1) Ancient Kingdom of Saba
On the authority of Hz. Farwah ibn Musaik al-Ghutaifi رضي الله عنه who said, ‘I came to the Prophet ﷺ . He then narrated the rest of the tradition. A man from the people said, ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ! Tell us about Saba’a ; what is it: A land or a woman?’ He ﷺ replied
“It is neither land nor woman; but he is a man to whom ten children of the Arabs were born six of them lived in Yemen and four lived in Sham.”
Genealogists, including Muhammad ibn Ishaq رضي الله عنه give his full name as Saba’a ‘Abd Shams ibn Yashjub ibn Ya‘rub ibn Qahtan. According to Ibn Dihyah in his book entitled, ‘Illuminating the Birth of the Bringer of Glad Tiding and Warner [ﷺ]’ he was a Muslim and he wrote verses predicting the coming of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ “After Qahtann a prophet will rule, Pious, humble, the very best of mankind. He will be named Ahmad, and I wish I could be given to live a year after his coming To support him and award him my aid With all fully armed warriors and all marksmen. When he appears, become his helpers and let Him who meets him pass on my greeting”.
The names of these ten children are shown in the following Hadith and the genealogical connection between the blessed lands of Yemen and Sham when the Prophet ﷺ was asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ! What is Saba’ is it a land or a woman?’ He ﷺ said the following:
“It is neither a land nor a woman, but it is a man who had ten sons among the Arabs. Six of them went south (in Yemen) and four of them went north (toward Sham). As for those who went north, they are Lakhm, Judham, Ghassan and ‘Amilah. As for those who sent south, they are al-Azd, al-‘Ash‘ariyyun, Himyar, Madhhij, Anmar and Kindah.”
A man said, ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ! Who are Anmar?’ He ﷺ said,
“Those among whom are Khath‘am and Bajilah.”
[This Hadith has been related from Hz. Ibn ‘Abbas رضي الله عنهما from the Prophet ﷺ]
Saba’ is also the name of the 34th Chapter of the Qur’an. In this chapter, Allah refers to the tribe of Saba’ and speaks of Yemen as being “a good land”.
“There was for [the tribe of] Saba’ in their dwelling place a sign: two [fields of] gardens on the right and on the left. [They were told], ‘Eat from the provisions of your Lord and be grateful to Him. A good land [have you], and a forgiving Lord.’ 16 But they turned away [refusing], so We sent upon them the storm flood of the dam, and We replaced their two [fields of] gardens with gardens of bitter fruit, tamarisks and something of sparse lote trees.”
2) Amazing story of Yemeni King Tubba رضي الله عنه
He is Tubba As‘ad Abu Karab al-Himyari رضي الله عنه referred to twice in the Noble Quran:
“Are they better or the people of Tubba and those before them? We destroyed them, [for] indeed, they were criminals.”
“And the companions of the thicket and the people of Tubba. All denied the messengers, so My threat was justly fulfilled.”
He is also defended as a believer in the following three Hadith:
On the authority of Hz. Bakkar ibn Abdullah رضي الله عنه who said, ‘I heard Wahb ibn Munabbih رضي الله عنه say, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ prohibited people from cursing As‘ad and he is Tubba‘.’ We said, ‘O ‘Abdullah what [religion] was As‘ad on?’ He said, ‘He was on the religion of Hz. Ibrahim عليه السلام
[Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal]
On the authority of Hz. Sahl ibn Sa‘d رضي الله عنه who said, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,
“Do not curse Tubba, for indeed he accepted Islam.”
[Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal]
On the authority of Hz. Urwah that Aishah رضي الله عنها said, Tubba was a righteous man. Don’t you see that Allah, Mighty and Majestic is He, criticised his people and didn’t criticise him?’
He is believed to be the first person to provide Kiswah (covering) to the Ka‘bah and ordered the Yemeni Jurhum tribe to do this every year. He also built a house
for the Prophet ﷺ in Madinah sharif, namely the house of Hz. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari رضي الله عنه
Amazing story of King Tubba As‘ad Abu Karab al-Himyari رضي الله عنه
It was said that King Tubba رضي الله عنه The First left Yemen with his huge army heading up towards the honourable Makkah with his minister Amarisha. He was leading an army of hundreds of thousands of men and horsemen, and one hundred thousand of the scholars and Wiseman whom he personally selected from the countries.
When Tubba` reached the city of Makkah, he asked about its people; it was said to him that they worship the idols and have a Ka`bah which they adore and love. He intended in his heart to destroy it and kill its people who did not welcome him without informing anybody about his plan.
Suddenly he was hit with a painful headache, and stinky fluid burst from his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Everybody resisted away from him as a result of his bad odour.
His minister then gathered the doctors, but they could not come near him to treat him due to his bad smell. At night one of the scholars came to the minister and informed him that he may know the cause of Tuba`s sickness and that he knows its cure. The minister was delighted at hearing the news and he took him to see the king.
The scholar said to the king: “Tell me the truth, did you intend to do something bad to this house (meaning the Ka`bah).” To that the king said: “Yes, I intended to destroy it and to kill its people.” The scholar then said: “Know that your pain and affliction is the result of your bad intentions.” He then said to him: “The Lord (owner) of this house has the complete Power and nothing happens in His dominion except what He willed, He knows about the secrets and about the hidden things.”
That scholar, who was a follower of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام, then taught the king about the Religion of Islam. The king embraced Islam immediately and was cured from his sickness.
He then treated the people of Makkah generously and kindly, when he left later heading towards al-Madinah al-Munawarah (The illuminated City), which used to be called Yathrib at that time. Four-hundred scholars that accompanied him intended to reside in it and never leave. The king asked them about the reason, they said to him that the Last prophet shall migrate to it and his name is Muhammad ﷺ , they then described him to the king as they knew from the old books.
The king then stayed with them for one year hoping that he will get the opportunity to meet the honoured Prophet ﷺ, he then built four hundred residences for every one of the four hundred scholars who wanted to stay and arranged for them to get married. When one year passed by and the Prophet ﷺ did not yet appear, the king wrote a book and stated in it that he believed in the Prophet ﷺ before seeing him, and that he is a follower of his Religion, and that he believes in Allah ta`ala Who has no partner, or a similar. He then sealed the book with gold and left it with them.
Tubba` then headed for India and died there. The book had changed hands after that until a thousand years passed by, after which Prophet Muhammad ﷺ emerged. It was said that the book reached the Prophet ﷺ when he was residing in the house of Hz. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari رضي الله عنه.
3) Great Status of Hz. Uwais al-Qarani رضي الله عنه
On the authority of Hz. Usair ibn Jabir رضي الله عنه who reported that when people from Yemen came to Hz. Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه to help (the Muslim army at the time of Jihad) he would ask them,
‘Is there amongst you Uwais ibn Amir? (He continued searching for him) until he met Uwais رضي الله عنه. He said, ‘Are you Uwais ibn Amir?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Are you from the tribe of Qaran?’
He said, ‘Yes.’ He (Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه again) said, ‘Did you suffer from leprosy and then you were cured from it but for the space of a dirham?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He (Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه) said, ‘Is your mother (living)?
He said, ‘Yes’ He (Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه) said, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,
“There will come to you Uwais ibn Amir رضي الله عنه with reinforcements from the people of Yemen. (He would be) from Qaran, (the branch) of Murad. He had been suffering from leprosy from which he was cured but for a spot of a dirham. His treatment with his mother would have been excellent. If he were to take an oath in the name of Allah, He would honour that. And if you can, then do ask him to seek forgiveness for you (from your Lord).”
So, he (Uwais رضي الله عنه) sought forgiveness for him.
He (Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه ) said to him, ‘Where do you intend to go?’ He said, ‘To Kufah. He (Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه) said, ‘Why don’t I write a letter for you to its governor? (Whereupon) he (Uwais رضي الله عنه) said, ‘Being amongst the poorest people is the most beloved thing to me. (The narrator continued) when it was the next year, a person from amongst the elite (of Kufah) performed Hajj and he met Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه . He asked him about Hz. Uwais رضي الله عنه He said, ‘I left him in a state with meagre means of sustenance.
