‘Amr bin Jamooh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi who was severely crippled. However, despite his disability, it was his heart’s desire to fight in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. So when the announcement to join the expedition of Badr was made, he was eager to participate and prepared to march out with the army. But to his utter disappointment, his sons did not allow him to join. Out of love and care for their father, they refused to let him go. ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was disappointed but patient. He resolved that come what may, the next expedition would not leave without him.

He didn’t have to wait long for his wish to be fulfilled. Soon thereafter, the news arrived that the disbelievers of Makkah were marching on Madeenah Munawwarah, seeking revenge for their defeat in Badr. When the news reached ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he immediately tried to join the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) so that he could also fight, but once again, his sons tried to stop him. ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was not prepared to miss out a second time, so he went to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and requested permission to join.

His sons addressed the Nabi of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying that because their father was severely crippled, it was not obligatory for him to fight. ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “My sons wish to hold me back from joining you on this campaign. By the oath of Allah! It is my hope to limp in Jannah in my cripple state.”

After ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had spoken, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to him, “Allah Ta‘ala has excused you. Jihaad is not compulsory on you.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then turned to his sons and said, “What’s there if you allow him to go? Perhaps Allah Ta‘ala will bless him with martyrdom.” The sons relented and ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began preparing. As he was packing his armour, his wife heard him making the following du‘aa, “O Allah! Bless me with martyrdom and do not send me back to my family as a failure.”

During the battle, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) went in search of ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and found that he was not just on the battlefield; he was bravely fighting in the first line! ‘Amr and his son Khallaad (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) later launched an attack against a group of disbelievers and were both killed. ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was finally blessed with the martyrdom that he desired so greatly. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed by his body, he remarked, “I can see you walking in Jannah with your leg now completely fine.”

When the battle was over, his wife placed his body on a camel together with the bodies of her son and brother. She then began proceeding to Madeenah Munawwarah to bury them. To her absolute surprise though, the camel would just not budge. It willingly walked in every direction – but the direction of Madeenah Munawwarah. The camel could not move due to her husband’s du‘aa, “Oh Allah! Bless me with martyrdom and do not send me back to my family as a failure.” Allah Ta‘ala had accepted his du‘aa literally and so his body would not return to Madeenah Munawwarah which was his home. He was thus buried at Uhud in a grave which he shared with his brother-in-law, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Haraam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the father of Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Reference: Ibnu Hishaam vol. 3 pg. 90, Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa’ vol. 1 pg. 252, Usdul Ghaabah vol. 3 pg. 360, Musnad Ahmad #22553 and Subulul Hudaa war Rashaad vol. 4 pg. 214)  

Lessons:

  1. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” It is for this reason that if a person desperately wants to do something, he’ll find a way to make it happen. However, the opposite is equally true. If a person does not want to do something, he’ll find a thousand excuses to avoid it. If we truly value Deen and Islam, we will not allow anything to hinder us and prevent us from being true Muslims. Rather, we will always try to ‘make a plan’.
  2. When a friend or someone else wishes to do something good, support them and do not discourage them. In this way, you will also have a share in their reward.