During the battle of Uhud, the second most significant battle (after the victory of Badr), the Prophet (peace be upon him) urged his Companions to fight and spurred them to show stamina and steadfastness in the Jihad. He started to implant the spirit of boldness and bravery in them. To wage and inflame them and maintain their zeal in the fight, he (peace be upon him) drew his sword, held it in his hand and called out to his Sahaba and said,
“Who is ready to take this sword and fulfill it’s right?”
Many notable Sahaba set out to take it. Amongst them were ‘Ali bin Abi Talib, Az-Zubair bin Al-‘Awwam and ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab. But it was granted to none of them. Abu Dujana stood and inquired,
“O Messenger of Allah, what is its price?”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“It is to strike the enemy’s faces with it until it breaks!”
So Abu Dujana said,
“O Messenger of Allah, I will take it for that price.” and he was given the sword…
Abu Dujana was a man of courage who used to stand proud and brave in war. He had a red headband that he wore round his head. Whenever he was head-banded everybody knew that he was determined to fight to death. Therefore as soon as Abu Dujana took the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) sword, he banded his head and started strutting proudly amongst the Mujahideen. Upon seeing this, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
“This is a sort of walking that Allah detests except in such a situation (Jihad).“
In the battle of Uhud, countless acts of courage can be noted from several of the Sahaba. Abu Dujana, recognized by the red band worn round his head, came forth, fighting with the sword of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He was determined to pay its price at all costs. He slaughtered all the idolaters that stood on his way splitting and dispersing their ranks.
Az-Zubair bin Al-‘Awwam said,
“I felt angry and discouraged when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) refused to give me the sword but instead gave it to Abu Dujana.”
I said to myself,
“I am his paternal cousin. I am the cousin of his aunt Safiya. Also, I am from his tribe (Quraish). Besides, I was the first who demanded it and yet he favoured him to me. By Allah, I will watch how he will use it.”
So I followed him and saw him take out his red band and wear it round his head.
Seeing him like that, the Ansar said,
‘Abu Dujana has worn the red band of death’..
Then he (Abu Dujana) set out saying loudly (in the form of poetry),
‘I am the one whom my intimate friend [the Prophet (peace be upon him)] made covenant with, when we were under the palm-trees on the mountain side. The covenant was that I would not fight at the rear, but fight at the front heroically with the sword of Allah and His Messenger.’
During this battle no one stood the way of Abu Dujana and remained alive.
There was a man among the idolaters whose only objective was to finish off the wounded Muslims. During the fight, Abu Dujana approached that man; so I (Az-Zubair bin Al-‘Awwam) implored Allah that they might engage in combat. They did start fighting and exchanged two sword-strokes. The idolater swung at Abu Dujana, but he escaped it and the sword pierced into his (Abu Dujana’s) leather shield. The idolater’s sword now stuck to his shield, Abu Dujana lunged at that Kafir with his sword and killed him.
Then into the thick of the battle, he rushed to kill a person who was inciting the enemy to fight the Muslims. Upon this the person shrieked and lo! it was a woman. Abu Dujana spared her saying,
‘I respect the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) sword too much to use it on a woman.’
The woman was Hind bint ‘Utbah (the wife of Abu Sufyan who was leading the Quraish army against the Muslims, who later became Muslim).”
[Ibn Hisham Vol. 2 pg.68-69]
Subhanallah..begitu indah dan mahal nilai cinta Abu Dujanah kepada Rasulullah saw sehinggakan pada waktu perang yang sangat genting, Abu Dujanah masih dapat memuliakan pedang Rasulullah dari digunakan untuk membunuh seorang wanita. Subhanallah!
Kalaulah Abu Dujanah membunuh wanita itu, mungkin nanti kafir Quraish akan mengatakan yang pedang Rasulullah telah membunuh seorang wanita dan semestinya suara sumbang ini akan menyedihkan Rasulullah saw.
Lihatlah diri kita pada hari ini, yang bukan sekadar pedang tetapi hadith dan sirah Rasulullah pun kita sanggup guna untuk mengecapi kepentingan peribadi.
Marilah kita sama-sama mengambil iktibar dari cerita Abu Dujanah dan berhati-hatilah apabila kita mahu menggunakan hadith dan sirah Nabi kita untuk menjelaskan sesuatau perkara atau masalah. Wallahua’lam.