[This is Jannatul-Baqi.. Graveyard of Medina. Resting place of The Most Honoured Souls after the Prophets(as)... The Sahaba(ra) ♥ ]
A companion of the Prophet (saw) named Abdullah bin Hudhaifah Al-Sahmi (ra) was among the soldiers that Umar ibn Al Khattab despatched to the Romans, who were then captured. Abdullah was captured by the Romans who took him to the king and said, “He is from Muhammed’s companions.”
The tyrant king said to him; “Would you like to be a Christian and for me to make you a partner in my property and kingdom?”
Abdullah replied; “If you give me all that you posses to leave the Deen of Muhammad (sa) I would not do it.”
The tyrant said to him; “Then I will kill you,” He said, “It is up to you.”
The king commanded him to be crucified. At the same time he instructed his shooters to shoot Abdullah near his hands and near his legs while continuously offering him the same offer, but Abdullah refused. Then he commanded for Abdullah to be brought down and he called for a big pot, poured water into it until it was boiling and asked for two captured Muslims to be brought forth.
He then gave an order for one of the Muslims to be thrown into the bowling water unless Abdullah accepted his offer of becoming a Christian, but Abdullah refused. Finally, he commanded that Abdullah be thrown inside the boiling pot also. As Abdullah was being taken away he began to cry.
The king thinking that Abdullah’s resolve was broken instructed for him to be brought back and offered Christianity to him but once again he refused. Shocked at Abdullah’s answer, the tyrant king asked; “Why then did you cry?”
Abdullah replies; “I cried because I said to myself you will be thrown in this pot and pass away. It saddens me that I only have one life to give. I would like that I had as many souls as the number of hairs on my body so that they can all be sacrificed and then meet Allah Ta’ala.”
May Allah never afflict us with trials as such and grant us true strength on the long road to Jannah. Ameen