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24 April 2019 CE | 19 Shaban 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Secret of Superiority

Sahl ibn Sa’d (radi Allahu anhu) reported: “Gabriel (alaihis salam) came to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said, ‘O Muhammad… know that the honour of the believer is in the night prayer…’” [Fiqh-us-Sunnah]


The greatest strength of a Muslim is his one on one communication with his Lord; the Lord of all creation – Allah the Magnificent.


The Companions of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) were never defeated on the battlefield. In one of those instances, Heraclitus, the defeated Emperor of Byzantium, rebuked his soldiers:


“Shame on you! What sort of people are those with whom you have just fought? Aren’t they human beings like you?”


“Yes, Your Highness, definitely they are human like us.”


“Alright then, who is greater in number; you or they?”


“Your Highness, we are superior to them in every respect.”


“So why are you defeated whenever you face them?”


An old man from the aristocrats of the Byzantines stood up and told the Emperor:


“Because they spend their nights in worship, they fast during the day, they keep their promises, they suggest the good and avoid the evil, and they share everything among themselves.”


After these words, Heraclitus said:


“You have absolutely told the truth.” [Ibn Asakir]

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