Abu Humayd as-Saidi (r.a.)

Abu Humayd (R.A.) was from Ansar. He became a Muslim after the Migration. He participated in all battles with the Prophet beginning from the Battle of Uhud.

Hz. Abu Humayd loved the Prophet very much. He served the Messenger of Allah with heart and soul. He was one of those who knew best how the Prophet performed prayers. He was proud of it. He would say, "I am the one who knows the prayer of the Messenger of Allah best."

Abu Humayd narrated 36 hadiths from the Prophet. He acted very cautiously while narrating hadiths. He would say, "I heard it from the Messenger of Allah with my own ears." Or, he would say, "Ask Zayd bin Thabit." The following hadith, which he narrated, is a criterion to recognize and understand the blessed words of the Messenger of Allah:

"When you hear a hadith narrated from me, your hearts will recognize it. You will feel that your heart softens toward it, your soul accepts it, and it is very close to you. If your hearts hates a statement when you hear it, if you shiver and if your mind does not accept it, that statement is away from me." [1]

A hadith narrated by Abu Humayd (R.A.) is as follows:

The Messenger of Allah appointed a man from the tribe of Azd called Ibn al-Utbiyya, as a tax collector. When he returned to Madinah by completing his duty, he showed what he brought and said, ‘This is for you and this is a gift presented to me.’ Thereupon, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) stated the following on the pulpit:

“What about when a state official whom I sent to collect zakah comes and says: ‘This is for you and this is a gift presented to me’? Why did he not remain in the house of his father and his mother and his gift came to him, if he was truthful?  I swear by Allah in whose hand is the life of Muhammad that any one of you will not take anything from it but will bring it on the Day of Judgment, carrying on his neck a camel that will be growling, or a cow that will be bellowing or an ewe that will be bleating.’

After this statement, he raised his two hands so high that whiteness of his armpits could be seen. Then, he said twice: ‘O Allah! Have I conveyed Your commandments?’ I heard this hadith with my own ears heard and saw the Messenger of Allah with my own eyes. Ask Zayd bin Thabit.” [2]

[1]Musnad, 5: 424.
[2]Bukhari, Zakah: 3; Muslim, Imara: 26; Musnad, 5: 423.

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