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Abu Bakar Ash-Shiddiq

Abu Bakar (bahasa Arab: Abu Bakr ash-Shiddiq) (lahir: 572 – wafat: 23 Agustus 634/21 Jumadil Akhir 13 H) termasuk di antara mereka yang paling awal memeluk Islam. Setelah Nabi Muhammad wafat, Abu Bakar menjadi khalifah Islam yang pertama pada tahun 632 hingga tahun 634 M. Lahir dengan nama Abdullah bin Abi Quhafah, ia adalah satu di antara empat khalifah yang diberi gelar Khulafaur Rasyidin atau khalifah yang diberi petunjuk. .

Abu Bakar Ash-Shidiq Nama lengkapnya adalah ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Utsman bin Amir bi Amru bin Ka’ab bin Sa’ad bin Taim bin Murrah bin Ka’ab bin Lu’ay bin Ghalib bin Fihr al-Quraishi at-Tamimi’. Bertemu nasabnya dengan nabi SAW pada kakeknya Murrah bin Ka’ab bin Lu’ai. Dan ibu dari abu Bakar adalah Ummu al-Khair salma binti Shakhr bin Amir bin Ka’ab bin Sa’ad bin Taim yang berarti ayah dan ibunya sama-sama dari kabilah bani Taim.

Abu Bakar adalah ayah dari Aisyah, istri Nabi Muhammad. Nama yang sebenarnya adalah Abdul Ka’bah (artinya ‘hamba Ka’bah’), yang kemudian diubah oleh Muhammad menjadi Abdullah (artinya ‘hamba Allah’). Muhammad memberinya gelar Ash-Shiddiq (artinya ‘yang berkata benar’) setelah Abu Bakar membenarkan peristiwa Isra Miraj yang diceritakan oleh Muhammad kepada para pengikutnya, sehingga ia lebih dikenal dengan nama “Abu Bakar ash-Shiddiq”.

Daftar isi

Awal kehidupan Abu Bakar Ash-Shiddiq

Abu Bakar Ash-Shiddiq dilahirkan di kota Mekah dari keturunan Bani Tamim (Attamimi), sub-suku bangsa Quraisy. Beberapa sejarawan Islam mencatat ia adalah seorang pedagang, hakim dengan kedudukan tinggi, seorang yang terpelajar, serta dipercaya sebagai orang yang bisa menafsirkan mimpi.

Era bersama Nabi

Ketika Muhammad menikah dengan Khadijah binti Khuwailid, ia pindah dan hidup bersama Abu Bakar. Saat itu Muhammad menjadi tetangga Abu Bakar. Sama seperti rumah Khadijah, rumahnya juga bertingkat dua dan mewah[rujukan?]. Sejak saat itu mereka berkenalan satu sama lainnya. Mereka berdua berusia sama, pedagang dan ahli berdagang.

Memeluk Islam

Dalam kitab Hayatussahabah, bab Dakwah Muhammad kepada perorangan, dituliskan bahwa Abu bakar masuk Islam setelah diajak oleh Nabi[1] Abubakar kemudian [dakwah|mendakwahkan] ajaran Islam kepada Utsman bin Affan, Thalhah bin Ubaidillah, Zubair bin Awwam, Saad bin Abi Waqas dan beberapa tokoh penting dalam Islam lainnya.

Istrinya Qutaylah binti Abdul Uzza tidak menerima Islam sebagai agama sehingga Abu Bakar menceraikannya. Istrinya yang lain, Um Ruman, menjadi Muslimah. Juga semua anaknya kecuali ‘Abd Rahman bin Abu Bakar, sehingga ia dan ‘Abd Rahman berpisah.

Penyiksaan oleh Quraisy

Sebagaimana yang juga dialami oleh para pemeluk Islam pada masa awal. Ia juga mengalami penyiksaan yang dilakukan oleh penduduk Mekkah yang mayoritas masih memeluk agama nenek moyang mereka. Namun, penyiksaan terparah dialami oleh mereka yang berasal dari golongan budak. Sementara para pemeluk non budak biasanya masih dilindungi oleh para keluarga dan sahabat mereka, para budak disiksa sekehendak tuannya. Hal ini mendorong Abu Bakar membebaskan para budak tersebut dengan membelinya dari tuannya kemudian memberinya kemerdekaan.

Ketika peristiwa Hijrah, saat Nabi Muhammad SAW pindah ke Madinah (622 M), Abu Bakar adalah satu-satunya orang yang menemaninya. Abu Bakar juga terikat dengan Nabi Muhammad secara kekeluargaan. Anak perempuannya, Aisyah menikah dengan Nabi Muhammad beberapa saat setelah Hijrah.

Selama masa sakit Rasulullah SAW saat menjelang wafat, dikatakan bahwa Abu Bakar ditunjuk untuk menjadi imam salat menggantikannya, banyak yang menganggap ini sebagai indikasi bahwa Abu Bakar akan menggantikan posisinya. Segera setelah kematiannya, dilakukan musyawarah di kalangan para pemuka kaum Anshar dan Muhajirin di Madinah, yang akhirnya menghasilkan penunjukan Abu Bakar sebagai pemimpin baru umat Islam atau khalifah Islam pada tahun ((632)) M.

Apa yang terjadi saat musyawarah tersebut menjadi sumber perdebatan. Penunjukan Abu Bakar sebagai khalifah adalah subyek kontroversial dan menjadi sumber perpecahan pertama dalam Islam, dimana umat Islam terpecah menjadi kaum Sunni dan Syi’ah. Di satu sisi kaum Syi’ah percaya bahwa seharusnya Ali bin Abi Thalib (sepupu dan menantu nabi Muhammad) yang menjadi pemimpin dan dipercayai ini adalah keputusan Rasulullah SAW sendiri yang merupakan wasita, sementara kaum sunni berpendapat bahwa Rasulullah SAW tidak menunjuk penggantinya. Kaum sunni berargumen bahwa Muhammad mengedepankan musyawarah untuk penunjukan pemimpin.sementara muslim syi’ah berpendapat bahwa nabi dalam hal-hal terkecil seperti sebelum dan sesudah makan, minum, tidur, dll, tidak pernah meninggalkan umatnya tanpa hidayah dan bimbingan apalagi masalah kepemimpinan umat terahir. Banyak hadits yang menjadi rujukan dari kaum Sunni maupun Syi’ah tentang siapa khalifah sepeninggal Rasulullah saw, serta jumlah pemimpin islam (imam) yang dua belas. Terlepas dari kontroversi dan kebenaran pendapat masing-masing kaum tersebut, Ali sendiri secara formal menyatakan kesetiaannya (berbai’at) kepada Abu Bakar 6 bln kemudian dan juga berbai’at kepada dua khalifah setelahnya (Umar bin Khattab dan Usman bin Affan) meskipun dia merasa mendapat wasiat dari Rasulullah. Hal ini dilakukan semata-mata demi persatuan kaum muslimin. Kaum sunni menggambarkan pernyataan ini sebagai pernyataan yang antusias dan Ali menjadi pendukung setia Abu Bakar dan Umar. Sementara kaum syi’ah menggambarkan bahwa Ali melakukan baiat tersebut secara pro forma, mengingat ia berbaiat setelah sepeninggal Fatimah istrinya yang berbulan bulan lamanya dan setelah itu ia menunjukkan protes dengan menutup diri dari kehidupan publik.

