Monday, February 7, 2011
Asalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu Brothers and Sisters in Islam!
Sometimes we complain about our times, that we are living in the worst times – the Ummah is weak, the Ummah is defeated and disunited, we wish we were living in the time of the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) or times of the heroic Islamic eras.
One of the Tabi’een said to one of the Sahabah r.a: “How did you treat Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) when he was among you?”
So a Sahabi r.a talked about how they used to treat the Prophet and that they did their best.
The Tabi’ responded by saying, “If the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) was living in our time we would have carried him on our shoulders.”
What the Tabi’ was trying to say is that the Sahabah r.a did not treat him good enough and if he was living with them, they would have treated him better than the Sahaba r.a.
The Sahabi r.a replied, “A person does not know what they would have done had they lived in that time; we were fighting our fathers and brothers and it was not an easy thing. Now your fathers and brothers and family are Muslims; you imagine you are going to treat Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) in a certain way. So do not ask or wish for something Allah did not destine for you.”
Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) has mentioned in a hadith that
"Even though the best generation is of the Sahabah,
then the Tabi’een,
then the Taba Tabi’een,
there will be a generation of people at the end of time and the ajar of one of them will be equal to the ajr of fifty! So the Sahabah asked, “Fifty of us or fifty of them?” Rasoolullah (sallallahu ‘alayhe wassallam) said, “Fifty of you.”