requesting their help As soon as the letter reached
Abu Ubaidah(Rali Allahu Anhu), he responded without wasting any time. He wrote in his letter “I am sending you the Caravans whose
one end will be here at Syria and the other will be at Madinah.” Abu Ubaidah’s caravans of food supplies
were the first to reach Medina, with 4,000 camels arriving
loaded with supplies!! Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu) was
quite surprised, as it was something more
than what he had expected. Umar(Rali Allahu Anhu) as a Caliph was unable to handle the
overwhelming amount of food supply. He then appointed Abu Ubaidah
(Rali Allahu Anhu) to distribute this among
thousands of people living in the outskirts of Medina. Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu) as a Caliph
was very much impressed with Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu Anhu)’s
generous aid, and his efforts during the
time of extreme crisis. Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu) as a Caliph
provided a stipend to him as a token of appreciation. However, he refused it. He said that what he had done was his duty and that it was for the sake of Allah. Nine months had passed
since the famine, and now they had to
face a new problem An epidemic plague
broke out in Syria, the land where Abu Ubaidah lived. Many people had died, and the plague continued to take
the lives of people living there. Umar(Rali Allahu Anhu) as a Caliph
had been travelling to Syria, when the news of plague reached him. Caliph returned to the Syrian border as advised by his companions.. Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu Anhu) met
him there and asked: “Oh our beloved Umar do you run from Allah’s will?” Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu) was shocked by
this and said in sorrow: “I wish someone other than you would have said this, Abu Ubaidah. Yes I am running from Allah’s will, but to Allah’s will”. Caliph returned from Syria because Prophet Muhammad
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had once instructed that one
should not enter the place where there is an epidemic disease unless it is absolutely safe. The plague had devastated the
population of Syria, and that’s why the Caliph cancelled
his visit, and returned to his place. Caliph Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu) always
wanted to make Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu Anhu)
his successor. Hence he was very much
concerned about his health. He did not want him
to stay in Syria. Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu) dispatched a
messenger to Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu Anhu) with a letter saying: “I am in urgent need of you. If my letter reaches you at night I strongly urge you to leave before dawn. If this letter reaches you during the day, I strongly urge you to leave before
evening and speed up to me”. Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu Anhu) was very loyal to his people and hence he never wanted to leave
them in the middle of the crisis. Hence he wrote a reply
to Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu): I know that you need me. But I am with an army of Muslims and I have no desire to save myself from what is
afflicting them. I do not want to separate from them
until Allah permits me to do so. So, when this letter reaches you, release me from your command and
permit me to stay on”. When Caliph Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu)
read this letter, tears filled his eyes. Those who were with him asked him
whether he was alive or not. Caliph replied that death
was very near to him. Caliph Umar (Rali Allahu Anhu)
Sent another message to him requesting him to at least move
to any highland with a less humid environment
for a better health. Abu Ubaidah obeyed what the
Caliph suggested. He moved to Jabyia, small hill,
along with his men. Another reason why Abu Ubaydah (Rali Allahu Anhu) did not leave Syria was because of what Prophet Muhammad
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had once ordered. He had ordered that if a state
is being hit by a plague, none from the state should escape and none from outside shall enter it. This shows how much loyal person he was to the Prophet Muhammad
(Salallahu alaihi wasallam) As soon as Abu Ubaidah (Rali Allahu)
moved to Jabyia, he became infected with the plague. He then appointed Muadh ibn Jabal
as his successor and ordered him to lead people in prayers. After the prayers
Muadh went to him. It was at that moment
that his soul departed. He chose to live a simple life, opting for the most modest
of garments when compared to some of the
other sahabas. His appearance was striking, slim and tall, his face was bright and he had a sparse beard. It was pleasing to look at him
and refreshing to meet him. He was extremely courteous and
humble and quite shy as well. Yet in a tough situation he would
become strikingly serious and alert. He was such a great
person, right Abu? Mashallah!
Yes, uncle. He was truly a great man. I am leaving now and I will tell
you another story tomorrow. May Allah bless you.


  1. you as a "sunni bigot" (and yes i hope i do expose u) are just forwarding names and personalities that have questions about them in a vast majority of other so called muslims (shia's) , you should stick to basics! Islam. show your real faith and accept leave education to others im doing Jihad

  2. His legacy of trustful and love for Allah and His prophet (SAWS) is into the hearts of the real believer (Muslim, Jew or any monotheist) who respect the other as himself. Thanks very much! Salam from Brazil!

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