Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, an inspirational biography on a very special sahaba...SubhanAllah
His name was unusual and incomplete. Julaybib (R) means, "small grown". It is the diminutive form of the word "Jalbab". The name is an indication that Julaybib (R) was small and short.
More than that, he is described as being "damam" which means ugly, deformed, or of repulsive appearance. Even more disturbing, for the society in which he lived, Julaybib's lineage was not known. There is no record of who his mother and father were, or to what tribe he belonged.
This was considered a serious disability in his society. Julaybib (R) could not expect any compassion, protection, or support from a society that placed a great deal of importance on family and tribal connections. In this regard, all that was known of him was that he was an Arab and that, as far as the new community of Islam was concerned, he was one of the Ansar. He was shunned in his society. As an example, Abu Barzah, of the Aslam tribe, prohibited him from entering his home, and he told his wife:
"Do not let Julaybib (R) enter among you. If he does, I shall certainly do something terrible to him."
Was there any hope for Julaybib (R) to be treated with respect and consideration? Was there any hope for him to find emotional satisfaction as an individual and as a man? Was there any hope for him to enjoy the relationships that others take for granted? And in the new society emerging under the guidance of the Prophet, was he so insignificant as to be overlooked in the preoccupation with the great affairs of state and in the supreme issues of life and survival which constantly engaged the attention of the Prophet ? Just as he was aware of the great issues of life and destiny, the Prophet , who is mercy for all humanity, was also aware of the needs and feelings of his most humble companions.
With Julaybib (R) in mind, the Prophet went to one of the Ansar and said: I want to have your daughter married. "How wonderful and blessed, O Messenger of Allah, and what a delight to the eye (this would be)," replied the Ansari man with obvious joy and happiness. I do not wanther for myself, added the Prophet "Then for whom, O Messenger of Allah?" asked the man, obviously somewhat let down. For Julaybib, said the Prophet .