Should we still follow the Companions of the Prophet (sa) when they erred?
After the brutal #ZariaMassacre by the Nigerian army that killed close to 1000 Shia Muslims in #Nigeria and injured thousands, destroyed the Zaria Husseiniyya and burnt the residence of His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem #Zakzaky, the Nigerian regime hiding under the cover of the Nigerian army and extreme Wahhabi/Salafi groups launched an unprecedented smear campaigns of calumny and demonization against #IMN, Shia Islam and Iran.
One of the issue that bloodthirsty Wahhabis uses to justify the murderous terrorism against followers of Shia Islam is the issue of the companions of the Prophet (sa) and it is this issue that Wahhabis uses to spread Shia hatred among Sunni Muslims. The question is if some companions erred and deviated from the path of the Prophet (sa) should we follow the companions and abandon the Prophet (sa) or should we follow the Prophet (sa) and abandon the companions?
When the Prophet (sa) was alive there were numerous instances when some companions disobeyed the Prophet (sa) and how about when he was not alive? It was reported in history that when the Prophet (sa) was on his way to the Battle of Uhud, he left Madina with 1000 men but 300 men abandoned the Prophet (sa) and returned to Madina. The question is who were these 300 men, what were their names and who were they and why did they abandoned the Prophet (sa) at the most critical period of Islamic history? Only one of them was mentioned who was the leader of hypocrites at Madina then.
And at the Battle of Uhud, the Prophet (sa) stationed 50 Archers to protect the flank of the Muslim Army when he noticed a Meccan detachment under the leadership of Khalid Ibn Walid. When the Meccan Army was in flight, most of those Archers abandoned their station in disregard to the command of the Prophet (sa) for the sake of accumulating war booties! That was how the Muslim Army was attacked by the detachment of Khalid that led to the defeat of the Muslim Army and martyrdom of many brave companions who refused to run away and abandoned the Prophet (sa). Most Muslims do not even know the names of those companions that protected the Prophet (sa) at the Battle of Uhud for the simple reason that they do not run away to survive and hold important political positions after the death of the Prophet (sa).
Anas Ibn Nadir Al-Ansary (ra) was one of those companions, at Uhud he saw one of ” the rightly-guided Caliph” fleeing the battlefield and he asked him where is he going while he smell the scent of Paradise behind the mountain of Uhud! “The rightly-guided Caliph” pushed him out of the way and fled the battlefield abandoning the Messenger of God (sa). Anas Ibn Nadir attacked the concentration of the Meccan Army that were attacking the Prophet (sa) and died fighting to protect the Messager of God (sa) and defend #Islam.
The question to the seeking mind is that what made this “rightly-guided Caliph” who ran away from the Battle of Uhud to save his life more superior to Anas Ibn Nadir (ra) who fulfilled his pledge and stayed on the battlefield at Uhud and fought to the death protecting the Prophet (sa)? To my conclusion and judgment Anas Ibn Nadir (ra) is far more superior than the “rightly-guided Caliph” and a rightful role model to all Muslims.
Imam Ali (as) said that when he heard the Meccans shouting that they had killed the Prophet (sa), he decided that his life will have no meaning without the Prophet (sa). He decided that he will die fighting on the battlefield and he will take as many Meccan soldiers as possible with him. He then attacked the largest concentration of Meccan soldiers, as he continued attacking then he spotted the Messenger of God (sa) at the center of that crowd been protected by his brave companions who gave all to defend the Prophet (sa). Most of those companions who protected the Prophet (sa) died on the battlefield on that day and sadly most Muslims today do not even know their names.
For the sake of Muslim unity I will not name names or go into more details about those companions who fled the battlefield to save their lives by abandoning the Prophet (sa) but latter after the death of the Prophet (sa) held important political positions and are today more respected and celebrated by majority of Muslims than those who made the supreme sacrifice at Uhud to protect the Prophet (sa).
The ultimate guide to Truth is Prophet Muhammad (sa) and only his name is mentioned in the Islamic proclimation. The companions differed among themselves to the extent that they declared war against each other and fought against each other and killed each other, then it stand to reason that the Muslims of today should have different opinions about the companions. It is a monumental fallacy to judge that all Muslims should have the same opinion about the companions since the companions themselves have differences on many fundamental issues.
There are those who claim that for there to be unity among Muslims them Muslims must follow their own interpretation of Islam! This is impossible and impracticable as things stands today, even in Sunni Islam there are differences among different groups. And there are those who actively promote division and hatred among Muslims of which the deviant Wahhabism is the most notorious. The Wahhabis do not even considered other Sunnis as Muslims, they ignorantly excommunicated all those who do not subscribe to their deviation from Islam.
In conclusion, it is important to promote and work for Muslim unity despite numerous challenges from the internal and external fronts of Western intelligence agencies who actively promote disunity in Muslim ranks. If there is any semblance of unity among Muslims, all these bloody wars and conflicts in Muslim countries will not exist and valuable lives will not be wasted.