Who is saad ibn rabi? Who is companion who closed the door of excuse?
The Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- sent a companion of his to the battlefield in hope of finding out the whereabouts of Saad ibn Rabi’. No matter how thoroughly he searched, the Companion could not find Saad ibn Rabi’. All his shouts returned unreplied. Losing hope, he called out one last time:
“Saad! I have been sent by the Messenger of Allah to see if you were among the alive or the martyrs!”
Meanwhile, living his final moments and without the least energy to respond, hearing it was the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- himself who was curious as to his wellbeing, Saad gathered all his remaining energy, and replied, with a frail moan:
“I am now among the dead!” Evidently, he was now gazing at beyond. The Companion ran towards Saad -Allah be well-pleased with him-. His body vividly exhibited countless sword wounds. Saad had one last stock of energy to whisper the incredible words below:
“By Allah, so long as your eyes are moving, if you do not protect the Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- from his enemies and allow something bad to happen to him, you have no excuse that you shall put forth in Divine Sight!” (Muwatta, Jihad, 41; Hakim, III, 221/4906; Ibn Hisham, III, 47)
Saad ibn Rabi’ -Allah be well-pleased with him- bade farewell to the life of the world after bequeathing these words, a legacy for the whole ummah to uphold.