Egyptian Cleric Sheik Muhammad Nassar Tells a Group of Children about Child Martyrdom in the Early Days of Islam
Following are excerpts from a children's program hosted by Egyptian cleric, Sheik Muhammad Nassar, which aired on Al-Nas TV on June 15, 2006. Sheik Nassar is identified by Al-Nas TV as a preacher at the Egyptian ministry of religious endowment:
Sheik Muhammad Nassar: Let's listen to a very beautiful story to learn about the courage of a child, and how, when a child is brought up in a good home, and receives proper education in faith, he loves martyrdom, which becomes like an instinct for him. He can never give it up.
This story, my friends, is a beautiful story. Abu Qudama was the commander of the army of the Muslims, when they fought the Byzantines. The Byzantines had a very, very large army, whereas the Muslims did not have many fighters. So Abu Qudama walked down the alleys and streets, among the poor, calling: "Come join the Jihad," "Come join the Jihad."
A woman said to him: "Abu Qudama, I have a boy. I will give him to you. Take him with you to war." He asked: "Is he still a boy?" She said: "He is 15 years old, and his father was martyred in the previous war. Since his father's martyrdom, he sits day and night, praying that Allah grant him martyrdom."
Abu Qudama was amazed: What is this? Is it conceivable that a boy, ever since the death of his father, instead of being sad about losing his father, is happy about his father's martyrdom, and moreover, he wants to be martyred like his father? Allah be praised.
He said to her: "Bring me the boy." When the boy came, and asked him: "What's your name?" and the boy answered: "Sa'id." He said: "Son, your mother said that you want to join me in war. Tell me, son, did your mother make you come here, or do you really want to be martyred?" He said: "By Allah, the only thing I have wished for, since my father's martyrdom, is to become a martyr."
They began to strike them, and the battle grew stronger. Abu Qudama looked around and saw little Sa'id. Sa'id called Abu Qudama, who said: "This is not the time, Sa'id." He said: "Abu Qudama, listen to me." Abu Qudama said: "Sa'id, we are in the middle of a war." He said: "Abu Qudama, give me a few arrows. I have used up all my arrows to kill infidels. Give me a few arrows, Abu Qudama." Abu Qudama was very pleased with Sa'id's courage, with his Jihad, his perseverance, and his defiance of death. So he gave him three arrows.
Sa'id shot the first arrow, killing one [infidel]. With the second arrow, he killed another infidel, and with the third, he killed a third. Then he was hit by an arrow, and fell to the ground as a martyr. He achieved the martyrdom for which he yearned.
A little later, he drew his last breath. Sa'id, the 15-year-old child, was martyred for the sake of Allah. He died happy.
My friends, when a martyr dies, his clothes serve as his shrouds. They shroud him in his clothes, and they do not wash him, because he is washed by the angels.
So they brought Sa'id, all wrapped in his clothes, dripping with the blood of martyrdom. Blood was flowing from his wounds. They dug a small ditch in the ground like a grave, and they put Sa'id in it, and covered it with earth. Then they began to walk away.
All of a sudden, the grave shuddered, and they were frightened. What happened? The grave shuddered and ejected Sa'id. They said: "Allah be praised, what's going on?" The corpse got out of the grave all by itself. They were amazed, and said: "Allah be praised." Abu Qudama said to them: "Wait just a moment. Let's try again. How can we possibly leave this corpse like this?" So they put him into the ground once again, and covered him with earth.
After they covered him and began to walk away, the ground shuddered, and threw out the corpse again. They were all frightened, they began to shiver. Allah be praised. Allah Akbar. Then they all stood there in amazement. Abu Qudama said: "We cannot leave him like this. This is my beloved Sa'id. He instructed me to bury him when he dies, and to stay with him, and not tell his mother anything. I must do it. I must bury Sa'id. I cannot leave him. Bury him again."
So he dug the grave himself, and said: "My Lord, reveal this thing to us, my Lord. We want to bury him, my Lord." They put him into the grave again, and began to walk away. Then the earth shuddered once again, and the corpse got out. So they said: "Allah Akbar. This is Allah's doing."