Home > Abu Bakr, Hadith Gems, Jihad, Muslim world and Rulers., Rightly Guided Khalifahs and Companions > Few things to learn from the life of Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

Few things to learn from the life of Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

The Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) set out with Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), seeking to gather intelligence about the Army of the Quraish. As they were patrolling the area, they came across an old man. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked him about the Quraish’s army, about Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions, and about the news he heard concerning both Groups.

The old man said, “I will not tell you until you first tell me who you are from?”

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “When you inform us (about what I asked), we will inform you (about what you asked).”

The old man said, “So it is a trade (of information), this for that?” The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Yes.”

The old man said, “It has indeed reached me that Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and his companions have left (Al Madeenah) on such and such day. And if the one who informed me about that was truthful, then they are today in such and such place,” which in fact was where the Muslim army was on that day.

“And it has reached me that the Quraish have left (Makkah) on such and such day. And if the one who informed me thereof was truthful, then today they are in such and such place,” which in fact was where the army of the polytheist was on that day.

The old man then said, “I have informed you about what you wanted to know, so now you tell me who you are from?”

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) simply replied, “we are from water,” after which he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) forthwith left the old man, who remained where he was, confused, saying to himself, “…….from the water of Iraq?”.

[Seerah ibn Hishaam (2/228)]

Benefits from this Incident:

1] Simplicity of Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that although being a leader of Muslims  he himself used to go for Important task like Intelligence gathering. This special quality of his out of other many makes him superior to and differentiate him from other leaders of the world.

2] A lesson for othode who go into war. Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to gather Intelligence before any war. This shows the importance of Intelligence gathering as you can see in todays world. Whichever country has strongest intelligence agency, that country is  considered  to be the strongest. So before any attack, gather well the intelligence lest you cause yourself to fall into destruction.

3] Important task should be handed over to intelligent people.

a] Like in the above case, Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked the old man not only about Quraish but also about Himself so that it does not create any doubt in old man’s mind. Had he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked only about Quraish,  definitely old man would have doubted Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to be from anti-Quraish group and he would have hid the information which he later gave to Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

b] It is important to hide the information from leaking to any unknown person. When the old man asked Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) where he was coming from, he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) did not lie but gave answer which was correct but it kept the identity secret, hence the mission secret as we know everything originated from water and this is what Prophet (sallallahu alaihi waallam) said that he came from water.

Advertisements
  1. ahmed.farhaan@gmail.com
    May 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Sent on my BlackBerry® from Vodafone

    Like

  2. aadil
    May 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    water or soil?
    everyone is created from soil?
    answer if possible,thanks

    Like

  3. May 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarkatahu brother.

    Everything created from water as per the authentic hadith.

    In Bukhari, Bayhaqi, and ibn Al-Jaroud reported from Umran Ibn Haseen that the people of Yemen came to Prophet Mohammed and said: O Prophet of Allah we came to you to learn about our religion and to ask you about the Beginning of this thing, how was it? So he replied: It was Allah, and nothing else, and His Throne was on the water, and he (Allah created the pen then he) wrote in the Book (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuth (the preserved tablet)) all things and then he created the heavens and the earth”.

    This hadeeth indicates the order of Allahs first creations:

    Allah created water first. The prophet said, ‘everything was created from water’…” recorder by Imam Ahmed, this chain of narration fulfils the conditions of the Bukhari and Muslim, apart from Abu Maymunah, but he is one of the men of the Sunans, his first name was Salim; and At-Tirmidhi classed him as Saheeh. Imam As-Suddi narrated in his tafsir narrated from Ibn Abbas that he said “Allah the Exalted did not create anything before the water”.

    Then Allah created his throne above the water (Ibn Hajar said in the explanation of Bukhari that this hadeeth indicated that water was the first creation and then Allah created the throne.)

    Then Allah created the pen to write all things. The Prophet said, “The first thing (meaning after the water and the throne as indicated in the above hadeeths) created by Allah was the pen, then, He ordered it to write, so it wrote everything that will happen till the Day of Judgment.” Recorded by At-Tirmidhee, Abu-Dawood, and Ahmad also this hadeeth is recorded in another way by Bukhari.

    Then Allah created the Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuth (the preserved tablet) to write every thing in it. All things (events for all the creation: past events, present events, and future events) have been written down (exactly how they will/have/or are been decreed) in the Preserved Tablet (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz) this is based on Allahs saying, “No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuth), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah”. Quran 57:22

    Then Allah created the heavens and the earth. The prophet said in Saheeh Bukhari “he (Allah created the pen then he) wrote in the Book (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuth (the preserved tablet)) all things and then he created the heavens and the earth”

    Like

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: