A brilliant sentence – “Leave it, it is ordered!”

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

Building the Society in Medina – PART III

The Power of Citizenship – Stopping a Civil War

Mecca sees Muslims in Medina as a great danger

After the Muslims left Mecca to Medina, one can imagine that Mecca will live in peace away from the Muslims. However, Mecca saw great danger in the Muslims and Islam finding home in Medina for many reasons. First, Medina was on the road of the business caravans to Levant. Second, they were always under the belief that the Muslims will build their strength and return back to Mecca to take back their homes and their wealth they left behind when they migrate. The Muslims may also try to take revenge for the torture they went through in Mecca. They were also sure that Muhammad and his companions will never stop promoting their message and call people to their religion, something that will threaten their leadership in the peninsula and accordingly threaten their financial sources. They also know how strong the two main tribes of Medina is and how, if united, they can be real threat. They were also afraid that the Jews, a large portion of the inhabitants of Medina, Continue reading

Building the Society in Medina – PART II

Naturalizing the Immigrants

A challenge

One of the most interesting challenges that faced Muslims in Medina under the leadership of the Prophet (PBUH) was the big wave of migration. These immigrants left everything behind and came to this new land with almost nothing but their Islam and their commitment to it. They were sure passionate about the move and they were sure they made the right decision. However, they will soon be hit by the reality of life: Continue reading

Building the society in Medina – PART I

Building a Peaceful Society

As the migration to Medina was a remarkable event, the effort that lead to this event was also remarkable. As I mentioned in a few previous posts entitled, “in the shades of hijra,” the commitment from those who migrated, those who prepared the host city, and the prophet himself was a key to the success of this great event. What should not be forgotten is the effort that took place AFTER the migration, for migration would not have been that great without building on it. What was built on the great event of migration was Continue reading

In the Shades of Hijra – PART VII

LESSON: Feeling the company of Allah

Going through the story of the hijra, you see how Allah was always there, planning for his messenger, supporting him, comforting him, saving him, protecting him, and guiding him. You also see how the prophet was feeling this company and was acting accordingly. We now know the story and we can understand and feel the hands of Allah in the action. We see the six people from Medina coming in the way of the prophet Continue reading

In the Shades of Hijra 1431 – PART VI

LESSON: Plant a seed. Small actions lead to huge results

Planing a seed is the attitude of the Muslim. A muslim is a person of action and seeking reward. It does not matter if the results are not immediate or the results are not even experienced. Of course we are asked to seek the most effective and most correct deed but we are also asked to leave the results to Allah. We plant the seed and we water the tree but we do not produce the fruits. While seeking support and a host city it did not prevent the prophet to plant a seed in those six people who came to him from Medina. Yes, they weren’t leaders and they wouldn’t have helped him in Continue reading

In the Shades of Hijra 1431 – PART V

LESSON: Never lose hope in Allah – When it is tight, it is time for relief

A small yet very important lesson to learn from hijra is the lesson of hope. It was very tough during the year of grief, a name labeling the 10th year after the prophet receiving his message. Many people say that the reason this year was called the year of grief is because the prophet lost his beloved wife and his supportive uncle. That cannot be true. The prophet even forbade us from grieving for so long. I think it was a tough year on the Prophet because he wasn’t able to drive his message forward. For a whole year, not a single person from Mecca or from outside believed in him. Continue reading

In the Shades of Hijra 1431 – PART IV

LESSON: The role of the hidden soldiers (the Mus3ab and As3ad formula)

The amount of action and the amazing stories that took place during the hijra grabbed the attention away from the roles played by others before the hijra and away from the hijra scene. I want to take you back 3 years before the hijra when the Prophet was going around the camps for the Hajj talking to different tribes about Islam asking them to believe in him, host him, support him and his message. He met every single tribe that was in hajj and he presented his offer to all the leaders of the gathering. While coming back from a long discussion with Bani Shaiban as mentioned earlier in this article, he met six people. Those six were from a tribe called al-Khazraj, one of two main tribes in Medina, a city north of Mecca known as Yathreb at the time. He presented Islam to them and they all accepted Islam. He did not ask them to support him or host him because they were only six ordinary people. These six went back to Medina and came back the next year to meet the prophet but at that time they were twelve. The Prophet met them in a place called al-3aqabah, in a meeting called, “the First Pledge of al-3aqabah.” They pledged to the prophet to worship Allah and never associate partners with him, and pledged not to steal, not to fornicate, not to kill their children, and not to disobey him had he orders them to do any good. But at that meeting, the prophet did not let them go to Medina alone. Continue reading

In the Shades of Hijra 1431 – PART III

LESSON: Keeping an eye on Paradise

If I am living at the time of hijra and I wasn’t from Medina, I would have felt very jealous. They were the ones who made Medina the destination of this great event. They were the ones who asked for it and not the Prophet. They could have accepted Islam but not this huge responsibility. Many tribes did so and many refused. The story I want to present here is the story of a very important event, to me even more important than the hijra itself and the one that lead to it.

It is the event where 75 Muslims from Medina went to Hajj among a few hundreds of their people. Continue reading

In the Shades of Hijra 1431 – PART II

LESSON: Islam is a message to be carried and a responsibility to be shouldered

Why did the prophet migrate?

One may wonder, “Why would the prophet and the Muslims leave their hometown to some far place like this?” The straight forward answer is, because he and the Muslims were not able to worship Allah in Mecca and they have been tortured by the Meccans. While that was absolutely true, this may have been the cause of migrating to Abyssinia as a few of the companions did a few years back. The prophet and the rest of the believers could have joined those in there and they would have been given the opportunity to worship in peace. As a matter of fact, Continue reading