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Friday Sermon – 6th December 2019

Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest
Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest
I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah
I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is the Messenger of Allah.
I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is the Messenger of Allah.
Come to Prayer
Come to Prayer
Come to success
Come to success
Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest.
There is none worthy of
worship except Allah.
Peace be upon you all, I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah He is alone and has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with
Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the
Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah,
Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and
Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path – The path of those on whom Thou
hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. The name of the companion
who I will mention today from among the badri
companions is Hazrat Hilal (ra). His full name was Hazrat
Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah Waqifi. Hazrat Hilal (ra) belonged to the Bani
Waqif clan of the Aus tribe of the Ansar. His father’s name was Umayyah bin Amir and
his mother’s name was Unaisahh bint Hidam, who was the sister of Hazrat
Kulthum (ra) bin Hidam. Kulthum (ra) bin Hidam is the
companion whose house in Quba the Holy Prophet (saw) stayed
upon his migration to Medina. We find references to two marriages
of Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah; one with Furaya bint Malik bint Dukhsham
and the other with Mulaikah bint Abdullah. Both wives of Hazrat Hilal (ra) had
the honour of accepting Islam at the hands of the Holy Prophet (saw). Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah was
among the earliest converts to Islam. He destroyed the idols of
the tribe of Banu Waqif and was the flag bearer of his people
on the day of the Victory of Mecca. Hazrat Hilal (ra) had the honour of
participating in the Battles of Badr, Uhud and other later Battles along
with the Holy Prophet (saw). However, he was unable to
participate in the Battle of Tabuk. Ibn Hisham has not included the name of Hazrat
Hilal (ra) among the list of the badri companions, he has given in his book. However, Bukhari has included him among
the badri companions in his Sahih Bukhari. Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah was
among the three ansari companions who failed to participate in the Battle
of Tabuk without having any excuse. The other two companions were Ka’b (ra)
bin Malik and Murarah bin Rabi’. The following verse of the Holy
Qur’an was revealed in relation them: (Arabic – Holy Quran 9:118) “And He has turned with mercy to
the three whose case was deferred, “until the earth became too strait
for them with all its vastness, “and their souls were also straitened
for them, and they became convinced “that there was no refuge
from Allah save unto Himself. “Then He turned to them with
mercy that they might turn to Him. “Surely, it is Allah Who is Oft-Returning
with compassion and is Merciful.” The Battle of Tabuk took place in 9 A.H. There is a detailed narration in
Sahih Bukhari in this regard where it mentions about these three
companions staying behind. Abdur Rahman, the grandson of
Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin Malik narrates from his father Abdullah Ibn Ka’b that
when Hazrat Ka’b (ra) lost his eyesight, he used to help walk him to places. He narrated that he heard Hazrat Ka’b (ra)
bin Malik narrate the following incident. This narration with regards to
Hazrat Ka’b (ra) is quite lengthy. Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin
Umayyah, the companions whose account I am relating
is also mentioned in it. In any case, he narrates that he
heard Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin Malik relate the account of when he remained
behind, i.e. during the Battle of Tabuk. Hazrat Ka’b (ra) states, “I did not
remain behind Allah’s Messenger (saw) “in any battle that he fought
except the Battle of Tabuk. “I also did not take part in the Battle of Badr,
but the Holy Prophet (saw) did not admonish “anyone who had not participated in
it because the Holy Prophet (saw) “had gone out in search of the caravan
of Quraish and Allah made them.” i.e. the Muslims, “meet the enemy
without any intention of actual battle. “However, I was present
during the night of Aqabah.” He is mentioning that he also did
not participate in the Battle of Badr, however the Holy Prophet (saw) did not express
displeasure for not having taken part in this. He further states, “[I was present during the
night of Aqabah] when we made a solemn pledge “to remain established upon Islam, and I
would not exchange it for the Battle of Badr “even though the Battle of Badr is more
popular amongst the people than this,” i.e.the pledge of Aqabah, “As for me, I
had never been stronger or wealthier “than I was when I remained behind the Holy
Prophet (saw),” i.e. in the Battle of Tabuk. “By Allah, never had I owned two she-camels
before, except at the time of the Battle of Tabuk. “Whenever the Holy Prophet (saw)
intended to go forth for battle, “he would keep it discreet and appear
as if to be heading in another direction.” In line with the strategy of war, it was
