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Seerah Episode 53. Uplifting the Fallen August 31, 2014

Filed under: Seerah — visitor74 @ 11:54 pm

— The Prophet would regularly pray at that Baitul Haram. Then he would spend some time there & sit at the Ka’bah, where he would be joined by many of his Sahaba

  • Many of the Sahaba would wait for him beforehand at the Ka’bah. They’d sit around him to learn from him & to just benefit from the company of the Prophet
    • Khabbab, Ammar, Suhaib, & Bilal were former slaves. Many of these Sahaba had been victims of the Quraysh. They would see the Prophet & huddle up around him because they want to learn from him.

— The Quraysh would see these Sahaba sitting around the Prophet & see it as an opportunity to mock them

  • “Look at that. Those are Muhammad’s companions, and he wants us to join him. What Muhammad is trying to say is that Allah has chosen these people over us? That these weak slaves would get preference over us in terms of blessings of what Muhammad calls Islam? If what Muhammad has to offer is so beneficial, then these people wouldn’t have beaten us to it – Allah wouldn’t have chosen these people over us with this realization.”
  • The Quraysh had 2 problems
    • At this point of time, the truth of Islam was making sense to them. They feel inclined to at listen to the message of Islam. But problem is that if they accept Islam now, then someone like Khabbab, Amr, Suhaib (people with perceived low status in Makkan society), then the Quraysh would be admitting that these former slaves figured it out before they did
    • Just going & sitting with them in of itself was a problem since the circle was made of slaves, laborers, or poor people. Quraysh leaders are aristocrat. A Quraysh leader can’t sit with those types of riffraff. What’s everyone else is going to say? What is Abu Jahl going to say? “They’re beneath me; I will be an outcast.”

— These particular Sahaba were aware of the tone of dialogue regarding their status.

  • So of course they felt hurt & dehumanized
    • They were looked down upon & there could have also been some level of guilt: “Am I the reason people aren’t accepting Islam? Am I holding some people back? Maybe I shouldn’t sit with the Prophet anymore, since I’m a deterrent from accepting the message.”
    • The Quraysh looking down upon these Sahaba undermined their confidence as believers & people
  • The Prophet heard about these dialogue about his Sahaba as well, & he is of course, beyond such thoughts about anyone, so it hurt him that his Sahaba were hurt by the bullying of Quraysh

— Allah revealed some ayat from Surat An’am regarding this issue

  • “Do not ever cast aside or overlook those who call out to their Lords in the morning and evening. All they want in this life is the pleasure of Allah. You are not accountable on their behalf, nor will they have to answer on your behalf. Then you would become one of the oppressors.”
  • “Don’t ever overlook them. Don’t underestimate them, because if you were to overlook their value & the khair Allah has placed in them, then that would be indicative of the fact that you’re more inclined toward the glitz and glamour of this world. Do not ever give in or fall victim to the rhetoric/propaganda of someone whose heart Allah says has made devoid of remembrance (people like Abu Jahl – no dhikr or imaan in their hearts). All of their efforts are in vain. No fruits will come about from what the Quraysh are doing.”
  • “And when those come to you who believe in Our verses & miraculous signs, say, ‘Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself – indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” [6:52-54]
  • “This is a test that We have created amongst people. Some are a test for others amongst them. That’s why they are unable to believe that God has blessed these (weak Sahaba). Doesn’t Allah know best about those people who are truly grateful to Him?”

— There’s a clash in Makkan society – those who believe & those who don’t

  • The people who accept the Message & keep company of the Prophet come from unfortunate & low social circumstances. The people who oppose the Message & defame the Prophet come from the elite & wealthy status
    • This is how Allah teaches us that wealth, fame, power, popularity, & seniority are not prerequisites to imaan. If it were, then Abu Lahab, Walid bin Mughira, Abu Jahl would have accepted Islam
    • A person’s faith can be influenced by their circumstances without a doubt, but it doesn’t necessitate faith. Faith is not inherently more available or afforded to people of power or money or influence. Similarly, it’s not more natural or more afforded to impoverished people
    • Rather, it is gratitude that Allah rewards with faith. The grateful are rewarded with imaan
  • When inspiring imaan with people (dawah work), you need to instill an attitude of gratitude – to remind people of how blessed they are
    • Gratitude leads to imaan
    • Allah didn’t say that the Believers, the Muslims, the downtrodden, & the impoverished are the ones blessed with imaan – those who are grateful are blessed with imaan
    • Once that imaan enters the heart, whether the person is at top or the bottom, that person will submit to Allah

— When Ammar (ra) came to Quba (ran off to Abyssinia, then to Makkah, then to Medina), he was homeless & sleeping in the masjid. He had no family, no food, & was wearing all the clothes that he owned. He had only a small sack with his belongings

  • When the Prophet came to Quba, he was the VIP of all VIPs. He was the ultimate guest of honor
    • All the families were standing out to greet the Prophet, each bearing gifts. These people were all ready to invite the Prophet into their homes & feed him
    • Hundreds of faithful were there to welcome the Prophet. Little kids were singing to welcome the Prophet, presenting him with gifts & flowers
  • In the midst of all this fanfare, the Prophet saw Ammar standing there. Amr was a vagrant (no home & no family), & the only thing that kept him going was to be able to see the Prophet again
    • The Prophet saw Ammar & said, “Marhaba, that’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen! I missed you!”
    • The Prophet called Ammar out from the crowd & gave him a hug in front of everyone. Can you imagine the feeling that Ammar would have?

— Later the Prophet sat down with all the food nicely presented in front of him

  • Suhaib, one of the Sahaba who had to give up everything to make hijra, was also there at Quba. Suhaib was blocked by some Makkans who wouldn’t let him leave, but he managed to convince them to let him go in return for his hard-earned money & possession. He was also like Ammar, with no home, family, or money
    • The Prophet invited Suhaib over, shared food with him, & joked with him
  • Suhaib picked up the dates & he had a sore eye
    • One of the rules at that time was that if you had an infection, you weren’t supposed to eat dates. It wasn’t good for the infection
  • The Prophet saw this, & said, “Whoa, easy there. Got an infection in your eye. You gonna eat those dates?”
    • This was the Prophet paying close attention to his Sahaba. Never mind that the Prophet was surrounded by admirers, but he had the utmost love & respect for his Sahaba, some of whom who came from nothing & had nothing
  • Suhaib replied, “Don’t worry ya Rasul. I’m eating it from the other eye.”
    • This was the relationship between the Prophet & his Sahaba. They were tight. Allah told the Prophet, “Tell them that not only you love them, but Allah loves them as well.”

— “Your Lord has mercy upon Himself”

  • Arabic expression for your Lord will deal with you in a merciful manner. Your Lord’s policy with you is mercy. If you ever mess up, your Lord’s policy is that if you ever mess up from ignorance, but if you repent & correct your course of action, then you will most definitely be forgiven & treated to Allah’s mercy

 

Link to the next episode

http://www.qalaminstitute.org/2013/10/seerah-life-of-the-prophet-uplifting-the-fallen/

 

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