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mercy and help during trials and tribulations and
to make one's good and pious deeds as an agent
for securing the same; another point is the high
merit of service to parents. The importance and
virtues of chastity, fulfillment of pledge, return
of trust and fair consideration in dealings are
also among good deeds of great merit according
to this tradition. Finally, the sincerity and
honesty are of equal importance.
In
short,
according to Islam incentive for all good work
should only be the compliance of The
Almighty 's Orders without the anticipation for
any worldly gains, in terms of ostentation,
publicity or monetary gains.
STORIES
OF THE
SAHABAH
The Martyrdom of Sahabah Anas bin Nadhr
(R.A.A).
Anas bin Nadhr (raa) was one of the Sahabahs
who had missed the great campaign of Badr. He
very much regretted to have missed the honor of
participating in the first and the most illustrious
battle for Islam. He longed for a chance wherein
he could make amends for Badr. He did not
have to wait for long. The battle of Uhud came
about in the following year. He joined the army
with the most determined zeal. Despite heavy
odds, the Muslims were gaining the upper hand,
when some people made a blunder and the
Muslims had to suffer a reverse. The Prophet
(Pbuh) had posted a band of fifty archers to
guard a pass in the rear against the enemy
cavalry. They had definite instructions not to
move from their positions until further orders
from him. But when the Archers saw the
Muslims gaining victory and the enemy in full
flight, they left their positions believing that the
battle was over and it was time to join in the
pursuit and get on to the booty. The leader of
the band tried his utmost to check them by
reminding them of the Prophet's command and
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he also tried to solicit them to stay on, but no
more than ten archers listened to him, while the
others argued that the orders were given by the
Prophet (Pbuh) only for the duration of the
actual fight. The enemy cavalry then noticed the
unguarded pass in the rear, made a flank
movement and forced a passage through it. The
Muslims who were pre-occupied with the booty
were caught unguarded. In such a state of
affairs Anas (raa) saw Sa'ad bin Ma'az (raa)
passing in front of him. He shouted to him: "0,
Sa'ad! where are you going? By Almighty!
I
smell the fragrance of Paradise coming from
Mount Uhud." Saying this, he threw himself
into the very thick of the enemy and fought till
he met his martyrdom. After the battle, it was
found that his body had been mauled and
mutilated to such an extent that only his sister
could identify him, and that barely from the
finger tips. No less than eighty wounds of
arrows and swords were counted on his body.
Those who strive in the Path of The Almighty
with sincerity and devotion taste the pleasures of
Paradise even in this world.
Abbrevations Used
PBl)Jlj A.S.; S.A.W.-
Peace be upon
him
R.A.A.-
The
Almighty
was
pleased with him/them
R.A.-
The
Almighty
was
pleased
with
her
7
February 1991 / Shaban 1411