Volume 4, Book 52, Number 293 :
Narrated by Hudhaifa (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to us), ” List the names of those people who have announced that they are Muslims.” So, we listed one thousand and five hundred men. Then we wondered, “Should we be afraid (of infidels) although we are one thousand and five hundred in number?” No doubt, we witnessed ourselves being afflicted with such bad trials that one would have to offer the prayer alone in fear.
This count was done for either Uhud or before digging the Trench or at Hudaibiyah, according to the commentary. It was just a reassurance for Muslims and a confidence booster. Ultimately, all help is from Allah, as was proved in Badr, but having that advantage of number certainly helps.
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 294 :
Narrated by Al-A`mash (radiallaahu `anhu)
“We (listed the Muslims and) found them five hundred.” And Abu Muawiya (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Between six-hundred to seven-hundred.”
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) added: Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 221 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu)
Abu Sufyan said, “Heraclius sent for me when I was in ‘llya’ (i.e. Jerusalem). Then he asked for the letter of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and when he had finished its reading there was a great hue and cry around him and the voices grew louder and we were asked to quit the place. When we were turned out, I said to my companions, ‘The cause of Ibn Abi Kabsha has become conspicuous as the King of Bani Al-Asfar is afraid of him.’ “
It’s really interesting how Imam Bukhari brings these two narrations under the same heading: “I have been made victorious by awe (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’s journey”. I say this because Ibn Hajr says in his commentary that the scholars have said that the distance between Madinah and the neighboring kingdoms/empires wasn’t more than a month’s journey. See how Heraclius gets afraid after reading Prophet’s (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) letter.. this was the Divine help that the above hadith mentions.
Assalam u alaikum! So as I was coming back to GIKI from Rawalpindi, I learned/reflected upon 2 things. Would just like to share them. Yeah yeah I know this isn’t poetry :P
I fell asleep in the van. The guy drove exceptionally good (fast?) today and when I woke up after about half an hour, we were really close (maybe because of the new motorway route). I woke up and realized that I had almost reached the end of my journey. I could see it by the signs around me. From that airbase or whatever that is, from the wind that had changed, from the atmosphere that was cleaner. I had to send some texts so I was like man if I hadn’t slept I would’ve sent them earlier. Now I’m almost there and since I just woke up I don’t feel like going through all that trouble right now. Let’s just wait till I reach back to my room.
Then it suddenly hit me, isn’t our life similar? We’re all on a journey aren’t we? Most of the time we are asleep, forgetting our real purpose. We wake up when most of it has already passed. Then it dawns upon us that we have indeed wasted a lot of time sleeping, while we could have done something productive in that time – something that would make the rest of the life (hereafter) better. But by that time, most of us don’t have the same strength. We are old. Our strength is not the same. All that excitement, all those hormones, all that vigor, dynamism, it’s just not there! So we feel tired even by thinking about what we could do back then. How would it feel? It would hurt. You’d want to cry, and you would. You’d turn to Allah when most of the people do.
But this was no ordinary journey. You were in a race. You slept while others worked hard. They did what was in their capacity, and by now they are far, far ahead of you.
The best deeds are those that are done in one’s YOUTH.
One of the five questions that would be asked on the day of judgement, and without answering which a person would not be able to move, would be How did you spend your YOUTH?
Better start working now than regret later, no?
May Allah give us the Tawfeeq to wake up from the delusion of this world, and make us realize the reality. So we work for our resting place.
“….And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.”
So we do what Allah says in Surah Al-Hadeed (57:21), the very next verse of the one mentioned above.
“Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden whose width is like the width of the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believed in Allah and His messengers. That is the bounty of Allah which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.”
The conductor when was about to drop me said that at this time there is no rickshaw how would you go to the gate from the turn (from where he would go left and I would have to go right). I said I’ll walk. He replied but it is 3 kilometers! I said nah it’s less than 1. Then he’s like ok.. I was only saying because yesterday a guy gave 100 rupees and we dropped him at the gate. I replied the guy must not like to walk :P lol
Then he stayed quiet, after a while he said, it’s 9PM and these are dangerous times. I said have Faith in Allah :) He’s like of course I have faith in Allah, but are 100 rupees dearer than your life? I knew what he was doing so I just kept saying that I’ll walk insha’Allah. He’s like suit yourself.
