Abul-Yasar (r.a.)

Abul-Yasar was of Ansar. He took part in the Second Pledge of Aqaba. He took part in all battles with the Prophet. He fought heroically in the Battle of Badr. When he was causing great distress to the polytheists, he encountered Abbas, the paternal uncle of the Prophet who was with the polytheists. He said to Hz. Abbas, “the Messenger of Allah prohibited us from killing you.” He said, “This is not the first time he takes care of his relatives.” Then, Abul-Yasar enslaved Abbas and took him to the Prophet.

In fact, Abul-Yasar was a weak and short man. Hz. Abbas was a big, strong man. He felt ashamed because he was captured by such a small man. He said to the Prophet “O Messenger of Allah! By Allah, this man did not capture me. A very handsome man who parted his hair into two sections, who was riding a purple horse and whom I have never seen before captured me.” Abul-Yasar confirmed him. He said, “O Messenger of Allah! Somebody I have never seen before helped me when I captured him.” Then, he described that person. The Prophet said, “An honorable angel helped you when you captured him.”

Abul-Yasar had a different place in the eye of the Prophet. Once, he prayed for Abul-Yasar as follows: “O Lord’ Grant him a long life.” Abul-Yasar had a long life thanks to the blessing of that prayer.  

Abul-Yasar liked helping the people who were in difficulty. If he could, he would release of debt; if not, he would delay it. He narrated the following from the (pbuh):

“If a person wants to be protected under the shade of the Throne on the Day of Judgment when there is no shade, he should give more time to his debtor or release of debt.”

Hz. Abul-Yasar performed prayers in awe and paying attention to all details. He also advised others to perform prayers like that. He narrated the following from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) regarding the issue:

“Some of you perform prayers fully while others perform them half, one-third and one-fourth.”

Abul-Yasar was a mild and lenient person. He was soft-hearted. When he remembered the days he spent with the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), he would cry due to his love. When he was asked why he was crying, he would say, “I outlived all of them and became the last .” He died in 55 H. May Allah be pleased with him!

One of the hadiths Abul-Yasar reported from the Prophet (pbuh) is as follows:

“O Allah! I take refuge in You from collapsing, falling down, being drowned and becoming senile. I take refuge in You from being deceived by Satan while dying, and dying by turning my back on Your way and dying by being stung by poisonous animals.” [1]

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[1]Tabaqat, 4: 12; Musnad, 3: 427.

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