Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr (r.a.) on the Disciples of Jesus (a.s.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr (r.a.) was also known as Mus’ab al-Khayr. He was a swahabi. He was from the Banu ‘Abd ad-Dar branch of the Quraysh. He embraced Islam in 614 CE and was the first ambassador of Islam. He was killed in the Battle of Uhud in 625 CE.
Mus’ab (r.a.) narrated a tradition as follows: “The disciples were twelve men who followed Jesus; and when they were hungry, they said, ‘O Spirit of God, we are hungry;’ then he would strike the ground with his hand, whether on the plain or on a mountain, and two loaves would appear for each man and they would eat them. And when they were thirsty, they said, ‘O Spirit of God, we are thirsty;’ then he would strike the ground with his hand, whether on the plain or on a mountain, and water would appear and they would drink. They said, ‘O Spirit of God, who is better off than we are? When we wish, you feed us, and when we wish, you give us drink; and we believe in you and have followed you.’
He replied, ‘He is better off than you who works with his hand and eats what he has earned.’ So, they began to make clothes for wages.”