The Sahaaba (رضي الله عنهم) are that eminent group of people concerning whom Allah Taála has declared His eternal blessings in the indomitable words of the Qurân. Therefore, any individual who challenges and casts aspersions concerning the position of a Sahaabi has in fact challenged Allah's decree in the Qurân.
Abdullah Ibn Umar (رضي الله عنهما) declares concerning the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم: 'He who wishes to follow anyone, let him follow the companions of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). They were the best and most prestigious of this Ummah. Their hearts were the purest; their knowledge the most profound; and they had the least formality about them (their humility was such that anyone could approach them). They were a nation whom Allah Ta'ala selected and chose for the companionship of His Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and for the propagation of His Deen. Imitate their characters and follow their way of life, for I swear an oath by the Lord of the Kaaba; the companions of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) were truly on the straight path.' (Hilya).
Whilst the collective favours of the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم upon this Ummah are innumerable, some individual Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم clearly excelled in their services of the Ummah. Amongst these noteworthy Sahaaba was Muáwiya (رضي الله عنه) whose prestige and position in the eyes of Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was such that he was amongst those Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم to whom the delicate and tremendous task of writing down wahi (divine revelation of the Qurân) was entrusted. This special duty also necessitated his being regularly in the service of Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) thus enabling his personality and character to be developed directly at the hands of the noble master (صلى الله عليه وسلم) himself.
Such was the love Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had for Ameer Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) that he was given the following beautiful and concise Dua by Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم): 'O Allah! make Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه), guided, a guider, and guide people through him". (Sahih Sunan at-Tirmidhi: 3/236; Majma' uz-Zawaaid)
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) even made Dua for the knowledge of Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) where he said, 'O Allah, endow Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) with the special knowledge of the Qur'ân and save him from punishment.' (Ahmad, Tabraani)
Hadrat Ameer Mu'awiyah ((رضي الله عنه)) was even privileged to be the brother-in-law of Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) since Ummul Mu'mineen Hadrat Umme Habiba (رضي الله عنها), the sister of Mu'awiyah, was one of Nabi's (صلى الله عليه وسلم) noble wives (May Allaah be pleased with all of them).
Once Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) came home to find Hadrat Ameer Mu'awiya (رضي الله عنه) with his sister رضي الله عنها. He asked her whether she loved him. To this Umme Habiba (رضي الله عنها) declared that he was her brother and therefore she definitely loved him. It was then that Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) received tremendous glad tidings from Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم), where he said, 'Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) and His Rasool (صلى الله عليه وسلم) definitely love Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه).' (Tabrani)
Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) once consulted with Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) and Umar (رضي الله عنه) regarding a certain matter. They were unable to give a suitable suggestion. Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) then sent for Mu'wiyah (رضي الله عنه) saying: 'Consult Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) in your affairs since he is trustworthy and reliable.' (Tabrani, Bazzaar)
The confidence which Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had in him was of such a level that he even made Dua: 'O Allah endow him with the knowledge of the Qurân and grant him leadership of the lands.' (Tabrani)
This Hadith in essence represents the prophecy of Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) with regards to Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) gaining leadership. Similar confidence was exhibited by none other than Umar (رضي الله عنه) whose stringent requirements for governorship are well known. He appointed Mu'awiyah governor, in which position he remained throughout the life of Umar (رضي الله عنه) as well as that of Uthman (رضي الله عنه). Umar's (رضي الله عنه) perception of character was tremendous and it was he who said: 'You praise the rulers of Persia and Rome and speak highly of their knowledge, whereas you have in your midst a man like Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه)'.
Hafiz Ibn Katheer (رحمه الله) reports that none other than Hadrat Ali (رضي الله عنه) said after the Battle of Siffin: 'O people, do not hate or talk ill of the leadership of Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه), for if you loose him it would be such a tragedy as if you see your limbs falling from your bodies'. The books of history are replete with such praises of Mu'awiyah (Radhiallaahu Anhu) from other Sahaaba (رضي الله عنهم).
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: 'The first army that will fight a naval battle in my Ummah will have made JannaH (Paradise) compulsory on themselves.' (Bukhari) [The first naval force was in fact headed by Hadrat Ameer Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) during the Caliphate of Hadrat 'Uthman رضي الله عنه].
Auf Ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه) says: 'Once whilst sleeping in a masjid in Areeha, I awoke suddenly to notice a lion coming towards me. I lunged for my weapon. The lion addressed me saying that he had been sent to deliver a message. I inquired as to whom had sent him. The lion replied that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) had sent him to instruct me to inform Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) that he was of the people of Jannah (Paradise).' (Tabrani)
It was said to 'Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak (رحمه الله), "Which of the two is better, Mu'aawiyyahرضي الله عنه or 'Umar ibn 'Abdil-'Azeez? (رحمه الله)" So he said, "The dust gathered in the nose of Mu'awiyyah (رضي الله عنه) with the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is better and superior than 'Umar bin 'Abdil-Azeez (رحمه الله)." [al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah: 8/130]
al-Hafidh Ibn Katheer (رحمه الله) said: "All the Muslims unanimously agreed to swear allegince to Mu'awiyah (رضي الله عنه) in 41 AH, and he remained in charge throughout this period until the year in which he died. Throughout this period Jihaad was ongoing in the lands of the enemies, and the Word of Allaah (سبحانه و تعالى) remained supreme, and booty was coming to him from the ends of the earth; the Muslims were at ease, enjoying justice, tolerance, and goodwill. He was forbearing, dignified, a leader, prominent among people, noble, just, and a man of chivalry. He was a man of good conduct, forgiving, tolerant and overlooking the mistakes of others - may Allaah have mercy upon him."
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