the practise of the Holy Prophet (saw) that he would keep the matter
discreet and in addition to this, he would either prolong the
journey or take a different route. In any case, he further narrates, “On the occasion
of this expedition,” i.e. the Battle of Tabuk, “the Holy Prophet (saw) set
forth at a time of intense heat, “and faced having to endure a long
journey across a wilderness region “and an enemy possessing great numbers. “Thus, the Holy Prophet (saw) announced to the
Muslims clearly regarding their circumstances, “so that they could make all
the necessary preparations.” On the occasion of this battle, the Holy
Prophet (saw) did not keep anything hidden, rather he informed them of the
destination and also who the enemy was and so that they could
prepare accordingly. He further narrates, “The Holy Prophet (saw)
also revealed to them the direction “they were going to head towards and he was
accompanied by a large number of Muslims. “Anyone who intended to be absent would
think that the matter would remain hidden “from the Holy Prophet (saw) unless Allah
revealed it through Divine Revelation. “The Holy Prophet (saw) left for this Battle
at a time when the fruits had ripened “and the shade felt pleasant,”
i.e. in the hot season, “The Holy Prophet (saw) and his
companions began to make preparations. “I also would set out with them in
the morning, however I would return “without having made any preparation.” He would leave in the morning with the intention
to make preparations for the expedition, but would return in the evening
having failed to make any. He states, “I would say to myself, ‘I can make
the preparations as I have all the provisions’ “and thus remained lax in this regard until
the people had made all the preparations “and one day the Holy Prophet (saw) set forth for
the battle and the companions also left with him. “However, I had failed to make
any preparation for my departure. “I thought to myself that I shall make
the preparations one or two days “after the Holy Prophet (saw)’s “departure and will then join them as i had the
means to travel and could do so with great ease. “In the morning following their
departure, I went out to get myself ready “but returned having done nothing. “Then again in the next morning,” i.e. the
third morning, “I went out to get ready “but returned without having
made any preparation. “Such was my condition, and in the meanwhile the
army had proceeded far ahead with great pace. “I then decided to leave and join them. If I only
I had done so, but in fact I was unable to do so. “After the Holy Prophet (saw) had set
off for the battle, whenever I went out “and walked amongst the people,”
i.e, the people who remained behind, “it grieved me that I could see none around
me, except those who were seen in disdain “owing to the hypocrisy in their hearts or those
who were weak and were granted exemption by God,” i.e. whenever he would go into the streets
of Medina, he would mainly see those who were either excused by
God owing to their weakness or who were perceived as cowardly and
had hypocrisy rooted in their hearts. He further states, “The Holy
Prophet (saw) did not remember me “or ask about me till
he had reached Tabuk. “It was only whilst the Holy Prophet (saw)
was sat amongst the people, he enquired, ‘Where is Ka’b (ra)?’ A man from Banu
Salama said, ‘O Allah’s Messenger (saw). ‘He has been stopped by his two garments
and his looking at his own flanks with pride.’” That is, either he had become too affluent or
arrogant, hence he had failed to join them. “Upon hearing this, Hazrat Mu`adh (ra) bin
Jabal said, ‘What an awful thing you have said! ‘O Messener (saw) of Allah! By God, we
know nothing about him but good.’” i.e. he is not arrogant and
proud and nor is he a hypocrite. “The Holy Prophet (saw)
heard this and kept silent.” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin
Malik further narrates, “When I heard that the Holy Prophet (saw)
was returning,” from this expedition of his. “I became worried and began
to think of false excuses “in order to save myself from the
Holy Prophet (saw)’s admonishment. “I took the advice from all the
wise members of my family “in regards to what excuse
I could put forward. “When I was informed that the
Holy Prophet (saw) was very close, “all of the false excuses were
abandoned from my mind and I realised “that I could not save my myself
from the Holy Prophet (saw)’s “displeasure by forging
a false statement. “Thus, I decided to speak
the complete truth. “The Holy Prophet (saw) arrived and it was his
practise that whenever he returned from a journey “he would first go to the mosque to
offer two nawafil [voluntary prayer] “and then sit in order
to meet the people. “When the Holy Prophet (saw) finished and
took seat, those who could not join him came “before the Holy Prophet (saw) and
began to present their excuses “for not being able to
join in the expedition. “Each one gave their false excuse and even
swore on oath as to why they could not join. “There were over 80 such people who swore
on oath and presented their false excuses. “The Holy Prophet (saw) accepted
the excuses they had expressed, “took their pledge of allegiance and
asked for Allah’s Forgiveness for them, “and left the secrets of their
hearts for Allah to judge.” In other words, the Holy Prophet (saw)
accepted their excuses and prayed for their forgiveness and
