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20 April 2019 CE | 15 Shaban 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Uthman's Equipping


Abd ar-Rahman ibn Khabbab said: “I witnessed the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) urging people to support the Army of Difficulty, and then Uthman ibn Affan (radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘Messenger of Allah, I will be responsible for one hundred camels with their saddle blankets and their saddles, in the way of Allah.’ Then he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) further urged people to support the army and Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘Messenger of Allah, I will be responsible for two hundred camels with their saddle blankets and their saddles, in the way of Allah.’ Then he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) further urged people to support the army and Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘Messenger of Allah, I will be responsible for three hundred camels with their saddle blankets and their saddles, in the way of Allah.’ Then the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) came down (from the mimbar) saying, ‘There will be nothing at all against Uthman whatever he does after this.’” [Tarikh al-Khulafa by Jalal ad-Din as-Suyuti]

Amazing words for anybody, that after this no matter what you do, there will be no blame on you and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will not hold you to account for any sins you commit or committed after your having done this wonderful deed.

What was this fantastic deed? Perhaps it is something we could try to do too and gain such status?

It was funding the military expedition of the Muslims who were setting out to engage the Byzantine-Christian army. This event is also known as the Battle of Tabouk since Tabouk is where the Muslims marched to. Tabouk was situated at the border of the state set up by the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in which Shariah was law, i.e. Allah’s land was governed by His law.

This group of Mujahideen was referred to as the Army of Difficulty since the circumstances in which they set out were extremely challenging.

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