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Where Are The Men?? October 10, 2007

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The days and years passed by. The Prophet (PBUH) and his Companions
emigrated to Al-Madinah, and the Quraish were raging with envy and their
ungodly pursuit after the pious worshippers. So the Battle of Badr took
place, in which they were taught a lesson and lost their strong hold. After
that they prepared themselves for revenge, and thus came the Battle of Uhud.
The Muslims mobilized themselves, and the Prophet (PBUH) stood in their
midst to sort out among their faithful faces and to choose one to bear the
standard. He then called for Mus`ab the Good, and he advanced and carried
the standard.

The terrible battle was raging, the fighting furious. The archers
disregarded the orders of the Prophet (PBUH) by leaving their positions on
the mountain when they saw the polytheists withdrawing as if defeated. But
this act of theirs soon turned the victory of the Muslims to defeat. The
Muslims were taken at unawares by the cavalry of the Quraish at the mountain
top, and many Muslims were killed by the swords of the polytheists as a
consequence.

When they saw the confusion and horror splitting the ranks of the
Muslims, the polytheists concentrated on the Prophet of Allah to finish him
off. Mus`ab saw the impending threat, so he raised the standard high,
shouting, “allahu Akbar! Allah is the Greatest!” like the roar of a lion. He
turned and jumped left and right, fighting and killing the foe. All he
wanted was to draw the attention of the enemy to himself in order to turn
their attention away from the Prophet (PBUH). He thus became as a whole army
in himself. Nay, Mus`ab went alone to fight as if he were an army of giants
raising the standard in sanctity with one hand, striking with his sword with
the other. But the enemies were multiplying on him. They wanted to step on
his corpse so that they could find the Prophet (PBUH).

Let us allow a living witness to describe for us the last scene of
Mus`ab the Great. Ibn Sa`d said: Ibraahiim lbn Muhammad lbn Sharhabiil
Al-‘Abdriy related from his father, who said: Mus`ab lbn `Umair carried the
standard(flag) on the Day of Uhud. When the Muslims were scattered, he stood
fast until he met lbn Qumaah who was a knight. He struck him on his right
hand and cut it off, but Mus`ab said, “and Muhammad is but a Messenger.
Messengers have passed away before him ” (3:144). He carried the standard
with his left hand and leaned on it. He struck his left hand and cut it off,
and so he leaned on the standard and held it with his upper arms to his
chest, all the while saying, “And Muhammad is but a Messenger. Messengers
have passed away before him”. Then a third one struck him with his spear,
and the spear went through him. Mus`ab fell and then the standard.

Nay, the cream of martyrdom had fallen! He fell after he had
struggled for the sake of Allah in the great battle of sacrifice and faith.
He had thought that if he fell, he would be a stepping stone to the death of
the Prophet (PBUH) because he would be without defense and protection. But
he put himself in harm’s way for the sake of the Prophet (PBUH). overpowered by his fear for and love of him, he continued to say with every sword stroke that fell on him from the foe, “and Muhammad is but a Messenger. Messengers have passed away before him “(3:144). This verse was revealed later, after he had spoken it.

* * *

After the bitter battle, they found the corpse of the upright martyr
lying with his face in the dust, as if he feared to look while harm fell on
the Prophet (PBUH). So he hid his face so that he would avoid the scene. Or
perhaps, he was shy when he fell as a martyr, before making sure of the
safety of the Prophet of Allah, and before serving to the very end, guarding
and protecting him.

Allah is with you, O Mus`ab! What a great life story!

* * *

The Prophet (PBUH) and his Companions came to inspect the scene of
the battle and bid farewell to its martyrs. Pausing at Mus`ab’s body, tears
dripped from the Prophet’s eyes. Khabbaab lbn Al-Arat narrated: We emigrated
with the Prophet (PBUH) for Allah’s cause, so our reward became due with
Allah. Some of us passed away without enjoying anything in this life of his
reward, and one of them was Mus`ab Ibn`Umair, who was martyred on the Day of
Uhud. He did not leave behind anything except a sheet of shredded woolen
cloth. If we covered his head with it, his feet were uncovered, and if we
covered his feet with it, his head was uncovered. The Prophet (PBUH) said to
us, “Cover his head with it and put lemon grass over his feet.”

Despite the deep, sad pain which the Prophet (PBUH) suffered over
the loss of his uncle Hamzah and the mutilation of his corpse by the
polytheists in a manner that drew tears from the Prophet (PBUH) and broke
his heart; despite the fact that the field of battle was littered with the
corpses of his Companions, all of whom represented the peak of truth, piety
and enlightenment; despite all this, he stood at the corpse of his first
envoy, bidding him farewell and weeping bitterly. Nay, the Prophet (PBUH)
stood at the remains of Mus`ab lbn `Umair saying, while his eyes were
flowing with tears, love and loyalty, “Among the believers are men who have
been true to their covenant with Allah ” (33:23).

Then he gave a sad look at the garment in which he was shrouded and
said, “I saw you at Makkah, and there was not a more precious jewel, nor
more distinguished one than you, and here you are bare-headed in a garment!” Then the Prophet (PBUH) looked at all the martyrs in the battlefield and said, “The Prophet of Allah witnesses that you are martyrs to Allah on the Day of Resurrection.” Then he gathered his living Companions around him and said, “O people, visit them, come to them, and salute them. By Allah, no Muslim will salute them but that they will salute him in return.”

* * *
Peace be on you, O Mus`ab. Peace be on you, O Martyrs. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you!

O Allah make our best time our last times and our best deed our closing deeds and the best day the day we meet you. Ya Rabbil Alameen!

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