left the matter in the hands of God. He further narrates, “Then I came before the
Holy Prophet (saw), and when I greeted him “with the salutation of Salaam, he smiled at me
but it was the smile of one who is displeased. “The Holy Prophet (saw) then
stated, ‘You have come’. “I came forward and sat before the
Holy Prophet (saw) and he asked, ‘What stopped you from going
and not travelling with us? ‘Had you not purchased
an animal to travel on?’ “I submitted, ‘Yes, O Messenger (saw)
of Allah! But by Allah, ‘if I were sitting before any person from
among the people of the world other than you, ‘I would have avoided his anger with an
excuse because I have been bestowed ‘with the power of speaking
fluently and eloquently ‘and would be able to
present all kinds of excuses. ‘But by Allah, I knew well that if today
I tell you a lie to seek your favour, ‘then Allah would surely cause you to be
displeased with me in the near future.’” He could express an excuse and save himself
from the Holy Prophet’s admonishment but God will express His displeasure and it would
also be conveyed to the Holy Prophet (saw). “But if I tell you the truth, though you will
express your displeasure because of it, “however I hope for Allah’s Forgiveness.” “But if I tell you the truth, though you will
express your displeasure because of it, “however I hope for Allah’s Forgiveness.” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin Malik then states, “I then
submitted, ‘By God, I do not have any excuse ‘and by God, I had never been stronger or
wealthier than I was when I remained behind you.’ “Upon hearing this, the Holy Prophet (saw)
stated, ‘He has spoken the truth. ‘So stand up (and leave) until Allah
issues a decision regarding you.’ “I stood up and left and some of the people
belonging to the Banu Salama followed me and said, ‘By Allah, we have never witnessed
you committing any wrong before this. ‘Surely, you did not offer an
excuse to Allah’s Messenger (saw) ‘just like the others
did who failed to go.’” As mentioned before that there were around
80 people who had made up excuses. “The prayer of Allah’s Messenger (saw)
to Allah to forgive “you would have been sufficient
to forgive this sin of yours. “By Allah, they continued reproach me
to the extent that I intended to return,” to the Holy Prophet (saw) “and accuse
myself of having told a lie, but I asked them,” i.e. those who were reproaching
him for telling the truth, “’Is there anybody else who has also
expressed before the Holy Prophet (saw) ‘what I have truthfully expressed?’ “They replied, ‘Yes, there are two men who
have said the same thing as you have, ‘and both of them were given the
same response as was given to you.’ “I enquired, ‘Who are they?’ “They replied, ‘Murarah (ra) bin Rabi’Amri
and Hilal (ra) bin Umaiya Waqifi.’ “Thus, they had mentioned
two such pious individuals “who had previously taken part in the Battle of
Badr and in whom there was an example for me. “When people had mentioned the names of
these two individuals, I went to meet them “and at the time the Holy Prophet (saw) had
prohibited all the Muslims from speaking to us.” When it was mentioned that there were two other
individuals [who had acted in a similar manner], I knew they were truly pious and had
also taken part in the Battle of Badr, therefore I decided to join them
and not present any excuse. Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin Malik
narrates, “I went to meet them “and at the time the Holy Prophet (saw) had
prohibited all the Muslims from speaking to us. “If they were of those people who were left
behind, they had comepletley distanced themselves. “Since it was prohibited, people did not
come in front of us and tried to avoid us, “as if they did not know us. “And so, people began to avoid us as if we
were complete strangers till the city of Medina “and its streets began to appear strange
to me as if I did not know it ever before. “It seemed as if I had come to a completely
new place as people would avoid me.” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin Malik narrates, “We
remained in that condition for fifty nights. “With regards my two fellow companions,
Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah “and Hazrat Murarah (ra) bin Rabi’, “they remained in their houses out of extreme
embarrassment and kept on weeping. “Hazrat Hilal (ra) would continuously
remain in his house and weep “but I was the youngest of them and could
bear this affliction with greater strength. “I would also seek forgiveness
at home, but I would also go out “and pray along with the other Muslims. “I would go to the mosque and also the
marketplace, but no one would talk to me, “and I would come to Allah’s
Messenger (saw) and greet him “while he was sitting in his
gathering after the prayer, “and I would wonder whether the Holy Prophet (saw)
moved his lips in return to my greetings or not. “Then I would offer
my prayer near to him. “I would discreetly look at him and when I was
busy with my prayer, the Holy Prophet (saw) “would turn his face towards me,
but when I turned my face to him, “he would turn his face away from me. “When this severe attitude of
the people took its toll on me, “I walked till I scaled the wall of the
garden of Hazrat Abu Qatada (ra), “who was my paternal cousin and dearest
person to me, and I offered my greetings to him. “By Allah, he did not
return my greetings. “I then said, ‘O Abu Qatada (ra)!
