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Companion Cards is a pack of 30 short biographies on the lives of the supermen around the time of Prophet, peace be upon him.
Slightly larger than a pack of playing cards, Companion Cards are sturdy, they fit into their travel-size packet and being endowed with smallness, I'm all about the travel-size adventures.
Each card is double sided - one blue with a quote about that companion (sahabi), the reverse side is a narrative summary of that companion's life and legacy.
There's Zaid ibn Thabit, Salman the Persian, the two `Umayrs, Suhayl and Suhayb... I want to begin with Abu Hurayra. May Allah be pleased with them all (رضي الله عنهم) [a].
Abu Hurayra (رضي الله عنه) was already a Muslim when he first met the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He had accepted Islam at the hands of his tribal chief, At-Tufayl Ibn Amr (ra).
After a brief stay in Makkah during the Prophet's early call, the Daws tribesman returned to his remote village. His reunion with the Prophet, peace be upon him, occurred in Madinah in 7AH [b] at the same time of the Khaybar expeditions.
In the four years that followed until the demise of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, Abu Hurayra (ra) sacrificed his livelihood, trailed the Prophet and climbed to top the list of ahadith [c] narrators.
"O Allah... I ask you for knowledge which will not be forgotten." - Abu Hurayra (ra).Armed with a formidable memory, Abu Hurayra (ra) worked hard, dividing his nights equally between study, sleep and prayer.
In contrast to his time with Ahlus-Suffah and struggling with hunger, Abu Hurayra (ra) was later blessed with wealth and motivated himself, his wife and his daughter, to each standing in prayer for a third of the night.
Appointed as Governor of Bahrain and Madinah during different Caliphates, the noble Companion passed away in the city of the Prophet in 59AH at the age of 78.
[a] Allah be pleased with them all, radhi'Allah `an hum (رضي الله عنهم). Qur'anic statement and prayer (58:22) indicated by abbreviation (ra).
[b] AH - After Hijra, the time measured after the Prophet's migration in 614CE from Makkah to Madina, and beginning of the Islamic calendar.
[c] Ahadith, pl., Prophetic statements, hadith, sing.