Teks tebal== Perang Ridda == Segera setelah suksesi Abu Bakar, beberapa masalah yang mengancam persatuan dan stabilitas komunitas dan negara Islam saat itu muncul. Beberapa suku Arab yang berasal dari Hijaz dan Nejed membangkang kepada khalifah baru dan sistem yang ada. Beberapa di antaranya menolak membayar zakat walaupun tidak menolak agama Islam secara utuh. Beberapa yang lain kembali memeluk agama dan tradisi lamanya yakni penyembahan berhala. Suku-suku tersebut mengklaim bahwa hanya memiliki komitmen dengan Nabi Muhammad SAW dan dengan kematiannya komitmennya tidak berlaku lagi. Berdasarkan hal ini Abu Bakar menyatakan perang terhadap mereka yang dikenal dengan nama perang Ridda. Dalam perang Ridda peperangan terbesar adalah memerangi “Ibnu Habib al-Hanafi” yang lebih dikenal dengan nama Musailamah Al-Kazab (Musailamah si pembohong), yang mengklaim dirinya sebagai nabi baru menggantikan Nabi Muhammad SAW. Pasukan Musailamah kemudian dikalahkan pada pertempuran Akraba oleh Khalid bin Walid. Sedangkan Musailamah sendiri terbunuh di tangan Al Wahsyi, seorang mantan budak yang dibebaskan oleh Hindun istri Abu Sufyan karena telah berhasil membunuh Hamzah Singa Allah dalam Perang Uhud. Al Wahsyi kemudian bertaubat dan memeluk Islam serta mengakui kesalahannya atas pembunuhan terhadap Hamzah. Al Wahsyi pernah berkata, “Dahulu aku membunuh seorang yang sangat dicintai Rasulullah (Hamzah) dan kini aku telah membunuh orang yang sangat dibenci Rasulullah (Nabi Palsu Musailamah Al-Kazab).”

Ekspedisi ke utara

Setelah menstabilkan keadaan internal dan secara penuh menguasai Arab, Abu Bakar memerintahkan para jenderal Islam melawan kekaisaran Bizantium dan Kekaisaran Sassanid. Khalid bin Walid menaklukkan Irak dengan mudah sementara ekspedisi ke Suriah juga meraih sukses.

Qur’an

Abu Bakar juga berperan dalam pelestarian teks-teks tertulis Al Qur’an. Dikatakan bahwa setelah kemenangan yang sangat sulit saat melawan Musailamah al-kadzab dalam perang Riddah, banyak para penghafal Al Qur’an yang ikut tewas dalam pertempuran. Umar lantas meminta Abu Bakar untuk mengumpulkan koleksi dari Al Qur’an. oleh sebuah tim yang diketuai oleh sahabat Zaid bin Tsabit, mulailah dikumpulkan lembaran-lembaran Al-quran dari para penghafal Al-Quran dan tulisan-tulisan yang terdapat pada media tulis seperti tulang, kulit dan lain sebagainya,setelah lengkap penulisan ini maka kemudian disimpan oleh Abu Bakar. setelah Abu Bakar meninggal maka disimpan oleh Umar bin Khaththab dan kemudian disimpan oleh Hafsah, anak dari Umar dan juga istri dari Nabi Muhammad SAW. Kemudian pada masa pemerintahan Usman bin Affan koleksi ini menjadi dasar penulisan teks al Qur’an yang dikenal saat ini.

Kematian

Abu Bakar meninggal pada tanggal 23 Agustus 634 di Madinah karena sakit yang dideritanya pada usia 61 tahun. Abu Bakar dimakamkan di rumah putrinya Aisyah di dekat masjid Nabawi, di samping makam Nabi Muhammad.

Referensi

1.   ^ Dakwahnya Nabi saw kepada Abubakar,Malaulana Yusufrah,menulis, Diriwayatkan oleh Abu Hasan Al-Athrabulusi ,sebagaimana disebutkan dalam Al-Bidayah .3/29 dari Aisyah r.ha,ia berkata_Sejak zaman jahiliyah ,Abubakar adalah kawan Rasulullah saw. Pada suatu hari ,dia hendak menemui Rosulullah saw,ketika bertemu dengan Rosulullah saw ,dia berkata_Wahai Abul Qosim(panggilan Nabi), ada apa denganmu ,sehingga engkau tidak terlihat di majelis kaummu dan orang -orang menuduh bahwa engkau telah berkata buruk tentang nenek moyangmu dan lain lain lagi?,Rasulullah saw bersabda, sesungguhnya aku adalah utusan Allah swt dan aku mengajak kamu kepada Allah swt.,setelah selesai Rosulullah saw berbicara ,Abu Bakar pun langsung masuk Islam.Melihat keislamannya itu beliau gembira sekali ,tidak ada seorangpun yang ada di antara kedua gunung di Mekkah yang merasa gembira melebihi kegembiraan beliau.Kemudian Abubakar menemui Utsman bin Affan,Thalhah bin Ubaidillah,Zubair bin Awwam,dan Saad bin Abi Waqas r.hum,mengajak mereka untuk masuk Islam.Lalu,merekapun masuk Islam.Hari berikutnya Abu bakar menemui Utsman bin Mazhum,Abu Ubaidah bin Jarrah,Abdurarahman bin Auf,Abu Salamah bin Abdul Saad,dan Arqam bin Abil Arqam r.hum,juga mengajak mereka untuk masuk Islam,dan mereka semua juga masuk Islam.

 

UMAR BIN KHATTAB

Umar, also spelled Omar (Arabic: عمر بن الخطاب, Transliteration: `Umar ibn Al-Khattāb, Umar Son of Al-Khattab, born 579 CE – died 6 November 644 CE), was one of the most powerful and influential Muslim caliphs (rulers) in history.[3] He was a sahābi (companion) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He succeeded Caliph Abu Bakr (632–634) as the second Caliph of Rashidun Caliphate on 23 August 634. He was an expert Islamic jurist and is best known for his pious and just nature, which earned him the title Al-Faruq (“the one who distinguishes between right and wrong”).[4] He is sometimes referred to as Caliph ‘Umar I by historians of Islam, since a later Umayyad caliph, ‘Umar II, also bore that name.

Under Umar the Islamic empire expanded at an unprecedented rate ruling the whole Sassanid Persian Empire and more than two thirds of the Eastern Roman Empire.[5] His attacks against the Sassanid Persian Empire resulted in the conquest of the Persian empire in less than two years.[6] It was Umar, according to Jewish tradition, who set aside the Christian ban on Jews and allowed Jews into Jerusalem and to worship.[7][8]

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Family

Main article: Family tree of Umar

Umar married a total of 9 women in his lifetime and had 14 children, 10 sons and 4 daughters.

The details are as follow:

Wife: Zaynab bint Maz’un (at the time of Jahiliyyah [Days of Ignorance])

Son: Abdullah ibn Umar

Son: Abdulrahman ibn ‘Umar (The Older)

Son: Abdulrahman ibn ‘Umar

Daughter: Hafsa bint Umar

Wife: Umm Kulthum bint Jarwila Khuzima (divorced)[89]

Son: Ubaidullah ibn Umar

Son: Zayd ibn ‘Umar[89]

Wife: Quraybah bint Abi Umayyah al-Makhzumi (divorced, married by Abdulrehman ibn Abu Bakr)

Wife: Umm Hakim bint al-Harith ibn Hisham (after her husband, a former ally of ‘Umar and a companion Ikrimah ibn Abi-Jahl was killed in Battle of Yarmouk, later divorced but al-Madaini says he did not divorce her)[90]

Daughter: Fatima bint ‘Umar

Wife: Jamilah bint Asim ibn Thabit ibn Abi al-Aqlah (from the tribe of Aws)[89][91][92]

Son: Asim ibn Umar

Wife: Atikah bint Zayd ibn Amr ibn Nufayl (cousin of Umar and former wife of Abdullah ibn Abu Bakr[91][93] married ‘Umar in the year 12 AH and after ‘Umar was murdered, she married az-Zubayr ibn al-Awwam)

Son: Iyaad ibn ‘Umar

Wife: Umm Kulthum bint ‘Ali (the daughter of Ali ibn Abi Talib).[94][95][96]

Son: Zayd ibn ‘Umar, (famously known as Ibnul Khalifatayn; the son of the two Caliphs i.e Umar and Ali).