By Allah, I ask you! ‘Do you know that I love Allah and His
Messenger (saw)?’ However, he remained silent. “I asked him again in the name of
God and again he remained quiet. “I then asked him a third time in
the name of God, and he replied, ‘Allah and His Messenger (saw) know
better’” i.e. whether he loves them or not. “Upon hearing this, tears began to flow from my
eyes and I jumped over the wall and returned.” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin Malik further narrates,
“While I was walking in the market of Medina, “suddenly I saw a Nibti,”
i.e. a Christian farmer, “from the region of levant, who
came to sell his grains in Medina, “saying, ‘Who will lead
me to Ka`b bin Malik?’ “The people began to point me out for him
till he came to me and handed me a letter “from the king of Ghassan in
which the following was written: ‘To proceed, I have been informed that
your friend has strictly dealt with you ‘and has excluded you from them. ‘However, God Almighty has
not raised you in a household ‘whereby you shall be
dishonoured and made to perish. ‘Thus, come to us and
we will console you.’ “When I read it, I said to myself,
‘This is also a form of trial.’ “I then took hold of this letter and
placed it into the fire of an oven. “When forty out of the fifty nights elapsed, the
messenger of the Holy Prophet (saw) came to me “and said, ‘The Holy Prophet (saw)
orders you to keep away from your wife,’ “I asked, ‘Should I divorce her; or what should I
do?’ He said, ‘No, only keep away from her.’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) sent the same
message to the other two companions as well,” including Hazrat Hilal (ra). “I then told my wife, ‘Go to your
parents and remain with them ‘until Allah gives His
Verdict in this matter.’” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) bin
Malik further narrates, “The wife of Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah
came to the Holy Prophet (saw),” i.e. the wife of the companion
whose account I am relating, “and said, ‘O Allah’s Messenger (saw)!
Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah is an old man ‘who has no servant to attend on him. ‘Would you be displeased with
me if I were to serve him?’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, ‘No,’” You can serve him; you can cook
and do the household chores, ‘but he should not come near you.’ “She then said, ‘By Allah, he
has no desire for anything. ‘By, Allah, he has not
stopped weeping since,’” i.e. ever since he was
boycotted as a punishment. Hazrat Ka’b (ra) further narrates, “Following
that, some of my family members told me “to also ask for permission
from the Holy Prophet (saw) “for my wife just as Hazrat Hilal (ra)’s
wife had sought permission to serve him. “I said, ‘By Allah, I will not ask the permission
of Allah’s Messenger (saw) regarding her. ‘I do not know what Allah’s
Messenger (saw) would say ‘if I asked him to permit
her to serve me.’ ‘Hazrat Hilal (ra) is an elderly
man but I am young man “Then I remained in that state for ten more
nights after that the period of fifty nights “was completed starting from the
time when Allah’s Messenger (saw) “had prohibited people
from talking to us. “When I had offered the Fajr prayer on the 50th
morning, I was on the roof of one of our houses “and while I was sitting in the very condition
which Allah described [in the Qur’an] “i.e.my very soul seemed straitened to me and
that the earth too seemed straitened to me for all “its vastness, it was at that very
moment I heard the voice of one “who had ascended the mountain of Sala’, which is the name of a mountain
