Vanished days…disappeared never to be experienced again. The gift of time is so precious. The one who knows the real value of time knows life itself, for time is life.
Ibn al-Jawzi Rahmatullah alaihi urged his son to preserve his time:
Know dear son, that days are but hours, and hours are but breaths, and every soul is a container, hence let not any breath pass without any benefit, such that on the Day of Judgement you find an empty container and feel regret. Be aware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way; do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.
If your capital is your life, then beware
Of spending it in what is not necessary,
For between the alternation of night and day
Is a battle, the army of which brings wonders.
One’s heartbeats say to him:
Life is but minutes and seconds.
Hence build for yourself a legacy after its death
For man’s legacy is a second life.
I crawl from a cocoon-like space I seemed to have retreated to these past so many days, trying to adjust to the blinding horror of reality that is still defining ‘time’ for so many suffering. Devoid of words to express what the Pen has written, the heart seeks solace in reciting Al-Fath, The Victory. The 48th Surah, revealed after the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah as the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the 1400 or so Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum were on their way back to Madinah.
Surely, We have granted you an open victory, so that Allah may forgive you of your previous and subsequent faults, and may complete His favour upon you, and may guide you to a straight path, and so that Allah may support you with a mighty support. (48:1-3)
The Tafseer of Mufti Muhammad Shafi Rahmatullah alaihi details this event here. (a pdf file, beginning on page 63)
The structure designating the ground where the tent was erected for Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam when refused entry into Makkah.
The place of the Pledge of Ridwan. When Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam heard the rumour that Uthman RadhiAllahu anhu had been martyred he gathered the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum under an acacia tree and took a solemn pledge from them that they would fight the Quraysh to the last breath of their lives.
It is said that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum were assembled on the plain of Hudaybiyyah for 19 days, (some say 20) They were gathered in a place where the only available water was a mere trickle, so Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam rinsed his mouth in the spring and had one of his arrows pitched in it. Immediately this happened water gushed, supplying their needs for the time they were confined to this area.
The following photos show what remains of the Masjid that was erected representing the place where the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the Companions offered Salat during the time negotiations were being made with the Quraysh.
Where the Mihrab was.
We may be lost for words, along with a sense of helplessness when trying to comprehend the reality of what is happening in Ghaza. Ulema throughout the centuries have recommended the recitation of Surah Al-Fath when facing an enemy. Insha’Allah by reliving the spirit of Hudaybiyyah, with all the lessons it has for the Ummah, Insha’Allah hearts may be consoled. May we utilize the precious gift of time allotted to us as a means of assisting victory, with diligent recitation of this Surah, Insha’Allah.
Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend…(41:34)
JazakiLlahu khairan katheeran to the sister who has generously shared these photos.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.