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Beautiful Hadith – The Humility of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم

حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ أَبِي عَدِىًّ عَنْ أَنَسٍ ، رضي الله عنه: أَنَّ رَسُل الّله، صلى الله عليه و سلم:((يَا مَعشَرَ الْأَنْصَارِ، أَلم آتِكُمْ ضُلَّالًا، فَهَدَاكُمُ الله عَزَّوَجَلَّ بِي، اَلَمْ آتِكُمْ مُتَفَرِّقِينَ، فَجَمَعَكُمُ الله بِي، أَلَمْ آتِكُمْ أَعْدَاءً، فَأَلَّفَ الله بَيْنَ قُلُوبٍكُمْ بِي؟ قَالُو: بَلَى، يَا رَسُل الّلهِ، قَالَ: أَفَلَا تَقُلُونَ: جِئتَنَا خَائِفًا فَآمَنَّكَ، وَ طَرِيدًا فَآوَيْنكَ، وَ مَخْذُلًا فَنَصَرْنَاكَ)). فَقَالُوا: بَل لِلٌهِ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى الْمَنُّ بِهِ عَلَينَا وَلِرَسُولِهِ، صلى الله عليه و سلم.

-Hadith Collected from the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad, Vol. 3, p. 105. The isnaad of this hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions set by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

Muhammad ibn Abu ‘Adiyy narrated to us from Humayd [at-Taweel] from Anas ibn Maalik, may Allah be pleased with him, who said, “Allah’s Messenger  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) asked the Ansaar: ‘Company of the Ansaar, did I not find you astray and Allah guided you through me? Were you not divided and Allah united your through me? Were you not enemies and Allah united your hearts in love through me?’ They replied, ‘Yes, Messenger of Allah.’ He said, ‘You could have rightly said: You have come to us afraid, but we gave you safety; exiled from your homeland and we gave you shelter; defeated and we gave you victory.’ They said, ‘No, rather it is Allah and you who have favoured us.'”

Notes: This incident took place after the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had divided the war spoils and captives following the Battle of Hunayn, setting aside a large portion of the spoils to those notables who had recently converted to Islaam in order to incline their hearts to Islaam and winning their followers to it through them. Seeing that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had generously given to the new converts from amongst the Quraysh and other Arab tribes and nothing to them, the Ansaar took the matter to heart and resented this so much that some of them said, “Allah’s Messenger has eventually joined his own people and forsaken us.”

Source: “Thuluaathiyyaat Musnad al Imaam Ahmad”, Dar-us-Salaam Publishers, First Edition, August 2010

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