Here is a speech I have delivered this past Friday. I think it is useful for us to listen to especially at this time
I wrote an article about it here are well
Part 2 of the attributes of building the society of Medina
This is a Khutba about fundamental attributes in the society of Media.
Ridiculing the Prophet (pbuh), people from Mecca came to him asking him to expedite Allah’s punishment. They even said, addressing Allah, “If that [which Muhammad is telling us] is the truth from you, send on us stones from the sky or bring us a sever atonement.” They said so while mocking the prophet (pbuh), harming him, and torturing and killing those who believed on him.
It wasn’t an easy situation. The oppressors were strong. They were so evil. The people of the truth were weak and oppressed. Khabbab Ibn Al-Aratt, one of the great companions of the prophet, suffering tremendous torture,* met the prophet in the city at night. Out of pain, he complained to the prophet about the huge suffering they are going through. “O Messenger of Allah, shouldn’t you ask Allah for support? Shouldn’t you supplicate for us?”
The truth was apparent: the prophet and his companions on one side and his enemies and oppressors on the other; that is a clear truth and a clear falsehood. However, both sides are calling for the same thing, expediting Allah’s intervention. The believers are asking the prophet, “Shouldn’t you call for Allah’s support? Shouldn’t you supplicate that Allah removes this suffering?” The oppressors are asking the same thing, out of mockery and ridiculing. It is the same question again: “When is the victory of Allah?!”
The Messenger (phuh) answers Khabbab stating a very important law by which Allah’s victory comes.
O Khabbab, many of the people before you were tortured. They would be split by a saw into two halves and will be combed by combs of iron to split between the bones and the flesh. This never turned them away from their faith. I swear by Allah that He will finish this matter [by granting victory to His message] to the extent that people will travel from San’aa to Hadramawt [across the whole Arab peninsula that is] fearing nothing but Allah, and the wolf for their sheep. Yet, you are hasty.“
Allah answers those mocking enemies by telling his Messenger and all of us about this very important law, that which I called the Third Law of Victory:
They ask you to hasten the punishment. Allah shall most certainly not fail His promise; but a day with your Lord is as a thousand years of your reckoning
The truth is going to prevail. The support will come. The falsehood will be defeated. The oppressors will be brought to justice. However, these things do not happen over night. Allah has a wisdom of giving things its due time. Noah had to spend 950 calling his people and suffering the mockery and the disbelief before Allah granted him victory. The people of the cave had slept for over 300 years before they woke up to find the city once ruled by their oppressors a city of believers.
According to this Law, victory will come, perhaps not in our life time; but it will come. It will come at the time Allah planned, for, one day with Allah is as a thousand year of our reckoning.
* Years later, when Omar Ibn Al-Khattab asked Khabbab to mention some of the suffering, he showed them his back and none of the people present were able to look at it and asked him to cover it. May Allah be please with them all.
This is a short talk I gave during the party of baby Bilal, the newly born baby of my friends. They named him after Bilal Ibn Rabah, the Abyssinian companion of the Prophet (pbuh). Bilal, although not as famous as other companions, was an icon of many values that all of us need to learn about and learn FROM!
When you have time, listen and learn, not from me but from Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him)
Share your thoughts if you dare!
This part of a verse [3:175] came down as a conclusion to an incident that happened at the time of Muhammad (pbuh) right after the battle of Uhud ( you can read more about the incident here). But in summary the Meccan invaders wanted to come back and finish their job by killing Muhammad and all the Muslims and hence get rid of Islam once and forever. The Prophet (pbuh) went out with his companions to stop them, although tired and injured from the battle of Uhud. The Meccan leader sent a few people to them to threaten them saying that the Meccans came to you with a huge army and weapons. Their response was “Allah will suffice us and he is the best to rely on.” They insisted to defend themselves, their city, their prophet, and their religion. The result was interesting. NOTHING happened to them. The invaders were afraid to attack them and they went back to Mecca.
Among the verses that came to describe and comment on the incident was this very important conclusion: fear is just what the Devil tries to instill in truthful people’s heart so they won’t be able to stand for the truth. The evil and its people are just the followers of the Devil who deliberately want to convince everyone that his followers are strong and impossible to overcome.
Growing up in Egypt under the oppressive regime of Mubarak where a lot of fear was put in our hearts. The regime used every possible way to convince us that it is impossible to overcome. We used to hear about the number of police soldiers (1.5 million soldiers), the torture that takes place in prisons, the misery that you will be subject to if you dare to oppose, and the intelligence that knows every ant that walks on the soil of Egypt. When a few dozens go down to demonstrate, hundreds of armed soldiers go down to “show off,” and it won’t hurt to injure one or two, kill one of two, or arrest a few. Fear was there. Many claimed courage but many more were afraid. Media played a big role to convince us of this fear. Terms such as “go behind the sun,” make parents feel that if their kids become active, they will disappear. “Behind the sun” is where activists are taken to their unknown fate. Movies played a big role. Even schools and families taught us that people should “walk next to the wall” as opposed to the middle of the streets. I was wondering why people of the past such as Pharaoh and other tyrant kings used sorcery with people. It was for the very same reason, instill fear in the hearts.