(Thereupon) He (Hz. Umar رضي الله عنه) said, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,
“There will come to you Uwais ibn Amir رضي الله عنه with reinforcements from the people of Yemen. (He would be) from Qaran, (the branch) of Murad. He had been suffering from leprosy from which he was cured but for a spot of a dirham. His treatment with his mother would have been excellent. If he were to take an oath in the name of Allah, He would honour that. And if you can, then do ask him to seek forgiveness for you (from your Lord).
So, he came to Uwais رضي الله عنه and said, ‘Seek forgiveness (from Allah) for me. He (Hz. Uwais رضي الله عنه ) said, ‘You have just come from a sacred journey (Hajj). You, therefore seek forgiveness for me.’ He (the person who had performed Hajj) said, ‘Seek forgiveness for me (from Allah). He (Hz. Uwais رضي الله عنه again) said, ‘You have just come from the sacred journey, so you seek forgiveness for me. He (Hz. Uwais رضي الله عنه further) said, ‘Did you meet ‘Umar رضي الله عنه ?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He (Hz. Uwais رضي الله عنه) then sought forgiveness for him (from Allah). So, the people came to know about (the status of religious piety) of Uwais رضي الله عنه. He went away (from that place). Hz. Usair رضي الله عنه said, ‘His clothing consisted of a mantle, and whosoever saw him said, ‘Where did Uwais رضي الله عنه get this mantle from?
4) Great companions رضي الله عنهم sent to Yemen to teach Islam
On the authority of Hz. Abu Burdah رضي الله عنه from his father that the Prophet ﷺ sent Hz. Muadh رضي الله عنه and Hz. Abu Musa رضي الله عنه to Yemen telling them,
“Treat (the people) with ease and don’t be hard (on them); give (them) glad tidings and don’t (fill them) with aversion; and obey each other and don’t differ”
Teaching of Hz. Muadh bin jabal رضي الله عنه
Hz. Mu’adh رضي الله عنه reported that Messenger of Allah ﷺ sent me (as a governor of Yemen) and instructed me thus:
“You will go to the people of the Book. First call them to testify that ‘there is no true god except Allah, that I am (Muhammad ﷺ) the Messenger of Allah.’ If they obey you, tell them that Allah has enjoined upon them five Salat (prayers) during the day and night; and if they obey you, inform them that Allah has made Zakat obligatory upon them; that it should be collected from their rich and distributed among their poor; and if they obey you refrain from picking up (as a share of Zakat) the best of their wealth. Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Imam ‘Ali رضي الله عنه was also sent by the Prophet ﷺ to Yemen as is shown in the following Hadith:
On the authority of Hz. Ali رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ sent me to Yemen as a judge. So, I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ , are you sending me when whilst I am young, and I have no knowledge of judgement? He ﷺ said,
“Indeed, Allah will guide your heart and keep your tongue true. When two litigants sit in front of you, do not decide till you hear what the other has to say as you heard what the first had to say; for it is best that you should have a clear idea of the best judgement.”
He (the narrator) said, ‘I am still a judge, or I have not doubted in a judgement since.
5) Hz. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه Prayed for Tarim, Yemen
Tarim is often referred to as Al-Siddiqi City, in honor of Hz. Abu-Bakr al-Siddiq رضي الله عنه, the first caliph of Sunni Islam (r. 632–34). Hz. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه prayed that Allah would increase Tarim’s scholars and water, as its citizens stood with him during the Ridda wars after the Prophet’s ﷺ passing away (632-633). A battle occurred in the Al-Nujir fortress in which many of the Prophet’s ﷺ companions (Sahaba) were injured and taken to Tarim for treatment. Some sahabi were martyred and buried in Zambal Cemetery in Tarim.
6) Initiated Shaking Hands
On the authority of Hz. Anas رضي الله عنه who said, ‘When the people of Yemen came, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“The people of Yemen have come to you and they are the first to introduce [the tradition of] handshaking.”
7) Yemeni Tribe of Jurhum settled in Makkah
On the authority of Hz. Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما who said, ‘The Prophet ﷺ said,
“Allah be merciful to the mother of Ismail [alahi salam] If she had left the water of Zamzam as it was, [without constructing a basin for keeping the water”
or he said,
“If she had not taken handfuls of its water” – it would have been a flowing stream. Jurhum [an Arab Yemeni tribe] came and asked her, ‘Will you permit us to settle at your dwelling? She said, ‘Yes, but you have no right to possess the water.’ They said, ‘Yes’.
When Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام was commanded by Allah to leave his wife and young son, Prophet Ismail عليه السلام in the barren valley of Makkah by the Ka’bah he made the following dua mentioned in the Quran and it was the Yemeni tribe of Jurhum who Allah inclined their hearts to them:
“O Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, O our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So, make hearts among the people incline towards them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful.”
8) Prophecy of Ash-Sham and Yemen will be captured
Malik رضي الله عنه related to me from Hz. Hisham ibn Urwa رضي الله عنه from his father from Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr رضي الله عنه that Sufyan ibn Abi Zuhayr رضي الله عنه said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,
“Yemen will be conquered and the people will be attracted to it, taking their families and whoever obeys them. Madina would have been better for them, had they but known. Ash-Sham will be conquered and people will be attracted to it, taking their families and whoever obeys them. Madina would have been better for them, had they but known. Iraq will be conquered and people will be attracted to it, taking their families and whoever obeys them. Madina would have been better for them, had they but known.
Sufyan b. Abu Zuhair heard Allah’s Messenger ﷺ say:
“Yemen will be conquered and some people will go away (to that country) driving their camels and carrying their families on them and those who are under their authority, while Medina is better for them if they were to know it. Then Syria will be conquered and some people will go away driving their camels along with them and carrying their families with them and those who are under their authority, while Medina is better for theni if they were to know it. Thtn lraq will be conquered and some people will go away (to that country) driving their camels and carrying their families with them and those who are under their authority. while Medina is better for them if they were to know it.”
9) Blessed directly by the Prophet ﷺ
On the authority of Hz. Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنهما that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“O Allah bless us in our Sham! O Allah bless us in our Yemen!”
They said, ‘And in our Najd?’ He ﷺ said,
“O Allah bless us in our Sham! O Allah bless us in our Yemen!”
They said, ‘And in our Najd?’ He ﷺ said,
“Earthquakes are there, and tribulations are there, with it (or) “From it, the horn of the Satan will comes out.”
10) Faith is Yemeni
On the authority of Hz. Abu Masud رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ pointed with his hand towards Yemen and said,
“Belief is Yemeni over there! Behold, hardness and coarseness of heart are the qualities of blaring farmers (al-faddadin), the people of many camels, where the two sides of the head of Satan will appear among (the tribes of) Rabi‘ah and Mudar.”
11) Relief from Yemen
On the authority of Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“Behold, indeed faith is Yemeni, and wisdom is Yemeni. I find the rescuing Wind of your Lord (coming from) the direction of Yemen.”
[Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal]
12) Law and Trust are amongst Them
On the authority of Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“Leadership is among the Quraish, judgment is among the Ansar, the call to prayer is among the Abyssinians, the law is among the Yemenis and the trust is among Al-Azd (a tribe from Yemen)”
[Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal]
A similar worded Hadith can be found below:
On the authority of Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه who said, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“Leadership is among the Quraish, judgment is among the Ansar, the call to prayer is among the Abyssinians and the trust is among Al-Azd.” Meaning Yemen.
13) The Ansar of Madinah sharif were originally from Yemen
On the authority of Hz. Abdullah ibn Zaid ibn Asim رضي الله عنه who said, ‘When Allah gave to His Messenger ﷺ the war booty on the day of Hunain, he distributed that booty amongst those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Islam), but did not give anything to the Ansar. So, they seemed to feel something as they did not receive the same as other people. He ﷺ then delivered a sermon before them, saying,
“O assembly of Ansar Didn’t I find you astray and then Allah guided you through me? You were divided into groups and then Allah brought you together through me. You were poor, and Allah made you rich through me.”
Whatever he ﷺ said, they (the Ansar) said, ‘Allah and His Messenger ﷺ are most gracious. He ﷺ said,
“What stops you from answering the Messenger of Allah ﷺ ?”
