The Strangers: Episode 5 – Appealing Aspects of the First Strangeness of Islam
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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The Prophet (SAW) said, Islam began as something strange and it will end up being as something strange.
What sets these Strangers apart in the crowd? How do they hold on to their religion when the others have forsaken it? Learn the characteristics of these Strangers which leads them to Paradise.
So the first appealing aspect of this first strangeness of Islam was the fact that the DAO was something secret. And so it was not done openly. It was not done publicly. And so for the first three years, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was commanded to give Dawa and to teach, but secretly, privately, not openly, not publicly. And the believers who followed him to, were not allowed to openly practice their new religion. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would only go to those he trusted his family members, those he thought that perhaps they will accept the message he came with from awasum Hanna who was and he would meet his former secretly, and he would
teach them the Quran. And he would teach them to pray. And so they would study the Quran, they would pray privately, secretly, not in the eyes of the people. And the same with those who would accept Islam who came from outside America. They were not supposed to go back to their people and openly declare their Islam, this stage of the dour was a very, very difficult stage. It's not easy to believe in something and to practice something privately secretly,
away from the eyes of the people. And so these first few years, were especially difficult for these first few companions. However, it is important here to note that Islam was not meant to be a secret society, an underground movement. However, during these days, it was necessary.
And eventually Islam would have prevailed. But it should not be thought that, you know, Islam came as a secret society, as an underground movement to overthrow what the people were upon.
And so we say even today,
even today, if someone accepts Islam, it may be necessary for him or her to conceal their Islam, because of how their family and their people will take it. Initially, you will say, conceal your Islam, practice it privately, practice it secretly, until you are ready to proclaim it to your people and your family members among the appealing aspects of the first days of Islam. And this first strangeness of Islam was the fact that it had very, very few followers, as we have mentioned previously. And so, even hibersap
rhodiola when he says that, in the pre Islamic days of ignorance, I used to think that people who used to worship idols were deviated and did not adhere to the true religion. Then I heard of a man in Mecca. I heard of a man in Mecca, who was preaching a message. So I mounted my camel, and I went to him.
I found that this individual, Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wa sallam remained hidden, because of the persecution, the torture of his people. So I entered Mecca, it will secretly. And when I met him, I asked him, Who are you? So he said, I am a prophet. I asked him, What is a prophet? He said, Allah has sent me with a message. So I said, with what has he said you with? He said, He's who had a who without a sent me
to strengthen the ties of kinship to destroy the idols, so that Allah alone should be worshipped, and nothing be associated with him. I asked who has followed you in this? So he said, one free man and one slave. And at that time, it was overcoat and barrel that he was referring to? I said, shall I follow you? So he said, you cannot do that right now. And that is because Can you not see my situation? Can you not see what me and my people are going through? He said to him, the prophet SAW someone said to him, go to your people. And when you hear that I have prevailed, didn't come to me. I'm an avian advisor. He says, I went back to my people. And while I was among my people, the
Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam immigrated to Medina, and so I continued to ask people about him until some of my people visited Medina and they told me about him. And so I asked them, you know, what did you find about this man who arrived in Medina and so
They said to him, that people are coming to him rushing to him hastening to him. His own people had planned to kill him, but they did not succeed. And so I went to him in Medina and came to him and said, almost drove a lot. Do you remember me? So he said, Yes, I remember you. You were the one who came to me and Mecca.
