Friday, March 7, 2008

TRENCH WAR: Which way are you leaning?

The sight of the enemy who surrounded the city round the trench was frightful. All the Muslims save the Holy Prophet, his Ahlul Bayt and their followers feared that they might not be able to stand the trial and would be slaughtered and destroyed.
Their insincerity and false guise became known when Amr threw an open challenge but none of the companions came forward to meet him in single combat because they were shaken by a frightening terror.
The Holy Prophet had seen clear signs of victory, but the hypocrites and the insincere believers accused him and the true believers of keeping the Muslims in delusive hopes.
The disaffected hypocrites and the insincere spread defeatist rumours and persuaded the Muslims to leave the scene of the impending battle and withdraw for the defence of their homes, although their homes were not exposed to enemy attack.
So prone and ever-ready were they to every act of hostility against Islam that if the enemy had been able to penetrate into the city, they, sitting on the fence, would have joined the forces of the invaders at once, although, after the battle of Uhad, certain men who had deserted the Holy Prophet, made a covenant with Allah and His Prophet that they would behave better next time.
Imam Ali said: "On which day (can) I run away from death? The day which is decreed (or) the day which is not decreed!”
Most of the companions of the Holy Prophet who were weak in faith easily fell prey to the machination of the clever hypocrites, as they did in the battles of Badr and Uhad and afterwards in Hunayn.
In times of danger they would look to the Holy Prophet and Ali for protection, and keep themselves snugly away from the fight. When the danger is past, they would come and brag and wrangle and show their covetousness and greed for gains. Even any good they might have done was obliterated because there was no sincere motive behind it except envy, greed and cowardice.
Even when the enemy had gone they were so much confused in their minds that they secretly decided to run away from the city and take refuge in the desert if the enemy made another attack.
“Behold! They came on you from above you and from below you, and behold, the eyes became dim and the hearts gaped up to the throats, and ye imagined various (vain) thoughts about Allah! In that situation were the Believers tried: they were shaken as by a tremendous shaking.” [33:al-Ahzab,the Clans:10-11]

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