But whatever he ﷺ said to them, they replied, ‘Allah and His Messenger ﷺ are most gracious.’ He ﷺ said,
“If you wish you could say, ‘You came to us in such and such state (at Madinah). Wouldn’t you be pleased to see the people take the sheep and camels while you take the Prophet ﷺ to your homes? But for the migration, I would have been one of the Ansar and if the people took their way through a valley or mountain pass, I would select the valley or mountain pass of the Ansar. The Ansar are Shi‘ar (i.e. those clothes, which are in direct contact with the body and worn inside the other garments), and the people are Dithar (i.e. those clothes, which are not in direct contact with the body and are worn over other garments). No doubt, you will see other people favoured over you, so you should be patient till you meet me at the Basin.”
14) The first People to respond to the Call for Hajj were from Yemen
Hz. Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما read the word of Allah, the Exalted:
“And proclaim to the people the Hajj (pilgrimage); they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass.”
Then Hz. Ibrahim عليه السلام stood up and called out and said,
‘O people! Indeed, Allah has prescribed for you the pilgrimage (Hajj) so perform it! And Allah made his voice reach all the distant lands.
Hz. Ibn Abbas, رضي الله عنهما said, ‘Then the people of Yemen were the first ones who responded to Hz. Ibrahim عليه السلام
15) The Most Beautiful Pilgrims
On the authority of Hz. Hayyan ibn Bastam al-Hudhali رضي الله عنه who said,
‘We were with ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه then they mentioned the pilgrims of Yemen and what they do in it (the Hajj). Then some people insulted them.
Ibn ‘Umar [may Allah be pleased with both of them] then said, ‘Do not insult the people of Yemen! For indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah, ﷺ and his family say,
“The most beautiful pilgrims are the people of Yemen”
16) Most Beloved Clothing to the Prophet ﷺ
On the authority of Hz. Anas رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The clothing most beloved to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was al-Hibarah (the striped mantle of Yemen).
17) The Final Clothing to the Prophet ﷺ
On the authority of Hz. Bibi Aishah, رضي الله عنها that, ‘When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ died, he ﷺ was covered with a Yemeni mantle (that had some designs upon it).
[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
18) When Prophet رضي الله عنه proclaimed People of Yemen have come
On the authority of Hz. Hz. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه who said, ‘When (the following Surah) was revealed:
“When the help of Allah has come and the victory, And you see [O Prophet ﷺ ] the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes, Then exalt [Him] with the praise of your Lord and ask Him for forgiveness. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance.”
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“The people of Yemen have come to you. They have the most delicate hearts. Faith (iman) is Yemeni, understanding (Fiqh) is Yemeni and wisdom (Hikmah) is Yemeni”
[Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal]
A similar Hadith can be found in the following:
On the authority of Hz. Ibn ‘Abb¥s رضي الله عنهما who said, ‘Whilst the Prophet ﷺ was in Madinah, he ﷺ suddenly said,
“Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. The help of Allah has come, the victory has come, and the people of Yemen have come. A people whose hearts are pure, and their obedience is gentle. Faith is Yemeni, understanding is Yemeni, and wisdom is Yemeni.”
19) The Prophet ﷺ is from Them
On the authority of Hz. Abu Musa رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The Prophet ﷺ said,
“Indeed, when the people of the ‘Ash‘ari tribe ran short of food during raids, or the food of their families in Madinah ran short, they would collect all their remaining food in one sheet and then distribute it among themselves equally by measuring it in one bowl. So, they are from me, and I am from them.”
20) The Prophet ﷺ prayed for Their Hearts
On the authority of Hz. Anas رضي الله عنه that the Prophet ﷺ looked towards ‘Iraq, Sham and Yemen and said,
“O Allah bring their hearts over to Your obedience and relieve them of their burdens”
– There are similar Hadith to this below:
On the authority of Hz. Zaid ibn Thabit رضي الله عنه that the Prophet ﷺ looked towards Yemen and said,
“O Allah bring their hearts closer and bless us in our Sa‘ and our Mudd (i.e. in every measure).”
On the authority of Jabir رضي الله عنه that he heard the Prophet ﷺ on the pulpit (Minbar) look towards Yemen and say,
“O Allah, bring their hearts [over to Your obedience]!”
And he ﷺ looked towards ‘Iraq and said something like that and he looked towards every horizon and said something like that and said,
“O Allah, provide for us out of the legacy of the Earth and bless us in our Mudd (a dry measure) and our sa‘ (cubic measure).”
