Lesson # 471
Trial of Muslims
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3),
Stage– 1, Verse – 152 of 200, Section 16 of 20, (Par – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
152. And Allah verily made good His promise unto you when ye routed them by His leave, until (the moment) when your courage failed you, and ye disagreed about the order and ye disobeyed, after He had shown you that for which ye long. Some of you desired the world, and some of you desired the Hereafter. Therefore, He made you flee from them, that He might try you. And yet certainly He hath forgiven you. And Allah is a Lord of Kindness to believers.
152. Wa laqad sadaqaku-mUllaahu wa’-daHuuu ‘iz tahussuu-nahum- bi-‘izniH. Hattaaa ‘izaa fashiltum wa tanaaza’-tum fil-‘amri wa ‘asaytum-mim- ba’-di maaa ‘araakum-maa tuhibbuun. Minkum-many-yuriidud-dunyaa wa minkum- many-yuriidul- ‘Aakhirah. Summa sarafakum ‘anhum li-Yabtali-yakum. Wa laqad ‘Afaa ‘ankum. Wallaahu Zuu-fazlin ‘alal-Mu’-miniin.
Messenger of Allah Almighty (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) had described the Muslims before starting of the war in the battlefield of ‘Uhud, “If you will have patience and remain steadfast, then you will get victory and obtain the mastery over the Infidels. Allah Almighty made good His promise in the beginning of the battle”. The Muslims stretched many heaps, slaughtering the Infidels by the Order of Allah Almighty. The Idolaters began to run away from the battlefield being stunned.
When the Muslims felt that they were succeeding and getting victory, they broke in for collection of the spoils of war (the wealth of plunder). In the meantime, the archers committed a serious mistake by disobeying the command of the Messenger of Allah Almighty (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam). When Khalid bin Waliid observed the hill-pass without archers, he reaped advantage and within a few moments, the map of the battle was changed.
The archers began to quarrel with one another. Some of them said, “We should stay here and the others told that there was no need to stay there further. We should also collect the property of plunder (spoils of war)”. At last, their maximum strength left the pass and went away for collection of the spoils of war. Then suddenly the Idolaters attacked from that pass. On the other side, the news regarding execution of the Prophet (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) became notorious.
Due to these entire circumstances, the weakness was born in the hearts of the Muslims. Resultantly, this cowardice arose. Some people inclined towards worldly wealth and property with pleasure, retribution of which was suffered by all. The Infidels, who were running away recklessly leaving the battlefield to escape, they returned, broke in upon the Muslims. Now the Muslims were running away themselves. The matter inverted due to this shortness, mistake and error. It was also a trial of the Muslims, so that the difference between immature and matured Muslims may be disclosed.