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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 27
08 Zulqadah 1434/14 September 2013

Once a Muslim army had to set up camp in one of the wild jungles of Africa (North). This jungle was filled with dangerous wild animals. The commander Sayyidina Uqbah (Radiallahu anhu) went with a few Sahabah (Radiallahu anhu) to a certain spot and made an announcement:

“0 you creatures living in the earth and you wild animals. We are the Companions of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Please depart from here, for we intend camping here. Whoever of you we find here after this, we shall kill.”

As this announcement was made, it was as if a bolt of lightning had travelled among the wild beasts and reptiles. Picking up their small ones they immediately departed from there. (Ishaa-at)

It was probably against the Roman Emperor of Byzantium or in some other battle that Sayyidina Safina (Radiallahu athu) once lost his way. It so happened that he came across a lion in his path. Without any fear he told the lion: “I am a Companion of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and I now face this situation.”

The lion wagged its tail and accompanied him like a domesticated dog. Whenever any danger lurked ahead, the lion jumped ahead to dispose of the danger. The lion in this manner directed him back to his camp.” (Mishkat)

On the expedition into Persia an attack was planned on Madain (Ctesiphon). The Muslims had to cross the River Tigris. It was during the rainy season with the river in flood. The enemy on the other side had removed all the boats etc.., so as to hamper the progress of the Muslims.

Sayyidina Saad (Radiallahu anhu) the Muslim commander gave the order to lead their horses into the flooded river. The Muslims obeyed and in pairs of two they proceeded as the horses began to swim with ease. Sayyidina Salman Farsi (Radiallahu anhu) was the companion of Saad (Radiallahu anhu) . He reports that he heard Sayyidina Saad (Radiallahu anhu) say repeatedly:

“I swear by Allah. Allah will surely help His friends and make His Deen dominant, and defeat his enemy as long as there is not in the army an unjust one (or a fornicator) and as long as sins do not overcome good deeds.” (Ishaa-at)

At the time of the campaign against the murtads (renegades), Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) sent Alaa Hadrami (Radiallahu anhu) with an army towards Bahrain. They happened to cross such a desert where there was no sign of water at all. The soldiers nearly died of thirst. Sayyidina Alaa dismounted from his horse, performed two rakaahs Salaah and prayed:

“0 Most Clement One, 0 Thou All-Knower, Most High, Most Great, Quench Thou our thirst.”

A very ordinary looking cloud appeared and it began to rain immediately, with such force that all could quench their thirst, give the animals to drink and fill sufficiently into utensils to carry with them.

After this they set forth and discovered that the murtads had gone to take refuge at Darben. In order to reach there they had to cross a portion of sea. The murtads had already set fire to and destroyed all the boats, to close the path of the Muslims towards them.

Sayyidina Alaa (Radiallahu anhu) went onto the beach, and performed two rakaahs Salaah and again prayed:

0 Most Clement One 0 Thou All-Knower, Most High, Most Great
Make us cross the sea!”


Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu anhu) says: “We walked on the water. By Allah, our feet did not even get wet, neither our socks, nor the hooves of the horses and the army contained four thousand men.”

Some historians say that the water withdrew and only the feet of the camels and horses became wet. (There were four thousand men. It is quite possible that with some it happened that the feet of the animals became wet whereas in the case of Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu anhu) no one‟s feet became wet.)

Afif bin Munzir (Radiallahu anhu) also took part in this battle and in some lines of poetry he referred to this battle:

“See you not how Allah made the sea obedient to His Will
See you not what calamity He sent on the infidel
We called on Him who for the Israelites the sea made still,
And greater was His help to us then to Bani Israel.” (Khamees)


Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 120-121 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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