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Books of Seerah recount that upon his return from his `night journey and
ascension to the highest heavens (Al-Israa' wa-l-Mi'raj), the Prophet informed the
disbelievers of Qur'aish about the experience he had had that night. They did not
believe him and rushed to Abu Bakr, hoping that once they told him of this
'extraordinary' story, he would desist from following and supporting the Prophet. Abu
Bakr simply said to them, "If he has told you this, then he has spoken the truth".

Also, after the revelation of the verses (which mean),

"The Romans have been defeated in the nearer land (Syria, Iraq,
Jordan and Palestine), and they, after their defeat, will soon be victorious,
in a few years." [Surah Ar-Rum (30), Ayat 2-4.]

The disbelievers rushed to Abu Bakr and said, "Your friend [meaning the


] claims that the Romans will be defeated.” Abu Bakr said, "He has


spoken the truth." He even made a bet with them that this prophecy would be
fulfilled. This was before betting was prohibited by Islam.

This is the certainty with which the Muslim Jama’ah must be equipped. It is
certainty concerning what the Almighty has told us and what He has promised,

"Allah's promise is the truth, and whose words can be truer than those
of Allah? (Of course, none)." [Surah An-Nisa (4), Ayah 122.]

"Allah [has made] His promise, and Allah fails not His promise.” [Surah

Ar-Rum (30), Ayah 6.]

It is the certainty that whatever the Prophet said is the absolute truth. Indeed,
this is the certainty that we lack. Certainty that Allah (SWT) defends those who have faith.
Certainty that this religion will inevitably prevail. Certainty that there is ease after
hardship. Certainty that trials and tribulations precede victory. Certainty that victory
will be granted to those truthful and patient servants who strive hard for Allah's sake,
no matter how small their number may be. Certainty that no-one gives or causes
himself or anyone else harm, good, life, death or resurrection except Allah (SWT).

Indeed, there is a big difference between a movement in possession of such
absolute certainty and one without it. It is as wide as the gulf between life and death.
A movement without certainty is like a body without life. The movement imbued with
certainty is a steady, confident movement which stands the test of trials and

The faithful and the hypocrites stood shoulder to shoulder in the Battle of the
Trench (Al-Khandaq) and together they heard the prophecy of the Prophet that
the Muslims would conquer the Persian and Roman empires. The hypocrites did not
believe this promise, while the faithful were certain that it was true and took it for
granted that it would be fulfilled. The hypocrites abandoned the faithful, saying
(which means),

"Allah and His Messenger promised us nothing but delusions!"123

while the faithful stood firm, certain of the promise of Allah and His Messenger,
saying (which means),

"This is what Allah and His Messenger promised us, and Allah and His
Messenger spoke the truth." [Surah Al-Ahzaab (33), Ayah 22.]

If the Muslim Jama'ah lacks a high degree of certainty, its actions and words
will be like those of the hypocrites.

It saddens us deeply to hear the words of those with weak faith and those with
diseased hearts spread in the field of the Islamic work and being transmitted by
some of those who work for Islam today. This is happening as a result of the lack of
certainty that the promise of Allah and His Messenger will be fulfilled. They do not
believe that the weak few will prevail, repeating the same words of the hypocrites
(which means),

"Grant me leave (to be exempted from Jihad) and put me not into
trial." [Surah At-Taubah (9), Ayah 49.]


Surah Al-Ahzaab (33), Ayah 22.


"March not forth in the heat." [Surah At-Taubah (9), Ayah 81.]

"Truly, our homes lie open [to the enemy]." [Surah Al-Ahzaab (33), Ayah 13.]

"Our possessions and our families occupied us, so ask forgiveness for
us." [Surah Al-Fath (48), Ayah 11.]

"There is no stand [possible] for you [against the enemy attack!],
therefore go back." [Surah Al-Ahzaab (33), Ayah 13.]

Despite all these discouraging words, the faithful, however, stand firm in faith,
certain of Allah's victory, repeating the believers' words (which mean),

"How many a small party has triumphed over a large party by Allah's
command! And Allah is with the steadfast." [Surah Al-Baqarah (2), Ayah 249.]

They also repeat the words of Moses (as) (which mean),

"By no means! My Lord is with me! He will direct me aright." [Surah Ash-

Shu'ara' (26), Ayah 62.]

They also repeat the Hadeeth of the Prophet who said, "Allah drew the ends of
the world near one another for my sake and I have seen its eastern and western
ends. The dominion of my Ummah will reach those ends which have been drawn
near for me.”124

Indeed, we pin our hope on this small party of truthful believers who, equipped
with certainty of Allah's promise, will turn a deaf ear to those who try their best in an
effort to discourage them and sow weakness and fear in their hearts. We are in need
of a high degree of certainty, because the Jahili people are stronger in number and
weaponry and more fierce. We must believe that Allah is with us, that He is Mightier
and more vengeful, that He is omnipotent, that He assists His truthful servants and
carries them to victory, makes His faith prevail and defeats all the sects ranged
against it. We cannot work for Islam if we do not believe in this, neither can we
practise Jihad without moving forward.

"And We made from among them leaders, giving guidance under Our
Command, when they were patient and used to believe in Our signs.” [Surah
As-Sajdah (32), Ayah 24.]

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