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In-Fighting Among the Companions (Sahaba) – Sa’ad Al-Faqih


[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] Another question. It says, the Sahaba (Companions) were the best of nations, as attested to by the Quran, of course, ((You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men)) So, how can Allah’s laws allow infighting among those that were the best of nations? They fought each other during the time of the Companions, not after the time of the Companions. This is a valid question, and it has to be addressed. The answer is that you don’t need to fetch far. Even during the Prophet’s lifetime, the Companions had problems in Uhud, and they had problems in Hunain, which were reaffirmed in the Quran, and the Quran chastised them on that and explained the reason for it. Regarding what happened in Uhud, it said: ((And certainly Allah made good to you His promise when you slew them by His permission, until when you became weak-hearted and disputed about the affair and disobeyed after He had shown you that which you loved; of you were some who desired this world and of you were some who desired the hereafter; then He turned you away from them that He might try you; and He has certainly pardoned you, and Allah is Gracious to the believers.))

This chastisement for what happened to them when they became interested in the spoils of war and they disobeyed the orders of the Prophet (pbuh), and they climbed down the Mount of the Archers at Uhud. A person can hail from the best of nations and still has shortcomings for which he deserves divine punishment to the extent of those shortcomings. At Hunain, Allah says, ((Certainly Allah helped you in many battlefields and on the day of Hunain, when your great numbers made you vain, but they availed you nothing and the earth became strait to you notwithstanding its spaciousness, then you turned back retreating.)) The Companions, who were with the Prophet (pbuh) and under his leadership, they were impressed by their numbers and these numbers were to no avail. They fled away. ((then you turned back retreating.)) ((Then Allah sent down His tranquillity upon His Messenger and upon the believers, and sent down hosts which you did not see, and chastised those who disbelieved, and that is the reward of the unbelievers.)) Continue reading In-Fighting Among the Companions (Sahaba) – Sa’ad Al-Faqih