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06-27-2006, 01:34 PM
Giving glad tidings in the hardest situation
Selected by QHA Rabbani

What we Muslims need today is a change of understanding; we need to step out of our time and place and see our situation in the light of the laws that Allah placed in His creation, and the guidance that He sent His Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) with.

Allah says: "And don't be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for the reward, ie Paradise) that for which they hope not, and Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise." [An-Nisaa' 4:104]

We see in the life of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) that he would give glad tidings in the hardest of moments. We may think at times there is no exit for the Ummah, but we have to remember, Allah has promised victory to this Ummah, a victory He will bring when He wants, due to His Wisdom. Our situation is one of weakness and we know it will change to one of strength.

Imam Ahmad was quoted as saying that the Falsehood will not be manifest over the Truth until our hearts leave the Truth. We are certain, when we fulfill the conditions of victory, that the Truth will be manifest over the Falsehood. We know it is near, though it may not be two weeks. With Allah, it is close, as even the Day of Judgment is referred to as "Tomorrow". [Al-Hashr 59:18]

The following are three dire situations from the Seerah of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) during which he reassured and gave glad tidings to his followers.

The Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) in Ta'if:

"When the harm and plotting of the Quraish increased, after the deaths of the Holy Prophet's uncle and wife, he headed towards Ta'if hoping that he might find in this trip greater attentiveness and support for his message. Instead, they turned him away in a very impolite manner. They encouraged their boys to stone him. They stoned him until he bled from his noble feet." [Al-Sibai, "The Prophet's Seerah, p 36]

"Given this support and auspicious start, depression, dismay and sadness that used to beset him since he was driven out of Ta'if, he turned his face towards Makkah with fresh determination to resume his earlier plan to expose people to Islam and communicate his Message in a great spirit of zeal and matchless enthusiasm.

Zaid bin Harithah, his companion, addressing the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) said, 'How dare you step into Makkah after they (Quraish) have expatriated you?' The Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) answered: 'Hearken Zaid, Allah will surely provide relief and He will verily support His religion and Prophet.'" [Al-Mubaarakpuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, "The Third Phase Calling Unto Islam Beyond Makkah"]

The Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) during the Hijrah:

"The notables of Makkah convened an emergency session to determine the future course of action and explore all areas that could help arrest the two men -- the Holy Prophet Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam and Abu Bakr Siddiq (Radhi Allaho anho). They decided to block all avenues leading out of Makkah and imposed heavy armed surveillance over all potential exits. A price of 100 camels was set upon the head of each one. Horsemen, infantry and tracers of tracks scoured the country.

Once they even reached the mouth of the cave where the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) and Abu Bakr (Radhi Allaho anho) were hiding. When he saw the enemy at a very close distance, Abu Bakr whispered to the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam): 'What, if they were to look through the crevice and detect us?'

The Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) in his God-inspired calm replied: 'Silence Abu Bakr! What do you think of those two with whom the Third is Allah.' It was really a Divine miracle, the chasers were only a few steps from the cave." [Al-Mubaarakpuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, " Migration of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam)"]

"...In a version by Abu Bakr (Radhi Allaho anho), he said: "We emigrated while the Makkans were in pursuit of us. None caught up with us except Suraqah bin Malik bin Ju'sham on a horse. I said: 'O Messenger of Allah (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam), this one has caught up with us.' The Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) replied: 'Don't be cast down, verily, Allah is with us.' [Al-Mubaarakpuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, " Migration of the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam)"]

The Battle of the Ditch:

"It was the winter season, the air was cold and there was a food crisis in Madinah, which was about to come under a brutal siege, and there is nothing more deadly to the spirit of resistance than despair, for if the besieged were to be exposed to its violent bouts, the way of humiliating surrender would be the only alternative. For this reason, the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) strove hard to arouse the moral strength of his men to the highest pitch so that they should feel certain that the trial, which they faced was just a passing cloud, which would soon disperse, and thereafter Islam would resume its march and people would enter into it in large numbers, and the strongholds of tyranny would crumble before it and no plots would come from them nor would they fear from any evil. It is a rule of politics that this wide hope should accompany the stages of ceaseless effort." [Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Fiqh us-Seerah, p 308]

"Another illustrious preternatural example went to the effect that an obstinate rock stood out as an immune obstacle in the ditch. The Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) took the spade and struck, and the rock immediately turned into a loose sand dune. In another version, Al-Bara' said: On Al-Khandaq (the trench) Day there stood out a rock too immune for our spades to break up. We, therefore, went to see the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam) for advice. He took the spade, and struck the rock uttering: 'In the Name of Allah, Allah is Great, the keys of Shaam (Geographical Syria) are mine, I swear by Allah, I can see its palaces at the moment;' on the second strike he said: 'Allah is Great, Persia is mine, I swear by Allah, I can now see the white palace of Madain;' and for the third time he struck the rock, which turned into very small pieces, he said: 'Allah is Great, I have been given the keys of Yemen, I swear by Allah, I can see the gates of San'a, while I am in my place.' The same version was narrated by Ishaaq." [Al-Mubaarakpuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, "Al-Ahzab (the Confederates) Invasion"]

"So when the confederates swept down upon Madinah and laid a tight siege around it, the Muslims did not give up in despair but faced the bitter reality with unshakeable hope in a noble future.

'And when the true believers saw the clans, they said: This is that which Allah and His Messenger promised us. Allah and His Messenger are true. And it increased them only in faith and acceptance.' [Al-Ahzab 33:22]

As for the weaklings, the doubters and the sick of heart, they made fun of the promises of victory and thought them to be the desires of deluded people, and they said to the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihe wasallam): 'He tells you that he sees from Yathrib the palaces of Hirah and the city of Kisra, while you are there digging the ditch and you cannot pass stool (for fear).'

About them Allah says: 'And when the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, were saying: Allah and His messenger promised us naught but delusion.' [Al-Ahzab 33:12] [Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Fiqh us-Seerah, p 310-311]

Twelve or thirteen years later, the Prophet's promise about Persia came true. Maybe it should be noted here that the hypocrites of today are also telling us that Allah has promised us nothing but delusion -- those hypocrites who want removal or change of the Shari`ah. Beware of them, because they promise us nothing but delusion.

Allah says: "Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know." [Yusuf 12:21]
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