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20 June 2019 CE | 17 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

You’ll be Driven Out

“Khadeeja then went with him to her cousin, Waraqa ibn Nawfal ibn Asad ibn Abdul-Uzza, who had become Christian during the Jahilliya. He could write Hebrew and had written in it as much of the Evangel as Allah willed. He was an old man who had gone blind. Khadeeja said, ‘Cousin! Listen to your nephew.’ Waraqa said to him, ‘Nephew, what is it that you have seen?’ The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told him what he had seen. Waraqa said to him, ‘This is the Namoos which was sent to Musa (alaihis salam). I wish that I were still young. I hope I will still be alive when your people drive you out!’ The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Will they drive me out?’ He said, ‘Yes, no man has brought anything similar to what you have brought without being treated with hostility. If I am still alive on that day, I will give you my strong support.’” [Sahih Muslim]

Imagine the shock of Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)! Loved by all in Makkah whether rich or poor; his truthfulness and trustworthiness legendary; being nicknamed “Sadiq (the truthful one)” and “Ameen (the trustworthy one);” his kindness, justice and impartiality well known; the one to place the holy black stone back into the Kabah when the clans were about to break into war over it… How could it be that such a person will be thrown out by his own people?

The issue is that Rasul Allah’s message, “Allahu Rabbi” (Allah alone is my Lord), is so revolutionary that it leaves nothing else standing beside it. It demolishes all servitudes, except servitude to Allah. Then what is to become of people entrenched in their ways of corruption and injustice, slave to their own whims and desires?

We should also understand from this that it is natural to be resisted, in every age and society, whenever one brings the message “Allahu Rabbi;” because it challenges others to submit to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) alone, acknowledging none worthy of obedience above Him.

Scholars agree that Jibreel (alaihis salam) is called the Namoos and he is who is meant here. Waraqa was familiar with the message of prophets and the treatment meted out to them, so he knew what lay in store for Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), while Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) himself was bewildered by it.

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