The Uhud Battle part 6

Checking on the Dead and Wounded

After the departure of the Quraishites, people went out to check the identity of the dead and the wounded. Zaid bin Thabit said: Allâh’s Messengerﷺ sent me on the Day of Uhud to seek Sa’d bin Ar-Rabi’ and said: “When you see him, say: ‘Peace be upon you,’ from me and say to him: ‘Allâh’s Messenger ﷺsays: How do you feel?” Zaid said: “I started checking the dead until I came across Sa’d when he was dying – with about seventy sword wounds, plus a spear and an arrow in his body. So I said: “O Sa’d, Allâh’s Messenger ﷺ sends you his greetings, and says: ‘Peace be upon you, tell me how do you feel?” Sa’d said: “And let peace be upon Allâh’s Messengerﷺ Tell him, I smell the scent of the Paradise. And tell the Helpers, my people: “You shall not be excused before Allâh if Allâh’s Messenger ﷺis hurt and your eyes are blinking.”” Then he died. They came across Al-Usairim – ‘Amr bin Thabit, whom they had already urged to embrace Islam but refused. They saw him among the wounded on the verge of close death. “What has he come here for? We have parted with him and he was still too obstinate to accept Islam as his religion.” They asked him: “What made you come here? Is it out of zeal to defend your people or is it because of an inclination to Islam?” He said: “It is (certainly) an inclination to Islam. I believe in Allâh and in His Messenger. I have fought with Allâh’s Messenger ﷺtill I got what you see,” and then he immediately died. They told Allâh’s Messenger ﷺabout him. Hearing that, he said: “He is one of the inhabitants of Paradise.” “Although he had not offered one single prayer.” narrated Abu Hurairah. Qazman, who was found among the wounded, fought heroically, and killed seven or eight idolaters. He was weakened by the wounds he sustained, they carried him to the locality of Bani Zufr. The Muslims gave him glad tidings of the Paradise. But he said:

“By Allâh I have fought out of the passion to my people. Had it not been for that I would have never fought.” When his wounds worsened he committed suicide. Allâh’s Messengerﷺ had already said whenever he was mentioned to him: “He is an inhabitant of Fire, This is the end of those who fight for a national cause or in a way other than that of raising up the Word of Allâh, though they fought under the banner of Islam or even in the army of Allâh’s Messengerﷺ of his Companions. Contrary to Qazman, there was a Jew of Bani Tha’labah among the dead. He said to his people, “O folk people of Jews! By Allâh you have already known that it is necessary to support Hazrat Muhammadﷺ.” They said: “Today is Saturday.” He said: “There is no Saturday for you.” He took his sword and the war equipment and said: “If I were killed, my property should be put at Hazrat Muhammad’sﷺ disposal.” The next morning he kept on fighting till he was killed. Allâh’s Messengerﷺ sent said about him, “Mukhaireeq is the best Jew.”

Burial of the Martyrs

Allâh’s Messengerﷺ supervised the martyrs’ burial and said:

“I bear witness that anyone who is wounded in the way of Allâh, Allâh will resurrect him on the Day of Resurrection with his wound bleeding a liquid which is blood-like in color

but musk-like in scent.” Some of the Companions carried their dead to Madinah, but Allah’s Messengerﷺ ordered that they should be sent back in order to be buried where they were killed. He ordered that they should not be washed but buried as they were after stripping them off their armor and leather clothes. He used to bury every two or three martyrs together in one grave and even join two men

in one garment while saying: “Who is the more learned of the Qur’ân?” and he would commit him to earth first. He would say: “I bear witness to those on the Day of Resurrection.” He buried both ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Haram and ‘Amr bin Al-Jamuh in one grave due to the affection they used to have for each other.”] They missed the body of Hanzalah, they sought it and found that it was on a spot nearby with water dripping off it. Allâh’s Messenger ﷺthan told his Companions that the angels were washing him and said: “Ask his wife.” They asked her and she confirmed that he had been in a state of ceremonial impurity. That was why Hanzalah was called Ghaseel Al-Mala’ikah (i.e., the one washed by the angels). When Allâh’s Messenger ﷺsaw how his uncle and foster brother, Hamzah Radiallahu anhoo mutilated, he was extremely grieved. When his aunt Safiyah came to see her brother Hamzah Radiallahu anhoo Allâh’s Messengerﷺ things ordered her son Az-Zubair to send her away in order not to see what happened to her brother. She refused and said, “But why should I go away. I have been informed that they have mutilated him. But so long as it is in the way of Allâh. whatever happens to him satisfies us. I say: Allâh is Sufficient and I will be patient if Allâh wills.” She approached, looked at him and supplicated Allâh for him and said: “To Allâh we all belong and to Him we will verily return.” and she asked Allâh to forgive him. Then Allâh’s Messenger ﷺordered that he should be buried with ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh who was his nephew as well as his foster brother. Ibn Mas’ud teens said: “We have never seen Allah’s Messengerﷺ weeping as much as he did for Hazrat Hamzah bin ‘Abdul-Muttalib Radiallahu anhoo. He directed him towards Al-Qiblah, then he stood at his funeral and sobbed

breaking, Describing Hamzah’s funeral, Khabbab ، said, “No shroud long enough was available for Hamzah except a stripped shawl. When they covered his head with it, it was too short to cover his feet. Similarly if they covered his feet his head would be revealed. Finally they covered his head with it and put some plant called Al-Idhkhir to cover his feet.”Similarly it happened in the case of Mus’ab bin ‘Umair

The Messenger praises Allâh and supplicates to Him

Al-Imam Ahmad reported that on the Day of Uhud after the idolaters left, Allah’s Messengerﷺ said: :

“Line up so that I offer thanks and praise to my Lord, the

Great and the All-Mighty.” So, they stood in rows behind him. Then he said:

“O Allâh. Yours is the praise, all of it! O Allâh, no one can withhold what You permit or permit what you withhold. No one can guide whom You decree to go astray or make go astray the one whom You guide. No one can grant provisions You have withheld and no one can withhold what You grant. No one can near what You ordained to be distant, or detach what You decree to be close. O Allâh, grant us all of Your blessing, mercy, favors and provisions.”

