This is the tomb of Zaid-bin-Haritha (may Allah be pleased with him), the first amir appointed by the Prophet (ﷺ) to lead the Muslim army in the battle of Mu’ta.
- Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) was the first to embrace Islam after Ali (may Allah be pleased with him).
- When still a small child he was travelling in a caravan when it was attacked by the tribe of Banu Qais. He was taken as a slave and sold in Makkah to Hakim-bin-Hizam who purchased him for his aunt Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with him), who offered him as a present to the Prophet (ﷺ) at the time of her marriage to him.
- Zaid’s father was in immense grief at the loss of his son and roamed about in search of him. Zaid met some people of his clan during their pilgrimage to Makkah and sent a letter to his father assuring him that he was quite well and happy with his noble master. Zaid’s father and uncle came to Makkah with sufficient money to ransom Zaid and approached the Prophet (ﷺ) to free him so they could take him back. The Prophet (ﷺ) gave Zaid the free choice to go back with his father but he refused saying, “How can I prefer anybody else to you? You are everybody for me, including my father and uncle.” On this the Prophet (ﷺ) took Zaid in his lap and said, “From today, I adopt Zaid as my son.” Zaid’s father and uncle were quite satisfied with the situation and gladly left Zaid with the Prophet (ﷺ).
- Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) is the only companion (Sahabi) of the Prophet (ﷺ) mentioned by name in the Quran which concerned his divorce from Zainab (may Allah be pleased with her): “So when Zaid had dissolved (his marriage) with her, We gave her unto thee in marriage.” [Quran 33:37]
- Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) died at the age of 55.
References: Fazail-e-Aamal – Sheik Zakariyya Kandhalvi, The Holy sites of Jordan – TURAB Publishing.