He was truthful to Allaah, so Allaah was truthful to him

In the name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy.

“He was truthful to Allaah, so Allaah was truthful to him…”

This statement was made by the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) regarding a simple man, a Bedouin. His name was Abdullah ibn al-Jahsh, and he was the brother-in-law of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). The story of this man is a lesson for us all in following up our statements by truthful actions.

‘A Bedouin – Abdullah Ibn Jahsh – came to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), wanting to accept Islaam. The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) explained the tenets of Islaam to him, he accepted it and believed in Allaah and His Messenger.

He then said,

O Messenger of Allaah, can I migrate with you [to Madeenah]?

After the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) gave him permission to migrate, he then advised some of his other companions to look after him whilst in Madeenah and teach him the religion.

One day there was a battle in which the Muslim army was victorious, fighting with them was Abdullah Ibn Jahsh. Due to the victory of the Muslims, the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) gained a lot of war booty. So he divided the war booty; each companion who fought in the battle would receive his fair share, he also reserved some of it for Abdullah. He gave the war booty to each person, however Abdullah was still in his battle position standing guard.

So when he returned, the other companions gave him his allotted share of the war booty.

Upon seeing this wealth, Abdullah ibn al-Jahsh said to them,

What is this?

The people replied,

This is your share of the booty which the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) reserved for you.

He took it, went to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) and said to him:

 I did not [believe] and follow you for this. I only followed you so I am shot here with an arrow – he pointed towards his throat – I die and then enter into Paradise.

The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said,

 If you are truthful to Allaah, He will be truthful to you.

They then remained for a while and then rose again to go and fight the enemy in another battle.

In this battle, there was a number of Muslim fatalities; amongst the martyrs was Abdullah ibn al-Jahsh. His body was carried and brought to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). He had been martyred after a courageous battle. He was killed by a single arrow which struck him in the very place he had pointed to (i.e. his throat). When the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) saw him he said,

Is this him?

The companions said,

Yes

He said,

He was truthful to Allaah, so Allaah was truthful to Him.

The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) then shrouded him in his own robe. The bodies of the martyrs were all collected, the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) placed the martyred body of Abdullah Ibn al-Jahsh towards the front and then prayed upon him. He supplicated for him saying,

O Allaah, he was your Worshipper, he left [Makkah] as a Muhaajir, he died as a Shaheed (Martyr) and I am witness to all this. [1]

This beautiful Hadeeth is a lesson and admonishment to us all; an example of true obedience to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam). It demonstrates what is required from us all: sincerity of intention, seeking Paradise, and blood & sacrifice for Islaam. If we are truthful to Allaah, then Allaah will be truthful to us.

 {Allaah will say, “This is the Day when the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness.” For them are gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them, and they with Him. That is the great attainment} [05:119]

 {Among the believers are men, truthful to what they promised Allah. Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow [to the death], and among them is he who awaits [his chance]. And they did not alter [the terms of their commitment] by any alteration} [33:23]

O Allaah bestow upon us truthfulness in our speech and actions. O Allaah, show us the truth as being the truth and then guide us to implementing it.

O Allaah, show us falsehood as being falsehood and guide us to avoiding it.

 

Written by the one in need of Allaah,

Abul Abbaas Naveed Ayaaz
Nelson, Lancashire
9 Rabee’ ath-Thaanee 1436h
1st February 2015

 

Footnotes

[1] The Hadeeth has been narrated by Shaddaad ibn al-Haad; Collected by an-Nasaaee & Bayhaqee. It has been paraphrased in this article for the sake of readability, however the statements of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) are mentioned in full.

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He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire.

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