Which “Sword” the Prophet Used against his enemies: Part-7
Enemies of Islam represent our prophet as a very cruel and blood thirsty man, who would kill his “opponents, enemies and any one who disagreed with him” at “the drop of hat” and all his adversaries would be “terrified” at the mere sight of him.
The picture is far from true, let us look at some incidents from the life of prophet, as what was “this sword which killed the enmity for ever”
The Case of : One Jew in Medina
His name is mentioned in Islamic books of history, he was a wealthy Jew in Medina, he wanted to test the perseverance and patience of the prophet, and was looking for some suitable opportunity to arise.
Once prophet had to borrow some money from him, to meet some immediate need. He gave the money and the period of repayment of due was fixed.
While there were still some days remaining for the grace period, he approached Prophet, while he was teaching a group of his companions, including Omar Bin Khattab.
The Jew addressed prophet like this “O Mohammad, when will you repay my due? I know the clan of Hashim, they are never true to their trust, it seems you will never return my money”.
His companions were stunned by the tone and charge of the Jew, Omar stood up and said “O enemy of Allah, do you not realize, to whom you are speaking? O prophet of Allah, allow me and I will kill him”.
“Omar calm down” said the prophet,“You should have spoken with justice, you should have asked me to pay my debt, and you should have asked him to be polite in his demand”
“Now you go and pay him the dues” said Prophet to Omar “And give him some more, because of the anxiety which you caused him”
The Jew came back some time later with money and said to prophet “I only wanted to test your patience, I am now convinced of your faith, I declare my faith and become Muslim, and this money, I give in charity in the cause of Allah”
This is story of Jew who was slain by the “Sword of Patience”!!
The Case of : One old Woman of Makkah
Old women are very steadfast in their religion and faith. It is not easy for them to change their religion or faith easily and they look with contempt on any one who tries that. This is impression of any one who has experience is propagation of faith.
There was an Old women in Makkah, who was very firm in the faith of Makkan people, when she came to know that our prophet is condemning that faith and had started a “New religion”……she started hating our prophet with extreme hatred.
It so happened that The Woman, was residing on the first floor of the house and prophet had to walk by her house, when he used to go out for any business.
The woman kept watch and whenever prophet will walk under her balcony, she would throw dust and garbage on his head, under the pretext of cleaning her house and balcony. Prophet would move away, cleaning his hairs and clothes from the dirt.
It so happened that once three days passed and nothing was thrown from that balcony. On fourth day, prophet became curious, he went up the stairs and knocked at the door. He found the old woman sick and with fever and no one to take care for her.
The prophet consoled her, and gave her some water and went to bring some medicine for her. When prophet was returning from the house, the Old woman called him back and said “I was so wrong about you and your message, I now repent and accept your faith”
With that she declared Islamic Creed “I witness that there is no deity except Allah and Mohammad is His Messenger”!!
Such is the case of another enemy of prophet “slain” by the “Sword of Kindness”
Source: Companions of Prophet: by Talib Hashmi