Those who possess love for Allâh will definitely love Rasûlullâh صلى الله عليه و سلم and those who love Rasûlullâh صلى الله عليه و سلم will definitely love the Sahâbah رضي الله عنهم . The converse is also true. Thus a person who does not love any of the Sahâbah رضي الله عنهم does not really love Rasûlullâh صلى الله عليه و سلم and thus, does not love Allâh. Since the Sahâbah رضي الله عنهم are the greatest of Auliyâ (friends of Allah), whoever has enmity with them actually declares war with Allâh.
Hereunder are some incidents mentioning the severe punishment for those who were insulting, disrespectful and insolent towards the Sahâbah رضي الله عنهم. Many a time, Allâh punishes people in this worldly life so that it could be a lesson to those who witness and hear such incidents.
1. Hayyân Jabarî relates, “I was acquainted with a person who always insulted Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنه . Whenever I stopped him, he would curse them more and I would leave him.
Once, as usual, he started cursing them. I stood up in disgust and left. I was very angry and upset that I had not been harsher to him. I fell asleep that night and saw a dream of Nabî صلى الله عليه و سلم, with Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنه sitting on his flanks. I said to Nabî صلى الله عليه و سلم, “I know a person who always grieves me regarding Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنه . I stop him, yet this incites him even more. When I woke up in the morning, I decided to meet the person and tell him my dream, hoping that perhaps he would change his ways. When I reached his house, I heard loud wailing and crying. The body of this man was on the ground. (In shock) I asked the people, “Who is this man?” The people said, “This is so and so. Somebody murdered him last night.6
2) A person relates, “We were once on a journey and were accompanied by a man who swore at Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنه (Târîkh-Madînah pg.204 v.30). He left the caravan for some purpose and suddenly a swarm of hornets covered him from all sides. He yelled for help. When we ran to help him, the hornets attacked us. We left him and moved back. The swarm of hornets continued their attack until he died.”8
Another incident is mentioned of Abul Hujjaj who would insult and curse Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه . Hornets attacked and killed him, but did not harm any of the Mujâhidîn he was with. When they tried to dig a grave, they found the crust of the earth unusually hard. Eventually they gathered leaves and stones and placed them over his body, and departed from that island.9
3) Mustaghfiri relates in his book, Dalâilun Nubuwwah, from a reliable person who said, “We were three men on a journey to Yemen. One of us was from Kûfa and he used to curse Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنه . We would rebuke him and try to stop him, but he would not listen. One day we camped at a place near our destination. We woke up early next morning and told him to wake up. On awakening, he said, “Too bad, I cannot accompany you on this journey any longer. I will have to stay here because I saw Nabî صلى الله عليه و سلم in my dream; he was standing at my bedside saying, “O wretched one, you will be morphed in this very place.” We urged him to get up and perform wudû. Instead he pulled his feet up and we witnessed the transformation begin from his toes. Within a short time, his feet resembled that of a monkey. The transformation then slowly moved up to his knees, then back, then chest, then head, and finally the entire face, he had completely transformed into a monkey. We picked him up and tied him to one of the camels. We departed immediately after and by sunset reached the edges of a thick jungle. There, when he saw a troop of monkeys, he broke open the ropes and joined the troop. 12
4) Allâmah Ibnu Abid Dunyâ in his masterpiece من عاش بعد الموت has written the incidents of many people who began screaming ‘Fire, fire!’ at the time of death. When they were asked to recite the kalimah, they answered, “We cannot recite the kalimah, because we were influenced by a group who used to revile and speak ill of Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله . 13
5) Abu Nadhra relates, “We were in Madînah Munawwarah. We met a man there who cursed Uthmaan رضي الله عنه . We scolded him and told him to repent, but he refused. Not a second had passed before we heard the skies thunder; a flash of lightning struck him and he died. 15
6) Ali ibn Zayd (who was born blind) says, “Once I was sitting with Sa’îd ibnul Musayyab . He said to me, “Tell your guide to go and see this person, then I will tell you his story.”