in the north of Medina, “and he shouted, ‘O Ka’b (ra) bin
Malik! For you are Glad-tidings’. “Upon hearing this I fell in
prostration before Allah and realised “that this period of difficulty
had now been removed.” Since the caller had mentioned
glad-tidings, therefore he knew that he had been indeed forgiven. “The Holy Prophet (saw) completed his Fajr
prayer and then announced that God Almighty, “out of His benevolence, has
forgiven them of their error. “Upon hearing this, people came to congratulate
us and they also went to congratulate “my two fellow companions, Hazrat
Hilal (ra) and the other companion. “Another person came speeding
towards me on horseback. “One of the men from the Banu
Aslam tribe came running “and ascended the mountain and his voice
was swifter than the speed of the horse. “When this man, whose voice I had
heard from the mountaintop came to me “to convey the glad-tidings, by God I only had
two pieces of cloth in possession at the time “and gave them both to him for he
had conveyed to me the glad-tiding. “Then I borrowed two garments and wore
them and went to the Holy Prophet (saw). “There were crowds of people
met me and congratulated me “on account of Allah’s
Acceptance of my repentance. “They would say, ‘Congratulations, for God
Almighty has bestowed His mercy upon you ‘and accepted your repentance.’” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) further narrates,
“When I finally entered the Mosque, “I saw the Holy Prophet (saw) was seated
and there were people around him. “Hazrat Talha (ra) bin Ubaidullah
saw me and ran towards me, “shook my hand and congratulated me. “By Allah, none of the Muhajirin got
up for me except him,” i.e.Talha, “and I will never forget
this act of Talha’s (ra).” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) further relates, “When
I greeted Allah’s Messenger (saw), “his blessed countenance was glowing
with joy and he replied to my greeting. “The Holy Prophet (saw) then stated,
‘Rejoice on this most delightful day ‘from all the days since your
mother had given birth to you.’ “I then asked the Holy Prophet (saw), ‘Is
this glad-tiding from you or from Allah?’ “The Holy Prophet (saw)
replied, ‘No, it is from Allah.’ “Whenever Allah’s Messenger (saw) became
happy, his face would shine like the moon, “and from this we could always
determine his state of happiness. “When I sat before him, I said,
‘O Allah’s Messenger (saw)! ‘Because of the acceptance
of my repentance ‘I will give up all my wealth as alms for the
sake of Allah and His Messenger (saw).’ “The Holy Prophet (saw) replied, ‘Keep some
of your wealth, as it will be better for you.’ “I submitted, ‘In that case, I will keep
my share from Khaibar with me,’ “and added, ‘O Allah’s Messenger (saw)! Allah
has saved me because I spoke the truth. ‘Thus, owing to the
acceptance of my repentance, ‘I shall always speak the
truth for the rest of my life. ‘By Allah, I do not know anyone from among
the Muslims whom Allah has subjected ‘to go through a trial on account of
telling the truth as much as I have.’ “Since I spoke the truth to Allah’s
Messenger (saw) regarding the event of Tabuk, “I have never intended to tell a lie. “I hope that Allah will also enable me to
always speak the truth for the rest of my life.” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) then
states, “Allah then revealed “to the Holy Prophet (saw)
the following revelation: ‘Allah has certainly turned with mercy to the
Prophet and to the Emigrants and the Helpers ‘who followed him in the
hour of distress after ‘the hearts of a party of
them had well-nigh swerved. ‘He again turned to them with mercy.
