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“Verily Allah has commanded me to love four (persons)…

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إن الله عز وجل أمرني بحب أربعة وأخبرني أنه يحبهم : علي والمقداد وأبو ذر وسلمان

Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,”Verily Allah has commanded me to love four (persons) and has told me that He loves them: ‘Ali, Al-Miqdad, Abu Dhar and Salman  رضي الله عنهم ”

[Jami’us saghir]

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“…By Allah! We will not say to you what the Children of Israel said to Musa

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Muhammad bin Ishaq reported that `Abdullah bin `Abbas رضي الله عنه said, “When the Messenger of Allah heard that Abu Sufyan had left the Sham area (headed towards Makkah with Quraysh’s caravan), he encouraged the Muslims to march forth to intercept them, saying,

«هَذِهِ عِيرُ قُرَيْشٍ فِيهَا أَمْوَالُهُمْ، فَاخْرُجُوا إِلَيْهَا لَعَلَّ اللهَ أَن يُّنَفِّلَكُمُوهَا»

(This is the caravan of Quraysh carrying their property, so march forth to intercept it, Allah might make it as war spoils for you.)

The people started mobilizing Muslims, although some of them did not mobilize, thinking that the Prophet would not have to fight. Abu Sufyan was cautiously gathering information on the latest news spying on travelers he met, out of fear for the caravan, especially upon entering the area of Hijaz (Western Arabia). Some travelers told him that Muhammad had mobilized his companions for his caravan. He was anxious and hired Damdam bin `Amr Al-Ghifari to go to Makkah and mobilize the Quraysh to protect their caravan, informing them that Muhammad had mobilized his Companions to intercept the caravan. Damdam bin `Amr went in a hurry to Makkah. Meanwhile, the Messenger of Allah marched with his companions until he reached a valley called Dhafiran. When he left the valley, he camped and was informed that the Quraysh had marched to protect their caravan. The Messenger of Allah consulted the people for advice and conveyed the news about Quraysh to them. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه stood up and said something good, and so did `Umar رضي الله عنه. Al-Miqdad bin `Amr رضي الله عنه stood up and said, `O Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم! March to what Allah has commanded you, for we are with you. By Allah! We will not say to you what the Children of Israel said to Musa عليه السلام,

﴿فَاذْهَبْ أَنتَ وَرَبُّكَ فَقَاتِلا إِنَّا هَـهُنَا قَـعِدُونَ﴾

(“So go you and your Lord and fight you two, we are sitting right here”) ﴿5:24﴾. Rather, go you and Your Lord and fight, we will be fighting along with you both. By He Who has sent you with Truth! If you decide to take us to Birk-ul-Ghimad, we will fight along with you until you reach it.’ The Messenger of Allah said good words to Al-Miqdad and invoked Allah for his benefit. The Messenger of Allah again said,

«أَشِيرُوا عَلَيَّ أَيُّهَا النَّاس»

(Give me your opinion, O people! wanting to hear from the Ansar. This is because the majority of the people with him then were the Ansar. When the Ansar gave the Prophet their pledge of obedience at Al-`Aqabah, they proclaimed, `O Allah’s Messenger! We are not bound by this pledge unless, and until, you arrive in our land. When you have arrived in our area, you are under our protection, and we shall protect you in the same manner we protect our children and wives.’ The Messenger of Allah feared that the Ansar might think that they are not obliged to support him except from his enemies who attack Al-Madinah, not to march with him to an enemy in other areas. When the Prophet said this, Sa`d bin Mu`adh رضي الله عنه asked him, `O Allah’s Messenger! Is it us whom you meant’ The Prophet answered in the positive. Sa`d said, `We have faith and believed in you, testified that what you brought is the truth, and gave you our pledges and promises of allegiance and obedience. Therefore, march, O Allah’s Messenger, for what Allah has commanded you. Verily, by He Who has sent you in Truth, if you decided to cross this sea (the Red Sea), we will follow you in it, and none among us would stay behind. We do not dislike that we meet our enemy tomorrow. Verily, we are patient in war, fierce in battle. May Allah make you witness what makes your eyes pleased with us. Therefore, march with us with the blessing of Allah.’ The Messenger of Allah was pleased with what Sa`d said and was encouraged by it. He proclaimed,

«سِيرُوا عَلَى بَرَكَةِ اللهِ وَأَبْشِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللهَ قَدْ وَعَدَنِي إِحْدَى الطَّائِفَتَيْنِ وَاللهِ لَكَأَنِّي الْآنَ أَنْظُرُ إِلَى مَصَارِعِ الْقَوم»

(March with the blessing of Allah and receive the good news. For Allah has indeed promised me one of the two camps (confiscating the caravan or defeating the Quraysh army). By Allah! It is as if I am now looking at the demise of the people (the Quraysh).)”

Tafsir at tabari

 

Al-Bukhari wrote in the book of battles (in his Sahih) under “Chapter; Allah’s statement,

﴿إِذْ تَسْتَغِيثُونَ رَبَّكُمْ فَاسْتَجَابَ لَكُمْ﴾

((Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you) until,

﴿فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ﴾

(then verily, Allah is severe in punishment)” that Ibn Mas`ud رضي الله عنه said, “I was a witness to something that Al-Miqdad bin Al-Aswad did, that I would like more than almost anything else to have been the one who did it. Al-Miqdad came to the Prophet while he was invoking Allah against the idolators and proclaimed, `We will not say as the people of Musa said, “So go you and your Lord and fight you two.”

