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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Naked Warner

Narrated Abu Musa (radi Allahu anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “My example and the example of the Message with which Allah has sent me is like that of a man who came to some people and said, ‘I have seen with my own eyes the enemy forces, and I am a naked warner (to you) so save yourself, save yourself!’ A group of them obeyed him and went out at night, slowly and stealthily and were safe, while another group did not believe him and thus the army took them in the morning and destroyed them.” [Sahih Bukhari]

After revelation began Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) consumed himself in trying to save his people from Hellfire. His business got ruined and he went from being one of the wealthy people of Makkah to living in economic boycott. His standing in society suffered as a malicious campaign of slander was launched against him to discredit his message. His two daughters married to the sons of Abu Lahab were divorced on Abu Lahab’s orders when Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) began to call people to worship Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) alone. He was physically persecuted in various forms as well. But Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) bore all this with no complain because he saw the Fire of Hell towards which his people were headed and that was much more serious for him.

It was an Arabian custom that a man, on seeing the forces of the enemy, would take off his clothes and use it as a signal of warning to his people. In other words, Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was saying that he was doing his best to warn his people of the forces of Shaitaan and the Fire towards which they were headed. But not everyone heeded his warning. Those who did were saved, while those who ignored him were destroyed. This was true in Makkah where very few people embraced Islam because of the persecution Muslims were made to suffer. This is true today as well with few Muslims choosing to follow Allah and His Messenger’s commands while claiming to believe in the Fire against which he warned.

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