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During the Battle of the Trench (Khandaq) one of the greatest mission of the non-Muslims was to completely destroy Islam from its root. However, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – stood in between the Jews, the Christians and Mushriks and all of these people joined forces to destroy the religion of Islam once and for all. While all these forces were gathering against the small Muslim nation in Madina Shareef, there were two groups who completely went against their promise of helping the Muslims. One group were the Jews and the other group were the Munafiq.
Prior to anything happening, suddenly one of the most powerful men among the Kuffaar, Amar bin Abd Wudee, stood up and decided to challenge the Muslims. Facing the Muslims, he shouted, “O Muslims! Who among you is prepared to do battle with me?”
Obviously, the Muslims knew the strength of this person and they were extremely cautious on who should go forward. Again this man shouted out to the Muslims to send someone to challenge him. No one was prepared to come forward. However, Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – considered a challenge of this nature against the poor Muslims as a direct insult to Islam. He then shouted that he was prepared to fight this man alone.
There is no doubt that there was never a second when the blessed companion was not prepared to come forward in the name of Islam and there was never a moment when he displayed any fear whatsoever. He was a symbol of the fact that these blessed companions actually placed their life on their palms and were ever ready to sacrifice this in the path of Allah Almighty.
When the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – saw the immense courage which was being displayed by Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – he said, “O Ali! This is Abd Wuddee. (In other words, he was not considered an ordinary person but someone who was famous for his strength and power).”
However, Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – replied, “O Prophet of Allah! Even if it is this person.”
In his bravery, he felt no fear for this person.
The both of them then came face to face in the battlefield. As the sword fight continued, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was making special Du’a for success of the blessed companion. Suddenly everyone could see a puff of sand and dust and after it had cleared, they could the blessed companion, Hadrat Sayyiduna – may Allah be pleased with him, standing up with the head of this powerful person in his hand. When the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – saw this, he read the Takbeer and all the other Muslims also joined him in reading the Takbeer. (Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah by Ibn Katheer and Seerat-e- ibn Hishaam)
This clearly teaches us that the blessed Ashaab were never prepared to stand down against the greatest of odds. They clearly understood that this life was something which belonged to the Allah Almighty and eventually, He would take it back. In other words, they were convinced that the purpose of their lives was to give it in the Path of Allah Almighty and for the mission of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.
Sadly, in the present age, people would question the idea of spending twenty meagre coins for Islam, and yet, it does not belong to them and will never belong to them. If it did, they would take it in their graves and it will never go to the grave with them. So what is the wisdom of hoarding of something which does not belong to you? Remember that on the Day of Judgement, the Allah Almighty will not ask you, ‘what did you do with your money’, He will ask you, ‘what did you do with My money’. Every action of the blessed Ashaab was a clear indication that they knew perfectly well that nothing belonged to them in this world.