CHAPTER: MERITS OF ZAID b. HARI'TH AND USAMA b. ZAID (ALLAAH BE PLEASED WITH THEM)
Salim b. 'Abdullah reported on the authority of his father: We were in the habit of calling Zaid b. Harith as Zaid b. Muhammad until it was revealed in the Qur'an:" Call them by the names of their fathers. This is more equitable with Allaah" (This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Qutaiba b. Sa'd)
This hadith has been narrated on the authority 'Abdullah through another chain of transmitters.
Ibn 'Umar reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) sent an expedition and appointed Usama b. Zaid as its chief. The people objected to his command, whereupon Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) stood up and said: You object to his command and before this you objected to the command of his father (Zaid). By Allaah, he was fit as the commander and he was one of the dearest of persons to me and after him, behold! this one (Usama) is one of the dearest of persons to me.
Salim reported on the authority of his father that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said on the pulpit: You object to the command of Usima b. Zaid as you had objected before to the command of his father (Zaid). By Allaah, he was most competent for it and, by Allaah, he was dearest to me amongst people and, by Allaah, the same is the case with Usama b. Zaid. He is most dear to me after him and I advise you to treat him well for he is pious amongst you.