By: Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)
Translated by: Ghassan RimlawiThe Holy Quran tells us about the beginnings of the Islamic march that was led by the Prophet (p.) in war and peace, and in the call and all actions. It tells us about how Allah, The Most Exalted, has supported him with strong and dedicated companions who tolerated a lot of pressures from the unbelievers who wanted them to deny their belief and go back to worshipping their Idols. Most of these companions were among the poor people, like Sumiah and Yasir who were martyred as a result of torture, and their son Ammar, who could not bear the torture and had to say that he disbelieves. He went back to the Messenger feeling frustrated and panicked.
But the Prophet told him that Allah has revealed a verse in the Quran detailing his case Whoso disbelieves in Allah after his belief - save him who is forced thereto and whose heart is still content with the Faith - you were forced to do so, but you did not change heart, and therefore your remained a believer.
Bilal, the Messenger's caller for prayer, used to endure the rocks that were put on his chest, but he would only say: AhadAhad (The one and only) reflecting his firm belief in God.
The Muslims continued to face various pressures and torturing, until the Prophet ordered them to immigrate to Al-Habasha (Ethiopia today) whose king was a Christian. Quraish sent an envoy of two persons to ask the king not to receive them. But the leader of the immigrating group, Jaa'far bin AbiTalib, whom Allah has given wings in Paradise, and was well educated of Islam, told the king about what the Islam says about Christ and Mary (a.s.).
The king was so affected that he cried when he listened to the verses of Quran detailing the story of Virgin Mary and her son (a.s.) and he refused to oblige the Quraishite request.
But Quraish continued to hurt the Prophet and his followers. They were besieged and boycotted, until they had to immigrate to Yathrib, where they had to fight many wars including Badir, Uhud, and Al-Ahzab with Quraish as well as several other battles with the Jews who violated the pact they had made with the Prophet… Thus, things developed, and the Muslims were able to conquer Makkah, Hunaien… since Quraish by fighting the Messenger wanted to prevent Islam from spreading and even kill it in the cradle.
As the Prophet was continuing to call he was supported by the human being who represents the top in Jihad, knowledge, dedication to God and His Messenger and courage…
It is the great companion Ali binAbiTalib, who was the hero of the battles of BadrUhad, Al-Azhab and Hunain. It is even said the Gibril has described him as: There is no champion but Ali, and no sword but Zulfikar (Ali's sword). And he was described by the Prophet at the battle of Ahzab as the "entire faith “that was fighting the entire disbelief. He also said: "The strike of Ali at the battle of the Khandak is equivalent to the worshipping of all nations.
Although some of the companions deviated at sometimes, a lot did not and were either martyrs or among the wounded and immigrants, for the cause of Islam, and this is what the Holy Quran said: Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him, the companions – are strong against the unbelievers – If the war erupts they will fight with all their strength , because they want to defeat the enemy and achieve, victory – but compassionate amongst each other, they treat each other with mercy and kindness and teach their children to be merciful – you will see them bow and prostrate themselves. In submission to Allah) seeking grace from Allah and (His) good pleasure, since Allah is the only holder of grace and the only doer of good text
The second picture that Allah presents for Muslims is when he talks about the immigrants (Muhajireen) and the supporters (Ansar) when the immigrants came to Medina, leaving all their money and possessions behind, seeking grace from Allah, and His good pleasure and aiding Allah and His Messenger. Such are indeed the truthful, since truthfulness is not only in saying the truth, but also in the position one stands against the enemy.
And those who before them had houses (in Medina) and had adopted the faith, show their affection who came to them in refuge, the Ansar who felt that the Muhajireen are their brothers, for this is what Allah said when the described the relations among Muslims saying that they " entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the latter" they do not feel the burden of having accommodated all the Muhajireen in their houses and gave them all what they need. "But give them preference over themselves, even though poverty was their own lot" They would give the Muhajireen the preference over themselves although they themselves are in need.
Then Allah talks about the second generation of Muslims: "And those who came after them say: Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who came before us into the faith, and leave not in our hearts rancouragainst those who have believed; than are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful". These are the traits of the companions and who came after them. And that is why they won and were able to achieve great accomplishments under the leadership of the Prophet. As for the Jews: "They will not fight you (even) together, except in fortified townships".
They do not have the courage to fight you head on, "or from behind walls… you would think that they are united (as they appear to be so, but in reality' they are of divided hearts. That is because they are a people devoid of wisdom.
Here is the picture of Muslims and that of the Jews, How did it change? And how did we become as Muslims, a people that kill one another, accusing one another of disbelief? How did the Jews become strong against us while merciful among one another? Had it not been for the Mujahideen vanguard of the Islamic Resistance that confronted the Jews and were able to defeat them relying on their spiritual unity as well as the unity of faith?
Dear loved ones: Let us go back to the most basic Islamic trait; to be strong against Muslims, and merciful amongst them. Those who bow and prostrate seeking Allah's Grace and satisfaction; and those who love those who immigrate to them, as what happened last year when the southerners were forced to leave their homes.
Dear loved ones: Let us go back to love and unity, and follow the march of the Messenger who according to the Quran is There was indeed in them an excellent example for you to follow,- for those whose hope is in Allah and in the Last Day. But if any turn away, truly Allah is Free of all Wants, Worthy of all Praise.
* The aforementioned is an edited Friday sermon.