Rather, we will fight to your right, to your left, before you and behind you.’ I saw the Prophet’s face beaming with pleasure because of what Al-Miqdad said to him.”

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December 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

Verily the Jannah yearns to meet four people…

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إن الجنة تشتاق إلى أربعة ، علي و عمار و سلمان و المقداد

Anas Ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه ) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said, “Verily the Jannah yearns to meet four people, ‘Ali, ‘Ammar, Salman and al Miqdad (رضي الله عنهم).

[Hilyah al Awliya, classified weak by Sh Albani]

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December 3, 2010 at 11:49 pm

14 friends of Prophet[SAW]

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إن كل نبي أعطي سبعة نجباء رفقاء – أو قال : رقباء – وأعطيت أنا أربعة عشر قلنا : من هم ؟ قال : أنا وابناي ، وجعفر ، وحمزة ، وأبو بكر ، وعمر ، ومصعب بن عمير ، وبلال ، وسلمان ، وعمار ، والمقداد ، وحذيفة ، وعبد الله بن مسعود

Sayyidina Ali ibn Abu Talib reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said,

“Every Prophet is given seven eminent men who are his friends, but I am given fourteen.”

They asked him,

“Who are they?”

He said,

“I and my two sons and Ja’far, Hamzah, Abu Bakr, Umar, Mus’ab ibn Umayr, Bilal, Salman, Ammar, Miqdad, Hudhayfah and Abdullah ibn Masud.

Jami at Tirmidhi

Thoughts on a Statement of al-Miqdad

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‘Abd ar-Rahman bin Jubayr bin Nufayr related that his father said:

“We were sitting with al-Miqdad bin al-Aswad one day, and a man came by and said: “How fortunate those two eyes of yours are that have seen the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). I wish I had seen what you have seen and witnessed what you witnessed.”

So, al-Miqdad became angry, and I was surprised! The man only said something good!

He then walked over to the man and said: “What makes this man wish to be where Allah made him absent when he has no idea how he would’ve acted there? By Allah, there were people who saw the Messenger of Allah who will be dragged by Allah on their noses in Hell because they didn’t respond to his call and did not believe in his message. Will you not thank Allah that you were born knowing only your Lord, believing in what your Prophet came with, and have been relieved of trials that others had to go through?””

This was reported by Ahmad (6/2), Ibn Hibban (1684), and al-Albani declared it authentic in ‘Sahih as-Sirah an-Nabawiyyah’ (p. 141).

Here are a couple of points on this statement:

1) The love they had for the Prophet, such that their greatest wish was to simply lay eyes on him, as in the hadith: “There will come a time when to see me will be more beloved for someone than to have the likeness of his family and wealth.” It is quite a noble thing to attain the level of faith where longing to merely see the Prophet would surpass your longing for the material possessions you hold so dear, and remember that your faith goes up in accordance with your good deeds.

2) One should not rush into something without first understanding its reality. Allah Said to the Children of Israel: {“Take what We have given you with strength, and take note of what it contains so that you may become pious.”} [al-Baqarah; 63] And Ibn al-Jawzi said in ‘Sayd al-Khatir’ (p. 134): “The smart one should not act on his determination to do something until he calculates: will he be able to handle it? And he should try it out a bit away from others, as there is no guarantee that he won’t be seen in a situation that he can’t handle and end up embarrassing himself.”

3) Steadfastness is totally from Allah. There were people who were in the daily presence of the Prophet, heard him teach and recite the Qur’an, watched his miracles occur before their eyes, yet disbelieved in him. On the other hand, people living a millennium and a half after his death would gladly give up everything for the sake of a message they simply read about in a book, regarding whom the Prophet said: “I wish I could meet my brothers – those who believe in me without seeing me.”

There are many good brothers and sisters who made the mistake of being impressed with themselves, forgetting that guidance and misguidance are all up to Allah and not their own abilities. As a result, they were abandoned by Allah and left to themselves. Therefore, you should understand very well and ponder deeply over why even the Prophet’s most constant supplication was ‘O Allah, controller of the hearts, keep my heart firm on Your Religion.’

4) We shouldn’t wish to live in a time period other than our own. This specific time in which we’re living is a very exciting one where much, much reward can be gained for the smart one who knows how to take advantage of it. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Worship during the time of al-harj is like migration to me,” and an-Nawawi commented on this in ‘Sharh Sahih Muslim’ (5/709) by saying: “al-Harj here means tribulation and confusion between people. The reason that the virtue of worship is greatly increased in this time is that people are distracted from it and only a few individuals will free themselves for it.” And the Prophet described our current time to the Companions: “Indeed, ahead of you are days that require patience. Whoever sticks then to what you are upon now will have the reward of fifty of you.” The greatest victory one can achieve is to stick to the truth in an era where its followers are outcast and persecuted. The harder it is to stick to the truth, the greater the reward will be for doing so. So, why would you want to live at any time other than now?

5) A person having a good intention in something he does or says doesn’t negate that he be shown his error and corrected if necessary.

And Allah Knows best.
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May 14, 2010 at 2:19 am

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