Abdullah-B-AL-Zubayr (d-73 H-692 CE) عبدالله بن الزبير
Once children playing in the street saw `Umar b al-Khattab coming towards them, they fled in fear – except `Abdullah ibn Zubayr. `Umar asked him why he hadn’t fled. He replied, “Neither have I committed a wrong, nor is the street too narrow. So why should I run away?” `Umar was pleased with the courageous reply.
A son of the Hawwariyy al-Rasul, Zubayr ibn al-`Awwam, and Abu Bakr's daughter, Asma’. He was the first child to be born of the Muhajirun at Madinah in 1 H. The Prophet (saws) placed a chewed date in the infant’s mouth when he was presented to him after birth, and named him `Abdullah. Once children playing in the street saw `Umar ibn al-Khattab coming towards them, they fled in fear – except Ibn Zubayr. `Umar asked him why he hadn’t fled. He replied, “Neither have I committed a wrong, nor is the street too narrow. So why should I run away?” `Umar was pleased with the courageous reply. Once the Prophet gave some of his blood to him to throw it away in a safe place. Ibn Zubayr took it away and drank it off. He grew into a fiercely courageous Muslim. He was in Jabiyyah when `Umar visited that city and reported a Hadith that `Umar narrated in a talk:
“The Prophet said: `Show respect to my Companions; then those who will follow them and then those who will follow them. Thereonwards lies will spread, until a man will bear witness without being asked and will swear without being asked. And, whoever wished to take abode in the center of Paradise may hold on to the mainstream of the Muslims. For Satan is with one, and with two he is at a greater distance. And let not a male be alone with a female, because Satan is their third. And, whoever was pleased of his good deeds and displeased with his evil deeds, is a believer.’”
`Abdullah took part in the African expeditions. Later, he led in revolt against the Umayyad irreligiousity and became a Caliph in 64 H/ 683 CE after the death of Yezid ibn Mu`awiyyah, bringing regions of the Hijaz, Yemen, parts of Syria, Iraq and Egypt under his control. The following year in a siege of Makkah by Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, the Ka`ba was hit by a flaming missile and burned. It is said that the horns of the lamb that came in replacement of Isma’il was also burned in that incident. `Abd Allah rebuilt it on a larger scale to include the Hijr of Isma’il. Following a Prophetic wish, narrated by his aunt, `Aisha (ra), he also added another door to the Ka`ba and brought the two doors to the ground level. Later, however, the Ka`ba was pulled down and rebuilt to the old design by al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf. Makkah fell to Hajjaj’s forces only after `Abdullah fell. He was then 73. His body was hung from a gibbet. His mother Asma’, by now over hundred, came to his corpse and praised his courage, demonstrating her own. His head was sent to Damascus. It is said that in Prayers he stood like a pillar, much like his grand-father Abu Bakr. Once a missile touched his beard as it passed by. But Ibn Zubayr did not shorten or alter the usual manner of his Prayers. He knew several languages and spoke to a variety of his slaves in their languages. It is also said that he couldn’t be compared with anyone in three things: Courage, devotion in Prayers and rhetoric. His mother gave him the wash for burial.