Imagine that the believers with their small army (including only 2 horses), going out with the intent of meeting a mere 40 unarmed man and instead meeting a well- prepared army of *3 times* their size – Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) could have easily ordered the believers to fight and they would not have hesitated to comply – But – He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) wanted to emphasize to his followers that they should fight out of conviction and Iman and to teach us a lesson in the process.
He gathered his followers to conduct Shura (Consultation) -Many of the Muhajireen ( the Muslims who emigrated from Meakkaha to Medinah) spoke up – using the most eloquent of words to describe their dedication – But there was one of the Sahabah whom all the others envied for his statement to Beloved Prophet Muhammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) – He, Miqdad ibn al Aswad – rose up in front of the crowd and said – ‘Ya RasulAllah! – We will not say to you like Bani Israel said to Musa, ‘Go you and your Lord and fight – we are here sitting and awaiting – ‘[Surat al maa’idah]’ – Go by Allah’s blessing and we are with you!”
And so the Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was very pleased- but in His great wisdom – He waited silently – and some among the Muslims knew what He intended- So far only the Muhajiroon had given their consent- but it was the Ansar (the Muslims who lived in Medinah and welcomed the Muslims into their city) – who had the most to loose in this stake and it was not a part of the pledge that the Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) had taken from the Ansar at ‘Aqabah) for the Ansar to fight with the Muslims in foreign territory – So- the great leader of the Ansar, Sa’d ibn Mu’adh spoke up- “Ya RasulAllah! Maybe you mean us?”- The Beloved Prophet Muhammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) responded in the affirmative.
Sa’d proceeded to give a beautiful speech in which he said – among many things: “O Messenger of ALLAH – we have believed in you and we believe that you are saying the Truth – We give you- based on that – our Covenant to listen to and Obey You -by ALLAH – the One Who sent you with the Truth – if you were to enter the sea- we would rush into it with you and not one of us would stay behind -May ALLAH show you in our actions what will satisfy your eyes – So march with us- putting our Trust in ALLAH ‘s Blessings”
Beloved Prophet Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was very pleased by this and said: “Forward and be of cheer- for ALLAH has promised me one of the two (the Caravan or the Battle) – and by ALLAH it is as if I now saw the enemy lying prostrate.” Read the rest of this entry »