The companion on high

Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated: When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was lying critically ill, Abdur Rahman son of Abu Bakr (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) came to see him. He had fresh miswak. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) stared at him and I made out that he wanted it. So I took it out of Abdur Rehman’s hand, chewed it and after cleaning gave it to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). He used the miswâk (as was his wont) and then advanced it towards me. It fell down from his hand.” The tradition continues. Then he raised his eyes towards heavenwards and prayed, “O Allaah! With the Companion on High.”(i.e. in the company of pure souls and angels). Some extra righteous persons regard keeping away from family life as essential for attainment of nearness to ALLAH. This tradition refutes this view. There can be no better occasion of being near to ALLAH (than breathing one’s last) but even at this critical moment, he had so much consideration for his wife that he was sitting with the support of her breast. In fact such persons did not quite follow the conception of nearness to ALLAH. It is constant remembrance and complete submission to the will of ALLAH and if a wife is helpful in such devotion then this relationship is conducive to nearness to ALLAH. [Adopted from Kasratul Azwaj-li-Sahib-il-Miraj]

September 27, 2009