Hipocrisy

Hypocrisy

One of the early wars fought by Muslims is “Al-Ahzab” which has several distinctive features but it became famous due to a new war-strategy of trench–“Al-Khandaq”— which was the brain-child of Salman Farsi (R.A). Salman Farsi, a Persian by descent, freed himself from an artificially imposed slavery of a Jew and devoted his life to Islam. He observed this strategy being practiced by Persians. When he broached this idea to the Prophet (PBUH) he accepted it since it would protect Muslims from out of Madina massive attack. Trench dug at the entrance to Madina at the time of Al-Ahab war was about three and a half miles long, about 6 ft deep and 6 feet wide and completed in just six days. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) practically participated in digging this trench. This war was fought in lashing winter and financially straitened conditions. Most of the Sahabah including Prophet went hungry for days. Total number of fighters was three thousands with only thirty six horses. Opposing army was a coalition of several Jewish, Meccan, Quresh, tribes some of which are Aslam, Ashja, Banu Murrah, Banu Kinanah, Fazarah and Ghittan consisting of 12000 to 15000 well equipped men, more than 300 horses and 1000 camels. One of the tribes of Madina, Bani Quraizah, who had a peace treaty with the Muslims also broke off and joined the enemy forces. This multiplied the danger from within and without Madina. The coalition was formed in the hope of eliminating the new religion once for all.

In the course of digging the trench, a huge glossy rock impeded the process and the matter was referred to Prophet. Prophet came to the site and took the matter in his own hands and struck the rock reciting a short verse of Qura’an (Surah Al Anam 6, V-115) meaning—“And the word of your Lord is perfect in truth and justice—none is there to change His words”. Prophet struck the rock three times and each time 1/3rd of it broke off. Some of the Sahaba, (Companions) (R.A) observed a gleaming light emerging from it at all three occasions. Upon inquiring Prophet explained that in the First light I was shown the cities of Yaman and those of Cyrus and in the Second I was shown the red palaces of Byzantine thereupon Arch Angel Jibril (R.A) gave me the good news that your ummah (Nation/Community) will conquer them. Hearing this Muslims felt at peace and assured of their successes in the times to come.      (Muslims may recited this Surah while undertaking some difficult task)

Upon hearing this prediction, hypocrites, who were with Muslims just to keep their cover and half heartedly involved in digging the trench, started taunting Muslims, by asking, do you really believe what Prophet has said? Look at you! Who are digging this trench and so overwhelmed that can’t even take care of personal needs. Do you really believe you will be the conqueror of the kingdoms of Byzantine and Persia as promised? This is what is expressed in Surah Al Ahzab, 33 V- 12 “And those having malady in their hearts were saying “Allah and His Prophet did not promise us but deceitfully”

The time was so critical for Muslims that the whole faith was at stake. Strenuous and strained circumstances, fear of enemy massive attack from within and without. On top of it all hypocrites were trying to plant the doubts in their minds. Had it worked! Would have been immensely devastating and most probably changed the course of Muslim History. By the grace of Allah however, it was braved by righteous Muslims with absolute belief in Allah and His Prophet. Exemplary immutability of true believers was displayed.  Trench proved to be very effective in holding back the enemy fighters for significant period of time. In this period some tactical and diplomatic initiatives were undertaken and desired results achieved. This war was won with flying colors by the will and grace of Allah. Eventually the prediction also came true and Sahabah (R.A) witnessed the Conquests of Byzantine and Persia   first hand. Hypocrisy of the hypocrites stood exposed.

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