Said Ibn Aamir Al-Jumahi

Sa’id ibn Aamir al-Jumahi was one of thousands who left for the region of Tan’im on the outskirts of Makkah at the invitation of the Quraysh leaders to witness the killing of Khubayb ibn Adiy, one of the companions of Muhammad whom they had captured treacherously.

With his exuberant youthfulness and strength, Sa’id jostled through the crowd until he caught up with the Quraysh leaders, men like Sufyan ibn Harb, and Safwan ibn Umayyah, who were leading the procession.

Now he could see the prisoner of the Quraysh shackled in his chains, the women and children pushing him to the place set for his death. Khubayb’s death was to be in revenge for Quraysh losses in the battle of Badr.

When the assembled throng arrived with its prisoner at the appointed place, Sa’id ibn Aamir took up his position at a point directly overlooking Khubayb as he approached the wooden cross. From there he heard Khubayb’s firm but quiet voice amid the shouting of women and children.

“If you would, leave me to pray two rakaats before my death .”

This the Quraysh allowed.

Sa’id looked at Khubayb as he faced the Ka’bah and prayed. How beautiful and how composed those two rakaats seemed!

Then he saw Khubayb facing the Quraysh leaders.

“By God, if you thought that I asked to pray out of fear of death, I would think the prayer not worth the trouble,” he said.

Sa’id then saw his people set about dismembering Khubayb’s body while he was yet alive and taunting him in the process.

“Would you like Muhammad to be in your place while you go free?”

With his blood flowing, he replied, “By God, I would not want to be safe and secure among my family while even a thorn hurts Muhammad.”

People shook their fists in the air and the shouting increased.

“Kill him. Kill him!”

Sa’id watched Khubayb lifting his eyes to the heavens above the wooden cross.

“Count them all, O Lord,” he said. “Destroy them and let not a single one escape.”

Thereafter Sa’id could not count the number of swords and spears which cut through Khubayb’s body.

The Quraysh returned to Makkah and in the eventful days that followed forgot Khubayb and his death. But Khubayb was never absent from the thoughts of Sa’id, now approaching manhood. Sa’id would see him in his dreams while asleep and he would picture Khubayb in front of him praying his two rakaats, calm and contented, before the wooden cross. And he would hear the reverberation of Khubayb’s voice as he prayed for the punishment of the Quraysh. He would become afraid that a thunderbolt from the sky or some calamity would strike him.

Khubayb, by his death, had taught Sa’id what he did not realize before that real life was faith and conviction and struggle in the path of faith, even until death. He taught him also that faith which is deeply ingrained in a person works wonders and performs miracles. He taught him something else too that the man who is loved by his companions with such a love as Khubayb’s could only be a prophet with Divine support.

Thus was Sa’id’s heart opened to Islam. He stood up in the assembly of the Quraysh and announced that he was free from their sins and burdens. He renounced their idols and their superstitions and proclaimed his entry into the religion of God.

Sa’id ibn Aamir migrated to Madinah and attached himself to the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him. He took part with the Prophet in the battle of Khaybar and other engagements thereafter. After the Prophet passed away to the protection of his Lord, Sa’id continued active service under his two successors, Abu Bakr and Umar. He lived the unique and exemplary life of the believer who has purchased the Hereafter with this world. He sought the pleasure and blessings of God above selfish desires and bodily pleasures.

Both Abu Bakr and Umar knew Sa’id well for his honesty and piety. They would listen to whatever he had to say and follow his advice. Sa’id once came to Umar at the beginning of his caliphate and said,

“I adjure you to fear God in dealing with people and do not fear people in your relationship with God. Let not your actions deviate from your words for the best of speech is that which is confirmed by action. Consider those who have been appointed over the affairs of Muslims, far and near. Like for them what you like for yourself and your family and dislike for them what you would dislike for yourself and your family. Surmount any obstacles to attain the truth and do not fear the criticisms of those who criticize in matters prescribed by God.

“Who can measure up to this, Sa’id?” asked Umar.

“A man like yourself from among those whom God has appointed over the affairs of the Ummah of Muhammad and who feels responsible to God alone,” replied Sa’id.

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