Posted on 06/30/2012 by __socrates

SAHABI صحابي
fem. Sahabiyah. “An associate.” One of the Companions of Muhammad. The number of persons entitled to this distinction at the time of Muhammad’s death is said to have boon 144,000, the number Including all persons who had ever served as followers of the Prophet, and who had actually seen him. The general opinion being that one who embraced Islam, saw the Prophet and accompanied him, even for a short time, is a Sahabi, or “associate.” [ASHAB.]

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam