33. THE HOLY PROPHET (SALLALLHU ALAIHI WASSALLAM) HAD ONCE ISSUED A DIRECTIVE

The inhabitants of city shall not play a broker to the Bedouins. Once a Bedouin came with some trade articles and stayed at the place of Sayyiduna Talha Bin Ubaydullah. Sayyiduna Talha said to him in clear terms: “I cannot help you in selling your commodities. Better go to the market and find some purchaser. I can give you my advice only.” 1 A rich man of Madayan offered Sayyiduna Hudhaifah some water in a silver bowl which he threw away and said: “I had asked him not to bring water in a silver vessel, but he did not heed to my advice. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) has prohibited us from using silver utensils.” 2 The Glorious Prophet of Islam (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) had appointed Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash’ari as the Governor of Yemen. Later, he sent Sayyiduna Ma’az Bin Jabal as the Governor. When Sayyiduna Ma’az arrived, he saw a convict in the court of Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash’ari. He requested Sayyiduna Ma’az to dismount and settle down but the latter pointed at the convict and asked who he was. Sayyiduna Abu Musa said he was a Jew who after embracing Islam returned to his past religion. Sayyiduna Ma’az said: “I will not settle down here unless this man is killed according to the command of the Holy Prophet (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) ”. Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash’ari repeatedly requested him to settle down but he insisted on the punishment to the convict. Finally, the Jew was beheaded and Sayyiduna Ma’az dismounted and settled. 3

Another report says that Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash’ari tried to convince the Jew for about twenty days. Sayyiduna Ma’az also did his best to bring the Jew back under the cover of Islam but all their effort ended in smoke. Then, Sayyiduna Abu Musa Ash’ari issued the order of his death.

Once, Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah went to an assembly of people. A person stood up to give him a seat but he refused to accept his offer by saying that the Holy Prophet (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) has strictly prohibited this. 4 On one ocassion, a beggar came to Sayyidah Ayesha whom she gave a piece of bread. After that a well-dressed man came over there whom she asked to sit and take food. People objected to this discrimination. Sayyidah Ayesha said the Glorious Prophet of Islam (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) has said: “Treat every person according to his status.” 5 Once the Beloved Habbeb (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) came out of his mosque and saw men and women walking together. He said to women: “Walk behind; you cannot pass through the middle of the road.” From that day onward, women walked along the walls of the street to that extent that their dress got rubbed against the wall. 6 Sayyiduna Muhammad Bin Aslam was an aged companion of the Beloved Habbeb (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam). Whenever he returned from the market and remembered that he has not performed Salaah in Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam)’s Mosque, he used to say to himself: “By Allah ! I missed prayer in the Prophet’s Mosque while the Prophet has directed us not to return to our homes without performing two Rakaah in his Mosque.” Then he used to rush to the Glorious Prophet of Islam (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam)’s Mosque and performed two Rakaah in the Mosque and then returned home. 7

During a Battle of Ahzab, the Holy Prophet (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) had directed Sayyiduna Hudhaifah to bring the news of the pagans without intercepting them. When Sayyiduna Hudhaifah reached the pagan camp, he saw Abu Sufyaan warming up himself in front of a bonfire. He put his arrow in the bow and aimed at Abu Sufyaan but suddenly remembered the Glorious Prophet of Islam (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam)’s directive not to intercept the pagans. He immediately held up his aim. 8

The Beloved Habbeb (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) had sent some Sahaba, to punish the Jew, Rafe Bin Abil Haqiq. He had directed them not to touch the women and children in that locality. The wife of Ibn-eAbil Haqiq created such a noisy scene that the movement of the Sahaba was about to be exposed to the other Jews. But the Sahaba stuck to the commands of the Glorious Prophet of Islam (Sallallhu Alaihi Wassallam) and did not use any force against her. 9

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