I read Ayat ul Kursi and the 3 Quls for protection and started walking. That road is a bit creepy, I admit. Some parts were lit up while others were in utter darkness. As I walked down the road I remembered the verse:
“160. If Allâh helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allâh (Alone) let believers put their trust.”Surah Al-Imran.
And what was said by the Prophets…
“…And upon Allah let those who would rely [indeed] rely.” Surah Ibraheem (14:12)
I accept I was freaked out for a while (mainly because I fear dogs a bit). Even seemed to hear voices from the fields towards my right. But I looked up at the stars (yeah, crazy about stargazing). And I said Allah if I can hear something you can hear it too, so I seek refuge in you from the evil out there and I ask you to give me the good out there.
And I remembered when the Prophet PBUH was asked that who would save you now and he replied ALLAH and the man dropped the sword in fear. There were different thoughts going on in my head.
I reached safely Alhamdulillah and there are two things I wanna mention here.
First, Why are we so afraid of the dark (or unknown)? I was reading Ammar Al-Shukry’s article the other day and I loved the part where he says we fear the darkness because we’re not familiar with it, because of the unknown. We fear the unknown. Then why is it that man is so heedless about his hereafter? Has he seen what hell is like and is not afraid? Or has he seen that he would be saved? We are afraid of little things in this world but we are not afraid of the ONE WHO CREATED ALL OF IT? The One Who knows the number of turns a leaf takes before falling to the ground. The One Who knows of a black ant, on a black stone, in a black night? We dare not fear HIM yet we are afraid of this world? Then I think that is exactly the reason for us being afraid. We have failed to realize the MIGHT of Allah. We have failed to realize the POWER of Allah. We have failed to obey HIM like HE ought to be obeyed. We have failed to FEAR HIM like he ought to be feared. And as a result we are afraid of a million other things.
Second thing is, why is it that we keep saying we have FAITH in Allah but cannot prove it? Again it comes to the same thing that we’re too afraid of things. How did Khalid bin Waleed RA drink poison and yet survive? Why did the Prophet PBUH not panic when he had no one but Allah to protect him? I’m not trying to say you should drink poison now lol But see the point!! It really amazes me! Why do we lack that belief in Allah! Is HE not able to do everything?! Is HE not able to protect you?! OF COURSE HE IS!! Someone (or may be a lot of people) might disagree with me and say “tie your camel and then trust in Allah.” But like seriously it’s not that I was walking in a battle field without a sword! But taking EXTRA PRECAUTIONS because I live a life of fear of a million things but Allah… that I cannot accept!
This was a reminder to me first and foremost. May Allah increase us all in Emaan, help us really race for reward and keep our intentions purely for HIS sake and grant us a place in Jannat ul Firdous!
Hope I was able to convey the message. Feel free to criticize, I couldn’t care less lol Joking (a little lol), say whatever you want to insha’Allah. :)
All good is from Allah SWT and only the mistakes are mine.
First and last post from Kitaab Salat-ul-Khawf [Book of Fear Prayer].
Volume 2, Book 14, Number 762:
I asked Az-Zuhri, “Did the Prophet ever offer the Fear Prayer?” Az-Zuhri said, “I was told by Salim that ‘Abdullah bin Umar had said, ‘I took part in a holy battle with Allah’s Apostle in Najd. We faced the enemy and arranged ourselves in rows. Then Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) stood up to lead the prayer and one party stood to pray with him while the other faced the enemy. Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) and the former party bowed and performed two prostrations. Then that party left and took the place of those who had not prayed. Allah’s Apostle prayed one Raka (with the latter) and performed two prostrations and finished his prayer with Taslim. Then everyone of them bowed once and performed two prostrations individually.’ “
Volume 2, Book 14, Number 763:
Ibn Umar said something similar to Mujahid’s saying: Whenever (Muslims and non-Muslims) stand face to face in battle, the Muslims can pray while standing. Ibn Umar added, “The Prophet said, ‘If the number of the enemy is greater than the Muslims, they can pray while standing or riding (individually).’ “
Volume 2, Book 14, Number 764:
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
Once the Prophet (p.b.u.h) led the fear prayer and the people stood behind him. He said Takbir (Allahu-Akbar) and the people said the same. He bowed and some of them bowed. Then he prostrated and they also prostrated. Then he stood for the second Raka and those who had prayed the first Raka left and guarded their brothers. The second party joined him and performed bowing and prostration with him. All the people were in prayer but they were guarding one another during the prayer.
