The greatest and most profound achievement of this world is to make jannah (paradise). From the commencement of life on earth till this day and generations to come, the only hope that we as muslims are optimistic about is the belief that someday all our ups and downs shall come to an end and we will be rewarded bountifully in paradise. With the grace of Allah some among the muslim ummah have known of their fate that their final abode is jannah. With that in mind, below are some of the 10 luckiest people to walk the surface of the earth.
Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (573-634 C.E) Abu Bakr (R.A)’s real name was Abdullah, and he was given the title of “As Siddique” or” Testifier to the Truth.” His father, ‘Uthman, was known as Abu Quhafah and his mother, Salma, was known as Ummul Khair. He was two and a half years younger than prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and the first among men to enter Islam. Abu Bakr (R.A) was always a very close Companion of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). He knew him better than any other man.
Umar bin Al-Khattab Al-Faruq (584-644 C.E) He reigns from Quraish, the tribe of Banu Adi. And lived as one of the most powerful and most influential muslim caliphs known in history and succeeded Abu Bakr as the second caliph. This is the man whose name is paired with justice and truth, strength and courage, and asceticism and godliness. His name is linked to piety, observing and fearing Allah, and crying out of fearing Him. This man is known for his intuition and intelligence, his accuracy of vision and insight, of being conscientious, and of conquering the desires of the self. He was nicked “Abu Hafs” by the messenger prophet Muhammad (SAW). He is one of the guided Caliphs and one of the in-laws of the Prophet (SAW). He is also one of the senior scholars and puritan of the companions. His conversion to Islam, was considered the beginning of a new phase of the call.
Uthman bin Affan, Dhun-Nurayn (577-656 C.E) Uthman bin Affan was born in Taif, near Mecca approximately six years after the Year of the Elephant to a wealthy family of Quraish in Mecca. The Omayyads, the most influential, strong and wealthiest clan of the Quraish and Uthman was their “golden child”, the most beloved, due to his good manners and shyness. Throughout his life he was known as a kind, generous man and even before his conversion to Islam he would freely give money to help those in need. It has been said that marriage to two daughters of the Prophet SAW had earned Uthman the nickname Dhun-Noorayn (the one with the two lights).
Ali bin Abi Talib (600-661 C.E) Hazrat Ali was born on the 13th Rajab the month of the Elephant while his mother Fatima was circumventing the Kaaba in Mecca in the year 599 CE. Furthermore, it was said that during his birth he did not cause any pain to mom neither did he cry. Days after his birth his parents had been worried that the baby hasn’t opened his eyes, but when the prophet (pbuh) came to visit and held him one his lap, he opened his eyes and the prophet suggested he be named Ali since he was born in the house of Allah. The love between Ali and the prophet (pbuh) was divine because they had a lot in common; not looks nor attitude but they where both born in the month of the Elephants and both shared a common grand father called Abdul Mutalib.
Talha bin Ubaidullah (596-656 C.E) Talha (R.A) was a member of the esteemed tribe of Abu Bakr (R.A). He was a successful businessman who traveled to the north and south of the Arabian Peninsula and accumulated a lot of profit. The Prophet (SAW) said about Talha (R.A): “He, who desires to see a martyr walking on the ground, let him look at Talha bin Ubaidullah.” [Mishkat, Ibn Hisham] The Messenger of Allah (SAW) once wore two coats of armour and tried to get up on a boulder, but was unable to, so Talha (R.A) squatted under him, lifting the Prophet (SAW) such that he could sit on the boulder. Allah (SWT) was so pleased with Talha’s help and the Prophet (SAW) informed Talha (RA) that Paradise was now obligatory on him. [Ibn Asakir, Tirmidhi] Talha bin Ubaidullah (R.A) came to be known as “Talha the Generous” and “Talha the Good” for his generosity. He was well known for helping those in debt, households experiencing difficult times, and widows.
