wayfarer….March 23, 2012
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: The Prophet took hold of my shoulders and said, “Be in the world as if you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” Ibn ‘Umar used to say: “When you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive till the morning; and when you survive till the morning do not except to be alive till the evening; (Do good deeds) when you are in good health before you fall sick, and (do good deeds) as long as you are alive before death strikes.” (Al-Bukhari)
Narrated by Muslim (145) that Abu Hurayrah (R.A) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Islam began as something strange and will revert to being strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.” What does this hadith mean?
Al-Sindi said in Haashiyat Ibn Maajah:
“Strange” refers to the small number of its adherents. The basic meaning of ghareeb (a stranger) is being far from one’s homeland. “And will revert to being strange” refers to the small number of those who will adhere to it’s true teachings even though it’s followers are many.
“So give glad tidings to the strangers” means – those who follow Islam’s commands and become strangers in their society due to this; these people have glad tidings of paradise or heaven from Allah. “Tooba (glad tidings)” has been interpreted as meaning Paradise or a great tree in Paradise. This shows that supporting Islam and following it’s commands may require leaving one’s homeland and being patient in bearing the difficulties of being a stranger, as was the case in the beginning.
In Sharh Saheeh Muslim, Al-Nawawi quoted al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad as saying concerning the meaning of this hadeeth:
“Islam began among a few individuals, then it spread and prevailed, then it will reduce in numbers until there are only a few left, as it was in the beginning.”
This hadith applies that small numbers of muslims were on right path think of how the Sahaba the true followers of Islam which every Muslim should look up to were persecuted and killed by Quraish for following and preaching a new religion which was ‘strange’ to them. And how now this same persecution, oppression and silencing has been taking place and still is taking place in society today. Muslims all over the world are being persecuted for what they believe. We saw this in Syria, in Egypt, in Tunisia,in Pakistan ,in Bangladesh .. everywhere….. small number muslim youth working globally 24/7 for restotation of noble CALIPHATE while stooges regime all around muslim world busy in abduction , torturing them .Its irony that how society treat them like strangers , laugh at them call them idealist , extremist , islamist who calling ummah towards real change . WALLAH brothers and sisters in islam numbers have no meaning in terms of dawah and according to above hadith majority meant to treat you like stranger as long as you call them for ISLAM ……
Therefore dont lose hope and just keep following verse of Quran in your mind in your mind
“When there comes the help of Allah and the Conquest “