Monday, April 23, 2007

Great events in the life of Muhammad (peace be upon him) III

The Battle of Trench

He came back from the Ascension. He never felt weak after that, he had a strong heart, even when the Muslims were weak.

At the Battle of Ditch. 10,000 non-Muslim army: collected, guarded, Jews. They surrounded the Quraish. Madina was totally protected on all sides. Only the South East part, were Bani Quraidah, the Jews of the Madinah, where he had a treaty that the Jews would protect that side, and 1000 left with him. At that time, the Jews broke the treaty, during the war, and they were getting ready to attach from South East. The hypocrites ran away. Many of the believers, who had weak hearts also ran away. And Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was left with 300 men- that was a weak moment. What did he do? He prayed two prayers. He led the true believers in prayer.

Whenever you’re weak, don’t weep, go and pray.
If you’re weak, and depend on yourself, you’re very weak.
But If you’re weak, and depend on the strongest of all, you’re never weak.

After the prayer, he turned to his companions, “Thank Allah”, they said, “Alhamdulillah”. Thrice. “I swear by Allah, that there is no one on this earth willing to fight for Allah, except for you

Are you willing to do this for the sake of Allah? To be amongst those who will not leave his faith, and continue to struggle? That is the message.

He ordered Hudhaifa, in the middle of the night to go and see what’s going on in the enemy’s army on a very cold and fearful night. Imagine the scene. A very dark and cold night. They can be attacked from any direction any moment. There was fear everywhere. They were facing 10,000 from Ahzab, and 700 Jews, and there were only 300 of them. Hudhaifa was once approached by the follower of the companions, At-Tabi’een. He was telling the people about the legacy of Muhammad (pbuh)- One of the attendees was so touched, and said, “You the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) did not do enough for him. I swear by Allah, that if the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was amongst us, his feet would not touch the ground, we would carry him everywhere.

Hudhaifa continued to speak, “It is easy to say. At the end of the battle, we were so cold and poor, I swear by Allah, I had nothing to wear because of poverty. The only thing I had was my wife’s dress that only reached my knees. And it was a fearful night, and we were shaking. It was so dark that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stood up to talk and we could not see him, The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told us ‘who among you is willing to cross the ditch?’ – Abu Bakr, Uthman, Umar, Ali, Zubair: nobdy moved. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) repeated again, who would be willing to cross the ditch and see the enemy’s army, and I promise him Jannah?’. And he asked thrice, and he would guarantee him heavens, and no one moved.” The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

When fear touches the leader, everything is gone. He was the only fearless.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) moved. His foot touched my knee, and I drew back, fearing he would ask me to go. He asked, ‘Who is that?’ ‘I am Hudhaifa’ ‘Hudhaifa, get up, and go on the mission’

They are human. They were different. The real difference is, when the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told ONE of them to stand, they had no hesitation. It is NOT that we’re not human, we will be oppressed, we will fear, we will be impoverished, endangered, but this great religion, will not be carried by those who will not obey when Muhammad says “Stand up”. The true legacy is not to talk about Muhammad. The true legacy is, despite being oppressed, sinning, desiring, bad leaders, we continue to be those who hold on to the legacy of Muhammad.

Hudhaifa left. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed unstoppably, until Hudhaifa came back and said, that the enemies were blown away by a wind so strong, only on their side, and they all ran away.

He continued to pray.
Three years later, the conquered Makkah, and spread all over Arabia.

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