ABU AYYUB AL ANSARI- THE DEFINITION OF LOVE AND RESPECT FOR RASOOLULLAH Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam
Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and the Sahabah Ikraam left Makkah and migrate to Madinah. They were known as the MUHAJIREEN.
The people who welcomed and aided the Muhajireen in Madinah were called the ANSAAR.
Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam made Hijrah with Abu Bakr Radiallahu anho.
The Quraan makes mention of this and also gives the Muhajireen and the Ansaar the glad tiddings of Jannah in the below Ayaah:
وَالسَّابِقُونَ الْأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُم بِإِحْسَانٍ رَّضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي تَحْتَهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
And (as for) the foremost, the first of the Muhajirs and the Ansars, and those who followed them in goodness, Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flOw, to abide in them for ever; that is the mighty achievement -Surah At-Taubah 9:100
Khalid ibn Zayd ibn Kulayb from the Banu Najjar was a great and close companion of the Prophet. He was known as Abu Ayyub (the father of Ayyub) and enjoyed a privilege which many of the Ansar in Madinah hoped they would have.
When the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, peace and blessings of God be on him, reached Madinah after his hijrah from Makkah, he was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Ansar of Madinah. Their hearts went out to him and their eyes followed him with devotion and love. They wanted to give him the most generous reception anyone could be given.
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam first stopped at Quba on the outskirts of Madinah and stayed there for some days. The first thing he did was to build a mosque which is described in the Quran as the “mosque built on the foundation of piety (taqwa)”. (Surah At-Tawhah 9: 1O8).
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam entered Madinah on his camel. The chieftains of the city stood along his path, each one wishing to have the honor of the Prophet alighting and staying at his house. One after the other stood in the camel’s way entreating, “Stay with us, O Rasulullah.” “Leave the camel,” the Prophet would say. “It is under command. ”
The camel continued walking, closely followed by the eyes and hearts of the people of Yathrib. When it went past a house, its owner would feel sad and dejected and hope would rise in the hearts of others still on the route.
The camel continued in this fashion with the people following it until it hesitated at an open space in front of the house of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. But the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, upon whom be peace, did not get down. After only a short while, the camel set off again, the Prophet leaving its reins loose. Before long, however, it turned round, retraced its steps and stopped on the same spot as before. Abu Ayyub’s heart was filled with happiness. He went out to the Prophet and greeted him with great enthusiasm. He took the Prophet’s baggage in his arms and felt as if he was carrying the most precious treasure in the world.
Abu Ayyub’s house had two stories. He emptied the upper floor of his and his family’s possessions so that the Prophet could stay there. But the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, peace be on him, preferred to stay on the lower floor.
Night came and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam retired. Abu Ayyub went up to the upper floor. But when they had closed the door, Abu Ayyub turned to his wife and said:
“Woe to us! What have we done? The messenger of God is below and we are higher than he! Can we walk on top of the messenger of God? Do we come between him and the Revelation (Wahy)? If so, we are doomed.”
The couple became very worried not knowing what to do. They only got some peace of mind when they moved to the side of the building which did not fall directly above the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. They were careful also only to walk on the outer parts of the floor and avoid the middle.
In the morning, Abu Ayyub said to the Prophet: “By God, we did not sleep a wink last night, neither myself nor Umm Ayyub.” “Why not, Abu Ayyub?” asked the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Abu Ayyub explained how terrible they felt being above while the Prophet was below them and how they might have interrupted the Revelation. “Don’t worry, Abu Ayyub,” said the Prophet. “We prefer the lower floor because of the many people coming to visit us.” “We submitted to the Prophet’s wishes,” Abu Ayyub related, “until one cold night a jar of ours broke and the water spilled on the upper floor. Umm Ayyub and I stared at the water We only had one piece of velvet which we used as a blanket. We used it to mop up the water out of fear that it would seep through to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. In the morning I went to him and said, ‘I do not like to be above you,’ and told him what had happened. He accepted my wish and we changed floors.”
The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam stayed in Abu Ayyub’s house for almost seven months until his mosque was completed on the open space where his camel had stopped. He moved to the roots which were built around the mosque for himself and his family. He thus became a neighbor of Abu Ayyub. What noble neighbor to have had!
Abu Ayyub continued to love the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam with all his heart end the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam also loved him dearly. There was no formality between them.