Julaybib ( رضي الله عنه – may Allah be pleased with him), a companion of the Prophet (ﷺ) who was a man of no societal value. In the Arabic language, “Julaybib” means “small grown” indicating that Julaybib was perhaps a dwarf. He was also described as being “damim”, meaning – “deformed or repulsive”. Nobody knew his parents or his tribe and he was very poor financially – hence no value came in the form of lineage or wealth either.
One day, he asked the Prophet ﷺ: “ya Rasool Allah! Do you think the only woman I will get is the hoor-ul-ayn (a woman in Jannah), in sha Allah?” Prophet Muhammad ﷺ replied – “No! From this dunya and also from the akhirah.” So with Julaybeeb in mind, the Prophet ﷺ went to an Ansari and said: “I want to have your daughter married.” Who replied in joy: “How wonderful and blessed…what a delight to the eye (this would be)”. Muhammad ﷺ explained that he’s asking for Julaybib and not himself. The Ansari, who had rejected far better proposals for his daughter before, went to consult with his wife. His wife protested: “To Julaybib! No, never to Julaybib! No, by God, we shall not marry (her) to him.” (It is said that the daughter was so beautiful that there was none among the women of that clan who could compete with her looks). Her mother told her about Julaybib while crying. The daughter replied, “O Mother, How blessed is the status of Julaybib, that God and his Messenger are asking for your daughter’s hand on his behalf.” She agreed and was hence married to Julaybib.
Soon after his marriage, he went on an expedition and was martyred. The companions found his diminutive body lying next to seven men that he had slained. The Prophet ﷺ held his body and said. “O Allah he is from me and I am from Him” (repeating this three times).
Despite being the most sought-after lady, she set her relationship goals based on her love for Allah and His rasul.
Likewise, learn to speak up about your request, and seek your teacher’s opinion.
What have you learnt from this?
– Samina (ayeina),
– Men around the messenger,
– Ibn Khathir.
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