Talhah ibn `Ubaydullāh- The Living Martyr

At the battle of Uhud, when the muslims fell into disarray at the beginning of hostilities the Prophet ﷺ became dangerously exposed. There were about eleven men of the Ansār at his side and one Muhājir- Talhah ibn `Ubaydullāh.

The Prophet ﷺ clambered up the mountain hotly pursued by some mushrikīn. The Prophet shouted: “The one who repulses these people from us will be my companion in Paradise”. “I, O Messenger of God” shouted Talhah. “No, stick to your position” replied the Prophet ﷺ A man from the Ansār volunteered and the Prophet agreed. He fought until he was killed.

The Prophet ﷺ went further up the mountain with the mushrikīn still in close pursuit. “Isn’t there someone to combat these?” Talhah again volunteered but the Prophet ﷺ ordered him to maintain his position. Another person immediately came forward, fought and was killed. This happened until all who stood by the Prophet were matryred except Talhah. “Now, yes” signalled the Prophet and Talhah went into battle.

By this time the Prophet’s teeth had been broken, his forehead had been slashed, his lips had been wounded and blood was streaming down his face. He was drained of energy. Talhah plunged into the enemy and pushed them away from the Prophet ﷺ

He turned back to the Prophet and helped him a little further up the mountain and put him to lie on the ground. He then renewed his attack and successfully the enemy.

There was Talhah, bleeding profusely. He had numerous wounds, from sword, spear and arrow. His foot had been cut and he had fallen into a hollow where he lay unconcious.

Thereafter the Prophet ﷺ said “Whoever is pleased to see a man still walking on earth who had completed his span (of life) let him look at Talhah ibn `Ubaydullāh”. And whenever Uhud was recalled, as Siddīq رضى الله عنه would say “That day, that entire day, belonged to Talhah”.

This was the story of how Talhah came to be called the ‘living martyr’.

Among the Companions mentioned (across 2 books)

•Mus`ab ibn `Umayr
•Fātimah bint Muhammad
•Ubayy ibn Ka'b
•`Abdur-Rahmān ibn al `Awf
•Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamān
•Umm Salamah •Abu Ayyūb Al-Ansāri
•Thābit ibn Qays
•Suhayl ibn `Amr
•Ramlah bint Abi Sufyān
•Abu `Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrāh
•Mu`ādh ibn Jabal
•Al-Barā’ ibn Mālik
•`Uqbah ibn `Āmir