Khubaib Ibn Adiy (rta)

Vol 2 -Issue 3 khubaib Ibn Adiy raHassan Ibn Thabit (rta), a poet of Islam, said about him: “He looked like a falcon among the Ansar. Allah (swt) endowed him with noble character and good morals.”

He is Khubaib Ibn Adiy (rta), one of the companions of the Prophet (sa) from the Aws tribe of Madinah. He loved the Prophet (sa) and obeyed him.

During the battle of Badr, he killed the Makkan Al-Harith Ibn Amir Ibn Nawfal. Since then, the sons of Al-Harith swore to take revenge.

Once, the Prophet (sa) sent a group of ten Muslims under Asim Ibn Thabit (rta) to learn about the plans of Makkah. When they reached Hada, a tribe called Bani Lihyan found out about them and sent a hundred men to attack them.
As the enemy approached, Asim (rta) and his companions climbed up a mountain. When they surrounded its base, Asim (rta) refused to surrender and was martyred along with the other six.
The remaining three, Khubaib (rta), Zaid Ibn Ad-Dithinnah (rta), and another companion, came down, when promised safety. But the enemy went back on their word and began tying up Khubaib and Ad-Dithinnah (rta). The third refused to be tied up and was killed.

Khubaib and Ad-Dithinnah (rta) were taken to Makkah. Ad-Dithinnah (rta) was imprisoned, tortured and later on killed.
When Khubaib (rta) sensed his captors were about to kill him, he borrowed a razor from a daughter of Al-Harith (rta) to shave his pubic hair, which is one of the Sunnah practices the Prophet (sa) had taught his compnions to do. Once, her son wandered towards Khubaib (rta) and she reported: “I saw him placing my son on his thigh and the razor was in his hand. I got scared so much that Khubaib (rta) noticed the agitation on my face and said: ‘Are you afraid that I will kill him? No, I will never do so.’ By Allah (swt), I never saw a prisoner better than Khubaib.” (Bukhari)

One day, she went to Al-Harith’s house, where Khubaib (rta) was held and said: “By Allah (swt), one day I saw him eating of a bunch of grapes in his hand, while he was chained in irons, and there was no fruit at that time in Makkah. It was a favour Allah (swt) bestowed upon Khubaib.” (Bukhari)

Finally, they took him to At-Tan’iim to be killed.
Here, he prayed two Rakahs and said to the Kuffar: “By Allah (swt), were it not for you thinking that I’m afraid of death, I would have continued praying.” Then, he lifted his hands towards the sky and said: “O Allah (swt)! Count them one by one and then perish them all!”

He then recited: “I am being martyred as a Muslim, do not mind, how I am killed in Allah (swt)’s cause, for my killing is for Allah (swt)’s sake, and if Allah (swt) wishes, He will bless the amputated parts of a torn body.” (Bukhari)
After tying him to a cross, the leader asked him: “Would you like Muhammad (sa) to be in your place, and you be healthy and secure among your kin?”
Khubaib (rta) shouted: “By Allah (swt), I would not like to be among my relatives and sons enjoying all the world’s health and well-being, while even a tiny thorn hurts the Prophet (sa).”

Then, Al-Harith’s son killed him. Khubaib (rta) thus laid the practice for Muslims to offer two Rakahs before being executed. He showed us that hard times could be changed into a golden opportunity, if we are steadfast in our faith and perfect in our actions.

Dear Haadia

Assalam o Alaekum. I am a teenager, who has a passion for drawing portraits. While drawing, I feel really close to God, because I can see how perfect God’s creation is. I have heard, however, of a Hadeeth, according to which it is a grave sin to copy Allah’s (swt) creation, and that this act may lead to Shirk, i.e., associating partners with Allah (swt). I know I will never do Shirk by worshipping the pictures that I draw. My intention and passion contradicts the ruling given in the Hadeeth. What should I do?

Walaekum Assalam. First of all, before answering your question, I would like to appreciate your spirit for knowing the truth and wanting to do the right thing. May Allah (swt) guide you and make you strong in your actions, Ameen.

As far as your question is concerned, yes, you have rightly heard about a Hadeeth, according to which it is not allowed to draw live figures. The reason given for this is that it may lead to Shirk.

We cannot ignore the experiences of history. The story of Prophet Nuh (as) tells about the very first time Shirk began in this world. Nuh’s (as) nation made images of certain pious people, as a reminder to worship Allah (swt). The next generation after Prophet Nuh (as) started worshipping those images instead and used them as mediators for reaching God. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer) Alhamdulillah, you are sure that you will never commit Shirk because of these pictures. However, a hidden Shirk that all of us can get involved in at anytime is ‘I’ – the Shirk of worshipping our own Nafs (desires). In some cases, it is believing in ourselves more than in Allah (swt) as the One, Who gives us the potential and the energy. Generally speaking, think of how portraits and paintings are praised, and artists emulated to the level of creators. This is why it is said that on the Day of Resurrection, Allah (swt) will ask the one, who drew live pictures, to breathe life into them. (Agreed upon) Secondly, if we really trust Allah (swt) as our Friend and Creator, we should obey His instructions.

Your sentiments about feeling close to Allah (swt) at the time of drawing or painting should be treasured and can be channeled through much more positive ways – for example, drawing landscapes, calligraphy, creative art minus faces. Why is drawing live figures not positive? Because Allah (swt) doesn’t look at it positively.

The Prophet reports Allah (swt) describing His relationship of love with the humankind: “Allah (swt) told him that ‘My wrath descends upon a person, who bears ill will towards my friends. And only those are blessed with My love, who implicitly carry out Fard injunctions. A person keeps on advancing in My esteem through Nafil; till I choose him as My beloved. I then become his ears by which he listens, his eye by which he sees, his hands by which he holds and his feet by which he walks (that is his hearing, sight, touch and walking pace are all in perfect accord with My injunctions, and he would never even dream of employing any part of his body in any action contrary to My commands). When such a person prays for anything, I grant it to him, and if he seeks my protection, I do protect him.'” (Bukhari)