Seeking an understanding


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I am always trying to be on the look out for short, simple stories that I can learn from and then in turn share with my family. I hope that this gift of a story can bring an abudance of meaning in our lives as we live through our tests and decisions that only Allah is the best of planners for what we go through day in and day out. Because of such sacrifices made by the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), I find that remembering these kinds of events can be a source of comfort whenever we too are faced with difficulties regarding our practices and beliefs.

 A Gift After Hardship

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) dispatched towards the sea-shore an expedition of three hundred men, under the command of Abu Ubaidah (ra) in 8 A.H. He gave them a bag full of dates for their rations. They had been hardly out for fifteen days when they ran short of rations. In order to provide the contingent with food, Qais (ra) began buying three camels daily from his own men, to feed the Mujahideen, with a promise to pay on return to Madinah. The Amir seeing that the slaugther of camels would deprive the party of their only means of transport, prohibited him to do so. He collected the dates that had been left with each person and stored them in a bag. He would issue one date to each man as his daily ration. When Jabir (ra) later on narrated this story to the people, one of his audience inquired:“How did you manage to live upon one date only for the whole day?” He replied: “We longed even for that one date, when the whole stock was exhausted. We were on the verge of starvation. We moistened the dry tree-leaves with water and ate them.”When they reached this stage, Allah had mercy on them for He always brings ease after every hardship, provided it is endured patiently. A big fish known as “Ambar” was thrown out of the sea for them. The fish was so big that they lived on it for eighteen days altogether. They also filled their satchels with the remaining portion, which lasted them right up to Madinah. When the episode was narrated to the Prophet (peace be upon him), he said: “The fish was a provision arranged for you by Allah.”

Source: From the book “Stories of the Sahabah” by Shaikh Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhalvi.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by adikbongsu on December 2, 2007 at 3:10 am

    Subhanallah….i love such inspirational stories.

    Jazakillah ya ukhti for sharing with us!



  2. Salaam,
    First of all thanks a lot for sharing with us all the knowledge that u have about Islam, I make sure that each time I am online to just chk on yr blog, for a new post . May Allah Bless you always!


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