[Al-Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad]
21) Origin of the Name of Yemen
On the authority of Hz. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه who said,
‘I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ saying,
“Pride and arrogance are characteristics of the rural Bedouins, while calmness is found among the owners of sheep. Faith is Yemeni, and wisdom is (also) Yemeni.”
[Abu Abdullah (Al-Bukhari) رضي الله عنه said, ‘Yemen was called so because it is situated to the right (Yamin) of the Ka‘bah and Sham was called so because it is situated to the left of the Ka‘bah. When facing East.]
22) Yemeni People are the ones who resemble the Companions رضي الله عنهم the most
On the authority of Hz. Hz. Sa‘id ibn ‘Amr al-Qurashi رضي الله عنه from his father from Hz. Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه, that he saw a group from the people of Yemen. They had their saddles (on camels) of leather. He said, ‘Whoever would love to see a group most resembling the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ should look at these.
23) Dear Prophet ﷺ saying “They are from Me and I am from Them”
On the authority of Hz. Amir ibn Abi Amir al-‘Ash‘ari رضي الله عنه from his father who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
“How excellent are the tribes of al-Asd and al-‘Ash‘arun, they don’t flee from fighting nor do they steal the spoils of war. They are from me and I am from them.”
He (Hz. Amir رضي الله عنه) said, ‘So I narrated that to Hz. Mu‘awiyah رضي الله عنه and he said, ‘This is not how the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said it, he ﷺ said,
“They are from me, and for me.”
I said, ‘This is not how my father narrated it to me, rather he narrated to me, saying, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,
“They are from me and I am from them.”
So, he said, ‘Then you are more knowledgeable of your father’s Hadith.’ And it is said that al-Asd are the al-Azd (Yemeni tribe).
24) Prophet’s ﷺ touching of Yemeni Corners of the Ka‘bah
On the authority of Hz. Ibn ‘Umar, رضي الله عنهما who said, ‘I have not seen the Messenger of Allah ﷺ touching anything of the House (the Ka’bah) except the two Yemeni corners.
25) Buried at the Doors of Power
On the authority of Hz. Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, رضي الله عنهما who said, The Messenger of Allah, ﷺ and his family, came up to us whilst we were sitting. Then we made room for him, and he sat down and said,
“Where are my Companions whom I am from and they are from me? And I will enter Paradise and they will enter with me?”
So, we said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Inform us (who they are).’ He ﷺ said,
“Yes, they are the people of Yemen who are cast out on the borders of the Earth, buried at the doors of power. One of them dies with his heart’s desire unfulfilled.”
26) People of Yemen Accepted the Glad Tidings
On the authority of Hz. Imran ibn Husain رضي الله عنه who said, ‘While I was with the Prophet ﷺ , some people from Banu TamÏm came to him.
Then he ﷺ said,
“Accept the good news Banu Tamim!”
They said, ‘You have given us the good news; now give us (something) [After a while] some people from Yemen entered, and he ﷺ said to them,
“Accept the good news O people of Yemen! As Banu Tamim have refused it.”
They said, “We accept it, for we have come to you to learn the Religion and to ask you about the beginning of this matter and what it was.’ He ﷺ said,
“There was Allah and there was nothing before Him and His Throne was over water, and then He created the Heavens and the Earth and wrote everything in the Book.”
Then a man came to me and said, ‘O ‘Imran! Follow your she-camel for it has run away!’ So, I set out seeking it, and behold, it was beyond the mirage. By Allah, I wished that it (my she-camel) had gone and that I had not stood up (and left the gathering).
In another version of this Hadith also narrated by Imam al-Bukhari رضي الله عنه it mentions at this point the Prophet’s ﷺ complexion changed in displeasure at their
On the authority of Hz. Imran ibn Husain رضي الله عنه who said, ‘The people of Banu Tamim came to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ , he ﷺ then said,
“Be glad (i.e. have glad tidings) O Banu Tamim!”
They said, ‘As you have given us good tidings then give us (some material things).’ On that the complexion of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ changed (i.e. he ﷺ took it ill). Then some people from Yemen came, and the Prophet ﷺ said (to them),
“Accept good tidings as Banu Tamim have not accepted them.”
They said, ‘We accept (them), O Messenger of Allah ﷺ!”