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|05/11/02 at 17:18:23|
|In the name of Allah The Merciful The Compassionate|
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) passing near the ruins of
Thamud during Tabuk expedition: (by Shaikh Muhammad Zakariyya
The Tabuk expedition is one of the major campaigns of the Prophet
(Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), and the last one in which he personally took
part. When he received the news that the Caesar (of Rome) had mustered a
large force to crush the power of Islam and was on his way (through Syria)
to invade Madinah, he decided to lead the Sahabah to check him on his way.
On Thursday the 5th of Rajab, 9 A.H., the devoted band marched out of
Madinah. As the weather was hot and the fighting was expected to be very
tough, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) made an open declaration
that the Muslims should gather in strength and prepare fully to face the
forces of the Roman Empire. He also exhorted them to contribute towards
the equipment of the expedition. It was on this occasion that Hadhrat Abu
Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho) contributed all his belongings. When he was
questioned by the Prophet (Sal-lallaho alaihe wasallam) as to what he had
left for his family, he replied:
"I have left Allah and His Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) for them."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) contributed half of his belongings and
Hadhrat 'Usman (Radhiyallaho anho) provided for the equipment of one-third
of the whole army. Although everybody, contributed beyond his means, yet
the equipment fell far short of the requirements. Only one camel was
available for each group of ten persons, who were to ride it in turn. This
is why this campaign is known as: "The campaign of hardship."
The journey was long and the weather hot and dry. The orchards were laden
with ripe dates (the staple crop of Madi-nah) and it was just the time for
harvesting, when all of a sudden the Sahabah were required to start on
this campaign. It was really an acid test of their Imaan. They visualised
the long and arduous journey, the scorching heat, the formidable enemy
opposed to them and, to top all, the prospective loss of the year's crop,
but they could not even dream of evading the call to arms, and that solely
on account of the deep-rooted fear of Allah in their hearts. Except the
women, children (who were excusable), those who were ordered to stay
behind by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) himself, and the
munafiqin, nearly everybody joined the expedition. Also among those left
behind were such persons as could neither arrange conveyance for
themselves, nor was the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) able to
provide them with any. It is about such people that Allah says in his
"They turned back with eyes flowing with tears in sorrow that they could
not find means to spend." (IX: 92)
Of the true believers, those who stayed behind without any excuse
whatsoever were three in number. Their story would be presently related.
On their way to Syria when the expedition reached the habitation of
Thamud, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) covered his face with his
shirt and quickened the pace of his camel. He also instructed the Sahabah
to do the same, since that was the scene of Tha-mud's destruction. They
were advised to pass there weeping and fearing lest Allah should punish
them as he had punished the Thamud.
The dearest and the most beloved Prophet of Allah and his privileged
companions pass by the ruins of the punished people in fear and tears,
lest they meet the same fate; on the other hand today, if any place is
struck with an earthquake, it becomes a place of sightseeing for us and,
if we come across any ruins, our eyes remain dry and our hearts
unaffected. What a change of attitude!
|05/11/02 at 17:54:40|
|this phrase utterly raised my curiosity:|
the prospective loss of the year's crop,
i've never harvested dates (though i've handled plenty of 20# bulk cases of them - ah medjools...oops...off topic already..), but i know how laden coconut palms get, and i know that dates grow in the same style. though at least with coconuts, unless you're raising a crop for market, you can wait for the 'harvest' to come to you. since it's well known that women and children do the majority of the crop harvesting throughout the world, why is it that this date crop would be lost?? is it literally impossible for women together or women with the assistance of children to cut and carry the date branches? i just couldn't help but wonder.....
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