Al-Bara', lover of death, finally meets Allah and Paradise


FOLLOWING the Muslim army's attack during the Battle of Yamamah, the followers of the false prophet, Musailamah al-Kadzab, retreated into a large, high-walled garden, and left the Muslims at a loss as to what they should do next.

Al-Bara' Ibn Malik climbed the wall by himself, threw himself inside the garden, opened the gate, and the armies of Islam rushed in. But Al Bara's dream did not come true: neither did the polytheists' swords kill him, nor did he die as he wished.

Abu Bakr, the closest Companion of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, spoke the truth when he said, "Strive for death and you will live!"

On that day Al-Bara' received from the polytheists' swords over eighty strikes, over eighty wounds that caused Khalid Ibn Al-Walid to continue supervising his nursing and care for an entire month.

All of this, however, was not what he wished. But it did not make Al-Bara' hopeless. He waited for another battle!

The Messenger of Allah had prophesied that his supplication to Allah would be answered. He only had to keep invoking Allah to grant him martyrdom, and he did not have to be in a hurry, for every matter there is a decree.

After Al-Bara' was healed of the wounds of Al-Yamamah he rushed with the armies of Islam that went to escort the powers of darkness to their final resting place. Two evanescent empires then existed: the Romans (Byzantines) and the Persians who occupied with their unjust armies the countries of Allah and enslaved His servants. Al-Bara' started fighting with his sword and in the place of each strike was built a great wall in the building of the new world that rapidly grew under the standard of Islam like the rising sun.

In one of the Iraqi wars, the Persians in their fight resorted to every means of barbarity. They used hooks fixed on the ends of chains that they had heated in fire and threw them from their castles so that they would hit any of the Muslims who could not avoid them.

Al-Bara' and his great brother Anas Ibn Malik were assigned together with some of the Muslims to deal with one of these castles. But one of these hooks suddenly fell and caught Anas, and he could not touch the chain to save himself as it was flaming hot.

When Al-Bara' saw the scene, he hurried towards his brother while the burning chain was taking him up the castle wall. Al-Bara' grasped the chain with his hands and started bravely dealing with it till he broke it.

Anas was saved, but when Al-Bara' and those who were with him took a look at his hands, they did not find them in their place. All the flesh on them was gone; only their burned bones remained.

And the hero spent another period of time in a slow treatment till he was healed.

Is it not time for the lover of death to reach his end? Yes, it is. Here comes the Battle of Tustur where the Muslims met the Persian armies. This was such a feast for Al-Bara'.

The people of Al-Ahwaz and of Persia gathered in a large army to fight the Muslims. The Commander of the Faithful 'Umar Ibn Al Khattab wrote to Sa'd Ibn Abi Waqas in Kufa and to Abu Musa Al-Asy'ariy in Basra to each send an army to meet Al-Ahwaz. He told Abu Musa in his message, "Make Suhail Ibn 'Adiy their leader and send Al-Bara' Ibn Malik with him."

Thus, those coming from Kufa met those coming from Basra to face Al-Ahwaz and the Persian armies in a fierce battle. The two great brothers Anas Ibn Malik and Al-Bara' Ibn Malik were among the believing soldiers.

The war started with duels, and Al-Bara' alone killed a hundred swordsmen of the Persians.

Then the armies joined in battle, and the killed fell from both sides in large numbers. During the fight some of the Companions came near Al-Bara' and said, "Remember the Messenger's words about you: 'Perhaps there is a person with uncombed, dusty hair that people will not look at, but if he swears by Allah, He will fulfil his prayer. Among them is Al-Bara' Ibn Malik. 'O Bara', swear by Allah, entreat Him to defeat them and render us victorious."

Hence, Al-Bara' raised his arms towards the sky and supplicated, "O Allah, render them defeated and us victorious, and let me meet Your Prophet today."

He took a long look at his brother Anas, who was fighting near him, as if saying goodbye. Then the fighting intensified and the Muslims fought as nobody in the world had done, and they were clearly victorious.

Among the martyrs of the battle was Al-Bara', with a happy smile on his face and his right hand grasping a handful of dust soaked with his pure blood. His sword was lying beside him. It was strong, without notches, undamaged.

Finally, the traveller arrived at his home. Together with his brother martyrs, he ended the journey of a great noble age. And it will be cried out to them, "This is the Paradise which you have inherited for what you did."

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