“O Allâh, I ask you to grant me permanent bliss that neither changes nor vanishes. O Allâh, You Alone we seek for help at hardships. You Alone we resort to for security on a day of terror. O Allâh, to You Alone I resort to protect us from the evil of that which You have given us and from the evil of that which You have withheld from us. O Allah, make us love Faith and make it adorn our hearts! Make disbelief. rebellion and disobedience detestable to us. Let us be among those who are rightly guided. O Allâh, make us live as Muslims and cause us to die as Muslims; and make us join with the righteous but not with the disgraced and misled. O Allâh, destroy the disbelievers who belie Your Messenger and divert from your righteous way. O Allah, let Your punishment and Your enmity befall the disbelievers. O Allâh, destroy the disbelievers to whom You have given the Book, O God Truth.”

Returning to Madinah, the Display of Love received

After committing all the martyrs to earth, and after offering praise and supplication to Allâh, Allah’s Messengerﷺ went back to Madinah. On his way back, matchless examples of love and devotion were revealed by the truthful women believers: in no way less great

than the men’s heroic deeds in the fight. Hamnah bint Jahsh Radiallahu anhoo met Allâh’s Messenger ﷺ on the way back, and he announced the death of her brother ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh anything to her. She said: “To Allâh we belong and to Him we will verily return. I ask Allâh’s forgiveness.” Then he announced the death of her maternal uncle Hamzah bin ‘Abdul-Muttalib Radiallahu anhoo She said: “To Allâh we belong and to Him we will verily return. I ask Allâh’s forgiveness.” But when he announced the death of her husband Mus’ab bin ‘Umair Radiallahu anhoo to her, she shouted and cried. Seeing her doing so, Allâh’s Messenger said: “ﷺThe woman’s husband is extremely dear to her.He passed by a woman of Bani Dinar whose husband, father and brother were all killed at Uhud. When their death announced, she said: “How is Allâh’s Messengerﷺ?” They said: “Well indeed. O mother of so-and-so. Thanks to Allâh; he is well and as good as you desire.” She said: “Let me see him.” They pointed at him. Seeing him she said: “All misfortunes are nothing so long as you are safe.

Umm Sa’d bin Mu’adh Radiallahu anhoo came running to see the Prophetﷺ . At that time her son was holding the rein of his mare. Seeing his mother, he said to the Prophetﷺ “O Messenger of Allah! This is my mother.” ‘The Prophetﷺ said: “She is welcome,” and he stopped and waited for her. When she drew near, he consoled her for her son ‘Amr bin Mu’adh who had been killed. But she said: “So long as I see you are safe, I consider my misfortune as nothing.” Then Allâh’s Messengerﷺ supplicated Allâh for the relatives of those who were killed at Uhud and said: “Cheer up! Umm Sa’d, and bear good tidings to their kindred that all their people killed in the battle are comrades in Paradise and they are intercessors for all their kinsfolk.” She replied, “O Messenger of Allâh, we are satisfied. Who would cry for them after this cheerful news?” Then she resumed saying: “O Messenger of Allâhﷺ, invoke

Allâh (for those who stayed behind).” He said:

“O Allâh keep sorrow away from their hearts! And console them with their misfortunes. Compensate those who stayed behind with goodness and welfare.”

The Messenger ﷺin Madinah

In the evening of that day – i.e., Saturday, the seventh of Shawwal, 3rd year A.H. – the Messenger ﷺarrived in Madinah. As soon as he reached his house, he handed his sword to his daughter Fatimah AlaihisSalam and said: “O daughter, wash the blood off this sword. By Allâh it has been helpful to me today.” ‘Ali bin Abi Talib AlaihisSalam handed her his sword and said: “And wash the blood of this sword too. By Allâh, it has been helpful to me today,” So, Allâh’s Messengerﷺ said: “Sahl bin Hunaif and Abu Dujanah have been as courageous as you in the fight.”

The Numbers of the Dead

Most of the narrations confirmed that seventy Muslims were killed and the majority of these, sixty-five, were Helpers. Fortyone of them were from Khazraj and twenty-four from Aws. This. besides one Jew and four Emigrants. As for the polytheists, twenty-two of them were killed, but some versions speak of thirty-seven. Allâh knows best

A State of Emergency in Madinah

On Saturday night, the eighth of Shawwal, and after their return from Uhud, the Muslims spent that night in a state of emergency

despite the fact that they were utterly exhausted. They stayed on the alert, and spent that night guarding the outlets and inlets of Madinah. They were specially busy guarding their general leader, Allah’s Messenger sense that some suspects could commit an unexpected folly.

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