Lesson # 1167 from Holy Qur-’aan
Unavoidable badness of the Battles
Surah ‘TAWBAH or BARAAA-‘AH (REPENTANCE) – Chapter – 9)
Stage – 2, Verse –129 of 129, Section – 16 of 16 (Part – 11)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
When Muslims were permitted to fight, then in the Chapters of Holy Qur’an, revealed in Madinah, the way of fighting was explained, along with this, customs of society were taught simultaneously and education of politics was given completely. Many times, Messenger of Allah Almighty (Grace, Peace and Blessings of Allah on him) commanded the Islamic Army Himself and at some occasions, He (Grace, Peace and Blessings of Allah on him) appointed any of His trustworthy Slaves (Companions – May Allah be pleased with them) as commander. First Battle of Islam was “the Battle of Badr”; in which Messenger (Grace, Peace and Blessings of Allah on him) participated and the last was “the Battle of Tabuuk”. In the Battle of Badr, the Muslims had to fight without intention and preparation. Whereas, in the Battle of Tabuuk, they made preparation intentionally, but the Battle did not reach a certain point. The mention of this last Battle has been explained in the subject Surah Tawbah.
It was unavoidable badness of the battles that difficulties were produced in understanding Islam. Although, the selfish people could not put down Islam through battles, but; they continued to hide the actual excellence of Islam, in the clouds of dust. Islam was desirous to stop blood-shedding and mischief, but the wicked and selfish people said: The war will never over in the world and the manner of keeping the feeble under influence will continue.
By force, Islam considered it suitable to arrange for senses of selfish people, under the circumstances of that period that their ears should be pulled. But an advantage was reaped from it also, which was, it helped very much for organizing the Muslims themselves. The traitors, the weak in belief, the deceitful and hypocrites were separated, and only sincere Muslims remained in the field. By suffering from difficulties and hardships, steadiness in intentions, maturity in determination and moderateness in dispositions had been grown.
One can meditate in only the expedition i.e. the incidents of the Battle of Tabuuk according to the subjects of this Chapter. It was so much severe test that in the beginning, even one group of Muslims had been entangled in confusion. In the end, the Light of their Belief guided them and they returned unto the Straight Path. At that time, the strength of Muslims was not in hundreds but in thousands. But in the course of time, they all got ready for a difficult journey. Only indolent persons, excusable and insolent people remained behind.
The Hypocrites, who were mixed up with Muslims, were known due to their trickeries. And Divine Revelation betrayed their all secrets. And they entire had been separated by making false excuses. There were only three such sincere Muslims, who remained behind at home due to procrastination, and their repentance was accepted after a very severe punishment. Out of them, one person was Ka’b bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him), who describes his account of circumstances himself about this Battle. In the next two lessons the same will be discussed.
Transliterated Holy Qur’aan in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)