Hajj reflections 9 – Hudaibiyah Goodness can come from the unexpected

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How the event of Hudaibiyah changed history

The Prophet (peace be on him) had names for things such as his swords, shields and camel. The Prophet (peace be on him) rode a camel called ‘Al-Qaswa’ during Umrah, which was a very fast and reliable camel. Not all camels can be used for travel – only about 1% can be used for travel and the rest are not that useful.

Ibn Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be on him) as saying:

You would find people like one hundred camels and you would not find even one (camel) fit for riding. (Muslim).

On route to Umrah, Al-Qaswa’ froze three times at a certain place called Al-Hudaibiyah and refused to move. The companions (may Allah be pleased with them) tried calling her and swearing at her to get her to move. The Prophet (peace be on him) stopped them and said:

The One who stopped the elephant from going to Makkah has likewise stopped my camel. By Allah if they ask about anything now that doesn’t breach Allah’s command, I’ll accept it from them (i.e. Quraysh).

So the Prophet (peace be on him) was ready to agree to what the people wanted.

The companions (may Allah be pleased with them) were very upset on hearing the concessions that the Prophet (peace be on him) was willing to make. The contract that was written was known as the Treaty of Hudaibiyah. Some of the changes that Quraysh insisted up and that the Prophet (peace be on him) agreed to included:
1. Quraysh’s refusal to write Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem, instead they agreed Bismika Allahumma.
2. Quraysh’s refusal to write ‘Prophet Muhammad’. Instead only agreed to write ‘Muhammad, son of Abdullah’
3. A clause by Quraysh that whoever went from Makkah to Madinah should be sent back. As soon as it was written a man came and asked the Prophet (peace be on him) to let him into Madinah because he was being tortured.
4. The Prophet (peace be on him) was in ihram but they refused to allow him to do umrah this year.
Yet the Prophet (peace be on him) stuck to the treaty. The Prophet (peace be on him) also fulfilled the necessary conditions for being released from ihram without doing Umrah he slaughtered the sacrifices and shaved his head ( peace be upon him). However, the companions (may Allah be pleased with them) were reluctant to obey the Prophet (peace be on him) in this. He consulted his wife (Um Salamah travelled with him on this trip) who advised him to go ahead with what needed to be done and the companions would follow. So the Prophet (peace be on him) slaughtered an animal and shaved his head in order to be released from the ihram, and the companions then followed.

When goodness comes out of pain

Later, the Prophet (peace be on him) said that more people had entered Islam as a result of the Treaty then had in 13-15 years. Hence, you may love something and it’s bad for you and you may hate something and it’s good for you.
When facing a test it is better to say ‘It is a test but I trust Allah Almighty and will do my best’ – this gives you strength. If however you complain and don’t trust Allah Almighty the test will be more painful and its’ pain will show on you.
Whatever comes from Allah Almighty always look at it from the positive side or else you will suffer from it twice, firstly from the test itself and then from the effect of its pain on you. So be positive and realise that everything is from Allah Almighty and this will relieve your suffering.
Q&A:
• The prophets (peace be on them) are alive in their graves. It is a special life called ‘Barzakh life’. Allah Almighty prohibited the earth from swallowing up the bodies of the prophets, messengers and martyrs.
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