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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 36
07  Rabiul Aakhir 1435 / 08 February 2014

Steadfastness of the Sahabah (Radlallahu anhum)

Apart from these there are many other verses from which we come to know that true religion is in actual fact the conforming to the practice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). This is the Deen. This is the Shariat and acting according to it is obedience to Allah.

This is the reason why it was so hard for the noble Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum), especially in the period of the four early Caliphs, to sway even a little from this following of the Sunnah.

Thus we saw that during the early days of the Caliphate of Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu), a trying time came over Islam as from all sides people turned their backs on Islam. That was the time of apostasy. So delicate was the situation that even a valiant, devoted man like Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu anhu) came and advised Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) to act with a bit of leniency.

Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiallahu anhu) rose in anger as he exclaimed:

“0 Umar, how is it that in the days of ignorance prior to Islam, you were fanatically brave and now a coward in Islam!?

This was a way of taunting Hazrat Umar (Radiallahu anhu) whose bravery was almost proverbial. And now he came forward with such cowardly advice!

Thereafter he exclaimed further (in reference to those who refused to give the Zakaat): “I swear by Allah! I shall wage war against anyone for refusing to give even a goatling as Zakaat which he used to give to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

According to other versions of this Hadeeth he exclaimed that he was prepared to fight against those who refused to give as Zakaat a mere piece of rope which he used to give previously. This was steadfastness on Deen. This was preservation of Deen and its protection. Of such a dangerous time in history when apostasy was rife, it would have been possible to give in slightly in the case of one of the obligatory duties. But for these people the mere thought of excluding one single act of those wherein they were required to follow the Rasul of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), meant giving yourself up for destruction and loss. This they would never do willingly or knowingly.

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 178 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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