Ashab us-Suffah

Al-Ṣuffah was a shelter that was available at the rear side of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi during the Medina period of early Islam. It was initially available at the northeastern corner of the mosque and Muhammad (s.a.w) ordered it to be covered by palm leaves in order to provide shade, hence it was called Al-Suffah. It was moved several decades later into another place in the mosque during an expansion project.

Homeless and unmarried muhajirun (companions of Muhammad who migrated from Mecca) who did not have relatives in Medina, dwelt in al-Suffah where they were mainly learning the Quran and Sunnah. These people were called "Ashab us-Suffah", which translates to "Suffah Fraternity".

Muhammad (s.a.w) used to sit with them, chat together, and used to call them to his food, sharing together his drinks, so they were counted as his dependants. Companions of the Prophet used to take two or three of the Ashab us-Suffah to feed them at home and used to select the best dates and hang them in al-Suffah's ceiling for meals.

It is estimated that al-Suffah held up to 300 people at a time, but they were merely increasing and decreasing in numbers. They could have reached about 400 total members, and it lasted about nine years till they became rich before the death of Rasulullah. Later, every one of them became a ruler or an emir.

These unique companions were occupied neither with trade nor craft. Their living was provided by the Supreme Messenger and wealthy companions. Hazrat Abu Huraira, who was one of the outstanding students at suffa, expressed this situation very well in response to those who found the fact that he narrated a lot of hadiths strange: “Do not find that I have narrated too many hadiths strange! As our immigrant brothers were occupied with trade in bazaar and Ansar brothers with agriculture in gardens and fields, Abu Huraira was memorizing the Prophet’s blessed advices."

Ashab us-Suffah

Homeless and unmarried muhajirun (companions of Muhammad who migrated from Mecca) who did not have relatives in Medina, dwelt in al-Suffah where they were mainly learning the Quran and Sunnah. 

Ashab us-Suffah

Al-Ṣuffah was a shelter that was available at the rear side of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi during the Medina period of early Islam. It was initially available at the northeastern corner of the mosque and Muhammad (s.a.w) ordered it to be covered by palm leaves in order to provide shade, hence it was called Al-Suffah.

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