Monday, 22 June 2009

He sends the thunderbolts and smites with them whom He pleases, yet they dispute concerning Allah, and He is mighty in Punishment..

Amir bin At-Tufayl said, "O Muhammad! What will you give me if I embrace Islam'' The Messenger of Allah said,

«لَكَ مَا لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ وَعَلَيْكَ مَا عَلَيْهِم»

(You will have the rights and duties of all Muslims.)

`Amir bin At-Tufayl said, "Will you make me your successor if I embrace Islam'' The Messenger of Allah said,

«لَيْسَ ذَلِكَ لَكَ وَلَا لِقَوْمِكَ، وَلَكِنْ لَكَ أَعِنَّةَ الْخَيْل»

(That is not your right, nor your people's right. However, I could appoint you a commander of the horsemen (i.e., war).)

`Amir said, "I am already the commander of the horsemen of Najd (in the north of Arabia). Give me control over the desert and you keep the cities.''

The Messenger of Allah refused. When these two men were leaving the Messenger of Allah ,

`Amir said, "By Allah! I will fill it (Al-Madinah) with horses and men (hostile to Muslims).'' The Messenger of Allah replied,

«يَمْنَعُكَ الله»

(Rather, Allah will prevent you. )

When `Amir and Arbad left, `Amir said, "O Arbad! I will keep Muhammad busy while talking to him, so you can strike him with the sword. Verily, if you kill Muhammad, the people (Muslims) will agree to take blood money and will hate to wage war over his murder. Then we will give them the blood money.'' Arbad said, "I will do that,'' and they went back to the Messenger .

`Amir said, "O Muhammad! Stand next to me so that I can talk to you.'' The Messenger stood up, and they both stood next to a wall talking to each other. Arbad wanted to grab his sword, but his hand froze when it touched the sword's handle and he could not take the sword out of its sheath. Arbad did not strike the Messenger as `Amir suggested, and the Messenger of Allah looked at Arbad and realized what he was doing, so he departed. When Arbad and `Amir left the Messenger of Allah and arrived at Al-Harrah of Waqim area, they dismounted from their horses.

However, Sa`d bin Mu`adh and Usayd bin Hudayr came out saying, "Come, O enemies of Allah! May Allah curse you.'' `Amir asked, "Who is this with you, O Sa`d'' Sa`d said, "This is Usayd bin Hudayr.''

They fled until they reached the Riqm area, where Allah struck Arbad with a bolt of lightning and he met his demise. As for `Amir, he went on until he reached the Kharim area, where Allah sent an open ulcer that struck him. During that night, `Amir took refuge in a woman's house, from Banu Salul. `Amir kept touching his open ulcer and saying, "An ulcer as big as a camel's hump, while I am at the house of a woman from Bani Salul, seeking to bring my death in her house!'' He rode his horse, but he died while riding it headed to his area. Allah sent down these Ayat (13:8-11) in their case,

[اللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَحْمِلُ كُلُّ أُنثَى]

(Allah knows what every female bears) until,

[وَمَا لَهُمْ مِّن دُونِهِ مِن وَالٍ]

(..and they will find besides Him no protector.)

Ibn `Abbas commented, "The angels in succession, guard Muhammad, peace be upon him, by the command of Allah.'' He next mentioned the demise of Arbad by Allah's command, reciting this Ayah,

[وَيُرْسِلُ الصَّوَعِقَ]

(He sends the thunderbolts,)'' Allah said next,

[وَهُمْ يُجَـدِلُونَ فِى اللَّهِ]

(yet they (disbelievers) dispute about Allah.) they doubt Allah's greatness and that there is no deity worthy of worship except Him,

[وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ الْمِحَالِ]

(And He is Mighty in strength and Severe in punishment.)

Surah al Ra'd [the Thunder] 13:13;


Anas bin Malik narrated:

"The Messenger of Allah sent a man from his Companions to a man from the people of disbelief in order to call him to Allah - the Blessed and Exalted - so, he said to the Companion:

"What is this Lord of yours that you call me to? Is He made of iron? Is He made of copper? Is He made of silver? Is He made of gold?"

So, the Companion returned to the Prophet and told him of what had happened, so, he sent the Companion back a second time. The man told him the same thing, so, he was sent a third time. The man told him the same thing, so the Companion returned and informed the Prophet, so, Allah - the Blessed and Exalted - sent a lightining bolt that struck the man and burned him up.

The Messenger of Allah then said: "Verily, Allah - the Blessed and Exalted - has sent upon this man that you know a lightning bolt which has burned him up."

The verse was then revealed: {"... He sends lightning bolts, and therewith He strikes whom He Wills, yet they dispute about Allah, and He is mighty in strength and severe in punishment."} [ar-Ra'd; 13]"

[Reported by al-Bayhaqi in 'as-Sunan al-Kubra' (11259), al-Haythami in 'Majma' az-Zawa'id' (7/24), and it is authentic]

Let those who oppose the Messenger beware...;