Salaat of a Muhajir and an Ansari keeping watch
While returning from a campaign, the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe
wasallam) happened to halt for the night at some place. He inquired:
"Who would keep watch over the camp this night?"
Hadhrat Ammar bin Yasir (Radhiyallaho anho) of the Mu-hajirin and
Hadhrat Abbaad bin Bishr (Radhiyallaho anho) of the Ansar offered
their services. Both of them were posted to watch from a hill-top
against any possible night attack by the enemy.
Abbaad (Radhiyallahu anho) said to Ammar (Radhiyal-lahu anho):
"Let us keep watch and sleep turn by turn. In the
first half of the night I shall keep awake, while you go to sleep.
In the next half, you may keep watch while I go to sleep."
Hadhrat Ammar (Radhiyallaho anho) agreed and went to sleep, and
Hadhrat Abbaad (Radhiyallaho anho) started his Salaat. But an enemy
scout made him out in the dark from a distance, and let fly an arrow
at him. Seeing that he made no movement, he shot another and still
another arrow at him. Hadhrat Abbaad (Radhiyallaho anho) drew out
and threw away each arrow as it struck him, and at last awakened
his companion. The enemy fled when he saw them both together, fearing
that there might be many more of them. Hadhrat Ammar (Radhiyallaho
anho) noticed Abbaad (Radhiyallaho anho) bleeding from three places.
"Subhanallah! why did you not awake me earlier?"
I had started"reciting Surah 'Kahf in my Salaat.
I did not like to cut it short, but when I was struck by the third
arrow, I was greatly concerned that my death might jeopardise
the safety of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). I therefore
finished the Salaat and awakened you. But for this fear, I would
not have gone to Ruku' before finishing the Surah even if I had
Look at the devotion of the Sahaba to Salaat. One arrow after another
is piercing Hadhrat Abbaad's (Radhiyallaho anho) body and he is
bleeding profusely, but is not prepared to sacrifice the pleasure
of reciting the Qur'an in his Salaat. On the other hand, the bite
of a wasp, nay of a mosquito, is sufficient to distract us from
According to the Hanafiyyah school of jurisprudence, Wudhu breaks
with bleeding, while according to the Sha-fi'iyyah it does not.
It is just possible that Abbaad might be having the latter view,
or that this point might not have been brought to an issue till
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