Daughter: Ruqayyah bint ‘Umar

Wife: Luhyah (a woman from Yemen (Yaman) who’s marital status with ‘Umar is disputed, al-Waqidi said that she was Umm Walad, meaning a slave woman)[89]

Son: Abdulrahman ibn ‘Umar (the youngest Abdulrehman while some say the middle Abdulrehman from Luhyah)

Wife: Fukayhah (as Umm Walad)[72]

Daughter: Zaynab bint ‘Umar (the smallest child of ‘Umar from Fukayhah)

Another son is, az-Zubayr ibn Bakkar, called Abu Shahmah, though from which wife is unknown.[89]

Early life

Umar was born in Mecca to the Banu Adi clan, which was responsible for arbitrations among the tribes. His father was Khattab ibn Nufayl and his mother was Fatima bint Hasham, from the tribe of Banu Makhzum. He is said to have belonged to a middle-class family. In his youth he used to tend to his father’s camels in the plains near Mecca. His father was famed for his intelligence among his tribe. He was a middle class merchant and is believed to be a ruthless man and emotional polytheist who often treated Umar badly. As obvious from Umar’s own statement regarding his father during his later political rule, Umar said, “My father Al-Khattab was a ruthless man. He used to make me work hard; if I didn’t work he used to beat me and he used to work me to exhaustion.”[9]

Despite literacy being uncommon in pre-Islamic Arabia, Umar learned to read and write in his youth. Though not a poet himself, he developed a love for poetry and literature.[10] According to the tradition of Quraish, while still in his teenage years, Umar learned martial arts, horse riding and wrestling. He was tall, physically powerful and was soon to became a renowned wrestler.[10][11] Umar was also a gifted orator, and due to his intelligence and overwhelming personality, he succeeded his father as an arbitrator of conflicts among the tribes.[12]

In addition, Umar followed the traditional profession of Quraish. He became a merchant and made several journeys to Rome and Persia, where he is said to have met the various scholars and analyzed the Roman and Persian societies closely. However, as a merchant he is believed to have never been successful.[13][14] Drinking alcohol was very common among the Quraish, and Umar was also fond of drinking in his pre-Islamic days.[15]

Muhammad’s era

Umar’s hostility to Islam

In 610 Muhammad started delivering the message of Islam. Umar, alongside others in Mecca, opposed Islam and threatened to kill Muhammad. He resolved to defend the traditional, polytheistic religion of Arabia. He was most adamant and cruel in opposing Muhammad and very prominent in persecuting the Muslims.[16] Umar was the first man who resolved that Muhammad had to be murdered in order to finish Islam.[17] Umar firmly believed in the unity of the Quraish and saw the new faith of Islam as a cause of division and discord among the Quraish.[16]

Due to the persecution at the hands of the Quraish, Muhammad ordered his followers to migrate to Abyssinia. As a small group of Muslims migrated Umar felt worried about the future unity of the Quraish and decided to have Muhammad assassinated.[18]

Converting to Islam

Umar converted to Islam in 616, one year after the Migration to Abyssinia. The story was recounted in Ibn Ishaq‘s Sīrah; On the way to murder Muhammad, Umar met his best friend Nuaim who had secretly converted to Islam but he did not tell Umar anything about it. When Umar informed him that he had set out to kill Muhammad, Nuaim feared the worst. Umar was a man of his word and would attempt to do what he said. So in order to divert his attention he told him to set his own house in order first, because his sister and her husband had converted to Islam. Upon arriving at her house, Umar found his sister and brother-in-law Saeed bin Zaid (Umar’s cousin), reciting the verses of the Qur’an(Surah Taha).[19] He started quarreling with his brother-in-law. When his sister came to rescue her husband, he also started quarreling with her. Yet still they kept on saying “you may kill us but we will not give up Islam”. Upon hearing these words, Umar slapped his sister so hard that she fell to the ground bleeding from her mouth. When he saw what he did to his sister now, out of guilt he calmed down and asked his sister to give him what she was reciting. She gave him the paper on which was written the verses of the chapter Ta-Ha. He was so struck by the beauty of the verses that he accepted Islam that day. He then went to Muhammad with the same sword he intended to kill him with and accepted Islam in front of him and his companions. Umar was 27 when he accepted Islam.[20] Following his conversion, Umar went to inform the chief of Quraish, Amr ibn Hishām, about his acceptance of Islam. According to one account, Umar thereafter openly prayed at the Kaaba as the Quraish chiefs, Amr ibn Hishām and Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, reportedly watched in anger.[21] This further helped the Muslims to gain confidence in practicing Islam openly. At this stage Umar even challenged anyone who dared to stop the Muslims from praying, although no one dared to interfere with Umar when he was openly praying.

Umar’s conversion to Islam gave power to the Muslims and to the faith in Mecca. It was after this that Muslims offered prayers openly in Masjid al-Haram for the first time. Abdullah bin Masoud said,

Umar’s embracing Islam was our victory, his migration to Medina was our success and his reign a blessing from Allah, we didn’t offer prayers in Al-Haram Mosque until Umar accepted Islam, when he accepted Islam Quraish were compelled to let us pray in the Mosque.[22]

Migration to Medina

In 622 CE, due to the growing popularity of Islam in the city of Yathrib (later renamed Medīnat an-Nabī, or simply Medina), Muhammad ordered his followers to migrate to Medina. Muslims usually migrated at night fearing resistance from Quraish at their migration, but Umar is reported to have left openly during the day saying; Any one who wants to make his wife a widow and his children orphans.[23][24] should come and meet me there behind that cliff.” Umar migrated to Medina accompanied by his cousin and brother-in-law Saeed ibn Zaid.[20]

Death of Muhammad

Muhammad died on 8 June 632. Umar was full of grief upon hearing the news. Umar, the devoted disciple, could not accept the reality that the “Messenger of God” was dead.[30] It is said that Umar promised to strike the head of any man who would say that Muhammad died. At this point Abu Bakr is reported to have come out to the Muslim community and gave his famous speech which included:

“Whoever worshipped Muhammad, let them know that Muhammad has died, and whoever worshipped Allah, let them know that Allah is alive and never dies.”

Abū Bakr then recited these verses from the Qur’an:

“Muhammad is but a messenger; messengers (the like of whom) have passed away before him. If, then, he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heel?”.

Hearing this from Abu Bakr, the most senior disciple of Muhammad, Umar then fell down on his knees in a great sense of sorrow and acceptance of the reality. Sunni Muslims say that this denial of Muhammad’s death was occasioned by his deep love for him.[30]

Foundation of the Caliphate

Umar’s political genius first manifested as the architect of the caliphate after Muhammad died in 8 June 632.[31] While the funeral of Muhammad was being arranged a group of Muhammad’s followers who were natives of Medina, the Ansar (helpers), organised a meeting on the outskirts of the city, effectively locking out those companions known as Muhajirs (The Emigrants) including Umar.[31] Umar found out about this meeting at Saqifah Bani Saadah, and taking with him two other Muhajirs, Abu Bakr and Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, proceeded to the meeting, presumably to head off the Ansar’s plans for political separatism. Arriving at the meeting Umar was faced with a unified community of tribes from the Ansar who refused to accept the leadership of the Muhajirs.[31] However Umar was undeterred in his belief the caliphate should be under the control of the Muhajirs.[32] Though the Khazraj were in disagreement, Umar after strained negotiations lasting up to one or two days, brilliantly divided the Ansar into their old warring factions of Aws and Khazraj tribes. Umar resolved the divisions by placing his hand on that of Abu Bakr as a unity candidate for those gathered in the Saqifah. Others gathered at the Saqifah meeting followed suit with the exception of the Khazraj tribe and their leader, Sa’d ibn ‘Ubada, whose tribe was ostracized. The Khazraj tribe is said to have posed no significant threat as there were sufficient men of war from the Medinan tribes such as the Banu Aws to immediately organize them into a military bodyguard for Abu Bakr.[31]

The creation of the Islamic caliphate would be one of Umar’s most enduring legacies, and its significance to world history is hard to overestimate. However Umar himself was characteristically guarded about his own creation, Dr. Wilferd Madelung in his book The Succession to Muhammad summarising Umar’s contribution:[33]