After what I saw happening the Middle East, I realized that this was all illusion. This huge army of police soldiers was very fragile. These weapons failed to stop the people. Those police monsters turned into rats in front of the revolts. It was a completely fake image those oppressors wanted us to believe. It is us who believed it under the pressure and the whispering of the Devil, who wanted us to fear his followers. It happened in the past and it is happening to us and will happen in the future. The Devil will always try to instill fear in our hearts so we won’t be able to stand for the truth and struggle to bring justice.
It looks like fear is an illusion and it is something within us not external. Courage is also a quality of our hearts not anyone else’s. The most important point I would like to make writing this post is how we can drive this fear away and replace it with courage that will enable us to overcome the toughest oppression (or what we believe toughest). Here are a few points that I learned from the few verses I am referring to, a couple of other verses, and of course the real demonstration by the revolutions happening the Middle East.
I am sure there are many tips to defeat this illusional fear, these are some, share yours and do not be afraid! It is just the devil that makes you fear his followers, do not fear them and fear Allah ….
Every time I read stories about the Prophet especially those stories in important moments of his history, peace be upon him, I get impressed. I get impressed from the brilliance of his moves, the guided steps of his action, and the continuous support that Allah, ta’ala, give him.
Here is one of those brilliant moments.
The short story
The prophet arrives at Medina. Everyone is excited. Every one is happy. Muslims and non-Muslims are out. Continue reading
I was reflecting on the recent wave of anti-Muslim and I re-read the speech I delivered on this past Eid. I was mostly reflecting on our response to this wave, positive and negative. While doing so, a verse from the Qur’an struck me, a verse addressed to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he was faced by plots from his very tribe opposing him, his companions, and his message.
Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah. [8:30]
As much as the tail of the verse brought comfort to my heart: “They plan and Allah too plans,” the objectives behind their plots scared me a bit. They tried to kill the prophet. They did make a plan and they were about to succeed in their plan except that Allah planned otherwise and saved him. They tried to drive him and his companions out of their homes and they, kind of, succeeded. Although being killed or being driven away from home is kind of scary but they scared me the least. As a Muslim, it is deeply engrained in my hearts that nothing can happen to anyone without the full permission of Allah, and one should rely on His protection and His support. I also thought what is better than suffering a bit for the sake of Allah (although never wished it to happen). What stopped me AND SCARED ME is this first objective, “… to keep thee in bonds.”
The Arabic word that is translated to “keep thee in bonds ” is Continue reading
Umair Ibn Wahb, one of the of people of Mecca, sitting next to al-Ka3ba very sad and angry after Mecca has been badly defeated in the Battle of Badr. In one thousand soldiers, prepared to their best, Mecca got defeated by the Prophet (PBUH) and his 313 companions in the first serious battle between the two parties. It was a huge shame and a big loss of people and money from Mecca’s side. “If it weren’t for my kids and a debt I have, I would have traveled to Yathreb and killed Muhammad!” Said Umair to his life-long friend Safwan Ibn Ummayah. Safwan, with the very bitter experience of his father being killed in the very same battle, found an opportunity to finish this man (Muhammad) and avenge for his father, “Your kids are like mine and consider your debt paid! Just go and kill Muhammad.” “But how are you going to get there?” Safwan added. Umair answered, “You forgot that my son is a captive there. They have captured him during the battle of Badr. I will pretend that I am there to free him and then kill Muhammad! But please, do not tell anyone about this.”
Umair sent his sword to be sharped and then he gave it to people to cover it with poison and headed to Medina to finish his plot.
In Medina, a few of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) were sitting in front of the masjid chatting about the great victory they had in Badr while a camel arrived and parked in front of the masjid. Omar, quickly and seriously said, “That is Umair, the enemy of Allah, came with his sword. I am sure he came for evil.” Running quickly to the masjid and giving heads up to the Prophet (pbuh), “O Messenger of Allah, here he came, the enemy of Allah, Umair Ibn Wahb, with his sword. He looks like he wants evil!” “Let him in Omar.” Said the Prophet (pbuh). Continue reading
Abu Lubabh, from the people of Medina tells us his story …
I betrayed Allah and His Messenger. I disclosed the Messenger’s secrete to Bai Quraidthah when negotiating with them on behalf of the prophet. The Prophet asked me to go and talk to them after they chose me by name since I was their ally. The moment I left the meeting with them I felt that I betrayed Allah and His Messenger by disclosing the prophet’s mind to them. I felt very bad about what I did. I did not go back to the prophet. I went back directly to the Masjid, I tied my self in one of the pilars. I told people: here is what I did and I am not untying myself until Allah accepts my repentance.
The prophet was waiting for me to come back. When I did not he asked about me and he was told about my story. The prophet said: Continue reading