Sunday, June 3

True Hardship

"Allah has forgiven the Prophet, the Muhaajireen and the Ansaar who followed him in the time of hardship, after the hearts of a group of them had nearly deviated, but He accepted their repentance. Certainly, He is unto them full of kindness, Most Merciful." (9:117)

Mujahid said: "This verse was revealed concerning the battle of Taabuk. They left for that battle during a period of hardship. It was a year with little rain, intense heat and scarcity of supplies and water.''

Qatadah said: "They went to ash-Shaam during the year of the battle of Taabuk at a time when the heat was intense. Allaah knew how hard things were, and they suffered great hardship. We were told that two men used to divide a date between themselves. Some of them would take turns in sucking on a date and drinking water, then give it to another man to suck on. Allaah forgave them and allowed them to come back from that battle.''

Ibn Jareer reported that 'Abdullaah bin 'Abbaas said that 'Umar bin al-Khattab was reminded of the battle of hardship (Taabuk) and 'Umar said: "We went with the Messenger of Allaah in the intense heat for Taabuk. We camped at a place in which we were stricken so hard by thirst that we thought that our necks would be severed. One of us used to go out in search of water and did not return until he feared that his neck would be severed. One would slaughter his camel, squeeze its intestines and drink its content, placing whatever was left on his kidney."

(Tafseer Ibn Katheer; 2/378)

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