Surely, He is to them Compassionate, Merciful. ‘By Allah, Allah has never bestowed upon
me, apart from His guiding me to Islam, ‘a Greater blessing than the fact that I did
not tell a lie to Allah’s Messenger (saw) ‘which would have caused me to perish just
as those perished who spoke falsehood.’” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) then stated, “Allah has described
those who speak lies in the strongest of terms “as being extremely despicable and has never
described anyone in such a manner before. “Regarding those who speak
falsehood, God Almighty states, ‘They will make excuses to
you when you return to them ‘and Allah will not be pleased
with the rebellious people.’” Hazrat Ka’b (ra) further narrates, “The decision
regarding us three individuals was differed “from all the other people whose
excuses the Holy Prophet (saw) accepted “when they took an oath before him and
subsequently the Holy Prophet (saw) “took their Bai’at and
prayed for their forgiveness. “However, the Holy Prophet (saw)
left our case pending “until God Almighty Himself issued a verdict
regarding this matter, which was: (Arabic) “And He has turned with mercy to
the three whose case was deferred, “What Allah has stated [in this verse] does not
indicate our failure to take part in the battle, “but it refers to the deferment of making a
decision by the Holy Prophet (saw) about our case “in contrast to the case of those who had
taken an oath before the Holy Prophet (saw) “and had lied, but despite that the Holy
Prophet (saw) accepted their excuses.” Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah passed away
during the rule of Amir Muawiyah (ra). There is another brief note regarding the
Battle of Tabuk, I will narrate that as well. I have spoken about the Battle
of Tabuk once before as well, but I will mention it briefly again. Tabuk is situated along the
trade route from Medina to Syria and was commonly used
by trading caravans. It is located between
Wadi al-Qura and Syria. It is known as the town of Ashab al-Aykah, and
this is where Hazrat Shu’aib (as) was sent. Hazrat Shu’aib (as) lived in Midian but he was
also sent for the people of Ashab al-Aykah. It is situated approximately
375 miles from Medina. The Battle of Tabuk is known by several other
names: Ghazwatul Usrah or Gaishul Usrah, i.e. the Difficult Battle or The
Army that faced difficulty. It is also known as Ghazwatul Fadihah, i.e. the battle that would humiliate
and dishonour the hypocrites. After the treaty of Hudaibiya, the
first letter the Holy Prophet (saw) wrote to invite towards Islam [from among
the kings] was to the Caesar of Rome. At the time the governor of Busra
was Harith bin Abu Shimar Ghassani, who was a Christian
and was sent this letter. When he received the letter
of the Holy Prophet (saw), he displayed hostility and
threatened to invade Medina. This resulted in the people of Medina
remaining fearful of an attack by them. The reason why preparations were made for
this expedition was that the Holy Prophet (saw) received news from the Syrian tribe of Nibti,
who would travel to Medina to trade oil, that that Caesar of Rome had
gathered with his army in Syria. According to another narration, Christian
Arabs wrote to the Caesar of Rome saying that the one who claimed to be a
prophet has perished, God forbid, and the Muslims were suffering
from a famine as a result of which all their livestock
have been wiped out. Upon hearing this, the Caesar of Rome
prepared an army of 40,000 comprising of different tribes under the leadership
of an extraordinary General. This army gathered at Balqaa,
which is a city in Syria. Although this news did not
have any truth behind it, however, it became the cause of
the preparation for this expedition. When the Holy Prophet (saw) received
news of this [advancing army], the people did not have
the strength to fight. However, the Holy Prophet (saw)
made the announcement to depart and also informed them of their
destination so they could prepare. This is written in Sharah Allama Zarqani. The sacrifices made by the companions
and treachery of the hypocrites came to light in this expedition. As soon as the Holy Prophet (saw)
announced to prepare for the expedition, there was an immediate
response throughout Medina. The companions used their entire possessions
and strived their utmost to offer sacrifices. The passion of those who were constrained
due to a lack of resources reached such limits that they were ready to walk
hundreds of miles by foot. In order to prepare for this expedition
some people went to their homes, whereas others gathered their wealth and
strived to present as much as possible before their Master, the
Holy Prophet (saw). Nonetheless, some would search their homes in
order to find something that would enable them to participate in the expedition and they
were even willing to walk the distance. In fact, some companions did not even
have any shoes to go on the expedition. They came to the Holy Prophet (saw)
and said if he would grant them shoes, they would be willing to walk the
distant as they were bare foot. Otherwise their feet would be injured and they
would be unable to reach the destination. However, the situation at the time was such
that they were unable to be given anything. Nevertheless, every person was
ready to sacrifice their lives. Hazrat Umar (ra) thought that since
he had a lot of provisions at home and perhaps this was an opportunity
for him to be able to offer in sacrifice more than
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra). Thus, he presented half of his
wealth to the Holy Prophet (saw). The Holy Prophet (saw) asked:
“What have you left for your family.” Hazrat Umar (ra) replied: “I have
left half of my wealth at home.” Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) brought everything he
owned and presented it to the Holy Prophet (saw), who asked him what he
had left for his family. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) replied that he had only
