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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 26
23 Shawwaal 1434 / 31 August 2013

There is a well-known story told in the Hadeeth books. Once a lady from the tribe of Makhzoom was guilty of theft. Because she was of high birth, some people desired that she be saved from disgrace of having her hand cut off and they tried to intercede for her by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

No one had the courage to come forward. They knew that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had great love for Sayyidina Usaama bin Zaid (Radiallahu anhu), the adopted son of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and appointed him to speak to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on their behalf.

Usaama (Radiallahu anhu) went and spoke. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) strongly admonished him: “Do you come to intercede and make recommendations on the laws fixed by Allah?”

Thereupon Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) gave a sermon and said to all: “The people of previous nations were destroyed for this reason that when one of “high” birth committed theft he was let off free, but when an ordinary one did so, he was punished, I swear by Allah that should Fatima the daughter of Muhammed commit theft (May Allah forbid) then her hand will be cut off.”

Similar incidents are also mentioned in books of Ahaadeeth. This is the type of action which made fear settle in the hearts of the non-believers. Hence, hearing that reply from the spy, the Roman commander Heraclius said: “If what you say is true, then it is better to be buried in the earth than to meet them in battle upon it.”

At that same time there was a certain Roman prisoner in the hands of the Muslims. By chance, he managed to escape and rejoined his camp. The Roman commander, Heraclius, asked him to explain the conditions of the Muslims in full detail.

He too explained in similar terms that these people are devoted worshippers of Allah by night, and valiant fighters by day. They do not even take anything from their non-Muslim subjects without paying. When they meet each other they greet each other with the word “Salaam.” Heraclius heard this and said: “If that is how they are, then they will become the possessors and rulers of this land.”

At the battle of Antioch, Yazid bin Abu Sufyan (Radiallahu anhu) wrote a letter to Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) to report on the battle. He started his letter thus:

“I humbly report that after praises to Allah and salutation to the Prophet, that when the news of our journey towards him reached Heraclius, the King of Rome, ...Allah put such a terror in his heart that he fled to avoid facing us in battle and reached Antioch.”

In reply Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) wrote: “Your letter reached us wherein I became aware of the terror struck into the hearts of Heraclius. At the time when we were setting forth into battle with Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) Allah also helped us by casting terror into the hearts of the enemies. And He helped us by sending down the Angels on our side. And this is that Deen to which we now call the people and it is this Deen which Allah is busy helping by casting terror and fear into the hearts of enemies.” (Khamees)

Heraclius had a very huge army. By comparison the Muslims were few. Sayyidina Amr bin-al-Aas (Radiallahu anhu) complained to Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) about this. Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) wrote in reply:

“You Muslims can never be defeated because of being few in number. But because of becoming involved in sin, you will be vanquished in spite of being many in number. Hence guard yourself carefully against sin.”

It is this spirit that made the Muslims conquerors over men and nations, on land and sea, over stones and trees, over birds and animals. There was victory over all.

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 118-119 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.


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