Season 2 Episodes 11
Lesson From Taif
Footnote: Taif is referred to in the Quran in surah 43, Ayah number 31. In this Ayah Allah says ‘and they say, if only the Qur’an had been revealed to some great man of the two towns.” Scholars interpret ‘two towns’ referred to as Makah or Taif.
Da’wah requires strategy – strategizing when propagating to Allah is form the fine points when conveying the message of Islam. Learn this lesson from Rasullulah (SAW) when;
1) He decided to go to Taif in the 10th Year after Nubuwwah.
2) He got to Taif, he met with the 3 seniors of Taif first and not the laymen. The reason being, if the seniors accepted the message upon hearing Rasullullah (SAW) Da’wah then automatically the rest of the town would follow. Furthermore, the most prominent excuse of the people in refusing to accept that Da’wah was a refusal to leave the message of their Fore fathers.
3) In meeting with the seniors of the town first with the hopes of them accepting the message, which would then have a rippling effect on the people, Rasullulah (SAW) would be maintaining and not wasting resources. Resources being time and effort.
Note: method of strategizing should be used when dealing with our children, business and other aspects of daily lives.
We need to defend the Sunnah of Rasullullah (SAW) – we learn this from Rasullullah (SAW) young companion Zaid. When the people Taif were stoning him on his departure, Zaid jumped in front of the Prophet to protect him.
“Say to them O Muhammed that if they truly love Allah then they should follow you, and then Allah will love them, and Allah will forgive them and indeed Allah is the most forgiving and most merciful.”
Thus, We may not be able to defend the body of the Prophet but we are more than equipped to defend hi honor, his teachings. We can do this by putting his Sunnah into practice.
Rasullulah (SAW) said “I have left with you two things and if you hold steadfast upon these two things you will never go astray irrespective of your problem”
These two things (which must be based upon the understanding of the pious predecessors) are: 1) The Qur’an 2) The Sunnah
The Power of Dua – Due is described by the Rasullulah (SAW) as the essence of worship and a weapon of the believer that Allah has given every Muslim. It is the start of every success. Allah says;
“Instead/but it is Allah who purifies you, it is Allah who made Imaan beloved to you.”
Allah controls the heavens and the earth and there is no might except from Allah.
The most powerful Dua is the Dua for oneself as no one is more desperate for the success of himself or herself but yourself.
“Who is the one who lifts the difficulty of the desperate one when he raises hiss hands and asks Allah and Allah corrects the situation and lifts the difficulty.”
Perfect times to make dua:
2) Time whilst fasting;
3) Last hour on the day of Jummah;
4) Time of rainfall
5) In Sujood during Salah.
It is permissible to accept gifts from non-Muslims – Learn this from Rasullullah (SAW) accepting the bunch of grapes sent to him by the two owners of the establishment in which he entered to take refuge from the abuse and punishment from the people of Taif.
Da’wah is as much about what we do as it is about what we say – Learn this from Rasullulah (SAW) when he never forgets Allah despite the difficulty he had just experienced and said ‘Bismillah’ before eating.
– Upon doing so he enlightened the slave boy without Rasullullah (SAW) inviting him to Islam but by simply witnessing the actions of Rasullulah (SAW).
– Put everything you do into practice, if ones adaab and character is correct then the Da’wah in itself will be correct.
– If you know something to be good and haven’t embedded it into your life then the Da’wah is not correct.
– If you know something to be good and are endeavoring to bring it into your life but are not quite there yet, as long as you want to bring this good into your life then it is permissible tot each the people this good as you would have not forgotten yourself. Allah says;
“Do you command people to do good and you are forgetting about yourself and you are the one reading the scripture, do you not think?
NB: From a Fiqh perspective it is disliked in salaah when an opening in front of you opens, to stay on your spot and let someone else take it as there are more rewards to pray salaah in the front lines.
Allah honors whom he wills, when he wills and how he wills we learn this from Allah when he sends Jibraeel AS with two angels from the mountains. This was an honor from Allah to send angels to Rasullullah SAW and tell him that Allah has put them at his command.
Call to Islam and not to yourself – Rasullullah SAW did not tell the Angels to crush the people of Taif but rather he made dua for them. Even though they stoned him, it was more conducive to keep the people alive so that they could continue to be given the Da’wah.
Power of Salaah – After this event Rasullullah SAW spent the night worshipping Allah in Salaah. Never forgot Salaah in his times of ease and difficulties.
Importance of having good hope in Allah SAW – After the events of Taif, Zaid turned to Muhammed SAW and asked him how he was going to gain re-entry into Makkah. In response Rasullullah SAW said that Allah will make an opening, Allah is the supporter and assistance of this deen and it is Allah that is the assistance and supporter of the messenger SAW. Despite what had happened, Rasullullah SAW maintained good hope in Allah.
We allowed to seek assistance from a disbeliever – Rasullullah SAW sent a message into Makkah asking for support for his re-entry into. None helped except one man by the name of Al Muttalib Ibn Ali. Thus we learn that we can take the assistance of non-believer if Allah has made them a means of assistance.
We should reciprocate goodness – when the Muslim’s won the battle of Badr and had captives. Rasullullah SAW said had Al Muttalib Ibn Ali spoke to him about those captives; Rasullullah SAW would have left the captives to them.