bidayah wan nihayah

It is reported in al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah that Hisham Ibn ‘Urwah narrated, saying, “The frst thing that ‘Abdullah Ibn az-Zubayr said when he was little was ‘the sword, the sword,’ and he wouldn’t stop saying that. When az-Zubayr would hear that he would say, ‘By Allah, you will have one victory, and another, and several more.’”
‘Urwah Ibn az-Zubayr narrated that az-Zubayr mounted his son ‘Abdullah on a horse on the Day of [the Battle of] Yarmuk when he was ten years old and entrusted him to another man (Reported by al- Bukhari).
—  Rumiyah 9 

Ma sha Allah. Look at all that big muscles, man, that’s just dope.


You have all day getting those muscles big and getting all fit but what does that give you, really? To be looking brave and strong?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong on getting fit and all just like how some sisters try to maintain they beauty and fitness for their husbands but this matter is to address those people who are lured so bad with these standards that media sets and that you have to be moderate on these things, do not be so drowned with it that you forget and neglect your obligations upon Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

Not because you have muscles, you are strong already, because real strength and bravery comes from the heart and that is where this story will penetrate you, in your heart.

Let me ask you, are you brave? Willing to fight, yeah?

but are you brave enough to defend your religion? 

Here, let me tell you about the person who was the bravest of all people. 


Indeed, no one can deny that the earliest Muslims suffered the worst torments and so almost all kept their new status a secret because the major objective at that time was to stay alive.

However, there was one among the earliest (before ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab) who openly proclaimed he was a follower of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and who was he?

He was none other than the Khaleefah of the Messenger himself, Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.


The bravery of Abu Bakr was later described by 'Ali and compared it to the man in the Pharaoh’s household who kept his Islam a secret.

During the Caliphate of 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu, he stood up before the people and delivered a sermon;

“O people, who is the bravest of all people?" 

Those that were present answered, "You are, O Leader of the Believers." 

'Ali said, "Lo, I never entered into a duel with another man except that I came out victorious over him. And yet the bravest of all people was none other than Abu Bakr. We once built a command centre for the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and we said, 'Who will stay with the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, to prevent the polytheists from attacking him?’

By Allah, not a single one of us approached (to volunteer for the job) except Abu Bakr, who, with his unsheathed sword, stood over the head of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

Abu Bakr then fought against the anyone who tried to attack the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and so, yes, he was the bravest of all people. 

I remember the time when I saw the Quraish opposing the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and physically shaking him violently, and all the while they were saying to him, 'Have you taken our gods and made them into one God?’

By Allah. not a single one of us stepped forward (to defend him) except Abu Bakr, who struggled against them and struck one man and violently pushed another, and all the while he was saying (to them),

'Woe upon you, are you fighting against a man because he says: 'My Lord is Allah?’

'Ali then lifted the robe he was wearing, and he began to cry until his beard was soaked in tears. He then continued, "I ask you by Allah, was the believer from the family of the Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr?”

The attendees of the gathering then began to cry along with 'Ali, who said, “By Allah, Abu Bakr for an hour is better than the believer of the family of Pharaoh even if clones of him were to fill the entire earth: the latter kept his faith in secret, while the former openly proclaimed his faith.”


Indeed, He is the Khaleefah of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, there is so much in Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu that would endlessly amaze the people of this Ummah. 

It’s so easy to say that yes, I will be like how Abu Bakr was if the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was here today, but its easily said than done, right?

We have to keep in mind that during this time, Muslims were facing such torture and were being executed, humiliated and treated so bad, it really takes such courage and faith to be able to stand firm on such time of difficulty, and Allah Azza Wa Jall gave this courage and faith to Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.

Now, ask yourself, we all know we face tribulations and trials and some people even insult our Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, would we able to defend him like how Abu Bakr did? 

I’m telling you, yes and that is by following his Sunnah


May Allah Azza Wa Jall make us among those people who will stay firm on the Qur'an and follow the Sunnah of His Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam so that we could be raised among the ranks of those pious and righteous in the hereafter.




Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah: 3/271,272

Uthman bin ‘Affan (radiyAllaahu 'anhu):

“If our hearts were truly pure, we would never get enough of the Words of our Lord,  and I hate that one day passes with me not looking in the Mus'haf.”

('al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah)

Taken by Umair Ghani 

Uthman Bin Affan رضي الله عنه:

“If our hearts were truly pure, we would never get enough of the Words of our Lord, and I hate that one day passes with me not looking in the Mus'haf.” 