My guide went, and returned to tell me that he saw a man whose face was dark black while the rest of the skin on his body was of a light hue. Sa’îd ibne Musayyab said, “This man used to insult Ali , Uthmaan , Talha and Zubair رضي الله عنه.” I said to Allâh , “O Allâh, blacken his face if he is a liar.” By the power of Allâh , a blister formed on his face and it turned black thereafter.” 16
7) Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqâs رضي الله عنه was the governor of Kufa. Once some people conspired against him and sent complaints regarding him to Umarرضي الله عنه . An investigative group was sent to find out the reality. They found the accusations to be false. Only in one Masjid, a man by the name of Abu Sa’da accused him, “I swear by Allâh , he is not fair in the distribution of wealth, nor just in decision-making in the courts, and he does not go out in the path of Allâh against the disbelievers.”
Sa’d رضي الله عنه replied, “O Allâh, if he is a liar, give him a long life, increase his poverty, and embroil him in fitna.” The narrator says that he saw this man at such an old age that his eyebrows hung over his eyes. He was poverty stricken and, at this age, he would flirt with and tease the girls passing him. When asked
why this was happening, he would reply, “I am senile and stricken by fitna. The curse of Sa’d has fallen upon me.” 17
Likewise, once a man swore at him. He supplicated, “O Allâh, as You wish, save me from his tongue and hands.” In the battle of Qâdisiyyah, this man was injured; his hands and tongue were cut off and until death he was deprived of these two blessings of Allâh . 18
8) Imam Zuhri says, “Of the men involved in the murder of Husain رضي الله عنه, none of them passed away before receiving a terrible punishment in this world. Some were killed, the faces of others were distorted or blackened, or their property was usurped. Of course, this is not the real punishment for their
evil, but merely a sign to learn a lesson from.” Allâh afflicted the person who shot an arrow at Husain with an unquenchable thirst. He would drink endless amounts of water, yet remain thirsty. Thus, once he drank so much that his stomach burst and he died. One of the killers went blind after seeing a dream wherein Nabî صلى الله عليه و سلم scolded him and ran a needle from the blood of Husain RA through his eyes. Another man’s clothing caught on fire and he burnt to death.
Sufyân says, “Two men from the Ju’fi tribe were amongst the killers of Husain رضي الله عنه. The genitals of one became so long that he would have to wrap it up around his body; the other would drink an entire water-skin full of water and would still suffer from thirst. I saw the son of one of them go insane.” 19
One man defecated on the grave of Husain RA and went insane. He would bark like a dog and continued to do so until he died. After he died, people heard sounds of barking and screaming coming from the grave. 20 21
9. Tabarru’ is one of the ten pillars of Shite faith. It is a belief which obligates repudiation and cursing of all Sahâbah because of their supposed reversion to kufr and their rejection of Ali رضي الله عنه as the first Khalifâ after Nabî صلى الله عليه و سلم (May Allâh save us from such beliefs!)
One of the most revered shite scholars, muhaqiq tusi, included an appendage, a tabauru’ of the Sahâbah, at the end of his book, Tajrîdul-Aqâid. On his deathbed, he coughed up faeces as happened with the false prophet mirzâ ghulam ahmad qâdiyânî. He pointed towards the faeces in shock and asked, “What is this?” A scholar of righteous belief sitting nearby said, “This is the filth you ate at the end of your Tajrîd book.”
6 Imam Abu Haamid Ghazaali has quoted this incident in Ihyaa’u Uloomid Deen v.4 pg.377, and extra explanatory notes were added from a discourse by Moulana Yunus Patel entitled Ikhlaas (Sincerity).
8 (Ar-Riyadhun Nadhirah v.1 pg.368/Sa’âdatud Dârayn pg.153)
9 (Târîkh-Madînah pg.490 vol.44)
10 (Manâqib Umar ibnul Khattâb pg.256/257)
12 (Majma’us Sa’âdaat pg.222)
13 (Mausûa’tur Rasaail libni Abid Dunyâ pg. 23, quoted in ‘Allâh se SharmKîjiye’ pg.236)
14 (Târîkh Madînah pg.446 vol.39)
15 (Târîkh Madînah pg.511 vol.39)
16 (Târîkh Madînah pg.511 vol.39)
17 (Bukhârî v.1 pg.104, Muslim)
18 (Tabrânî, Ibn Asâkir, as quoted in ‘Consequences of debasing the Auliya-Allâh’ pg.50)
19 (Târîkh Madînah pg.234 vol.14)
20 (Ibid pg.305 vol.13)
21 (Most of (5.) was extracted from Shahîde-Karbala of Muftî Muhammad Shafi’)