The best of this Ummah


The believers are those who say:

“And remember Allah’s Favour upon you and His Covenant with which He bound you when you said: ‘We hear and we obey.’ And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Knower of the secrets of (your) breasts.”  [5:7]

Their hearts feel no discomfort when they hear a ruling from Allaah or His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.” [33:36]

They are firm in the truth, by Allaah’s will and they do not let the blame of others divert them.

This was the case of the best people of this Ummah, the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Following is an extract from the book of Al-Allaamah Ash-Sheikh Safi-ur Rahman Al Mubarakpuri (رحمه الله) to demonstrate the firm belief and determination to aid the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) shown by both the Muhajireen (Emigrants) and the Ansaar (Helpers). This incident is a consultation between the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and the Companions before the fighting commenced at the Battle of Badr, where the Muslims were between 300-317 men and the disbelievers consisted of 1000.

“The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) apprised his men of the gravity of the situation and asked for their advice. Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) was the first who spoke and assured the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of the unreserved obedience to his command. ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) was the next. Then Al-Miqdad bin ‘Amr (رضي الله عنه) got up and said:

‘O Messenger of Allaah! Proceed where Allaah directs you to, for we are with you. We will not say as the Children of Israel said to Moses:

“Go you and your Lord and fight, we will stay here” [5:24]

Rather we shall say:

“Go you and your Lord and fight, and we will fight along with you”

By Allaah! If you were to take us to Birk Al-Ghimad, we will still fight resolutely with you against its defenders until you gained it.’

The three leaders were from the Emigrants, who only constituted a minor section of the army. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) wanted, and for the more reason, to hear the Helpers’ view because they were the majority of soldiers and were expected to shoulder the burden of the war activities. Moreover, the clauses of Al-‘Aqabah pledge did not commit them to fighting beyond their territories.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) then said:

‘O People! Advise me!’

By which he meant the Helpers, in particular. Upon this Sa’d ibn Mu’adth (رضي الله عنه) stood up and said:

‘By Allaah, I feel you want us (the Helpers) to speak’

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) directly said :

‘Oh, yes!’

Sa’d said:

‘O Prophet of Allaah! We believe in you and we bear witness to what you have granted to us and we declare in clear terms that what you have brought us is the Truth. We give you our firm pledge of obedience and sacrifice. We will obey you most willingly in whatever you command us, and by Allaah, Who has sent you with the Truth, if you were to ask us to throw ourselves into the sea, we will do that most readily and not a man of us will stay behind. We do not deny the idea of encounter with the enemy. We are experienced in war and we are trustworthy in combat. We hope that Allaah will show you through our hands those deeds of bravery which will please your eyes. Kindly lead us to the battlefield in the Name of Allaah.’

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was impressed with the loyalty and the spirit of sacrifice which his Companions showed at this crucial point. Then he said to them:

‘Move ahead and receive good news, for Allaah has promised me one of the two (the rewarding course through capturing the booty or strife in the cause of Allaah against the polytheists), and by Allaah it is as if I now saw the enemy lying prostrate’”

[Ar-Raheeq ul-Makhtoum]

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