And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided…(3:103)

Who is Superior? The well-to-do or the followers of Qura’n?

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عَنْ ابیْ سَعِیدِنِِ الْخُدْرِیّؓ قَالَ جَلَسْتُ فِیْ عِصَابَۃٍ مِنْ ضُعْفَائِ اَلْمُھَاجِرِیْنَ و اِنَّ بَعَضَھُمْ یَسْتَتِرُ بِبَعْضِ مِنَ الْعُریٰ و قاریٔ یَقْرَأُ عَلَیْنَااِذَجائَ رَسُولُ اﷲِ ﷺ فَقَامَ عَلَیْنَا فَلَمَّا قَامَ رَسولُ اﷲﷺ سَکَتَ الْقارِیُٔ ، فَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ قَال: مَا کُنْتُمْ تَصْنَعُوْنَ ، قُلْنَا کُنّا نَسْتَمِعُ اِلَیٰ کِتٰبِ اﷲ، فَقَالَ الَحَمْدُﷲِ الَّذِیْ جَعَلَ مِنْ اُمتّیِ مَنْ اُمِرتُ اَنْ اَصْبِرَ نَفْسِیْ مَعَھُمْ ، قَالَ فَجَلَسَ وَسْطَنَا لِیعَدِلَ بِنَفْسِہٖ فِیْنَا، ثُمَّ قَالَ بِیَدِہٖ ھَکَذا فتَحَلَّقُوْا و بَرَزَتْ وُجُوھُھُم لَہٗ، فَقَالَ اَبْشِرُوا یا مَعْشَرَ صَعَالِیْکِ الْمُھَاجِرِیْنَ بِالنُّوْرِ التِّامّ یَوْمَ الْقِیاَمۃِ، تَدْخُلُوْنَ اَلْجَنّۃَ قَبَلَ اَغْنِیٰائِ النَّاسِ بنِصفِ یَوْمٍ وَ ذٰلِکَ خَمْسُ مِائَۃِ سَنَۃٍ‘‘(رواہ ابوداؤد)

Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri : I was sitting in the company of the poor members of the emigrants. Some of them were sitting together because of lack of clothing while a reader was reciting to us. All of a sudden the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) came along and stood beside us. When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) stood, the reader stopped and greeted him.

He asked: What were you doing? We said: Apostle of Allah! We had a reader who was reciting to us and we were listening to the Book of Allah, the Exalted. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) then said: Praise be to Allah Who has put among my people those with whom I have been ordered to stay. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) then sat among us so as to be like one of us, and when he had made a sign with his hand they sat in a circle with their faces turned towards him.

The narrator said: I think that the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) did not recognize any of them except me.

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) then said: Rejoice, you group of poor emigrants, in the announcement that you will have perfect light on the Day of Resurrection. You will enter Paradise half a day before the rich, and that is five hundred years. (Abu Dawood)


After a th0rough study of the on the Prophet Tradition appearing above, we come to know some important points. They are as follows:

  • The Muhajireen migrated with the Holy Prophet ﷺ leaving their homelands and hearths helplessly just for the sake of religion. They neither had clothes to wear nor a house to live in nor the food to eat. But, they loved the religion so ardently that instead of whiling away their time in unnecessary talks, they would spend their time listening, reading out, remembering it by heart, understanding and making other understand the Holy Qura’n.
  • The Holy Prophet ﷺ is reported to have said, “I have been ordered to keep you company as much as possible and be content and satisfied with it. In reality, through this tradition, it has been pointed out to the 28th and 29th verses of Surah Kahaf. Each and every Prophets desires that distinguished, power-that-be and influential personalities should support him so that it may cause the upliftment of religion. But, in such case, when the poor, destitute and those who have no value in their society join him, he thinks that how can this mission be successful when such people join him in great number while there is no one among the leaders of their community.

On the other hand, even the chieftains of the pagans of Makkah would torture the Holy Prophet ﷺ criticizing him that he had no one to his credit to be believe in him among the leaders and no one among wise and power-that-be professed in the religion brought by him. However, these were the fool and having no value in the society who believed in him and it was he who thought that he propagate Allah’s religion with their support.

It was in response to the criticism made by such type of haughty and proud people that Allah, the Almighty addressed the Holy Prophet ﷺ saying that the real wise was one who believed in him while the one who did not believe in him was neither wise nor a man of any prestige or value.

He solicited him saying that if that day they were the leaders and a man of great value, one day or the other, he would cease to exercise any political power while, on the other hand, those ones whom he thought to be of no value, helpless and destitute, would be the leaders of their community who would handle all their affairs. Hence, o Prophet! You should pay no heed towards these haughty and arrogant people. More importantly, you should not be careless with respect to these destitute and sincere people for their sake, rather, be content and satisfied in their company.

Later, when the Holy Prophet ﷺ found these helpless and destitute people rather interested in religion and the Holy Qura’n, he borought home to them their real value and prestige in the sight of Allah, the Almighty and encouraged them to celebrate Allah’s praise more and more. It was then that the Holy Prophet ﷺ be-seated among them.

The narrator of this tradition says that, doing so practically, the leader of this community and their guide wished to tell his loyal and faithful companion that he was as close to them as they were to each other.

  • The Holy Prophet ﷺ gave them a glad-tiding about the world Hereafter, attaining perfect enlightenment and entering Paradise half day before those of well-affluent companions. In other words, the Holy Prophet ﷺ solicited them that the hardships they suffered in the cause of Allah’s religion and the way they left their homelands and hearths for seeking His pleasure and preferred poverty and destitution to a luxurious life is worth giving glad-tiding that in return to all these things how Allah, the Almighty will appreciate them.

May Allah the Almighty grant us Taufique to value our religion and act upon all its teachings wholeheartedly! (Ameen)

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