Umar judged the outcome of the Saqifa assembly to be a falta [translated by Madelung as ‘a precipitate and ill-considered deal’[34] because of the absence of most of the prominent Muhajirun, including the Prophet’s own family and clan, whose participation he considered vital for any legitimate consultation (shura, mashwara). It was, he warned the community, to be no precedent for the future. Yet he also defended the outcome, claiming that the Muslims were longing for Abu Bakr as for no one else. He apologized, moreover, that the Muhajirun present were forced to press for an immediate oath of allegiance since the Ansar could not have been trusted to wait for a legitimate consultation and might have proceeded to elect one of their own after the departure of the Mekkans. Another reason for Umar to censure the Saqifa meeting as a falta was no doubt its turbulent and undignified end, as he and his followers jumped upon the sick Khazraji leader Sa’d bin Ubada in order to teach him a lesson, if not to kill him, for daring to challenge the sole right of Quraysh to rule. This violent break-up of the meeting indicates, moreover, that the Ansar cannot all have been swayed by the wisdom and eloquence of Abu Bakr’s speech and have accepted him as the best choice for the succession, as suggested by Caetani. There would have been no sense in beating up the Khazraji chief if everybody had come around to swearing allegiance to Umar’s candidate. A substantial number of the Ansar, presumably of Khazraj in particular, must have refused to follow the lead of the Muhajirun.[33]

According to various Twelver shia sources and some western scholars, Umar and Abu Bakr had in effect mounted a political coup against Ali at the Saqifah [31] According to one version of narrations in primary sources, Umar and Abu Bakr are also said to have used force to secure the allegiance from Ali and his party. It has been reported in main early history sources such as history of al-Tabari that after Ali’s refusal to pay homage, Abu Bakr sent Umar with an armed contingent to Fatimah’s house where Ali and his supporters are said to have gathered. Umar is reported to have warned those in the House that unless Ali succumbed to Abu Bakr, he would set the House on fire, with its inhabitants ablaze,[32] and under these circumstances Ali was forced to capitulate. This version of events, fully accepted by Shia scholars, is generally rejected by Sunni scholars who in view of other reports in their literature believe that Ali gave oath of alliance to Abu Bakr without any grievance, However, according to the main Sunni sources such as Sahih al-Bukhari reports, Ali was reluctant to swear allegiance to Abu Bakr after the attack on his house but gave his allegiance six months later after the death of his wife Fatimah.

Western scholars tend to agree that Ali believed he had a clear mandate to politically succeed Muhammad,[citation needed] but offer differing views as to the extent of use of force by Umar in an attempt to intimidate Ali and his supporters, for instance, Dr. Wilferd Madelung in his book The Succession to Muhammad, discounts the possibility of use of force and argues that:

Isolated reports of use of force against Ali and Banu Hashim who unanimously refuse to swear alligence for six months are probably to be discounted. Abu Bakr no doubt was wise enough to restrain Umar from any violence against them, well realizing that this would inevitably provoked the sense of solidarity of majority of Abdul Mannaf who’s acquiescence he needed.[35] His policy was rather not isolating Banu Hashim as far as possible.

Appointment as a Caliph

Due to his strict and autocratic nature, Umar was not a very popular figure among the notables of Madinah and members of Majlis al Shura, accordingly succession of Umar was initially discouraged by high ranking companions of Abu Bakr.[37][38] Nevertheless, Abu Bakr decided to make Umar, his successor. Umar, still was well known for his extraordinary will power, intelligence, political astuteness, impartiality, justice and care for poor and underprivileged people.[39] Abu Bakr is reported to have said to the high-ranking advisers:

His (Umar’s) strictness was there because of my softness when the weight of Caliphate will be over his shoulders he will remain no longer strict. If I will be asked by the God to whom I have appointed my successor, I will tell him that I have appointed the best man among your men.[40]

Abu Bakr was fully aware of Umar’s power and ability to succeed him. Succession of Umar was thus not as troublesome as any of the others. His was perhaps one of the smoothest transitions to power from one authority to another in the Muslim lands.[41] Abu Bakr before his death called Uthman to write his will in which he declared Umar his successor. In his will he instructed Umar to continue the conquests on Iraq and Syrian fronts. Abu Bakr’s decision would prove to be crucial in the strengthening of the nascent Islamic empire.

Reign as Caliph

On 22 August Caliph Abu Bakr died. Umar assumed the office of Caliph on the same day. He then addressed the Muslims in his Inaugural address:

“O ye faithful! Abu Bakr is no more amongst us. He has the satisfaction that he has successfully piloted the ship of the Muslim state to safety after negotiating the stormy sea. He successfully waged the apostasy wars, and thanks to him, Islam is now supreme in Arabia. After Abu Bakr, the mantle of the Caliphate has fallen on my shoulders. I swear it before God that I never coveted this office. I wished that it would have devolved on some other person more worthy than me. But now that in national interest, the responsibility for leading the Muslims has come to vest in me, I assure you that I will not run away from my post, and will make an earnest effort to discharge the onerous duties of the office to the best of my capacity in accordance with the injunctions of Islam. Allah has examined me from you and you from me, In the performance of my duties, I will seek guidance from the Holy Book, and will follow the examples set by the Holy Prophet and Abu Bakr. In this task I seek your assistance. If I follow the right path, follow me. If I deviate from the right path, correct me so that we are not led astray.

Initial challenges

Even though almost all of the Muslims had given their pledge of loyalty to Umar, he was rather more feared than loved. According to Muhammad Husayn Haykal, the first challenge for Umar was to win over his subjects and members of Majlis al Shura.[42]

Umar was a gifted orator, and he would use his ability to get a soft corner in the hearts of people.[43]

Muhammad Husayn Haykal wrote that Umar’s stress was on the well being of poor and underprivileged people, the people were soundly moved by Umar’s speeches and his popularity grew rapidly and continuously over the period of his reign.[44] In addition to this Umar, in order to improve his reputation and relation with Banu Hashim, the tribe of Ali, delivered to him his disputed estates in Khayber. Though he followed Abu Bakr’s decision over the dispute of land of Fidak, continued its status as a state property. In Ridda wars, thousands of prisoners from rebel and apostate tribes were taken away as slaves during the expeditions. Umar ordered the general amnesty for the prisoners, and their immediate emancipation.[45] This made Umar quite popular among the bedouin tribes. With necessary public support with him, Umar took a bold decision of retrieving Khalid ibn Walid from supreme command on Roman front.[46]

Military expansion

It is widely believed that Umar stressed more on consolidating his power and political influence in the conquered land, rather than pursuing conquests. Nevertheless, under Umar the Islamic empire grew at an unprecedented rate. In 638, after the conquest of Syria, Umar dismissed Khalid, his most successful general, owing to his ever-growing fame and influence. He was quoted as doing this because he wanted the people to know that victory came from God, not the general. Later however Umar regretted this decision. The military conquest were partially terminated between 638–639 during the years of great famine and plague in Arabia and Levant respectively. During his reign Levant, Egypt, Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, Fezzan, Eastern Anatolia, almost whole of Sassanid Persian Empire including Bactria, Persia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Caucasus and Makran were annexed to Islamic Empire. According to one estimate more than 4050 cities were captured during these military conquest.[56] Prior to his death in 644, Umar had ceased all military expeditions apparently to consolidate his rule in Egypt and the newly conquered Sassanid Empire (642–644). At his death in November 644, his rule extended from present day Libya in the west to the Indus river in the east and the Oxus river in the north.

Political legacy

Umar is considered as a political genius, as an architect of Islamic Empire he is regarded as 52nd most influential figure in history.[68] Umar remained politically stagnant during Prophet Mohammad’s era, however after his death, it was Umar’s brilliance that Abu Bakr was elected Caliph, despite of massive initial confrontations at Saqifah. Umar successfully broke the alliance of the tribes of Madinah who claim Caliphate to be their right, paving the way for the succession of Abu Bakr. during Abu Bakr’s era, he actively participated as his secretory and main adviser. After succeeding Abu Bakr as caliph, Umar win over the hearts of Baudouin tribes by emancipating all their prisoners and slaves taken during Ridda wars, his excellent oratory skills helped him to heightened his popularity graph, mostly among the poor and underprivileged people. He proved himself as an excellent manager during the year of the great Famine when his dynamic abilities saved millions from starvation. He is best known to built up an efficient administrative structure of the empire, that held together his vast realm. He organized an effective network of intelligence, partly a reason for his strong grip on his bureaucracy.[69] His judicial reforms were fairly modern and advance in nature when compared to contemporary systems of his era. He opposed the construction of present day Suez Canal, as it posed threat to the security of Madinah. Twelve hundred years later Great Britain opposed the construction of the canal for the same reason as it then posed threat to its colonies in Indian subcontinent. One of the reason of the compactness of his political rule in the conquered lands is reputed to his policy of tolerance to their religious believes and imposition of far lower taxes on them as compared to Sassanid Persian empire and Byzantine Empire. Their local administration was kept un-touched and several of the former Byzantine and Persian official were retained on their services under Umar’s governors.

