"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 29

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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 29
29 Zulqadah 1434/05 October 2013

Subservience of Animals to the Saints of Allah and Fruits of Obediance.

Hence stories of the lives of the Sahabah (Radiallahu anhuma) and the saints have reached us in most authentic fashion showing how the world became completely despicable before them and still comes to them like that. And why should it not be so when the world and everything else had been created for them?

Once Sayyidina Saad (Radiallahu anhu) appointed Sayyidina Asim bin Amr (Radiallahu anhu) the commander of a small army to attack Maysaan. Asim (Radiallahu anhu) reached the place. At that time the food supply of the Muslims was completely exhausted. They could not get anything from anywhere.

At the edge of the woods they met a Persian cowherd. They inquired from him whether there was a possibility of getting any milk or beasts of burden anywhere. He lied that he did not know. From inside the woods an ox shouted for all to hear:
"He lies. This enemy of Allah! We are here!”

Hearing this voice, Sayyidina Asim (Radiallahu anhu) entered the woods, brought out the animals and distributed them among the soldiers. (Some historians are of the opinion that this happened to Sayyidina Saad (Radiallahu anhu) himself at the time of the Battle of Qadisia. It is however quite possible that it could have happened twice.)

During the time of Hajjaaj bin Yusuf this story was told to him. He was quite amazed. He then called some people who had been witnesses of the incident. They confirmed the truth thereof. They explained that they themselves had heard the voice of the ox. Hajjaaj then asked: "What did the people (present at that time) think of this happening?”

They replied: “The people took this incident as proof that Allah was pleased with the Muslims and that victory was on their side.”

Hajjaaj repiied: “That would only be the case if all the soldiers in the army had been Allah-fearing and righteous.” The people said: “We are not acquainted with what lay in the hearts of the soldiers. But whatever we could perceive outwardly we know and this is that we never saw more pious men than those. We have never seen men who disliked wordly riches more than them. There was not a single man among them who was a coward, or acted deceitfully or treacherously.”

In this story we read of the speaking of animals before the saints of Allah and their offering itselves to them. This must not be looked upon as impossible.

In Sahih and other Hadeeth books there is the story of a man who was leading a cow somewhere. He became tired and mounted the cow. Thereupon the cow began speaking. “We have not been created for this. We have been created for farming.” The people, upon hearing this, were amazed. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I as, well as Abu Bakr, and Umar believe in the truth of this.”

Once a man was grazing some goats. A wolf came along and snatched one goat. The shepherd made a big noise about it. Then the wolf said: “Who will guard these goats on the Day of the Beast, near the Day of Qiyamat?” People were quite astonished at the utterance of this wolf. Then too Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) uttered the same words: “I and Abu Bakr and Umar believe this.” (Mishkat, Bukhari, Muslim).

There are also numerous incidents in the books of miracles that animals bore witness to the fact that  Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was Allah's Messenger. They even taunted people for not believing. If you wish to know more thereof I suggest you check in "Shifa‟ of Qazi Ayaz who also mentioned some similar incidents.

The second part of this story (of the talking ox) who offered himself, is also quite understandable. These soldiers were at all times ready and eager to become martyrs in Allah‟s path. And as the saying goes: “As you treat others, so will you be treated.”

Persian couplet: “Withdraw not your neck from the Ruler‟s command so that none may withdraw his neck from your demand.” (Saadi)

The books of history bear witness to the great zeal for martyrdom of these soldiers of Islam. In Stories of Sahabah‟ I have penned down some specimen of stories of this zeal. If you wish refer to it.

During the farewell Haj, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) slaughtered one hundred camels. While he was busy slaughtering the animals, five or six camels came forward on their own accord pressing to be slaughtered before the others. This story is told in the Sahih of Abu Dawood. In this world we see ordinary rulers -helpless rulers -who possess no real power supporting and protecting their subjects. So why should not Allah grant support to those who obey Him diligently? In fact in the Quran we have the promise:

“0 you who believe, if you help Allah, Allah will surely help you.” (47.7)

“If Allah helps you, none shall overcome you, and if He should withdraw His help from you, then who will be your helper after Him?” (3. 160)

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 124-126 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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