And Hades goes on. The Prophet also taught him, you know how to pray, and other new rulings that had been revealed to the prophet SAW Selim. He taught him everything and the story is mentioned and reported in audios. The point here was the fact that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to him, that my followers are only one free man and one slave. However, that does not mean that there were only two people who had accepted Islam at that time. Rather, we know that there were more than that. It was not just to individuals. However, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam basically, he wanted to be cautious. And he didn't want this individual who was a stranger to him. He didn't want
to basically mentioned to him that he had many other followers. And we also find this in the narration of Ahmad bin, Yasser, who was one of the earlier companions who had accepted Islam in this first time of strangeness. And so I must have been the acid. He's reported to have said, I saw the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and none were with him, except five slaves, to women. And aboubaker. Probably Allahu Allah. Once again, this does not mean that I'm not a vinyasa is saying that, you know, there are only this many converts only this many people who had accepted Islam at that time. Rather, there were others as well. However, they were hiding their Islam. And so
what we learned here is that one of the appealing aspects of this first strangeness of Islam was that the Muslims were very few in number. In fact, we don't even have an accurate number of how many Muslims there were at that time, because of how many were concealing their Islam. There's no way of knowing how many Muslims there were at that time. Among the appealing aspects of dispersed strangeness of Islam is the persecution and torture that these strangers these first Muslims went through? And so, Abdullah, rude, or the Allahu Han, he mentioned to us that the first people to declare their Islam publicly, we're seven, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, along
with Abu Bakar Amar and his mother sumiya sohaib Bilal and mitad with regards to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, overprotected him through his paternal uncle, butadiene. Abdullah bin Mr. Rudy goes on to say with regards to Abu Bakar a lot protected him through his family. As for the rest, the Muslim school sees them and made them wear coats of iron and expose them to intense heat and the sun. And there was none of them who escaped this until they were forced to basically revert from their religion except probie. That he did not care what happened to him for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And even his own people did not care what happened to him. Then, the mushy
CUDA Mecca, gave him gave Bilaal to the children of Mattel who dragged him on the streets of Mecca. While he was saying, I had to I had one one referring to a loss of Hannah who went out. We'll take a quick break here and be right back.
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Welcome back to our program the strangers before the break. We had mentioned that one of the appealing aspects of the first strangeness of Islam, when it first appeared, was the fact that the first strangers the first believers, they were tortured, and they were persecuted because of their religion. And so Abdullah bin Mr. Udo the Allahu Han, he mentioned to us in another Hadith, that once the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was praying at the Kappa, and Abuja Han, who is known for his enmity
to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and to Islam and the believers, he was sitting with some of his companions. And so one of them, they said,
Who among you will bring the intestines of the camel of so and so.
And place it on the back of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he goes down and prostrates to his Lord, so the worst among them, he got up and he brought it until the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went down into subdued, and he took those intestines of that camel. And he threw them placed on the back of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam between his children.
And so even Mr. Rude, he says, I was watching but I couldn't do anything. You have to remember that the Muslims were few and unknowable. Massoud was among those who did not have tribal support. He didn't have a family to support him. So he couldn't go and do something to defend the honor of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam even though he wanted to, he would have been beaten, he may have even been killed because of defending the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So I wish he says adorable Massoud says, I wish I had some people with me to hold out against them. Because Me Myself, I can't go and defend him. But if I had a group of companions, we could have all went and done something. So he goes on to say they started laughing, falling over one another out of laughter. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was in that state of sujood prostrating not getting up until Fatuma, his daughter, robiola, who came and took those intestines and threw them away. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam raised his head and got up from his to Jude and said thrice, three times he said, All law, punished koresh or law, punished koresh or not
punished. And so it was hard for Abu Jamal and his companions, when the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam called upon a lot with these words against them. Why? Because even though Abu Jihad and his companions were mostly Kuhn, they didn't accept Islam, however, they knew that whoever makes whoever asks at this house, at the Kava in this place, then his Doha, he gets accepted. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, Oh Allah punish Abuja hell rotable robbia shaybah even robbia LED bannerghatta omiya Aleph Baroque by Eben anymore, and he mentioned a seventh whose name I cannot recall, this is what the narrator of the Hadith is say. And then the
panion went on to say, by a law, in whose hand my life is, I saw the dead bodies of those individuals who were counted by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in the well of budder, meaning that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has to have was accepted, on the day of better when the Muslims were victorious, over kurush over the disbelievers, and these individuals, every single one of them, who the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam prayed against a loss of Hannah who etana slave them, and they were killed on the day of that. However, after having said all that, and you know, giving a few examples of the situation in Mecca, in the very beginning of Islam, when the
strangers were few, and the Muslims were few.
And having looked at some of the examples of the torture and persecution, they went through, still, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam did not give up. If it was anyone else, they would have given up. Out of all that pressure that was mounting on them, they would have given up however, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he did not give up, and he would continuously advise his companions. And so he would advise them to look at the previous nations, and the prophets and messengers that went before. And he would give examples of them that look at what happened to them, the persecution, the torture that they went through, and their followers went through, what you are
going through, is similar. And then you would advise them to attach themselves with what Allah Subhana who Atlanta has prepared for them, for those who are patient of reward in general.
And Allah subhana wa tada would also reveal those verses of the virtue of patience, and how Eventually, the reward of those who are patient is nothing other than gender. And also, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would advise his companions in these difficult times, to look at the future, were a loss of Hannah who attalla will eventually make Islam victorious, make Islam prevail, and bring down the machete Kuhn, and eventually make Islam to prevail in force. After that, we look at another one of the appealing aspects of this stage of Islam, of the strangeness of Islam in the beginning. And that is that Islam was faced with an embargo and a blockade. And so although the
Arabs were known for their generosity in general, they were known to be very helpful for the weak and the oppressed, and they would give them food, and they would give them clothing those who needed it.
When they heard about the message of Islam, and they wanted to end and put out the light of Islam, what did they do once they did not succeed, and people were still coming into the fold of Islam. And people from outside Mutko were hearing about it. And the number of Muslims were increasing, they resorted to what many oppressors and tyrants resort to in our times, and that is an economic blockade, a siege not only an economical one, but also a social one. And so they got together the leaders of courage, and they made a pact with the other tribes. They made an agreement that no one will give food or drink to these Muslims. No one would marry their daughters to them.
And no one would marry their women.
And so on and so forth. They wrote a treaty. And they agreed on these principles. And so they made this agreement
to blockade these few Muslims. And so the companions the nearly two stories of these days in which they were living in siege, that lasted two to three years, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, had to take his companions out of Mecca, where they stayed in the alleyways of the mountains of Mecca. And so, because of the siege, and this blockade, and this embargo, some of them they had nothing to eat, and so they would resort to eating the leaves of tree limbs. They would resort to eating flesh, and whatever they could find on the ground.
And drinking things that will not quench their thirst, and be enough to feel their hunger. And all of this
was because they preferred what Allah Subhana who had to hide ahead over everything else. And so how many of us today would be able to go through that, what they went through?
How many of us could give up that luxurious lifestyle and live? Like what they went through those early Muslims. And so this is a wake up call for every single one of us. And that is why when one of us even the smallest tour and pricks us, we cannot handle it. So how about giving a food and drink and going through such rough times, but yet they went through it. Why? Because they preferred what was with a law over everything else. Finally, we come to one last point regarding the appealing aspects of dispersed strangeness of Islam. And that is that in the very beginning of Islam, Islam was confined to one environment, it was confined to Mecca. And it did not leave Mecca. The Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not commanded by Allah subhanho, wa Taala, to go to other places in the Arabian Peninsula. Not even those places which were close by, such as by Rather, he went to tarrif, which was one of the first places he went out to, to spread the dour, much, much later, after approximately 10 years of the beginning of the tower. And so, for the first seven years of public tower,
it remained in
even though Islam came for all of humanity, however, it was only wise to restrict it to the confines of one location, one area, and so, Islam King for all of mankind, and even the verses that were revealed, in these first years, there is mention of how this Quran is for all of mankind. And how this Vicar that Allah subhanho wa Taala has set down, it is for me, for everyone in who are illogical. I mean, it is only a vicar, a Quran, a reminder for all of mankind, but yet, it was confined to Mecca. And that was in order to preserve it, to make it strong. And once it becomes strong, then the Muslims can go out and establish Islam, spread Islam, and then establish it over
the Arabian Peninsula. And so what we have learned in today's episode, are some of the appealing aspects, some of the manifestations of the first strangeness of Islam, and how it was different to what came after it. And that is what we plan on discussing in the next episode of this program, the strangers, I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us to all have benefited from what we have learned. I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us all steadfast upon the path of the strangers until our next episode, so long they'll be handed a share to Allah, Allah, Allah and Mr. fuuka to LA
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