Umar was very painstaking in every matter. His meticulous was evident from his appointment of governors and judges that never let him lose his grip on the government. He never appointed governors for more than two years, for they might get influence in their county. He dismissed his most successful general Khalid ibn Walid, due to his immense popularity and growing influence that he saw menace to his authority. Rather than tenacious conquest he stressed more on consolidating his rule in the conquered land, a fact that saved Byzantine empire from complete disappearance. Umar is reported to have wished an official tour across his domain to personally examine the condition of his subjects. In 641, before the conquest of Persian empire, Umar is reported to have said:

If I would live few more years, I wish to visit Syria next year, then next Iraq and then the next year Egypt to personally check the conditions of the subjects and inquire whether my mandate is followed or not.

It should be noted that at the time, Umar made this statement, Persia was not yet conquered (conquest of Persia begun in 642). He would walk the streets of Medina with a whip in his hand, and it is said that Umar’s whip was feared more than the sword of another man. He is famous for covert night tour of the city to know the secret life of his domain, the tradition that later be followed by some of the Abbasid Caliphs and even Mughul rulers of Indian subcontinent. Saeed M.Mohtsham cites from Caliph Umar’s rule in his research paper Vision and Visionary Leadership – An Islamic Perspective:

“He used to monitor very closely the public policy and had kept the needs of the public central to his leadership approach. As second caliph of Islam, he refused to chop off the hands of the thieves because he felt he had fallen short of his responsibility to provide meaningful employment to all his subjects. As a ruler of a vast kingdom, His vision was to ensure that every one in his kingdom should sleep on a full stomach.

If a dog dies hungry on the banks of the River Euphrates, Umar will be responsible for dereliction of duty.

—(Umar)

The author further wrote that:

He also knew that just having a vision is not enough unless it is supported by effective strategies. He didn’t only have a vision; he truly transformed his vision into actions. For example, to ensure that nobody sleeps hungry in his empire, he used to walk through the streets almost every night to see if there is any one needy or ill.”[70]

In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon refers to Umar in the following terms:

“Yet the abstinence and humility of Umar were not inferior to the virtues of Abu Bakr: his food consisted of barley bread or dates; his drink was water; he preached in a gown that was torn or tattered in twelve places; and a Persian satrap, who paid his homage as to the conqueror, found him asleep among the beggars on the steps of the mosque of Muslims.”

Religious legacy

Sunni views

Main article: Sunni view of Umar

Sunnis remember Umar as a rigid Muslim of a sound and just disposition in matters of the religion of Allah, a man they title Farooq, meaning “leader, jurist and statesman”, and the second of the rightly-guided Caliphs. He patched his clothes with skin, took buckets on his two shoulders, always riding his donkey without the saddle, rarely laughing and never joking with anyone. On his ring is written the words “Enough is Death as a reminder to you O’ ‘Umar”.[72] He did not seek advancement for his own family, but rather sought to advance the interests of the Muslim community, the ummah. The general Sunni sentiment for Umar is summarized by one of Muhammad’s companions, Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud:

Umar’s submission to Islam was a conquest, his migration was a victory, his Imamate (period of rule) was a blessing, I have seen when we were unable to pray at the Kaabah until Umar submitted, when he submitted to Islam, he fought them (the pagans) until they left us alone and we prayed.

—Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud, [73]

Umar made the pilgrimage to Mecca nine times. Mohammed had the highest esteem for Umar. He said that:

If God had wished to give another prophet to the world, His choice would have fallen upon Umar

Muhammad Rasul Allah[71]

Shia views

Main article: Shi’a view of Umar

Umar is viewed very negatively in Twelver Shi’a literature and is often regarded as a traitor to Muhammad, a usurper of Ali’s rights, and, by some, a murderer. Some Twelver Shi’a writers believe he murdered Muhammad’s daughter Fatimah. According to the majority of Twelver scholar writings, Fatimah, wife of Ali, was physically assaulted by him. These sources report that the event caused her to miscarry her child and eventually led to her death soon after.[74][75] (see Umar at Fatimah’s house). However, some Twelver scholars reject these accounts of physical assault as a “myth”.[76] Other Shia sects, like the Zaidiyyah, following Zaid ibn Ali, accept Umar and Abu Bakr as legitimate Caliphs, despite their beliefs that they are inferior to Ali.[77]

Western views

In his book Mahomet and His Successors, Washington Irving estimates the achievements of Umar in the following terms:

The whole history of Omar shows him to have been a man of great powers of mind, inflexible integrity, and rigid justice. He was, more than any one else, the founder of the Islam empire; confirming and carrying out the inspirations of the prophet; aiding Abu Beker with his counsels during his brief caliphate; and establishing wise regulations for the strict administration of the law throughout the rapidly-extending bounds of the Moslem conquests. The rigid hand which he kept upon his most popular generals in the midst of their armies, and in the most distant scenes of their triumphs, gave signal evidence of his extraordinary capacity to rule. In the simplicity of his habits, and his contempt for all pomp and luxury, he emulated the example of the Prophet and Abu Beker. He endeavored incessantly to impress the merit and policy of the same in his letters to his generals. ‘Beware,’ he would say, ‘of Persian luxury, both in food and raiment. Keep to the simple habits of your country, and Allah will continue you victorious; depart from them, and he will reverse your fortunes.’ It was his strong conviction of the truth of this policy which made him so severe in punishing all ostentatious style and luxurious indulgence in his officers. Some of his ordinances do credit to his heart as well as his head. He forbade that any female captive who had borne a child should be sold as a slave. In his weekly distributions of the surplus money of his treasury he proportioned them to the wants, not the merits of the applicants. ‘God,’ said he, ‘has bestowed the good things of this world to relieve our necessities, not to reward our virtues: those will be rewarded in another world.’[78]

 

UTSMAN BIN AFFAN

Utsman bin Affan (574656 / 12 Dzulhijjah 35 H; umur 81–82 tahun)[1] adalah sahabat Nabi Muhammad SAW yang termasuk Khulafaur Rasyidin yang ke-3. Utsman adalah seorang yang saudagar yang kaya tetapi sangatlah dermawan. Ia juga berjasa dalam hal membukukan Al-Qur’an.

Ia adalah khalifah ketiga yang memerintah dari tahun 644 (umur 69–70 tahun) hingga 656 (selama 11–12 tahun). Selain itu sahabat nabi yang satu ini memiliki sifat yang sangat pemalu.

Utsman bin Affan adalah sahabat nabi dan juga khalifah ketiga dalam Khulafaur Rasyidin. ia dikenal sebagai pedagang kaya raya dan ekonom yang handal namun sangat dermawan. Banyak bantuan ekonomi yang diberikannya kepada umat Islam di awal dakwah Islam. Ia mendapat julukan Dzunnurain yang berarti yang memiliki dua cahaya. Julukan ini didapat karena Utsman telah menikahi puteri kedua dan ketiga dari Rasullah Saw yaitu Ruqayah dan Ummu Kaltsum, yg dulunya mantan istri anak kembar Abu Lahab yg tidak mau masuk Islam.

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Usman bin Affan lahir pada 574 Masehi dari golongan Bani Umayyah. Nama ibunya adalah Arwa binti Kuriz bin Rabiah. ia masuk Islam atas ajakan Abu Bakar dan termasuk golongan As-Sabiqun al-Awwalun (golongan yang pertama-tama masuk Islam). Rasulullah Saw sendiri menggambarkan Utsman bin Affan sebagai pribadi yang paling jujur dan rendah hati di antara kaum muslimin. Diriwayatkan oleh Imam Muslim bahwa Aisyah bertanya kepada Rasulullah Saw, ‘Abu Bakar masuk tapi engkau biasa saja dan tidak memberi perhatian khusus, lalu Umar masuk engkau pun biasa saja dan tidak memberi perhatian khusus. Akan tetapi ketika Utsman masuk engkau terus duduk dan membetulkan pakaian, mengapa?’ Rasullullah menjawab, “Apakah aku tidak malu terhadap orang yang malaikat saja malu kepadanya?”

Pada saat seruan hijrah pertama oleh Rasullullah Saw ke Habbasyiah karena meningkatnya tekanan kaum Quraisy terhadap umat Islam, Utsman bersama istri dan kaum muslimin lainnya memenuhi seruan tersebut dan hijrah ke Habasyiah hingga tekanan dari kaum Quraisy reda. Tak lama tinggal di Mekah, Utsman mengikuti Nabi Muhammad Saw untuk hijrah ke Madinah. Pada peristiwa Hudaibiyah, Utsman dikirim oleh Rasullah untuk menemui Abu Sofyan di Mekkah. Utsman diperintahkan Nabi untuk menegaskan bahwa rombongan dari Madinah hanya akan beribadah di Ka’bah, lalu segera kembali ke Madinah, bukan untuk memerangi penduduk Mekkah.

Pada saat Perang Dzatirriqa dan Perang Ghatfahan berkecamuk, dimana Rasullullah Saw memimpin perang, Utsman dipercaya menjabat walikota Madinah. Saat Perang Tabuk, Utsman mendermakan 950 ekor unta dan 70 ekor kuda, ditambah 1000 dirham sumbangan pribadi untuk perang Tabuk, nilainya sama dengan sepertiga biaya perang tersebut. Utsman bin Affan juga menunjukkan kedermawanannya tatkala membeli mata air yang bernama Rumah dari seorang lelaki suku Ghifar seharga 35.000 dirham. Mata air itu ia wakafkan untuk kepentingan rakyat umum.[2] Pada masa pemerintahan Abu Bakar, Utsman juga pernah memberikan gandum yang diangkut dengan 1000 unta untuk membantu kaum miskin yang menderita di musim kering.

Setelah wafatnya Umar bin Khattab sebagai khalifah kedua, diadakanlah musyawarah untuk memilih khalifah selanjutnya. Ada enam orang kandidat khalifah yang diusulkan yaitu Ali bin Abi Thalib, Utsman bin Affan, Abdul Rahman bin Auf, Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas, Zubair bin Awwam dan Thalhah bin Ubaidillah. Selanjutnya Abdul Rahman bin Auff, Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas, Zubair bin Awwam, dan Thalhah bin Ubaidillah mengundurkan diri hingga hanya Utsman dan Ali yang tertinggal. Sebetulnya suara pada saat itu cenderung memilih Ali menjadi khalifah ketiga, namun AbdurRahman bin Auf mensyaratkan Ali harus mau mengikuti sunnah kedua khalifah sebelumnya, Jawab Ali hanya mau mengikuti Sunnah Rasulullah. Maka diangkatlah Utsman yang menyanggupi mengikuti kebijakan Khalifah pendahulunya, yang saat itu berumur 70 tahun menjadi khalifah ketiga dan yang tertua. Peristiwa ini terjadi pada bulan Muharram 24 H. Utsman menjadi khalifah di saat pemerintah Islam telah betul-betul mapan dan terstruktur.

Dia adalah khalifah kali pertama yang melakukan perluasan masjid al-Haram (Mekkah) dan masjid Nabawi (Madinah) karena semakin ramai umat Islam yang menjalankan rukun Islam kelima (haji). ia mencetuskan ide polisi keamanan bagi rakyatnya; membuat bangunan khusus untuk mahkamah dan mengadili perkara yang sebelumnya dilakukan di masjid; membangun pertanian, menaklukan Syiria, Afrika Utara, Persia, Khurasan, Palestina, Siprus, Rodhes, dan juga membentuk angkatan laut yang kuat. Jasanya yang paling besar adalah saat mengeluarkan kebijakan untuk mengumpulkan Al-Quran dalam satu mushaf.

Selama masa jabatannya, Utsman banyak mengganti gubernur wilayah yang tidak cocok atau kurang cakap, yg dulu diangkat oleh Abubakar atau Umar dan menggantikaannya dengan orang-orang dari keluarganya yaitu Bani Umayyah. Karena kebijakannya yang lebih mementingkan Bani Umayyah kaum Muslimin pemberontak besepakat untuk membunuh khalifah Usman.

Kematian

Khalifah Utsman kemudian dikepung oleh pemberontak selama 40 hari dimulai dari bulan Ramadhan hingga Dzulhijah. Beliau diberi 2 ulimatum oleh pemberontak (Ghafiki dan Sudan), yaitu mengundurkan diri atau dibunuh. Meski Utsman mempunyai kekuatan untuk menyingkirkan pemberontak, namun ia berprinsip untuk tidak menumpahkan darah umat Islam. Utsman akhirnya wafat sebagai syahid pada bulan Dzulhijah 35 H ketika para pemberontak berhasil memasuki rumahnya dan membunuh Utsman saat sedang membaca Al-Quran. Persis seperti apa yang disampaikan Rasullullah Saw perihal kematian Utsman yang syahid nantinya. peristiwa pembunuhan usman berawal dari pengepungan rumah usman oleh para pemberontak selama 40 hari. Sebetulnya pintu rumahnya dijaga ketat oleh Hasan dan Husen dan tidak ada seorangpun yg berani lewat pintu depan, namun 3 orang pemberontak berhasil masuk lewat atap rumah sehingga Khalifah Usman wafat pada hari Jumat 18 Dzulhijjah 35 H.[3] Ia dimakamkan di kuburan Baqi di Madinah.

Referensi]

1.   ^ (Indonesia) Utsman bin ‘Affan (Wafat 35 H). Ahlulhadist.wordpress.com.

2.   ^ (Arab) HR Baghawi (w. 317 H) dalam Mu’jam Shahabah (191).

3.   ^ a b Haekal, muhammad Husain : “Usman bin Affan”, halaman 142-144. Bogor: Pustaka Litera Antar Nusa. ISBN : 978-979-8100-40-6


Ali bin Abi Thalib

‘Alī bin Abī Thālib (lahir sekitar 13 Rajab 23 Pra Hijriah/599 – wafat 21 Ramadan 40 Hijriah/661), adalah salah seorang pemeluk Islam pertama dan juga keluarga dari Nabi Muhammad. Menurut Islam Sunni, ia adalah Khalifah terakhir dari Khulafaur Rasyidin. Sedangkan Syi’ah berpendapat bahwa ia adalah Imam sekaligus Khalifah pertama yang dipilih oleh Rasulullah Muhammad SAW. Uniknya meskipun Sunni tidak mengakui konsep Imamah mereka setuju memanggil Ali dengan sebutan Imam, sehingga Ali menjadi satu-satunya Khalifah yang sekaligus juga Imam. Ali adalah sepupu dari Muhammad, dan setelah menikah dengan Fatimah az-Zahra, ia menjadi menantu Muhammad.

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Syi’ah berpendapat bahwa Ali adalah khalifah yang berhak menggantikan Nabi Muhammad, dan sudah ditunjuk oleh Beliau atas perintah Allah di Ghadir Khum. Syi’ah meninggikan kedudukan Ali atas Sahabat Nabi yang lain, seperti Abu Bakar dan Umar bin Khattab.

Syi’ah selalu menambahkan nama Ali bin Abi Thalib dengan Alayhi Salam (AS) atau semoga Allah melimpahkan keselamatan dan kesejahteraan.

 

Sunni

Sebagian Sunni yaitu mereka yang menjadi anggota Bani Umayyah dan para pendukungnya memandang Ali sama dengan Sahabat Nabi yang lain.

Sunni menambahkan nama Ali dengan Radhiyallahu Anhu (RA) atau semoga Allah melimpahkan Ridha (ke-suka-an)nya. Tambahan ini sama sebagaimana yang juga diberikan kepada Sahabat Nabi yang lain.

Sufi

Sufi menambahkan nama Ali bin Abi Thalib dengan Karramallahu Wajhah (KW) atau semoga Allah me-mulia-kan wajahnya. Doa kaum Sufi ini sangat unik, berdasar riwayat bahwa beliau tidak suka menggunakan wajahnya untuk melihat hal-hal buruk bahkan yang kurang sopan sekalipun. Dibuktikan dalam sebagian riwayat bahwa beliau tidak suka memandang ke bawah bila sedang berhubungan intim dengan istri. Sedangkan riwayat-riwayat lain menyebutkan dalam banyak pertempuran (duel-tanding), bila pakaian musuh terbuka bagian bawah terkena sobekan pedang beliau, maka Ali enggan meneruskan duel hingga musuhnya lebih dulu memperbaiki pakaiannya.

Ali bin Abi Thalib dianggap oleh kaum Sufi sebagai Imam dalam ilmu al-hikmah (divine wisdom) dan futuwwah (spiritual warriorship). Dari beliau bermunculan cabang-cabang tarekat (thoriqoh) atau spiritual-brotherhood. Hampir seluruh pendiri tarekat Sufi, adalah keturunan beliau sesuai dengan catatan nasab yang resmi mereka miliki. Seperti pada tarekat Qadiriyah dengan pendirinya Syekh Abdul Qadir Jaelani, yang merupakan keturunan langsung dari Ali melalui anaknya Hasan bin Ali seperti yang tercantum dalam kitab manaqib Syekh Abdul Qadir Jilani (karya Syekh Ja’far Barzanji) dan banyak kitab-kitab lainnya.

Riwayat Hidup

Kelahiran & Kehidupan Keluarga

Kelahiran

Ali dilahirkan di Mekkah, daerah Hejaz, Jazirah Arab, pada tanggal 13 Rajab. Menurut sejarawan, Ali dilahirkan 10 tahun sebelum dimulainya kenabian Muhammad, sekitar tahun 599 Masehi atau 600(perkiraan). Kaum Muslimin  percaya bahwa Ali dilahirkan di dalam Ka’bah. Usia Ali terhadap Nabi Muhammad masih diperselisihkan hingga kini, sebagian riwayat menyebut berbeda 25 tahun, ada yang berbeda 27 tahun, ada yang 30 tahun bahkan 32 tahun.

Beliau bernama asli Haydar bin Abu Thalib, paman Nabi Muhammad SAW. Haydar yang berarti Singa adalah harapan keluarga Abu Thalib untuk mempunyai penerus yang dapat menjadi tokoh pemberani dan disegani di antara kalangan Quraisy Mekkah.

Setelah mengetahui sepupu yang baru lahir diberi nama Haydar,[rujukan?] Nabi SAW memanggil dengan Ali yang berarti Tinggi(derajat di sisi Allah).

[sunting] Kehidupan Awal

Ali dilahirkan dari ibu yang bernama Fatimah binti Asad, dimana Asad merupakan anak dari Hasyim, sehingga menjadikan Ali, merupakan keturunan Hasyim dari sisi bapak dan ibu.

Kelahiran Ali bin Abi Thalib banyak memberi hiburan bagi Nabi SAW karena beliau tidak punya anak laki-laki. Uzur dan faqir nya keluarga Abu Thalib memberi kesempatan bagi Nabi SAW bersama istri beliau Khadijah untuk mengasuh Ali dan menjadikannya putra angkat. Hal ini sekaligus untuk membalas jasa kepada Abu Thalib yang telah mengasuh Nabi sejak beliau kecil hingga dewasa, sehingga sedari kecil Ali sudah bersama dengan Muhammad.

Dalam biografi asing (Barat), hubungan Ali kepada Nabi Muhammad SAW dilukiskan seperti Yohanes Pembaptis (Nabi Yahya) kepada Yesus (Nabi Isa). Dalam riwayat-riwayat Syi’ah dan sebagian riwayat Sunni, hubungan tersebut dilukiskan seperti Nabi Harun kepada Nabi Musa.

Masa Remaja

Ketika Nabi Muhammad SAW menerima wahyu, riwayat-riwayat lama seperti Ibnu Ishaq menjelaskan Ali adalah lelaki pertama yang mempercayai wahyu tersebut atau orang ke 2 yang percaya setelah Khadijah istri Nabi sendiri. Pada titik ini Ali berusia sekitar 10 tahun.

Pada usia remaja setelah wahyu turun, Ali banyak belajar langsung dari Nabi SAW karena sebagai anak asuh, berkesempatan selalu dekat dengan Nabi hal ini berkelanjutan hingga beliau menjadi menantu Nabi. Hal inilah yang menjadi bukti bagi sebagian kaum Sufi bahwa ada pelajaran-pelajaran tertentu masalah ruhani (spirituality dalam bahasa Inggris atau kaum Salaf lebih suka menyebut istilah ‘Ihsan’) atau yang kemudian dikenal dengan istilah Tasawuf yang diajarkan Nabi khusus kepada beliau tapi tidak kepada Murid-murid atau Sahabat-sahabat yang lain.

Karena bila ilmu Syari’ah atau hukum-hukum agama Islam baik yang mengatur ibadah maupun kemasyarakatan semua yang diterima Nabi harus disampaikan dan diajarkan kepada umatnya, sementara masalah ruhani hanya bisa diberikan kepada orang-orang tertentu dengan kapasitas masing-masing.

Didikan langsung dari Nabi kepada Ali dalam semua aspek ilmu Islam baik aspek zhahir (exterior) atau syariah dan bathin (interior) atau tasawuf menggembleng Ali menjadi seorang pemuda yang sangat cerdas, berani dan bijak.

Kehidupan di Mekkah sampai Hijrah ke Madinah

Ali bersedia tidur di kamar Nabi untuk mengelabui orang-orang Quraisy yang akan menggagalkan hijrah Nabi. Beliau tidur menampakkan kesan Nabi yang tidur sehingga masuk waktu menjelang pagi mereka mengetahui Ali yang tidur, sudah tertinggal satu malam perjalanan oleh Nabi yang telah meloloskan diri ke Madinah bersama Abu Bakar.

Kehidupan di Madinah

Perkawinan

Setelah masa hijrah dan tinggal di Madinah, Ali dinikahkan Nabi dengan putri kesayangannya Fatimah az-Zahra. Nabi menimbang Ali yang paling tepat dalam banyak hal seperti Nasab keluarga yang se-rumpun (Bani Hasyim), yang paling dulu mempercayai ke-nabi-an Muhammad (setelah Khadijah), yang selalu belajar di bawah Nabi dan banyak hal lain.

Julukan

Ketika Muhammad mencari Ali menantunya, ternyata Ali sedang tidur. Bagian atas pakaiannya tersingkap dan debu mengotori punggungnya. Melihat itu Muhammad pun lalu duduk dan membersihkan punggung Ali sambil berkata, “Duduklah wahai Abu Turab, duduklah.” Turab yang berarti debu atau tanah dalam bahasa Arab. Julukan tersebut adalah julukan yang paling disukai oleh Ali.

Pertempuran yang diikuti pada masa Nabi saw

Perang Badar

Beberapa saat setelah menikah, pecahlah perang Badar, perang pertama dalam sejarah Islam. Di sini Ali betul-betul menjadi pahlawan disamping Hamzah, paman Nabi. Banyaknya Quraisy Mekkah yang tewas di tangan Ali masih dalam perselisihan, tapi semua sepakat beliau menjadi bintang lapangan dalam usia yang masih sangat muda sekitar 25 tahun.

Perang Khandaq

Perang Khandaq juga menjadi saksi nyata keberanian Ali bin Abi Thalib ketika memerangi Amar bin Abdi Wud . Dengan satu tebasan pedangnya yang bernama dzulfikar, Amar bin Abdi Wud terbelah menjadi dua bagian.

Perang Khaibar

Setelah Perjanjian Hudaibiyah yang memuat perjanjian perdamaian antara kaum Muslimin dengan Yahudi, dikemudian hari Yahudi mengkhianati perjanjian tersebut sehingga pecah perang melawan Yahudi yang bertahan di Benteng Khaibar yang sangat kokoh, biasa disebut dengan perang Khaibar. Di saat para sahabat tidak mampu membuka benteng Khaibar, Nabi saw bersabda:

“Besok, akan aku serahkan bendera kepada seseorang yang tidak akan melarikan diri, dia akan menyerang berulang-ulang dan Allah akan mengaruniakan kemenangan baginya. Allah dan Rasul-Nya mencintainya dan dia mencintai Allah dan Rasul-Nya”.

