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The Story Of Julaybib

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Julaybib, may Allah be pleased with him, (The Companion of the Prophet Muhammad) peace be upon him.

His name was unusual and incomplete. Julaybib (Radhi Allaahu Anhu) means “small grown” being the diminutive form of the word “Jalbab.” The name is an indication that Julaybib was small and short, even of dwarf-like stature. More than that, he is described as being “damim” which means ugly, deformed, or of repulsive appearance. Even more disturbing, for the society in which he lived, Julaybib’s lineage was not known. There is no record of who his mother of his father was or to what tribe he belonged. This was a grave disability in the society in which he lived. Julaybib could not expect any compassion or help, any protection or support from a society that placed a great deal of importance on family and tribal connections. In this regard, all that was known of him was that he was an Arab and that, as far as the new community of Islam was concerned, he was one of the Ansar. Perhaps he belonged to one of the outlying tribes beyond Madinah and had drifted into the city or he could have even been from among the Ansar of the city itself.

Qur’an Al-Kareem [Surah 33. AL-Ahzab Ayah 36] Tafsir Ibn-Kathir

وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥٓ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ ٱلْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ ۗ وَمَن يَعْصِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَٰلًا مُّبِينًا
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error.

The Reason for Revelation

The disabilities under which Julaybib lived would have been enough to have him ridiculed and shunned in any society and in fact he was prohibited by one person, a certain Abu Barzah of the Aslam tribe, from entering his home. He once told his wife: “Do not let Julaybib enter among you. If he does, I shall certainly do (something terrible to him).” Probably because he was teased and scoffed at in the company of men, Julaybib used to take refuge in the company of women.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Barzah Al-Aslami said: “Julaybib was a man who used to enter upon women and joke with them. I said to my wife, `Do not let Julaybib enter upon you, for if he enters upon you I shall do such and such.’ If any of the Ansar had a single female relative, they would not arrange a marriage for her until they found out whether the Prophet wanted to marry her or not.

The Prophet (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said to one of the Ansar:

«زَوِّجْنِي ابْنَتَك»
(Give me your daughter for marriage.)

He said, `Yes, O Messenger of Allah, it would be an honor and a blessing.’ He said,

«إِنِّي لَسْتُ أُرِيدُهَا لِنَفْسِي»
(I do not want her for myself.)

He said, `Then for whom, O Messenger of Allah’, He (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said,

«لِجُلَيْبِيب»
(For Julaybib)

He said, O Messenger of Allah, let me consult her mother.' So he went to the girl's mother and said,The Messenger of Allah is proposing marriage for your daughter.’ She said, Yes, it would be a pleasure.' He said, He is not proposing to marry her for himself, he is proposing on behalf of Julaybib.’ She said, What! Julaybib No, by Allah, we will not marry her to him.'

“To Julaybib! No, never to Julaybib!

No, by Allah, we shall not marry (her) to him,” she protested. As the Ansari was about to return to the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) to inform him of what his wife had said, the daughter who had heard her mother’s protestations, asked: “Who has asked you to marry me?” Her mother told her of the Prophet’s request for her hand in marriage to Julaybib. When she heard that the request had come from the Prophet (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and that her mother was absolutely opposed to the idea, she was greatly perturbed and said: “Do you refuse the request of the Messenger of Allah? Send me to him for he shall certainly not bring ruin to me.”

When he wanted to get up and go to the Messenger of Allah to tell him what the girl's mother had said, the girl asked, Who is asking for my hand’ So her mother told her, and she said, Are you refusing to follow the command of the Messenger of Allah, Follow his command, for I will not come to any harm.' So her father went to the Messenger of Allah and said, Deal with her as you wish.’ So he married her to Julaybib.

Then the Messenger of Allah went out on one of his military campaigns

And after Allah had granted him (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) victory, he said to his Companions, may Allah be pleased with them,

«هَلْ تَفْقِدُونَ مِنْ أَحَد»
(See whether there is anybody missing.)

They said, `We have lost so-and-so, and so-and-so.’ He said,

«انْظُرُوا هَلْ تَفْقِدُونَ مِنْ أَحَد»
(See if there is anybody missing.)

They said, `No one.’ He said:

«لَكِنَّنِي أَفْقِدُ جُلَيْبِيبًا»
(But I see that Julaybib is missing.) He said:
«فَاطْلُبُوهُ فِي الْقَتْلَى»
(Go and look for him among the dead.)

So they looked for him, and found him beside seven of the enemy whom he had killed before he was himself killed.

They said, `O Messenger of Allah, here he is, beside seven of the enemy whom he had killed before he was himself killed.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came and stood beside him and said,

«قَتَلَ سَبْعَةً وَقَتَلُوهُ، هَذَا مِنِّي وَأَنَا مِنْه»
(He killed seven before he was himself killed. He belongs to me and I belong to him.)

He said this two or three times, then the Messenger of Allah (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) carried him in his arms and held him while his grave was dug, then he placed him in his grave. It was not mentioned that he washed him, may Allah be pleased with him.”

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Thabit, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “There was no widow among the Ansar who was more sought after for marriage than that girl.” Ishaq bin `Abdullah bin Abi Talhah asked Thabit, “Do you know how the Messenger of Allah prayed for that girl” He told him: “He said,

«اللَّهُمَّ صُبَّ عَلَيْهَا الْخَيْرَ صَبًّا وَلَا تَجْعَلْ عَيْشَهَا كَدًّا»
(O Allah, pour blessings upon her and do not make her life hard.)

And this is how it was; there was no widow among the Ansar who was more sought after for marriage than her.”

This is how it was recorded by Imam Ahmad, in full.
Muslim and An-Nasa’i recorded the story of his death in Al-Fada’il.
Al-Hafiz Abu Umar bin Abd Al-Barr mentioned in Al-Istiab that when the girl said in her seclusion,

Are you refusing to follow the command of the Messenger of Allah’–

This Ayah was revealed:

﴿وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلاَ مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْراً أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ﴾
(It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision.)

It was narrated that Tawus asked Ibn Abbas about praying two Rakahs after Asr and he told him not to do that. Ibn Abbas recited:

﴿وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلاَ مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْراً أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ﴾
(It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision.) 

This Ayah is general in meaning and applies to all matters, i.e., if Allah and His Messenger decreed a matter, no one has the right to go against that, and no one has any choice or room for personal opinion in this case.

Allah says:

﴿فَلاَ وَرَبِّكَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّى يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ لاَ يَجِدُواْ فِى أَنفُسِهِمْ حَرَجاً مِّمَّا قَضَيْتَ وَيُسَلِّمُواْ تَسْلِيماً ﴾
(But no, by your Lord, they can have no faith, until they make you judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.)
(Quran 4:65)

Hence the issue of going against it is addressed in such strong terms,
as Allah says:

﴿وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَـلاً مُّبِيناً﴾
(And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error.) This is like the Ayah:
﴿فَلْيَحْذَرِ الَّذِينَ يُخَـلِفُونَ عَنْ أَمْرِهِ أَن تُصِيبَهُمْ فِتْنَةٌ أَوْ يُصِيبَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ﴾
(And let those who oppose the Messenger's commandment, beware, lest some Fitnah should befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them)
(Quran 24:63).
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