18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

A Worthy Bargain

On the authority of Anas (radi Allahu anhu) who said: “My paternal uncle Anas bin al Nadir was absent from the battle of Badr, and he said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I was absent from the first battle in which you fought the polytheists but if Allah provides me with a second opportunity to participate in a battle with the polytheists, then Allah will witness my actions!’ And when the Day of Uhud arrived and the Muslims retreated, he said: ‘O Allah, I ask you to forgive my brothers for their actions and I excuse myself from the actions of the polytheists!’ Then he rushed forward and met Sad bin Muadh (radi Allahu anhu) and said: ‘O Sad bin Muadh, by Allah I smell its (Jannat's) scent from below Uhud!’ Sad (radi Allahu anhu) said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I could not do what he did.’ Anas (radi Allahu anhu) said: ‘We found him with some eighty wounds either from swords, spears or arrows. We found him murdered and mutilated by the polytheists. No one recognised him except his sister, and even she recognised him by his fingers.’ Anas (radi Allahu anhu) said: ‘We used to think, or suppose, that this verse came down concerning him and people like him: ‘Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah..’ up to the end of the verse (Surah al-Ahzaab, ayah 23).” [Sahih Bukhari]

Our covenant with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is that we will give our lives and wealth in exchange for Jannah. No being gets this gift of eternity in Jannah except he/she who recognizes his/her Lord and is true to their bargain… a worthy bargain indeed.

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