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Heroic Stands by Shiekh Abu Nizhar Ash Shaami: Khadijah, Abu Bakr, Uthman and Abudahdah (ra) – Sacrificing Money
Our lives are a collection of stands taken. These stands are what will decide our status and value before Allah (swt) on the Day of Judgement. Heroic stands, which changed the course of history, produced events, and greatly influenced all who witnessed them or heard of them. Heroic stands, which we mention while living at a time when most stands, we see are those of humiliation and shame. Heroic stands, we mention them whose heroes are mentioned in the Quran, and the pages of the Seerah and our Ummah's past and recent history are overflowing with them. Heroic stands, which we mention in order to take lessons from. We mention them in order to receive flames of glory, optimism, and expecting good from Allah (swt), and to prove that our Ummah, by the permission of Allah (swt), is capable of bringing back the dignified stands which will fill the world with justice and light after it was filled with injustice and tyranny.
The same way that the Dawah needs support through speech, weapons, and followers then its need for money which assists it and provides it with means of continuation may be more pressing and obligatory. This is why sacrificing money for the sake of the Dawah of Islam is heroism and an exceptional one. Stands in which removes obstacles facing the Islamic State and eased the spread of its message to reach the people from the earliest years of the Dawah. Sayyida Khadija (ra) made the heroic stand of relieving the Prophet (saw) and Muslims with her money thus easing matters for them during the boycott and blockade. Then Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq (ra) showered the Prophet (saw) with all of his money twice; the first time was on the day of the Hijra where he left not even one coin for his wife and daughters. He rather took all the money that he had to spend upon the Messenger.
The second time was for the 'Usra army where he (ra) beat everyone else and once again donated all of his wealth and he left nothing for his family, such that the Quran even mentioned the heroism of Abu Bakr (ra), saying "[He] who gives [from] his wealth to purify himself."
Then there was the heroism of Uthman (ra) in the army of Tabuk where he brought one of his biggest trade deals whose profits were multiplied many times over and threw it all on the lap of the Prophet (saw) without hesitation. The Prophet (saw) was turning the money over and saying: "Uthman (ra) shall not be harmed after what he has done" Imagine! One man prepares a whole army with his money. And when the Islamic State was established, the Messenger (saw) found that all the drinking water sources were owned by Jews. They had control over a well called "Roma" from which they sell to the people. Our Messenger's (saw) chest tightened and became afraid that the Kuffar will use this well to strangle the believers. So he (saw) called out for financial Mujahids and He (saw) made them offers. Uthman (ra) heard the lucrative offer: "Who will buy the Roma Well for a spring in Jannah?" So, he (ra) hurried and bought it for 35,000 Dirhams. "O Messenger of Allah, I have designated it for the Muslims (free of charge)." He (ra) burned the card of besieging the Muslims. And such was the case whenever things became difficult for the Islamic State and the prize of Jannah emerged, the righteous jumped to buy the Akhirah with what is valuable, and kicked money away.
An orphan came to the Messenger of Allah (saw) complaining about a neighbour of his. This orphan wanted to build a wall for himself but there was a palm tree from the neighbour's which was blocking the wall. He asked his neighbour to sell the palm tree to him but he refused. He complained about his neighbour to the Prophet (saw). The Prophet (saw) said [to the neighbour]: "Give him the palm tree." He said: "I won't, O Messenger of Allah". He (saw) said: "Give him the palm tree and you will have a palm tree like it in Jannah." He said: "I won't, O Messenger of Allah". So, now what does our Messenger (saw) do regarding this crisis? The Ansar heard the word "Jannah" and so the race began. Abu Dahdah (ra) came forward - a Sahabi who owned a garden which had 600 palm trees which he had inherited over generations. "O Messenger of Allah, if I was to buy that palm tree, would I have a palm tree in Jannah?" Meaning: "Is this offer open to me as well?" He (saw) said :"Yes". So, he looked at the man who has the palm tree and said: "Do you know my garden?" That large garden which has 600 palm trees. He said: "Yes, I know it." He said: "Would you sell me your palm tree for my whole garden?" He said: "Yes", Abu Dahdah (ra) then looked at the orphan and said: "This palm tree has become yours now, so build your wall." Then he faced the Messenger (saw): "O Messenger of Allah, do I now have a palm tree in Jannah?" So, the Prophet (saw) said: "What a great number of long branches in Jannah for Abu Dahdah". Then Abu Dahdah (ra) flew to get his wife and children out of the garden: "Leave, for I have sold the garden to my Lord for a palm tree in Jannah." Then she says: "What a successful sale".
Brothers and sisters, through the phrase "and for him will be Jannah", the most difficult crises were resolved because the Muslims within it would help and aid their state in fear of Allah (swt), not the punishment of the authority and seeking Jannah, not appeasement of the leaders. The coming Khilafah State will open up opportunities for competition once again.
[وَتُجَاهِدُوۡنَ فِىۡ سَبِيۡلِ اللّٰهِ بِاَمۡوَالِكُمۡ وَاَنۡفُسِكُمۡؕ ذٰلِكُمۡ خَيۡرٌ لَّـكُمۡ اِنۡ كُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُوۡنَۙ]
"And strive with your wealth and your lives in the cause of Allah" [Surah As-Saff: Aya 11]
So, will we learn from these radiant examples that the Dawah today needs people who spend in order to overcome its difficulties and buy books, filming equipment and all the needs for spreading the truth using their personal wealth? How wonderful it is to spend money in order to gain these winning deals. O Allah (swt) take from our wealth, youth and blood until You are pleased with us and raise us with the righteous spenders.
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