Abu Darda was a companion of prophet Muhammad. He was the husband of fellow companion Umm al-Darda. Abu Darda belonged to the al-Ḥārith clan of the Banu Khazraj tribe, he converted to Islam after the Battle of Badr. He was declared the brother of Salman the Persian and served as a Governor in Syria during the caliph Uthman's reign, he died in Alexandria before the assassination of the third Rashidun Caliph Uthman. A hadith transmitted by him states that Muhammad enjoined to him three things: to fast three days every month, to offer the Witr salat before sleep, to offer two rakat sunnah of Fajr -from Al-Tabarani and Majma al-Zawa'id. Abu Darda's own preaching focused on the insignificance of worldly wealth and the minor details of life. According to him, this life was comparable to a loan, it is said of Abu Darda. On reaching there, the friend noticed, with grave concern, the appalling condition of Abu Darda's house. According to the friend, Abu Darda's house was shorter than the full height of a standing man.
It was as narrow as it was short, the household utilities were less than basic. When the friend inquired from Abu Darda why he lived in such dire conditions, Darda's response was: "Do not worry my friend, this is just my temporary shade. I am building a proper house somewhere putting good things deserving thereof." When, on another occasion, the friend went back and found the same deprived shade, he demanded to know why Abu Darda had not moved to his better house. It was that Abu Darda revealed to him that the house he referred to was the Kabr, he strongly advocated the acquisition of knowledge, saying, “None of you can be pious unless he is knowledgeable, he cannot enjoy knowledge unless he applies it practically.” Abu Darda praised scholars of Islam for their knowledge and application of it. He lauded the teacher, saying they would receive equal reward. Islamic Encyclopedia Biography of Abu Darda
This is a list of cricket players who have played representative cricket for Southern Province in Sri Lanka. The team is known as Ruhuna, but has played as Southern Province until 2005, it includes players that have played at least one match, in senior First-Class, List A cricket, or Twenty20 matches. Practice matches are not included, unless they have been classified at First-class tour matches; the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament is the premier domestic cricket competition in Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1990. All of the cricket players who have represented Ruhuna in first class cricket in order of their appearance for the team: All of the Players who have represented Ruhuna in List A cricket domestic one day competitions: All of the Players who have represented Ruhuna in Twenty20 domestic competitions: Players Who Have Played For Ruhuna Sri Lanka Cricket