Master of Martyrs (سيد الشهداء)
Martyrs have esteem position in Islam as they have sacrificed their life in this world for the sake of the great religion. There are many benefits given to them in this world and hereafter. Allah has mentioned in Quran not to consider martyrs as dead but they are living in presence of Allah.
وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ أَمْوَاتًا بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ
169 – آل عمران
Think not of those who are slain in ALLAH’s way as dead. nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their lord.
There are many renowned martyrs in history, but to be called as Master of Martyrs is a special distinction. Who is this great Martyr? He is Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib Raliya Allahu Anhu beloved uncle of Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam.
He was amongst early believers of the Religion. He protected Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam from many evil doers. He is the one who guarded Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam when Umar bin Khatab came that day in full fury with sword off from the casing in his hand to confront Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam. Yes, the day in which Umar bin Khatab Raliya Allahu Anhu took a u-turn in his life and embraced Islam.
He is famous for his bravery, marital art skills and battle tricks. He is the one who confronted and killed Aswad who came to destroy water tank setup by Muslim army in Badr battle. He is among the three great warriors who stood steadfast when Infidel army from Makkah asked for three men from Muslim army to fight with them peer to peer. He killed Shaibah bin Rabeea’h in the spot and reached to help Ubaidah Raliya Allahu Anhu who was in little struggle against Utabah bin Rabeea’h.
In Uhud battle he fought lion heartedly and killed many infidels who came all the way from Makkah to Madeenah to destroy Muslims and their dwellings. He was finally martyred after being hit by a sharp and lethal rolled spear thrown by Wahshi, slave of Hind from a distance. Hind, daughter of Shaibah bin Rabeea’h slain by Hamzah Raliya Allahu Anhu in Badr took her revenge by ripping chest of this great Martyr, slicing his liver and chewing it. Inna Lillahi wa inna Ilihi rajio’on…
Note: Both Hind binth Shaibah and her slave Wahshi embraced Islam later during Fath Makkah incident as Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam showcased his matchless mercy on them by forgiving them. Thus they also are among Sahaba and so don’t feel bad on them!
He presented all his skills for the great religion Islam and fought till his last drop of blood. Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam was in tears the time He saw slit and torn body of his beloved uncle laying in Uhud battle field. Now a Masjid is constructed in the place where his body was found. This Masjid called Masjid Sayyidu Shuhadae is in front of the block where all martyrs of Uhud are buried. Qabr of Hamzah Raliya Allahu Anhu along with other great martyred Sahaba are almost in the middle of this fenced block clearly visible by the markings.
Those martyrs might be flying with colors through earth and heaven. May Allah accept their martyrdom and grant them more and more rewards! May Allah accept our visit to their battle ground and Qabr and guide us to His near people having solid faith, unmatched patience and profound knowledge about Him. Aameen!