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Musjidul Akwa can run faster than a horse!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

During the ten years of peace that ensued with the Treaty of Hudaybia, the Prophet was freed of the constant hostility of the Quraysh. However, his other source of worry, the Jewish tribes, continued to plague him and the Muslims. They had reneged on agreements and incited other tribes to form a confederacy against the Muslims.

All of Khaybar and the area north of it formed their territory from where they launched campaigns against the Muslims. Three days before the Prophet was about to lead an expedition to Khaybar, a small clash called the Battle of Ghaba
took place. It was in the month of Muharram, 7 A.H.

The Prophet had sent his camels to graze in Ghaba, near Uhud.
With the herd were the Prophet’s slave, Rabah, a herdsman, and
Salamah bin Akwa رضي الله عنه‎‎ , who was riding Abu Talha’s horse.

Suddenly, Abdul Rahman bin Uyaynah Fazari and his men swooped down, and after killing the herdsman, they rode away with all the camels. Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ left his horse with Rabah and climbed a hill. Facing Madinah, he sounded the alarm. Three times he called, “Ya Sabaha!” Then he went after the thieves launching arrows at them. Undaunted at being alone, he sang a martial song:

‘Take this. I am the son of Akwa, and today is the day of a suckling.”

Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ was very effective in harassing the thieves and he killed several of them. If a horseman turned back to give chase, Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ would shoot at him from a tree. If they entered a hilly pass, he would scale the hill and set off a rock slide.

In desperation, the thieves set all the camels free, but Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ continued to shoot at them.Then the thieves tried to lighten their mounts by throwing away thirty sheets and thirty lances. Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ would cover them with a pile of stones so that they might be easily located, and he would go on after the horsemen.

After one such incident, the thieves sat down at a narrow turning of a mountain pass while Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ sat on the peak. Four of them spotted him and moved towards him. Salamah said to them, “Do you know who I am? I am Salamah bin Akwa. I can easily catch anybody running among you, but none of you can catch me.” The men went back.

Shortly afterwards, Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ noticed the cavalrymen of the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ  riding out from between the trees. The first to come in sight was Akhram, followed by Qatadah and Miqdad. Akhram and Abdul Rahman met in combat.

Although Akhram managed to wound Abdul Rahman’s horse, he himself was killed by Abdul Rahman, who then took his horse.Qatadah rode up and killed Abdul Rahman with his lance. Seeing their leader fall, the rest of the bandits took off with the Muslim cavalrymen in pursuit and Salamah still chasing them on foot.

Shortly before sunset, the thieves reached the mountain pass of Dhu Qarad. They were thirsty and exhausted, but Salamah’s arrows would not let them get near the water. The Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ  and his Companions on horseback met up with Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ after sunset.

Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ submitted, “O Messenger of Allah! They are all thirsty, and if you give me a hundred men I will catch them by the scruff of their necks and bring them to you.”

The Prophet said, “O son of Akwa, now that you have the upper hand, show your enemies a little politeness. After all, now they are in the territory of their hosts, Banu Ghatfan.”

For his extraordinary feats that day, Salamah رضي الله عنه‎‎ received two portions of the booty from the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ one as a foot soldier and another as a cavalryman. He had the honor of sitting behind the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ himself on the camel Azba’a, and of hearing the Prophet declare, ‘The best cavalry man among us today is Abu Qatadah, and the best foot soldier is Salamah.”

Sorry about the title but I just couldn’t resist. My little cousin after hearing this story came to tell us, “Do you know Musjidul Akwa can run faster than a horse!”

The sword of Allah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) was a battle machine, a warrior chosen by Allah SWT. He was taught by the early ages of five or six by his father, a known warrior of the Quraish, for many years how to use an arrow, spear and a sword. But there was something in the heart of Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) and he said, “Ya Rasulullah I have come to you with many sins. I have fought against Allah SWT. I have fought against the Messenger of Allah SWT. I fought against the believers. I caused believers to lose a battle. I caused death. I caused destruction. I caused defeat. Ya Rasulullah pray to Allah SWT that He forgive me.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Ya Khalid, a man when he enters Islam, all of his past sins are forgiven.” He said, and he insisted, “Oh Rasulullah ask Allah SWT to forgive me,” and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Ya Allah forgive Khalid for whatever he has done and allow him to be a front and allow him to be a fighter and a warrior who fights for the cause of Islam and not for the cause of evil.”

In the last four years of the life of Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) he was demoted, he could not go into the battlefield. This was the biggest test for Khalid bin Walid (radiallahu anhu). After Hira he was stopped from going into the battlefield and Khalid dubbed that the year of the women because he couldn’t go and fight. Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) was a noble warrior and Caliph Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu) explained his action of dismissing Khalid Al-Walid (radiallahu anhu) from his post and the army saying, “I have not dismissed Khalid because of my anger or because of any dishonesty on his part, but because people glorified him and were misled. I feared that people would rely on him for victory. I want them to know that it is Allah who does all things; and there should be no mischief in the land.”

The narration mentions that Khalid didn’t waste his time, he would recite the Quraan. After Fajr he would recite the Quraan until Dhuhr. He would say that Jihad has stopped me from learning the Quraan. From Fajr until Dhuhr he would recite the Quraan and he would cry out of the fear of Allah SWT. Continuouly he would cry out of the fear of Allah SWT.