left [the name of] Allah and His Messenger. Hazrat Umar (ra) looked upon Hazrat
Abu Bakr (ra) with envy and said: “I swear by God! I can never excel
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) in anything.” The Promised Messiah (as) has
mentioned this incident saying: “On one occasion the Holy Prophet (saw)
requested for provisions. “In response, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)
brought all the wealth he owned. “The Holy Prophet (saw) asked
him what he had left at home. “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) replied:
‘Allah and His Messenger (saw).’” i.e. that he has left behind the name
of Allah and the Holy Prophet (saw). “Hazrat Umar (ra) brought half of his possessions
and upon asking what he had left at home, “he replied that he had left half
of his possessions at home.” The Promised Messiah (as) further
says: “The Holy Prophet (saw) said; ‘The difference between what Hazrat
Abu Bakr (ra) and Hazrat Umar (ra) ‘has presented is the difference
between their ranks.’” The amount of sacrifice
presented by Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) on the occasion of the Battle of
Tabuk totalled 4,000 dirhams. Hazrat Uthman (ra) sacrificed camels,
horses and also presented money. Owing to this sacrifice of Hazrat Uthman (ra), the
Holy Prophet (saw) stood at the pulpit and stated: “Henceforth, Uthman (ra) will not be questioned
for any action committed on his part.” According to another narration, the Holy
Prophet (saw) said: “From this day forth, “no action of Uthman (ra)
will cause him harm,” and the Holy Prophet (saw)
repeated this twice. Hazrat Abu Aqeel (ra) was a companion who did not
own anything that he could present as a sacrifice. He devised a plan and agreed with someone
that he would spend the night watering a field. He spent the entire night obtaining water
from the well and watering the field. In exchange for this he was given 2 saa’
which is approximately 4-5 kilos of dates. He gave half to his wife and children and took
the remaining half and presented himself before the Holy Prophet (saw) in order to
present it as a sacrifice in the way of God. On this occasion, Hazrat Abdur Rahman (ra)
bin Auf offered half his wealth to the Holy Prophet (saw),
which was worth 4,400 dirhams. When Hazrat Asim (ra) bin Adiyy
offered 100 wasq of dates, a wasq is equal to 60
Saa’s and a Saa’ is 2.5kg, the hypocrites complained that this
is mere showing off and pretence. Thereupon, God Almighty revealed a
verse – I would like to elaborate here that approximately 14,000kg or 14 tonnes of dates
were presented by Hazrat Asim (ra) bin Adiyy, upon which the hypocrites
exclaimed it was only for show. I would also like to mention that in the
previous sermon I made an error in calculation where I said 600kg of dates. It was
not 600kg, rather it was 6,000kg. Nevertheless, when the hypocrites raised
the allegation that this was all for show, God Almighty revealed the following verse
of Surah At-taubah (Arabic – Holy Quran ) ‘Those who find fault with such of the
believers as give alms of their own free will “and with such as find nothing to
give save the earnings of their toil. “They thus deride them. “Allah shall requite them for their derision,
and for them is a grievous punishment.” This was [revealed] with
regards to those hypocrites. In any case, this [incident] is also mentioned
with reference to Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah. Further details still remain with respect
to Hazrat Hilal (ra) bin Umayyah which I shall mention in future. I shall now announce on behalf
of the Waqf-e-Nau department that they have developed a website
by the name – waqfenauintl.org, which shall be officially
launched today, God willing. Parents can directly contact and acquire
information from this department with regards to the letters they have written for their
expecting children to be accepted in this scheme and their reply. Furthermore, parents can find the
guidance and instructions I have given in terms of the education and
upbringing of Waqifeen-e-Nau children. Moreover, one can access the sermons and
addresses of the Khulafa, the Waqf-e-Nau syllabus and editions of the ‘Ismail’ magazine for boys
and ‘Maryam’ magazine for girls on the website. Additionally, Waqifeen-e-Nau
children can find information and help with regards to career planning. There is also the section
to renew one’s dedication, to get in touch with the Waqf-e-Nau
department and to keep up to date. Waqifeen-e-Nau can children can also find
information about the requirements of the Jama’at and what sort of education they should
undertake to best serve the Jama’at. Guidance for Waqf-e-Nau
secretaries and the administration and report forms will also
be available on the website. Furthermore, there are video clips of
the various questions and answers in the classes with me etc.
on different occasions. There is also the introduction
to the Waqf-e-Nau scheme and information on how to remain in
constant contact with the department. Also, there are reports, pictures and
glimpses of the Waqf-e-Nau programs happening around the world. Hence, this website shall be
launched today, God willing which Waqifeen-e-Nau children and parents
of Waqifeen-e-Nau should benefit from. All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help
from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against
the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the
right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled,
none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves
to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May
Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with
justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as
one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which
pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits
revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He
too will remember you; call Him and He will make
a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance
is the highest virtue.

Jean Kelley