Zubair bin Al-Awwam (596-656 C.E) (RA) is well known in the books of seerah as “The Disciple” of the Prophet (SAW). This title was given to him by Prophet (SAW) himself. He was also a prominent companion of the prophet and loved Muhammad (pbuh) very much. His love was not merely due to the relationship between Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) and him. It was due to the fact that the love of Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) is a religious duty. And in fact, once when Az Zubair (RA)heard that the Prophet (SAW) was being attacked, he took his sword and ran to the Prophet (SAWS) and the Prophet (SAW) said, “What are you doing?” He said, “oh! My prophet I heard that you were being attacked.” So the Prophet (SAW) asked, “So what were you going to do then? He said, “I was going to strike the one that was attacking you.” So this became, as the scholars said, the first sword drawn solely for the sake of Allah. He had this special quality of courage and bravery in the battle of Badr. He wore a yellow turban and fought so bravely that Allah (SWT) honored him with something that no other man had been honored with. When Allah says that on the day of Badr he sent 3000 of the angels all wearing yellow turban to fight alongside the Muslims, Allah (SWT) sent those angels all imitating and following Az-Zubair (RA), as the Prophet (SAWS) informed us.
Abdur-Rahman bin Awf (580-652 C.E.) He was one of the first eight persons to accept Islam. He was one of the ten persons who were assured of entering Paradise. He was one of the six persons chosen by Umar to form the council of shura to choose the Khalifah after his death. He accepted Islam only two days after Abu Bakr as-Siddiq did. Abdur-Rahman distinguished himself in both the battles of Badr and Uhud. At Uhud he remained firm throughout and suffered more than twenty wounds. Even so, his physical jihad was matched by his jihad with his wealth. Abdur-Rahman was blessed with an honor which was not conferred on anyone till then. The time of Salat came and the Prophet, peace be on him, was not there at the time. The Muslims chose Abdur-Rahman as their imam. The first rakat of the Salat was almost completed when the Prophet (SAW), joined the worshippers and performed the Salat behind Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf. Could there be a greater honor conferred on anyone than to have been the imam of the most honored of God’s creation, the imam of the Prophets, the imam of Muhammad, the Messenger of God!
Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas (600-675 C.E) Sa’d was born in mecca, 595. His father was Abu Waqqas Malik ibn Uhayb ibn Abd Manaf ibn Zuhrah from the Banu Zuhrah clan of Quraish. Sa’d’s mother was Hamnah bint Sufyan ibn umayya ibn Abd shams ibn Abd Manaf. He was seventeen years old when he embraced Islam. His son was Amar ibn Sa’ad who played an active and important role in Battle of ka’aba. Sa’d was the seventeenth person to embrace Islam. He is mainly known for his commandership in the conquest of Persia in 636, governorship over it, and diplomatic visit to China in 616 and 651.
Sa’id ibn Zayd (593-673 C.E) Sa’id bin Zaid RA was born in Makkah in the year 22BH (Before Hijrah) (600 CE). He inherited his father’s religious beliefs of Islamic Monotheism, and accepted Islam at an early age. Sa’id bin Zaid RA with his wife accepted Islam when only a handful where muslims. They went through all sorts of abuse, ridicule and torture because of their decision. Sa’id bin Zaid RA and his wife Fatimah binti Khattab (RA) were instrumental in the conversion of Saidina Umar bin Khattab (RA) who became one of the greatest followers of Islam. Sa’id bin Zaid RA briefly served as the ‘Amil (Governor) of Damishaq (Damascus), but voluntarily resigned so as to participate in Jihad (Striving for the Cause of Allah) for Sham (Syria). Sa’id bin Zaid RA served in the Islamic army of conquest for a long time and played an important role in making the region of Iraq and Syria become part of the Islamic land.
Abu Ubaidah Aamir bin Abdullah bin Al-Jarrah (583-638 C.E) He was described as the “Amin” or Custodian of Muhammad’s community with dignity and grace, a handsome, pleasant, well spoken man with a tall, slim physique and bright sharp eyes. These were the physical good looks of a man whom the Prophet said: ‘Every Ummah (nation) has a trustee: the trustee of my Ummah (nation) is Abu Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah.’ By character and nature, he was very humble and modest. Amongst his friends, he was gentle and soft as silk. When it came to war, he was as hard as iron. During the battle of Uhud, he lost his two front teeth. It was within this battle that two of the iron links of the Prophet’s helmet pierced his blessed head. Hazrat Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah pulled them out with his teeth. His integrity and honesty was unparalleled even amongst the companions of the Holy Prophet.