Volume 2, Book 14, Number 765:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
On the day of the Khandaq Umar came, cursing the disbelievers of Quraish and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! I have not offered the ‘Asr prayer and the sun has set.” The Prophet replied, “By Allah! I too, have not offered the prayer yet. “The Prophet then went to Buthan, performed ablution and performed the ‘Asr prayer after the sun had set and then offered the Maghrib prayer after it.”
Volume 2, Book 14, Number 766:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) offered the Fajr prayer when it was still dark, then he rode and said, ‘Allah Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. When we approach near to a nation, the most unfortunate is the morning of those who have been warned.” The people came out into the streets saying, “Muhammad and his army.” Allah’s Apostle vanquished them by force and their warriors were killed; the children and women were taken as captives. Safiya was taken by Dihya Al-Kalbi and later she belonged to Allah’s Apostle go who married her and her Mahr was her manumission.
Salat-ul-Khwaf or the Prayer of Fear or the Supererogatory Prayer is offered during times of fear and danger. Prophet (SAW) is reported to have prayed it during times of battle. Allah talks about it in the Qur’an:
And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten As-Salat (the prayer) if you fear that the disbelievers may put you in trial (attack you etc.), verily, the disbelievers are ever unto you open enemies.
When you (O Messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) are among them, and lead them in As-Salat (the prayer), let one party of them stand up [in Salat (prayer)] with you taking their arms with them; when they finish their prostrations, let them take their positions in the rear and let the other party come up which have not yet prayed, and let them pray with you taking all the precautions and bearing arms. Those who disbelieve wish, if you were negligent of your arms and your baggage, to attack you in a single rush, but there is no sin on you if you put away your arms because of the inconvenience of rain or because you are ill, but take every precaution for yourselves. Verily, Allah has prepared a humiliating torment for the disbelievers.
[An-Nisa: 101 – 102]
Ibn Kathir says in his Tafsir:
The Fear prayer has different forms, for the enemy is sometimes in the direction of the Qiblah and sometimes in another direction. The Fear prayer consists sometimes of four Rak`ahs, three Rak`ahs, as for Maghrib, and sometimes two Rak`ah like Fajr and prayer during travel. The Fear prayer is sometimes prayed in congregation, but when the battle is raging, congregational prayer may not be possible. In this case, they pray each by himself, facing the Qiblah or otherwise, riding or on foot. In this situation, they are allowed to walk and fight, all the while performing the acts of the prayer. Some scholars said that in the latter case, they pray only one Rak`ah, for Ibn `Abbas narrated, “By the words of your Prophet , Allah has ordained the prayer of four Rak`ah while residing, two Rak`ah during travel, and one Rak`ah during fear.” Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah recorded it. This is also the view of Ahmad bin Hanbal. Al-Mundhiri said, “This is the saying of `Ata’, Jabir, Al-Hasan, Mujahid, Al-Hakam, Qatadah and Hammad; and Tawus and Ad-Dahhak also prefered it.” Abu `Asim Al-`Abadi mentioned that Muhammad bin Nasr Al-Marwazi said the Fajr prayer also becomes one Rak`ah during fear. This is also the opinion of Ibn Hazm. Ishaq bin Rahwayh said, “When a battle is raging, one Rak`ah during which you nod your head is sufficient for you. If you are unable, then one prostration is sufficient, because the prostration is remembrance of Allah.”
And some interesting background given in the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir. Do read!