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 @LIFE STORY OF MOHAMED PBUH PART 24 @ TABUK _THE TEST OF FAITH

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مُساهمةموضوع: @LIFE STORY OF MOHAMED PBUH PART 24 @ TABUK _THE TEST OF FAITH   الخميس سبتمبر 10, 2009 1:04 pm



Tabuk-The Test Of Faith


News of the growing power of the Muslims, as more and
more of Arabia followed the Prophet (pbuh), eventually
reached Heraclius, Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. The
Romans saw the uniting of the Arabs in Islam as a possible
threat to their Empire and the Emperor's advisors and
generals, therefore, decided that the best thing to do would be
to attack the Muslims from the north and east at the same
time and destroy Islam once and for all.

Two years had passed since Heraclius had told them of the
Prophet's letter asking them to submit to Islam, but just as
then, they were in no mood now to listen to such ideas. When
the Prophet (pbuh) heard of the Romans' plans, he decided
that it would be better to meet the Roman army in Tabuk,
some 500 kilometers form Medinah on the route to Syria, than
to await an attack on Medinah. One reason for this decision
was that the Prophet (pbuh) felt that if the Muslims were
defeated at Medinah, the city as well as the army would be
taken, which would mean the end of Islam. This was a very
hard decision for him to make because not only was Tabuk a
very long way away, but it was also harvest time and a
particularly hot year. Added to this was the fact that the
enemy had an enormous army. Now at this time there were
some people living in Medinah who were not true believers.
They were called 'hypocrites' because they pretended to
believe but hid what was truly in their hearts. When the
Prophet (pbuh) everyone to war, these hypocrites tried to
create fear and doubt among the Muslims, saying 'How can we
hope to defeat the Romans whose great empire stretches over
vast areas of the world? And even if we could, we will not get
the chance because the long journey and the heat will defeat
us first. In any case, our crops and fruits are ready to be
harvested; how can we leave them? We will be ruined if we
do!'





All that the hypocrites said severely tested the Muslims.
Who would continue to fight for his religion against such odds?
Who would have the courage to give his wealth to help equip
an army? This test of faith would indeed show who the true
Muslims were. On this question, Allah revealed the following
verse:

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
“O you who believe! What aileth you that when it is said
unto you: Go forth in the way of Allah, you are bowed down to
the ground with heaviness. Do you take pleasure in the life of
the world rather than in the Hereafter? The comfort of the life
of the world is but little in the Hereafter”. (Koran lx.38)

To form and equip an army the Prophet (pbuh) needed a
great deal of money and despite all that the hypocrites had
said, many Muslims, especially the Prophet’s close friends,
were willing to help. 'Uthman Ibn ‘Affan, for instance,
generously provided horses and arms for ten thousand soldiers
and Abu Bakr gave all that he had in the world. ‘Umar, too,
gave a great deal, and in this way the Prophet (pbuh) was able
to equip an army of forty thousand soldiers.

Finally everything was ready but just as they were about to
leave, seven more men came to the Prophet (pbuh) to ask if
they could go with him. Unfortunately, he had to refuse
because there were no animals for them to ride. The seven
men were so upset that they wept as they left. With nothing
more to be done, the army moved off, but just then several
spare camels were found. On learning of this, the Prophet
(pbuh) sent for the seven men, who were overjoyed to find
that they could join him in his fight.




By now the Romans had heard that the Muslims were
coming out to meet them. They felt even more sure of victory
when they heard this because they believed that it would be
quite impossible for an army to cross a waterless desert in the
scorching summer sun. Even if by some miracle the Muslims
succeeded, they would be so exhausted that it would be easy
to defeat them.

As it happed the heat was so intense and the journey so
difficult that several Muslims did turn back. The Prophet
(pbuh) and most of the others, however, continued until they
finally ran out of water. The expedition now seemed hopeless
as the men grew thirstier and thirstier. The Prophet (pbuh)
prayed to Allah for help and, as he finished his prayer, the first
drops of rain came splashing down. The rain continued to fall
until all the Muslims had drunk their fill. That night they slept
soundly for the first time in days, refreshed by the water and
confident that Bilal would wake them as usual for the dawn
prayer. But Bilal slept so deeply that he did not wake up. It
was the first time that the Muslims had missed a prayer and
they were very upset. The Prophet (pbuh), however, was not
angry with Bilal and told the Muslims that they need not be
upset because they had not intentionally missed the prayer.

The Prophet (pbuh) and his army continued their trek
across the desert and finally arrived at the oasis of Tabuk.
When they got there, however, they were surprised to find
that the Roman army had retreated in fear on hearing of the
miraculous crossing of the desert by the Muslims. The Prophet
(pbuh) waited at the oasis for a while but when it became
apparent that the Romans were not going to fight, he gave the
order to return home. The enemy was not pursued because
the Prophet (pbuh) only fought when attacked. The long march
to Tabuk had been yet another test of faith for the Muslims.
Even so, there were still some among those who made that
heroic journey who were hypocrites, pretending to be sincere
while being enemies of Islam in their hearts. No one could
have suspected that anyone who had made that journey
across the desert with the Prophet (pbuh) would be an enemy
of his.


Realizing this, several hypocrites plotted to kill the Prophet
(pbuh) by pushing him off the top of a high, rocky passage
that ran between the mountains of ‘Aqabah. Before the army
reached this rocky passage, however, Allah warned the
Prophet (pbuh) about this wicked plan. The Prophet (pbuh),
therefore, ordered the entire army to travel through the valley
while he and his two guards went by way of the cliff. As the
plotters approached, he shouted to them so that they could
see that he knew of their plan, whereupon they quickly ran
back to the army and tried to hide among the rest of the
soldiers.

Later, the Prophet (pbuh) gathered his followers around him
and told them what had happened. He picked out the men who
had plotted against him and even told them the exact words
they had spoken to each other. Some of the Prophet's
companions said that these men should be killed, but the
Prophet (pbuh) forgave them. As soon as he arrived back in
Medinah, the Prophet (pbuh) went to the mosque and prayed.
Many of the hypocrites and the lukewarm who had not gone
with him to Tabuk came to give their reasons for not having
done so. Three men of spiritual value who had not joined the
army were subjected by the Prophet (pbuh) to the discipline of
waiting for Allah's forgiveness. For fifty days no one spoke to
them. Finally, Allah revealed a verse to the Prophet (pbuh)
which declared that these three men were forgiven:

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
“Allah hath turned in mercy to the Prophet, and to the Muhajirin
and the Ansar who followed him in the hour of hardship. After the
hearts of a party of them had almost swerved aside, then He turned
unto them in mercy. Lo! He is full of Pity, Merciful. And to the three
also (did He turn in mercy) who were left behind, when the earth,
vast as it is, was straitened for them, and their own souls were
straitened for them till they understood that there is no refuge from
Allah save toward Him. Then He turned unto them in mercy that
they (too) might turn (repentant unto Him). Lo! Allah! He is the
Relenting, the Merciful. O you who believe! Be careful of your duty
to Allah, and be with tile truthful”. (Koran ix.117-119)

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