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‏فضائل الصحابة‏ (The Virtues of the Companions)
CHAPTER: THE MERITS OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE BATTLE OF BADR (ALLAAH BE PLEASEIYWITH THEM) AND THE STORY OF HATIB B. ABU BALTA'A  

No. 6087

Ubaidullah b. Rafi', who was the scribe of 'All, reported: I heard 'Ali (Allaah be pleased with him) as saying: Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) sent me and Zubair and Miqdad saying: Go to the garden of, Khakh [it is a place between Medina and Mecca at a distance of twelve miles from Medina] and there you will find a woman riding a camel. She would be in possession of a letter, which you must get from her. So we rushed on horses and when we met that woman, we asked her to deliver that letter to us. She said: There is no letter with me. We said: Either bring out that letter or we would take off your clothes. She brought out that letter from (the plaited hair of) her head. We delivered that letter to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) in which Hatib b. Abu Balta'a had informed some people amongst the polytheists of Mecca about the affairs of Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Hatib, what is this? He said: Allaah's messenger, do not be hasty in judging my intention. I was a person attached to the Quraish. Sufyan said: He was their ally but had no relationship with them. (Hatib further said): Those who are with you amongst the emigrants have blood-relationship with them (the Quraish) and thus they would protect their families. I wished that when I had no blood-relationship with them I should find some supporters from (amongst them) who would help my family. I have not done this because of any unbelief or apostasy and I have no liking for the unbelief after I have (accepted) Islam. Thereupon Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: You have told the truth. 'Umar said: Allaah's Messenger, permit me to strike the neck of this hypocrite. But he (the Prophet) said: He was a participant in Badr and you little know that Allaah revealed about the people of Badr: Do what you like for there is forgiveness for you. And Allaah, the Exalted and Glorious, said:" O you who believe, do not take My enemy and your enemy for friends" (lx. 1). And there is no mention of this verse in the hadith transmitted on the authority of Abu Bakr and Zubair and Ishaq has in his narration made a mention of the recitation of this verse by Sufyan.

No. 6088

'Ali reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) sent me and Abu Marthad al-Ghitnavi and Zubair b. 'Awwam and we were all riders, and he said: Ride on until you reach the garden of Khakh for there is a woman amongst the polytheists and there is a letter with her sent by Hatib to the polytheists; the rest of the hadith is the same.

No. 6089

Jabir reported that a slave of Hatib came to Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) complaining against Hatib and said: Hatib will definitely go to Hell. (But) Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: You tell a lie; he would not get into that for he had taken part in Badr and in (the expedition of) Hudaibiya.




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