By Nairaland Forum The expedition of Tabook was looming ahead. Madinah Munawwarah was in the grip of famine. The Muslims had merely a few animals available for riding. Provisions were extremely low. Yet, an army of thirty thousand Sahaaba had to be equipped to undertake this expedition. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) stood on the mimbar (pulpit) and encouraged the Sahaabah to contribute towards the expenses of equipping the army. On this occasion Sayyiduna Uthmaan contributed six hundred camels together with their saddles. According to some narrations he also contributed fifty horses and one thousand gold coins.
To truly understand the reality of this contribution, one should bear in mind that owning a riding camel in those days was no less than owning a luxury vehicle in these times. If one estimates the value of one camel in those days, it is equivalent to millions of naira. Add a few more millions for the six hundred saddles, the fifty horses and the one thousand gold coins.
Thus our leader Uthmaan’s contribution in this expedition alone amounted to millions of naira. Apart from this he contributed large sums of money on many other occasions. It can thus be easily ascertained as to how wealthy he was.
While taking note of the immense wealth that he owned, it is also vitally important to note that he did not earn his wealth by hankering after the world. He did not work from “seven to eleven” or “eight to late.” Rather, he was more engaged in the company of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) and in the service of Deen. Let alone missing any salaah entirely, or missing any salaah with jam’ah, it cannot be proven that he even missed one takbeere oola (the first takbeer with the Imaam) or one sunnah due to being occupied in any business matter. It is also recorded that he used to regularly recite the entire Qur’an in his witr Salaah . He earned what was decreed for him without chasing after material wealth. Furthermore, his wealth was not splashed on living in the lap of luxury, or on five star holidays and the like. Instead, he earned his Jannah with his wealth. He was among those ten fortunate souls who had been given the glad tidings of Jannah while they walked on the earth.
Uthmaan was not alone. He was one of several Sahaabah (R.A.) who were very wealthy. Yet, their Read More
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