IMPORTANCE OF SAHABA LIFE
Without a doubt, the lifestyle and history of Rasulullaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and his
companions are among the most powerful sources providing strength of Imaan and love for the Deen.
The Ummah and the call towards Deen has always
been drawing sparks of Imaan from these sources and it is by this that the embers of their hearts have been kept burning.
However, these embers are being quickly extinguished in the gale force winds of worldly love.
Once they are extinguished, this Ummah will lose its might, its identity and its influence over others. It will then become a mere corpse which life will carry along on its shoulders.
VIRTUES OF SAHABA
The biographies of the Sahabah Raziallahu Anhu contain the history of men who accepted
the invitation of Islaam when it was presented to them.
Their hearts testified to its truth and all they said when they were called towards Allaah and His
Rasool was, "Our Rabb, we have certainly heard the caller (Rasulullaah calling to Imaan (saying),
'Belie ve in your Rabb!' so we believedN(').T hey
placed'their hands in the hands of Rasurullaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and it became easy for them to sacrifice their lives, their wealth and their families.
They then began to find pleasure in the difficulties and hardships that afflicted them in the course of
calling others towards Allaah .
In this manner, conviction permeated their
hearts and gained mastery over their bodies and their minds. They displayed the wonderful belief in the unseen, undying love for Allaah and Rasulullaah
compassion for the Mu'mineen and sternness towards the Kuffaar.
They preferred the Aakhirah to this world, credit (the rewards of the Aakhirah) to cash (the rewards of this world), the unseen to the seen and guidance to
hey were eager to invite people towards Islaam, thus removing the creation from their slavery to the creation and taking them towards the servitude
of Allaah JallaJalalahu alone. They removed people from the injustice of other religions, transporting them to the justice of Islaam.
THE BOOK HAYATUS SAHABA
With the assistance of Allaah JallaJalalahu, Maulana Muhammad Yusuf R.A compiled the book "Hayaatus Sahabah "in three large volumes, collecting in it many reports that were scattered in the various books of biography and history.
The distinguished author has commenced every section with reports from the life of Rasulullaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and then added accounts from the lives of the Sahabah Raziallahu Anhu , devoting special attention to Da'wah and spiritual reformation for the benefit of those involved in these fields.
Therefore, this book offers advice to preachers, is a great provision for those engaged in the effort of Da'wah and a valuable teacher of Imaan and conviction to the Muslim public.
He has collected in these volumes such reports that cannot be found in any other book because they all have their sources in a myriad of historical and
He has prepared an encyclopaedia that depicts the lives,behaviour and attributes of those living during the time of Rasulullaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam .
The painstaking details mentioned in this book gives it an inspirational effect not felt in boaks that suffice with brief accounts.
As a result, the reader is always baskingin an environment of Imaan, Da'wah, courage, virtue, sincerity and asceticism.
I do not know of anyone with a wider scope of knowledge about the Sahabah Raziallahu Anhun and the finer details of their lives.
I do not know of anyone who could quote so many of their narratives, could cite them more eloquently and string them together as beautifully as pearls of a necklace.