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“Be True to Allah, He will be True to You”

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On one occasion a Bedouin came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepted Islam. He then expressed his desire to remain with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), due to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to look after him and make arrangements for him.

After some time had passed, the Muslims fought a battle against the disbelievers and were victorious, gaining booty in the process. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) distributed the booty among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he also set aside a share for this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, on account of this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) attending to the animals of the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he was away at the time of the distribution. Hence, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) gave him his allotted share on his return.

On seeing his share of the booty, he asked, “What is this?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) replied, “A share (of the booty) which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) allotted for you.” Hearing this, he took the share and proceeded to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When he came before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he asked, “What is this?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “I allotted this share for you.” The Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “I did not follow you and accept Islam for this wealth.” He then gestured towards his throat and said, “I followed you so that I could be struck here by an arrow and pass away (as a martyr), gaining entry into Paradise.” When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) heard this, he said, “If you are true to Allah Ta‘ala, Allah Ta‘ala will be true to you (in fulfilling your desire and rewarding you).”

Not too long thereafter, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) again engaged the disbelievers in battle. After the battle, the body of the Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was carried to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Seeing that an arrow had struck his throat on the exact area to which he had gestured, thereby causing his martyrdom, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “Is this the same Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)?”  When the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) confirmed that he was the same Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “He was true to Allah Ta‘ala, and so Allah Ta‘ala was true to him (by blessing him with the martyrdom which he desired).”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then covered him in his own blessed jubbah and performed his janaazah salaah. While making du‘aa for this Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said the following, “O Allah! This is your slave who performed hijrah in your path and was then killed as a martyr. I bear witness to this!” (Sunan Nasai #1955)

Lesson:

Every Muslim claims to love Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, how true are we in our claim? If we truly mean what we say, we will follow the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and adhere to the blessed sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When we do so, Allah Ta‘ala will answer our du‘aas and bless us with the rewards that he has promised us. On the contrary, if we fail to be true to Allah Ta‘ala by neglecting Deen and the blessed sunnah, how can we expect to receive the divine assistance of Allah Ta‘ala?