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ﺑﺴﻢ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺍﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ ﺍﻟﺮﺣﻴﻢ
Baraa’ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ
Baraa’ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ was thin and wiry with so little flesh on his bones, yet in single handed combat. He defeated and killed many opponents, In the midst of battles he was an outstanding fighter against the non-believers. He was so courageous and daring that Umar ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ who was the Khalifah at that time, once wrote to his governors throughout the Islamic State that they should not appoint him to lead any army, fearing that he might have them all killed by his daring exploits.
When Baraa’ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ used to fight he was not one of those who were looking for victory, even though victory was the ultimate achievement, Baraa’ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ s only wish was for Martyrdom, and to end his life in one of the battles against the enemies of Islam. His love for Martyrdom was the reason that he did not miss any of the battles with the Prophet ﷺ . One day when Baraa’ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ was visited by his friends he looked at them and said: “I see you might be worried that I might die on my bed, no by Allah, Allah will not deprive me of shahada (martyrdom)”.
In the battle of Yamamah, The army of Musaylimah took refuge in an orchard. The orchard was vast, with high walls and Musaylimah and his thousands of forces locked the entrance. They were able to take shelter behind the walls as if they were in a fortress, and rained their arrows down upon the Muslims. Baraa’ ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ came forth, and told his people: “Put me on a shield, raise it on your lances, and toss me over the wall near to the gate. I will open the gates to you, or die as a martyr.”