If Messenger Dies, Will You Turn Back?

LESSON # 431 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
If Messenger Dies, Will You Turn
 Back?
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter - 3)
Verse –144 of 200, Section –15 (Part – 4)

Muhammad is but a Messenger, messengers (the like of whom) have passed away before him. Will it be that, when he dieth or is slain, ye will turn back on your heels? He who turneth back on his heels doth no hurt to Allah. And Allah will reward the thankful.   
Wa  maa  Muhammadun  ‘illaa  Rasuul.  Qad  khalat  min-qablihir-rusul.  ‘Afa-‘immaata  ‘aw  qutilan-qalabtum  ‘alaaa  ‘a’-qaabikum.  Wa  many-yan-qalib  ‘alaa  ‘aqibayhi  falany-yazurrallaaha  shay-‘aa.  Wa  sa-yaj-zillaahush-Shaakiriin.



Lesson

Former nations formed their Spiritual Guides, Reformers, Prophets and Messengers either as God or son of god, and deemed them higher than the humankind. Islam has determined the actual rank of the Messenger in Kalima-tush-Shahaadat, “Ash-hadu allaaa  ilaaha  ‘Il-lal-laa-hu, Wah-dahuu,  Laa  sha-reeka  lahuu,  wa  ash-hadu  anna  Muhamma-dan  ‘Abdu  Huu  wa  RasuuluHu” (I bear witness that verily there is no God but Allah. He is the One, None is Partner with Him. And I bear witness that verily Muhammad is His ‘Abd (servant) and His Apostle). (He is neither God, nor Son of God, nor the Incarnation of God). There is no priesthood in Islam, No rituals, no formalities of baptism.  

After producing this basic principle of Islam in the above-mentioned verses, it has been signified towards an important event of the Battle of ‘Uhud, which is as under:

In the battlefield of ‘Uhud, Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) prepared a map for war personally. After setting the rank and file in order, He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) observed that one pass of the hill of ‘Uhud had remained. The Army of enemy could attack the Muslims from behind that pass. Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) detailed fifty archers to stand on the pass, appointed ‘Abdullah bin Jabiir (may Allah be pleased with him) as their leader and urged them also, “You should not leave your position and remain standing on the same place. Even if you observe that the winged creature are pinching and eating the flesh of our Army, still you would not have to leave your place”. Messenger Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) commanded, “Until you will keep your footing at this place, till then we shall remain triumphant upon the enemy”.

The battle began. A furious war was fought. Crusaders of Islam were showing advantage of manliness and bravery. The Idolaters of Quraish were not able to find any path except running away from the front of the fearlessness of Abu Dajaanah, Ali and other Crusaders of Islam. Allah Almighty kept His promise. The Infidels suffered a defeat. They began to run away. The Muslim soldiers began to collect the enemy’s property and assets in possession (booty).

When the bowmen of the hill-pass observed this scene, they considered that “the Muslims have succeeded. Now staying here (at pass of the hill) is useless and avoidable. We should pursue the enemy and take our share from the booty. Their leader Abdullah bin Jabiir (may Allah be pleased with him) reminded them dictation of the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), but the archers imagined that they have completed their duty according to the desire of Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him). They all broke in collecting the booty except Abdullah bin Jabiir and his only ten companions (archers) remained for the safety of the pass.

As soon as the archers left their place, one troop of horses, which was being commanded by Khalid bin Waleed returned and attacked from the hill-pass side. A handful strength of ten bowmen could not stop two hundred fifty horse-riders, however, ‘Abdullah bin Jabiir  and his companions (may Allah be pleased with him) sacrificed their lives during fight. Now the Muslims were surrounded from the both sides. They fought as much strongly that ‘Al-‘amaan wal-Hafiiz. Many Muslims were martyred and injured. At the same time an Infidel threw a stone on the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), which caused to martyr his tooth and face was injured. Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) fell down due to severity of the injury and someone spread the rumor that Prophet of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) has been killed.

Listening to this news the Muslims lost their senses and they lose their footing. A few Muslims threw their weapons. Some of them thought about getting safety from the leader of Idolaters. The Hypocrites began to say that while Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) has been killed then we should adopt our ancient religion leaving Islam.
  
At that critical time, Ans ibne-Al-Nafar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “If Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) has been killed then his God is still alive. After Prophet (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) there is no use to live. For which aim Prophet Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) was killed, we also would sacrifice ourselves for that same purpose. Saying these words, he moved forward and martyred. Then suddenly, Messenger of Allah (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) called, “O slaves of Allah come here”. Listening to that particular voice, the Muslims began to shrink there again. Three Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) defended coming near to him (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and caused the Army of Idolaters to run away.

Then this verse was revealed, “Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is not God but a Messenger. Many Prophets (peace be upon them) have been passed away before him (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him). After the Prophets (peace be upon them), their followers sustained the religion always. Therefore, your passing away from the world would not be a surprise. If you (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) die or martyr then, would the people turn away from serving the religion and protecting the religion? Remember it that, “If someone does so, he will lose himself; it will influence nothing to God. You should thank Allah Almighty that He has chosen you for the services of His religion.

It is obligatory upon us to learn from this verse and remain steadfast on His religion in the absence of the Messenger of Allah (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him). Holy Qur’an has been committed to the trust and our care by the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), which is source of eternal and everlasting Guidance. Besides this, model roll and sayings of the Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) are before us. We should follow his (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) footsteps and get success. Islam will remain alive always.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore and tran slated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif.