Ibn Kathir has narrated a noteworthy incident in his master piece, Al Bidaya wal Nihaya vol 4, page number 445, Arabic edition.:
Zaid bin Dasina and 9 other people were deputed by the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessingsbe upon him), to go around Medina and spy if any unusal thing was happening. On their way they were confronted by Banu Lahyan, a Pagan tribe. There was a fight, 8 Muslims were kiled and two, including Zaid and Khubaiab were arrested. They wer taken to the market of Makkah and sold. The buyer was Saffan bin Ummaya , the most hostile enemy of Islam.
The men remained captive under Saffwan and one day Saffwan bin Umayya took his men to the outskirts of Makkah to get some entertainment while torturing Khabbab and Zaid to death.
Abu Sufiyan, who was not yet a Muslim, also joined them. The scene was frightening, like a butcher's place where animals are kept for slaughter.
The men were told that they were to be killed and all the preparation was done.
The two men did not fear.
Abu Sufiyan noticed it and tried to confirm the courage of the two. He asked Zaid: "Would you now desire that Muhammed bin Abdullah (referring to the Prophet peace be upon him) was here in your place and you were a free man with your family?" Zaid did not hesitate to reply : "By Allah! Even if a thorn would prick the Prophet's body for my freedom, I would not accept the bargain"!!!
Abu Sufiyan was taken aback and he acknowledged : "By Allah! I have never seen a man more loved by his people than Muhammed (peace be upon him )".
Once there was a famine during the rein of Umar bin Alkhattab r.a. and there was an acute shortage of food grain. The Khalifa got the news that a caravan of Uthman bin Affan r.a. was reaching Madina and it carried food grain. So the Khalifa called upon Uthman r.a. and asked him if he is willing to sell all his food grain to the Government which in return will pay him and distribute the food grain to the masses.
Uthman r.a. said: " O Ameerul Mom'mineen.. I have Already struck the deal with a better bargain..."
Umar felt bad for missing out a deal in favour of people.So he asked who bought your goods.
Uthman replied: "I struck a deal with Allah and has decided to give away all the food grains to be distributed free"!!!
Uthman found that the offer given by Allah was far better and beneficial than what was offered by his Khalifa!!!
What was the thing that made Zaid, Uthman and hundreds of sahaba r.a.a. ready to die or spend everything for the sake of the religion they had accepted?
It was Touhid, the monotheism of Islam.
Muslims have failed to realised what impact can Touhid can mark on our pyshcology, emotions, economy, personality, relations and business as well.
A believer in Allah is not afraid of :
1. Poverty , so he spends in good cause instead of being a miser : "Shaytan threatens you with poverty and bids you to conduct immodesty and Allah promises you His forgiveness and bounties and Allah cares for all... (Surah alBakarah verse 269)
2. Death , so he prepares for his death : "O Righteous soul ! Be in satisfaction and come back to your Lord well pleased with you and you well pleased unto Him.. (Surah al Fajr : 27,28)
3. Hardships so he bears with Patience : "Allah is with those who are patience..Those who when a calamity befalls upon them say Indeed we are from Allah and to Him we shall return.."Surah Bakarah verse 153
4. Speaking truth so he stands up for justice :
يا أيها الذين آمنوا كونوا قوامين لله شهداء بالقسط ولا يجرمنكم شنآن قوم على ألا تعدلوا اعدلوا هو أقرب للتقوى واتقوا الله إن الله خبير بما تعملون
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.
Touhid makes you brave, couragous, independant of people, generous , honest, kind and grateful because it is Touhid that gives a belief on the day of Judgement, hell and heaven and a hope of reward and fear of punishment .. If you don't possess these qualities then your Emaan is weak, work on it..
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