It was as though he wanted to celebrate his Islam until the very last moment of his life. Now, if Habib, on that day, had tried to escape this horrible death by a pretense of his faith in Musailamah's prophethood, his faith would not have been questioned, doubted or blemished in any way. But he was a man who had witnessed the Second Pledge of Al-'Aqabah along with his father, mother, brother, and aunt, and ever since those decisive blessed moments he had carried upon his shoulders the responsibility that ensued his oath and faith to the fullest. He could not for a moment hold his life and principles as separable. Therefore, he found a rare opportunity to win his life once and for all. His life was an embodiment of his faith. It embodied his stead-fastness, greatness, heroism, sacrifice, and martyrdom for the sake of Right and Truth, the splendor of which surpassed all victories.
al-Isabah Ibn Hajr - الإصابة في تمييز الصحابة [Companion (RA), Id:1586. - pg:2/19] حبيب بن زيد بن عاصم بن عمرو الأنصاري المازني أخو عبد الله بن زيد ذكره بن إسحاق فيمن شهد العقبة من الأنصار وقال هو الذي أخذه مسيلمة فقتله ثم أسند القصة عن محمد بن يحيى بن حبان وغيره وقال بن سعد شهد حبيب أحدا والخندق والمشاهد وروى بن أبي شيبة عن عبد الله بن إدريس عن محمد بن عمارة عن أبي بكر بن محمد يعني بن حزم أن حبيب بن زيد قتله مسيلمة فلما كان يوم اليمامة خرج أخوه عبد الله بن زيد وأمه وكانت نذرت ألا يصيبها غسل حتى يقتل مسيلمة
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