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Battle of Tabuk - Part 1

The greatest competition ever to occur in the history of this Ummah was that of 'Umar b. al-Khattab (ra) with Abu Bakr (ra), though this competition was not a battle of strength, skill or the mind, but rather a race towards Paradise for the one who can fill his scales with greater deeds!

At the battle of Tabuk the Prophet (SAW) encouraged the Sahabah (raa) to give whatever they can in the cause of Allah.

'Umar b. al-Khattab (ra) reported the incident in first person: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) ordered us to give charity and at the time I possessed some wealth. I said to myself, "If there is a day I can do better than Abu Bakr, then this is the one."

So I went with half of my wealth to the Messenger of Allah and he asked, “What have you left for your family?”
I said, "The same amount." (i.e. half)
Then Abu Bakr came with everything he had. The Prophet (SAW) asked, “O Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?”
Abu Bakr (ra) replied, "Allah and His Messenger!"
Umar b. al-Khattab (ra) reflecting on this said, "By Allah, I will never do better than Abu Bakr."

This lecture was recorded on 20th August 2014

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