SAHÂBAH – صحابة
Literally: A possessor. An owner, or responsible master. A protector. An associating, consorting with another; fellowship, association. A being a supporter.
The male Muslims who saw Prophet Muhammad (asm) as a mu’min and passed away as a mu’min, and who supported and protected Islam as they were the owners of it.
(Please refer the Addendum to the Twenty-Seventh Word on The Sahabah)