Sayyidina Abdullah bin al-Harith

He is located in Tanta.

He is Abdullah bin al-Harith bin Juzi al-Zubaydi, a companion from amongst the emigrants to Medinah. al-Tabari recounts about al-Harith: “The name of the great companion Abdullah bin al-Harith in the beginning was “al-A’asy (the rebellious one) so the Emissary of Godﷺ named him Abdullah and nicknamed him Abu Turab similar to Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (may God be pleased with them).”

Abdullah bin al-Harith was from among Ahl al-Suffa (the folk of the special rank). They were a group of poor Muslims from among the disabled, elderly and emigrants who could not afford their daily sustenance. So they would dedicate themselves to worship in the mosque of the Prophetﷺ. The Prophetﷺ requested them to stand in a special rank from among the ranks during the congregational prayers so that people would notice them recognize their plight and help them rather than them resorting to begging. The Prophetﷺ would request from the wealthy among the companions to invite a group of these folk of the special rank every evening for dinner and would be himselfﷺ one of the first to invite them.

Ibn al-Zayat recounts that Abdullah bin al-Harith was one of the companions who emigrated to Egypt of whom he says:

“From amongst those who entered Egypt are Abdullah bin al-Harith bin Juzi al-Zubaydi who is from the renowned and grand companions. He was the last of the companions of the Emissaryﷺ to enter Egypt and the last to die there. He lived a long and blessed life in Egypt.” 

The Imam Abu Haneefa (may God be pleased with him) once said:

“I made the pilgrimage one year with my father and he saw a crowd of people in the Holy Mosque whom he then inquired about. It was said to him that they [are crowding around] a companion of the Emissary of Godﷺ. So my father took me from my hand and sat me in front of him and said “my son, ask him if he can run his hands across your head” so I asked and he did.”

al-Maqreezy recounts on the authority of Ibn Abd al-Hakam the conquest of Egypt and the names of its martyrs from among the companions and says: “Abdullah bin al-Harith embarked upon Egypt in the army of ‘Amru bin al-‘Aas and was among the cavalry of the companions. He was in command of a regiment of the army and made significant victories in the conquering of Egypt and its respective villages. When the Muslims established their authority ‘Amru bin al-‘Aas began planning and negotiating in Fustat (present day Cairo) with the other companions on where the Islamic settlement should be. Abdullah bin al-Harith decided for a village in the midst of the Nile valley (between two branches of the Nile in the western Delta) named “Sift al-Qudoor.” He settled there and built a home and a Mosque to establish and teach the people about the new religion. Eventually his nickname was added to the original name of this village upon which it became known as “Sift Turab”.

Shaykh Abdullah bin al-Harith was considered to be from among the scholars of the companions. al-Suyuti has transmitted on the authority of Muhammad bin al-Rabee’a to the people of Egypt twenty Hadeeth. One of these is the famous one that reads:

“Ja’afar al-Ghiryati said that Abdullah bin Yusuf narrates that Ibn Rabee’a narrates from Abdullah bin Yazeed al-Masri who narrates from Abdullah bin al-Harith that “the Emissary of Godﷺ entered the mosque and ascended the minbar (pulpit). When he ascended the first step he said “Amin” and when he ascended the second one he said “Amin” and when he ascended the third one he said “Amin.” When heﷺ eventually descended, heﷺ was asked “We saw you doing something. What is that you were doing?” Heﷺ replied, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to me during my first step and he said “O Muhammad, whomsoever lives to see his parents and they are not a cause for him to enter the garden, then God distances him and pushes him away, so I said Amin. Then he said to me on the second step “whomsoever experiences the month of Ramadan and is not forgiven his sins, God distances him and pushes him away,” so I said Amin. Then he said on the third step “whomsoever hears you being mentioned and does send his prayers upon you, God distances him and pushes him away” so I said Amin.””

He (may God be pleased with him) passed away in his village in the year 86 AH.