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There are many Sahaba who had the privilege to serve Prophet Muhammad ﷺ but Anas ibn Malik رضي الله عنه is known as Khadim-e-Rasool.
Who was Anas Ibn Malik?
Anas ibn Malik ibn Nadar al-Khazraji Al-Ansari رضي الله عنه belongs to the Najjar clan of Khazraj. His father, Malik Ibn Nadr died as a non-Muslim. After that his mother, Umm Sulaim رضي الله عنها remarried Abu Talha ibn Thabit رضي الله عنه.
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه was only 10 years old when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ migrated to Madinah in 622 AD. Anas ibn Malik was presented as a servant to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ by his mother and that’s why he is known as Khadim-e-Rasool Sahabi.
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه thus was raised by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and spent his early years with him.
Anas Ibn Malik’s participations in wars
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه had participated in the Battle of Badr with Prophet Muhammad ﷺ at the age of only 12 years.
What makes Anas ibn Malik important?
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه was only 10 years old when he was given to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. At that time, the ability to write was scarce.
Yet Anas, at such a tender age, was able to write. Being close to the Holy Prophet PBUH, 2286 ahadith have been narrated by Anas Ibn Malik. He is known as a man of knowledge, patience, and honesty.
Death of Prophet Muhammad
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ died in 632 AD so you must be wondering what happened to the Sahabi known as Khadim-e-Rasool?
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه remained one of the most dutiful and prominent companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ even after his death. He was one of the greatest archers and made sure to uphold the mission of Islam.
He continued participating in the wars of conquest. He also played a part in conquering Iraq and Persia.
He was sent to Bahrain by the Caliph Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه for the collection of Zakat payment. On his return, the caliph passed away.
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه was blessed with 2 daughters and 8 sons.
Death of Anas Ibn Malik
Anas Ibn Malik رضي الله عنه died at the age of 103 years (lunar calendar) in Basra. His shrine has been simple and has been damaged over the years. It is visited by Muslims and is an important landmark in Islamic history. He was the last Sahabi to die.