The companions (May Allah have mercy upon them) used to call him ‘The Beloved One’ due to his eminent position in the heart of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) for his honesty, loyalty and trustworthiness. This sahaba is called Zaid ibn Haritha ibn Shurahbil ibn Kaab ibn Abdelozza. He was amongst the first who reverted to Islam. But what can we learn from his parable?
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The Quest for Salvation II By Suleiman Athman
His provisions had long since run out, and with the horror of a lone traveler in a strange unmarked desert, he realized that he was lost. His hunger was a sharp insistent pain within the pit of his stomach, his thirst a burning desire in his parched and swollen tongue. His bloodshot eyes, devoid of any tears to keep them moist and lubricated, were now a raking pain every time he blinked, and he knew that it would only be a matter of time before blindness begins to set in. The thought catapulted his panic and his instinctive reaction was to spur the camel to a faster trot. He got no response. The monotonous consistent hoof-beats of the beast when they had started out had now been reduced to an unsteady awkward shuffle of its exhausted limbs. He craned his neck to catch sight of any landmark in the horizon ahead, but all he could see was an unending sea of dunes stretching ahead to infinity…
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