This is the 8th Part on the Series ‘Images from Seerah’s Album’.
The Sixth Image – Milestones
Now look at the second picture from this section. This is the early period of the Da’wah. So far only a few people have pledged their submission to the Prophet. Mountains of hardships have fallen on them. Some of them are laid down on burning sand under the weight of a heavy stone; some others are tied with ropes and chains and dragged about in the streets. There are still others who are laid on red embers. One of these oppressed people is Khubab bin al Aart (may Allah be pleased with him). He was forcibly laid on red embers to the point that the fat from his back melted and extinguished them. He presents himself before the Prophet (May Allah’s Blessings be on him). He draws the picture further in the following words:
“The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was sitting under the shade of the Ka’bah, leaning against one of its walls. His mantle supported his head. I complained to him of my miserable condition and the atrocities I had suffered and said:
“Will you not, O Prophet, ask for our help? Will you not pray to Allah for us?”
Hearing these words, he sat up, his face flushed, and he said:
“The people who were before you and who were entrusted with this work were caught and buried alive in pits dug for them. Some times a saw was brought and their heads were split into two. Their flesh was stripped off their bones with iron combs. Even then, they remained steadfast and did not renounce their faith. By God, Allah will fulfill this mission. A time will come when a man will travel from San’a to Hadrumot without any fear, and he will not be scared of anybody but Allah, and he will not apprehend any danger except that some wolf may harm his animals. But you people get impatient” (Bukhari, Muslim).
You can see the milestones of your missionary struggle with open eyes. First, the worship of the One and Only God; secondly, the establishment of a society where no one is wronged, where the strong will be weak if they usurp rights of others or oppress them, and the weak will be strong if their rights are taken unjustly or they are oppressed. If only a goat dies of hunger in a far-flung area, it would make the ruler tremble out of a deep sense of accountability. Give it a little thought. Does your message witness and point out the same stages? Because it is the crux and gist of the mission of the prophets. Every prophet gave the same advice to his people: Worship the One and Only God! It was also revealed: We sent aforetime our apostles with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong) that men may stand forth in justice…….. (Al-Hadid 57:25).
The establishment of a just order through jihad and political power has been considered as helping Allah and his apostle.
And We sent down Iron in which is (material for) mighty war as well as are many benefits for mankind that Allah may test who it is that will help the unseen Him and His apostles (Al-Hadid 57:25).
To be continued…..Inshaa’Allah