I have been narrating the incidents from the lives of the companions, which included badri companions (those who participated in the battle of Badr) and some others as well. However, I thought that, at first, I should only speak on those companions, who participated in the battle of Badr for they had a special rank.

Today, I will speak about Hazrat Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib. He was known by the epithet of Sayyid-ush-Shuhadaa (The Leader of The Martyrs). Asadullah (The Lion of Allah) and Asad-ur-Rasool (The Lion of the Prophet) were accolades given to him. Hazrat Hamza was the son of Hazrat Abdul Muttalib, the leader of the Quraish and the paternal uncle of the Messenger of Allah (sa). The name of the mother of Hazrat Hamza was Hallah, who was also the paternal cousin of the Holy Prophet(sa)’s mother, Hazrat Aminah. Hazrat Hamza was two years older than the Holy Prophet (sa) or four years according to another narration. Hazrat Hamza was also a foster brother of the Holy Prophet (sa). A bondwoman, named Thaubia, had nursed both of them.

The historical accounts of how Hazrat Hamza accepted Islam is faith inspiring. This incident is narrated as follows, that once, the Holy Prophet (sa) was sitting on a rock between the hills of Safa and Marwa. He was most certainly pondering over how to establish the unity of God the Exalted. In the meantime, Abu Jahl approached. As soon as he arrived, he said that Muhammad (sa), will you not refrain from what you say? Following this, he started to verbally abuse him in a most vile manner. The Holy Prophet (sa) quietly continued to listen to and tolerate his abuse. He did not utter a single word in reply. After Abu Jahl had finished uttering these words of abuse, this wretched person came forward and slapped the Holy Prophet (sa) on his face. However, even then, the Holy Prophet did not say a word to him. Hazrat Hamza’s house was right in front of the place where the Holy Prophet (sa) was sitting and he was out at the time. However, it so happened that when Abu Jahl was acting in this manner, one of the female servants of Hazrat Hamza was standing in the door, observing this scene. When she observed this entire scene with her eyes and heard it with her ears, it greatly impacted her. However, she was unable to do anything.  When Hazrat Hamza returned from his hunt in the evening, the female servant said to Hazrat Hamza very passionately that “do you have no shame in walking around acting all brave? “Hearing this, Hazrat Hamza became perplexed and he asked her what the matter was, she explained that “Abu Jahal had insulted and attacked your nephew, Muhammad (sa), but, Muhammad (sa) did not respond to any of his actions.  Are you not ashamed that your nephew has been treated in this manner in your presence?” Hazrat Hamza had not yet accepted Islam. Nevertheless, when he heard this incident from his female slave, his eyes became bloodshot and the honour for his family was stimulated. Hence, without taking a moment of rest, he marched toward the Ka’ba in that very state of anger. First, he performed the Tawaf (circle) around the Ka’ba and following that he marched towards the gathering, where Abu Jahl was boasting and mocking and narrating this incident with great pleasure. When Hazrat Hamza reached that gathering, he forcefully struck his bow against the head of Abu Jahl and said ” you claim to be brave and are telling people that you disgraced Muhammad (sa). Now I will disgrace you. If you have the courage, speak before me”. At that time, Abu Jahl was considered to be among the brave people of Makkah, as a king and a chief of (their) nation. Hazrat Hamza professed his belief in the very gathering in which he struck his bow against the head of Abu Jahl. He addressed Abu Jahl and said “you cursed at Muhammad (sa) merely because he says that I am the messenger of God and that angels descend upon me. Listen carefully that I also profess everything Muhammad (sa) professes. If you have the courage and dare, confront me”. Having said this, Hazrat Hamza entered the fold of Islam. In the narrations we find that after Hazrat Hamza accepted Islam, the faith of the Muslims of Makkah grew stronger

Hazrat Hamza (ra) always followed the instruction of the Holy Prophet (sa) that one should preserve one’s dignity and self-respect. The Holy Prophet (as) had told him that he must recite the following prayer: “O Allah I beseech thee, with reference to your Great Name and the Great Gatekeeper of Paradise”, which he always benefited from. These things tell us that Hazrat Hamza (ra) had a deep faith in prayer, and why wouldn’t he? It was through these prayers that Allah the Exalted had given him all the household things and whatever else he needed.

In the history of battle of Badr in 2 Hijri, we find another incident. One of the infidels, Aswad Bin Abdul Asad Makhzoomi, who was a very nasty and horrible man had sworn that he would either drink from the pool of the Holy Prophet (sahim) and where Muslims drank water from, or demolish it or desecrate it, or else would die nearby. Hamza (ra) Bin Abdul Muttalib valiantly defended the water reserve for the Muslim forces and did not let him spoil the water.

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