Maka, seluruh sahabat pun berangan-angan untuk mendapatkan kemuliaan tersebut. Namun, temyata Ali bin Abi Thalib yang mendapat kehormatan itu serta mampu menghancurkan benteng Khaibar dan berhasil membunuh seorang prajurit musuh yang berani bernama Marhab lalu menebasnya dengan sekali pukul hingga terbelah menjadi dua bagian.

Peperangan lainnya

Hampir semua peperangan beliau ikuti kecuali perang Tabuk karena mewakili nabi Muhammad untuk menjaga kota Madinah.

Setelah Nabi wafat

Sampai disini hampir semua pihak sepakat tentang riwayat Ali bin Abi Thalib, perbedaan pendapat mulai tampak ketika Nabi Muhammad wafat. Syi’ah berpendapat sudah ada wasiat (berdasar riwayat Ghadir Khum) bahwa Ali harus menjadi Khalifah bila Nabi SAW wafat. Tetapi Sunni tidak sependapat, sehingga pada saat Ali dan Fatimah masih berada dalam suasana duka orang-orang Quraisy bersepakat untuk membaiat Abu Bakar.

Menurut riwayat dari Al-Ya’qubi dalam kitab Tarikh-nya Jilid II Menyebutkan suatu peristiwa sebagai berikut. Dalam perjalan pulang ke Madinah seusai menunaikan ibadah haji ( Hijjatul-Wada’),malam hari Rasulullah saw bersama rombongan tiba di suatu tempat dekat Jifrah yang dikenal denagan nama “GHADIR KHUM.” Hari itu adalah hari ke-18 bulan Dzulhijah. Ia keluar dari kemahnya kemudian berkhutbah di depan jamaah sambil memegang tangan Imam Ali Bin Abi Tholib r.a.Dalam khutbahnya itu antara lain beliau berkata : “Barang siapa menanggap aku ini pemimpinnya, maka Ali adalah pemimpinnya.Ya Allah, pimpinlah orang yang mengakui kepemimpinannya dan musuhilah orang yang memusuhinya”

Pengangkatan Abu Bakar sebagai Khalifah tentu tidak disetujui keluarga Nabi Ahlul Bait dan pengikutnya. Beberapa riwayat berbeda pendapat waktu pem-bai’at-an Ali bin Abi Thalib terhadap Abu Bakar sebagai Khalifah pengganti Rasulullah. Ada yang meriwayatkan setelah Nabi dimakamkan, ada yang beberapa hari setelah itu, riwayat yang terbanyak adalah Ali mem-bai’at Abu Bakar setelah Fatimah meninggal, yaitu enam bulan setelah meninggalnya Rasulullah demi mencegah perpecahan dalam ummat

Ada yang menyatakan bahwa Ali belum pantas untuk menyandang jabatan Khalifah karena umurnya yang masih muda, ada pula yang menyatakan bahwa kekhalifahan dan kenabian sebaiknya tidak berada di tangan Bani Hasyim.

Sebagai khalifah

Peristiwa pembunuhan terhadap Khalifah Utsman bin Affan mengakibatkan kegentingan di seluruh dunia Islam yang waktu itu sudah membentang sampai ke Persia dan Afrika Utara. Pemberontak yang waktu itu menguasai Madinah tidak mempunyai pilihan lain selain Ali bin Abi Thalib sebagai khalifah, waktu itu Ali berusaha menolak, tetapi Zubair bin Awwam dan Talhah bin Ubaidillah memaksa beliau, sehingga akhirnya Ali menerima bai’at mereka. Menjadikan Ali satu-satunya Khalifah yang dibai’at secara massal, karena khalifah sebelumnya dipilih melalui cara yang berbeda-beda.

Sebagai Khalifah ke-4 yang memerintah selama sekitar 5 tahun. Masa pemerintahannya mewarisi kekacauan yang terjadi saat masa pemerintah Khalifah sebelumnya, Utsman bin Affan. Untuk pertama kalinya perang saudara antara umat Muslim terjadi saat masa pemerintahannya, Pertempuran Basra. 20.000 pasukan pimpinan Ali melawan 30.000 pasukan pimpinan Zubair bin Awwam, Talhah bin Ubaidillah, dan Ummul mu’minin Aisyah binti Abu Bakar, janda Rasulullah. Perang tersebut mengurbankan sekitar 10000 umat Islam dan dimenangkan oleh pihak Ali.

Peristiwa pembunuhan Khalifah Utsman bin Affan yang menurut berbagai kalangan waktu itu kurang dapat diselesaikan karena fitnah yang sudah terlanjur meluas dan sudah diisyaratkan (akan terjadi) oleh Nabi Muhammad SAW ketika beliau masih hidup, dan diperparah oleh hasutan-hasutan para pembangkang yang ada sejak zaman Utsman bin Affan, menyebabkan perpecahan di kalangan kaum muslim sehingga menyebabkan perang tersebut. Tidak hanya selesai di situ, konflik berkepanjangan terjadi hingga akhir pemerintahannya. Pertempuran Shiffin yaitu antara pasukan Ali dan Muawiyah yang melemahkan kekhalifannya juga berawal dari masalah tersebut. Dalam peperangan ini jatuh kurban di pihak Ali 25000 pasukan dan di pihak Muawiyah 40000 pasukan.

Ali bin Abi Thalib, seseorang yang memiliki kecakapan dalam bidang militer dan strategi perang, mengalami kesulitan dalam administrasi negara karena kekacauan luar biasa yang ditinggalkan pemerintahan sebelumya. Ia meninggal di usia 63 tahun karena pembunuhan oleh Abdrrahman bin Muljam, seseorang yang berasal dari golongan Khawarij (pembangkang) saat mengimami salat subuh di masjid Kufah, pada tanggal 19 Ramadhan, dan Ali menghembuskan napas terakhirnya pada tanggal 21 Ramadhan tahun 40 Hijriyah. Ali dikuburkan secara rahasia di Najaf, bahkan ada beberapa riwayat yang menyatakan bahwa ia dikubur di tempat lain.

Keturunan

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Ali memiliki delapan istri setelah meninggalnya Fatimah az-Zahra[1] dan memiliki keseluruhan 36 orang anak. Dua anak laki-lakinya yang terkenal, lahir dari anak Nabi Muhammad, Fatimah, adalah Hasan dan Husain.

Keturunan Ali melalui Fatimah dikenal dengan Syarif atau Sayyid, yang merupakan gelar kehormatan dalam Bahasa Arab, Syarif berarti bangsawan dan Sayyed berarti tuan. Sebagai keturunan langsung dari Muhammad, mereka dihormati oleh Sunni dan Syi’ah.

Menurut riwayat, Ali bin Abi Thalib memiliki 36 orang anak yang terdiri dari 18 anak laki-laki dan 18 anak perempuan. Sampai saat ini keturunan itu masih tersebar, dan dikenal dengan Alawiyin atau Alawiyah. Sampai saat ini keturunan Ali bin Abi Thalib kerap digelari Sayyid.

Anak laki-laki

Anak perempuan

Hasan al-Mujtaba

Zainab al-Kubra

Husain asy-Syahid

Zainab al-Sughra

Muhammad bin al-Hanafiah

Ummu Kaltsum

Abbas al-Akbar (dijuluki Abu Fadl)

Ramlah al-Kubra

Abdullah al-Akbar

Ramlah al-Sughra

Ja’far al-Akbar

Nafisah

Utsman al-Akbar

Ruqaiyah al-Sughra

Muhammad al-Ashghar

Ruqaiyah al-Kubra

Abdullah al-Ashghar

Maimunah

Abdullah (yang dijuluki Abu Ali)

Zainab al-Sughra

‘Aun

Ummu Hani

Yahya

Fathimah al-Sughra

Muhammad al-Ausath

Umamah

Utsman al-Ashghar

Khadijah al-Sughra

Abbas al-Ashghar

Ummu al-Hasan

Ja’far al-Ashghar

Ummu Salamah

Umar al-Ashghar

Hamamah

Umar al-Akbar

Ummu Kiram

 

Surat dan kotbah Ali yang sangat terkenal

 Biografi Sunni

Biografi Syiah

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