Ibn Ummi Maktum; The Blind Sahabi ~ Hi readers! When the Prophet Muhammad taught Islam to the Arab people, there were many people who help him. They are people who are willing to convert to Islam. Some of them are male and some of them are female. They are called sahabi. Among them was a man named Ibn Ummi Maktum.
Before I explain further about Ibn Ummi Maktum, I would like to say that not all Muslims who lived at the time of the Prophet Muhammad were called sahabi. Why is that? The answer is because the so-called sahabi are Muslims who have seen the Prophet Muhammad even though it was only briefly and they died as Muslims. That is a short definition of who the Sahabi is.
One of the great sahabi is Ibn Ummi Maktum. Islamic historical data that I found explained that he was Amru bin Ummi Maktum. His name is Zaidah bin Jandab al-Amiri al-A’ma (who is blind) al-Muadhin (who say adhan). He is known as “Ibn Ummi Maktum”.
Ibn Ummi Maktum is one of the sahabi of the Muhajirin. He once led people to pray (salat) up to thirteen times when the Prophet Muhammad went to war. One of the hadiths related to him is as follows;
عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اِسْتَخْلَفَ ابْنَ أُمِّ مَكْتُوْمٍ يَؤُمُّ النَّاسَ وَهُوَ أَعْمَى . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَأَبُوْ دَاوُدَ
From Anas radliyallahu anhu, that the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam told Ibn Ummi Maktum to replace him to lead the people to pray (salat), even though he (Ibn Ummi Maktum) was a blind person.” The hadith is narrated by Ahmad and Abu Daud.
Readers all! That is a brief explanation of Ibn Ummi Maktum; the blind sahabi. Do you guys understand? If you have any questions, please ask!
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