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Stories of Sahabah:Khahab ibn al-Aratt (Radiallaho Anho) SubhanAllah the strength of his Imaan. If 20 Muslims were to take the place of him they wouldn't have measured up to equal one tenth of the Taqwa he had. It’s clear to see that his conviction of Islam was embedded in his heart. I recall hearing about this heart-wrenching story. I just couldn't seem to remember what happened to Umm Anmaar, the lady that owned him while he was still a slave. I thought she suffered from a mental disorder but I wasn't quite sure of what became of her. So I advise you all if you haven't already done so to read blog about "Stories of the Sahaba". Hurry back =), and inshAllah I will go more in-depth about Umm Anmaar.
Khahab (Radiallaho Anho) went under excruciating pain but his Imaan was relentless. He became a victim of abuse and torment after he renounced the Idols that Umm Anmaar believed in. Once she saw the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) speaking to Khahab (Radiallaho Anho) at his workshop and she flew into a blind rage. Every day after that, for several days, she went to Khahab's (Radiallaho Anho) workshop and punished him by placing a red-hot iron from the furnace on his head. The agony was unbearable and he often fainted."
On the Authority of Qays Ibn Abi Hazim related Khahab Ibn al-Arrat, said,
"We complained to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace while he was using his cloak as a cushion in the shade of the Kabaa. We said to him, 'Will you not ask for help for us? Will you not pray to Allah for us?
"He said, "There was a man among those before you for whom a ditch was dug in the earth and he was placed in it. Then a saw was brought and places on his head and he would be cut in two. He would be raked with iron combs which would remove his flesh from his bones or sinews, and that would not deter him from his deen. By Allah, this business will be complete so that a traveller can go from san'a to Hadramawt fearing only Allah, or the wolf for his sheep, but you are trying to hasten things." 6544 Sahih Bukhari
This man (Radiallaho Anho) was going under excruciating pain. He had a legitimate reason to complain to the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam). And subhanAllah the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) answers verily you are men that are hasty. -Khahab (Radiallaho Anho) prayed for the punishment of Umm Anmaar and her brother. Soon after he was relieved from the torment of his oppressors. The Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) gave permission for the Sahaba to migrate to Medina.
So what became of Umm Anmaar?
She was afflicted with a grave illness, that no one knew what was the cause of it. She became mentally unstable and acted as if she was under attack. Her actions proved she clearly wasn't in a sane state of mind. She started to suffer from severe headaches. "Her children sought everywhere for medical help until finally they were told that the only cure was to cauterize her head."
Now let's take a look at the definition of Cauterize and find out what it exactly means, shall we?
Cautery is a medical term referring to the white-hot iron. The procedure was placing piece of metal was heated over fire and applied to the wound. This would cause tissues and blood to heat rapidly. It would stop the bleeding of the would and cause extensive tissue damage. SubhanAllah! Umm Anmaar received the very same torture she used to inflict Khabab (Radiallaho Anho) with. It was the only cure to stop her headaches.
Points of Benefit;
(a) Allah is Just and His punishment is severe to the wrongdoers.
(b) We should never think Allah is unaware of what they do (kuffar) but rather He is delaying their punishment until its most fitting.
(c) A believers duaa is always answered whether it may be in this Dunya or in Akrihah.
(d) We may be afflicted with hardship but it is nothing compared to the Prophets (Peace be upon them all) and the Sahabas (Radiallaho Anho) trials and tribulations.
(e) We learn the importance of Sabr (patience)
(f) The humility to treat others the way we want to be treated