When Khalid (radiallahu anhu) was close to his death, a man who fought numerous battles and brought down the superpowers is dying upon his bed. A sahabi came to him and Khalid (radiallahu anhu) said, “When Umar demoted me I felt bad in my heart but now I realised that what Umar did was right because Umar only wanted the Khayr (good) for the believers and I have nothing in my heart for Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu).” He was close to his death and the narration mentions that when people would walk in he would show them his arms that there was not a hand span on his arms that did not have a wound upon it. He would show them the right arm. He would show them the left arm. He would show them the chest. He would show them the legs.

He said, “Look at me, I’ve fought over a hundred duels, numerous battles and I’m dying on my bed? Khalid is dying on his bed?” Somebody said to Khalid (radiallahu anhu), “Oh Khalid, don’t you understand? The day that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) dubbed you the sword of Allah (Sayfullah) it was impossible for you to die on the battlefield. For if you died on the battlefield that the sword of Allah was broken by an infidel and the sword of Allah could never be broken.”

Khalid (radiallahu anhu) contrary to his desires died upon his bed. But see, in the Battle of Mu’tah Khalid (radiallahu anhu) broke nine of his swords. Why, because they were the swords of Khalid. As for Khalid himself, he was the Allah’s sword so he could never be broken.  The man who brought the two superpowers of the day to their knees passed away upon his bed but the truth is why shouldn’t he desire martyrdom? For didn’t Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) say about a martyr that he is not given ghusl because his blood will bear witness for his Shahadah on the Day of Judgement? His clothes are not changed because his clothes will bear witness for him on the Day of Judgement.

A Janaza according to many Fuqaha is not prayed upon the Shaheed. Why? Because Allah SWT says in the Quraan Kareem, “Those who have passed away in the path of Allah don’t say they are dead, but they are alive by Allah SWT.” The truth is that Khalid’s (radiallahu anhu) clothes may not bear testimony to his Shahadah. His blood may not bear testimony to his Shahadah but every single Shaheed of this Ummah will bear testimony for Khalid (radiallahu anhu) because there has never been a shaheed in this Ummah who has not been inspired by Khalid ibn Walis (radiallahu anhu).

The narration mentions that Khalid (radiallahu anhu) left behind a horse and he left behind a sword and he sent it to Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiallahu anhu) and when Umar (radiallahu anhu) saw it he began to cry. He said, “Abu Bakr judged men, Abu Bakr knew men far better than I did. He realised the virtue of Khalid ibn Walid but can you imagine that horse that Khalid left behind, could any other man ride the horse that Khalid rode? No, because he would never be able to fulfil its right. Can any other man hold the sword that Khalid held? No, because no other man would be able to fulfil its right. Because, Khalid was on a different level.”

The narration mentions that when Khalid (radiallahu anhu) passed away the women of Bani Makhzum came out and cried and Umar (radiallahu anhu) had a strict rule that women could not come out and cry. Even when Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) passed away the women gathered in the house of Aisha (radiallahu anha) and Umar (radiallahu anhu) dispersed them. But when it came to Khalid (radiallahu anhu) a man came to Umar (radiallahu anhu) and said, “The women of Bani Makhzum are crying over Khalid ibn Walid.” Umar (radiallahu anhu) said, “May your mother lose you for the likes of Khalid, those who cry, should cry.”

Umar (radiallahu anhu) heard the mother of Khalid (radiallahu anhu) reciting poetry, she said, “You are better than a million. When men fall on their faces in front of you, you are braver than a lion and a tiger. You are more generous than that flood that comes down from the mountain.”

Umar (radiallahu anhu) heard her reciting this and said, “The mother of Khalid ibn Walid has spoken the truth.” If Khalid (radiallahu anhu) was better than a million at that time then he is better than a billion of today.  The truth is there will never be another Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu). About Khalid ibn Walid (radiallahu anhu) Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) said, “Women will never give birth to the likes of Khalid ibn Walid again.”

 

Post credithttp://jamiat.org.za/khalid-ibn-walid-radiallahu-anhu-lion-of-allah/

Trusted Islamic Websites (South Africa)

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All the websites below are AHLUS SUNNAH WAL JAMA’AH. Shukran!

1. A trusted website comprising of various questions posed to different scholars of all 4 schools of thought. Questions are answered by famous Ulama like Mufti Siraj Desai, Mufti Ebrahim Salejee and Mufti Ebrahim Desai etc…
http://islamqa.org

2. The official website of Madrassah Taleemudeen (Isipingo Beach KZN), also known as Al Haadi.
http://alhaadi.org.za
Also, http://www.tablighuddeen.com

3. The official website of Khanqah Akhtari (Ml Abdul Hamid sb)
http://ka.org.za

4. The official website of Ml Dawood Seedat sb
http://www.taqwa.co
Also, Khanqah Isha’atul Haq of Ml Dawood Seedat sb: http://ishaatulhaq.co.za

5. The official website of Mufti Zubair Bhayat sb
http://www.muftizubair.co.za

6. The iftaa department run by Mufti Siraj Desai and Moulana Yusuf Laher
http://askmufti.co.za

7. The official website of Moulana Ilyaas Patel sb
http://ilyaaspatel.co.za

8. The official website of the late Moulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه
http://www.yunuspatel.co.za

9. The official website…

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