214- OR DID YOU THINK THAT YOU WILL ENTER THE PARADISE WITHOUT THE LIKE OF WHAT CAME TO THOSE BEFORE YOU COMING TO YOU. THEY ENCOUNTERED AFFLICTION AND ADVERSITY AND WERE SHAKEN, UNTIL THE MESSENGER AND THOSE WITH HIM SAID: “WHEN SHALL ALLAH’S HELP COME”, INDEED, ALLAH’S HELP IS NEAR.
There is a very important principle in this Ayah. This principle involves the way Allah the Highest deals with the believers. They are always tried and tested. This is an ongoing policy since the creation of Adam peace upon him and until the Day of Resurrection. Allah the Highest said: “DID PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY WILL BE LEFT FOR SAYING: WE BELIEVE, WITHOUT BEING TEST * FOR WE HAVE TESTED THOSE BEFORE THEM, SO THAT ALLAH MAY KNOW THOSE WHO ARE TRUTHFUL AND KNOW THE LIARS” (S: 29 A: 2, 3)
Allah’s prophets and messengers and their followers suffered a great deal for their faith and because of their faith. The early Muslims suffered from the disbelievers while in Makah before migrating first to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in two waves, then later to Medina. There were 13 years between the beginning of Islam and Migration to Medina.
While in Makah, some of the Muslims asked Allah’s messenger prayer and peace upon him to ask Allah the Highest for help, he said: “Of those before you, there were some who will have the saw put on the middle of their heads and cutting them through to their feet, this not making them turn away from their faith. And some were combed with iron combs, cutting through between their skin and bone, but this did not make them turn away from their faith” And then he said: “By Allah, this mission is to be completed until the traveler shall travel from Sanaa (in Yemen) to Hadramot, fearing nothing other than Allah and the wolves for it’s sheep, but you people are hurrying”. (B: Manaeb & D: Jehad; 97 & a: 5; 110,111)
The Muslims migrated from Makah to Medina in secret. They could not sell their property for they would then attract attention. Therefore they only carried their family and any thing light they could carry with them, and reached Medina with little money and property.
In Medina, they were attached by the disbelievers several times, and they had to fight much larger and better equipped armies. An army of 10 000 men attached Medina and had it under seize, when the number of Muslim men were not much more than a 1000. The objective of the army was to totally eradicate the Muslims. The Muslims were shaken then, but Allah’s help was near. Allah the Highest sent a wind on the disbeliever’s camp which dispersed them, without affecting the Muslims camp. About this Allah the Highest said: “YOU WHO BELIEVE, REMEMBER ALLAH’S BOUNTY UPON YOU WHEN SOLDIERS CAME TO YOU, AND WE SENT TO THEM WIND AND SOLDIERS YOU DID NOT SEE, AND ALLAH KNOWS AND SEES ALL THINGS * THEY CAME TO YOU FROM ABOVE YOU AND FROM BENEATH YOU, AND AS YOUR EYES BLURRED, AND YOUR HEARTS LEAPT UP TO YOUR THROATS, AND YOU HAD VARIOUS THOUGHTS CONCERNING ALLAH * IT IS THEN THAT THE BELIEVERS WERE TRIED AND WERE SEVERELY SHAKEN”. (S: 33 A: 9-11)
These trials and tests will continue until the Day of Resurrection. At some times, the believers shall be tried to the limits of human endurance. Yet Allah the Highest promises the sincere believers His help and assistance. He also said: “VERILY, WITH DIFFICULTY COMES RELIEF * WITH DIFFICULTY COMES RELIEF”. (S: 96 A: 5, 6)
This is a very important time for us to remember this. The Muslims are under attack from every one and from all sides. Muslim lands are invaded in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kashmir, and Chechnya. Other countries are under threat and our enemies are waiting for an excuse or for the right time to attack them. More and more people show their hatred and aggressive intentions towards us. Our best defense is our Faith in Allah, patience and perseverance, and Allah the Highest shall not abandon the believers for this is His promise to us, and Allah always fulfills His promise.
B: Bukhari M: Muslim Mal: Malek A: Ahmed D: Abu Dawood
Da: Daremy Ma: Ibn Magah N: Nesae T: Termezi