(‘al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’ 7/215)

Shaytan cried loudly on birth of the Holy Prophet (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam)

And Indeed everyone rejoices except for Shaytan and his counterparts, because:
أن إبليس رن أربع رنات حين لعن وحين أهبط وحين ولد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وحين أنزلت الفاتحة

Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, Third When Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) was born and fourth when Surah Fatiha was revealed 
[Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah wan Nihayah, Volume 2, Page No. 166]

No, my parents don’t have enough time for me, they are too busy with business. 

No, my father doesn’t know I am failing my exams because he doesn’t really give a damn, he is too busy with his work.

No, my mother couldn’t make food for me because she was out with her friends shopping all day.

No, it’s better to just commit suicide because they will not understand, they will kill me if they find out.

No, I don’t want to go home because my parents are always fighting every single minute.


Enough. Please, enough.

How many of us heard such lines from our friends or from complete strangers? Many, I must say.

We are so frustrated when we come to hear about a daughter or son going astray, got into wrong friends, wrong community, or better yet they just change, from good boys and girls to the “naughty and bad” kids out there.

And this happens, even in a family that has parents that are actually close to Allah Azza Wa Jall, or those that we see praying and all, this is reality. And it is really the hardest to give dawah to your own family.

We cannot blame society here, because the very foundation of the kids are from the parents, no matter how a child would refrain or do things unliked, the parents can always help them.

But do we have parents now that actually try to talk to the kids about their struggles? Why such things happened, why they were able to do such?

If you are a parent who spends time with your kids then Alhamdulillah, may Allah Azza Wa Jall make you continue this, but this is dedicated to those who think they are but actually do not.

A hello or a salaam is not actually spending time with your kids, it’s an opening only, but some parents, never try to follow that up and just leave. 

I have written lots of blog entries about how we should value our parents, and I do get feedbacks of such lines that I wrote on the beginning of this blog, so here is a story about Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu with his son, ‘Abdullah Ibn Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu. 

During the early days of the Hijrah[migration], when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu were kept in the cave, when they are shut off from the happenings outside the cave, Allah Azza Wa Jall gave them an eye to acquire the happenings outside the cave, and this was through Abu Bakr’s RA son, 'Abdullah.

'Abdullah RA was raised by his father to have a deep love for his religion, yes, Abu Bakr was a man who kept close companionship with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam but this didn’t shun him from spending enough time to teach, inspire, motivate and put that immense love for the deen in the hearts of his offsprings. 

So on this task, his father outlined the role that 'Abdullah had to do to ensure the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to arrive safely at his destination. He was their intelligence officer.

With the intelligence and sincerity of 'Abdullah, he kept a close eye on the movements of the enemy. During the day, he would have to attend the gatherings of the Quraish in Makkah to hear what the leaders of the Quraish had to say about their pursuit of his father and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and then at night, he would have to carefully make his way to the cave, making sure that no one was following him. Then before sunset, he had to silently make his way back to Makkah, acting as if he had spend the night in his home.

Now, one must realize that this task was very dangerous and hard for 'Abdullah, as being the son of Abu Bakr RA, it was very likely that his movements were being closely watched but 'Abdullah was able to perform this task with great skills that no one ever caught him or were even remotely suspicious of his movements.


Why did I chose to share this particular story about Abu Bakr and 'Abdullah RA? Because I wanted to pin point the beautiful bond of this father and son and the beautiful foundation that Abu Bakr RA was able to put in the heart of his son by just constantly spending time with his son.

We have to set a goal for our kids in ourselves, but know that whatever goal you want to put or to set for your kids, you can never achieve it by forcing it to them. You can never implement such things on force, if it will, the end will not be stable and later on stumble and fall.

Look at the way Abu Bakr RA made his son, even though 'Abdullah RA was a son of his from his first wife  Qateelah Bint 'Abdul 'Uzzah Ibn As'ad Ibn Jabir Ibn Malik, who was a polytheist, fall in love with Islam, and this was out of the time spent by Abu Bakr RA with his son.

Just look at how your ample time can do such beautiful things to your children, it doesn’t have to be whole day, even just an hour to just speak about how their day was, wallah this means a lot for us [as it will mean a lot for you], and the thing is, you don’t have to actually work to earn a time to talk to us, you just actually have to say Salaam and we will take a seat and talk.

Please, try.

And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall make the love of families with each other grow more and more as days pass by and that may He put that light of guidance upon every Muslim to be able to actually remember Him and His Words and the values of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam left for them to practice. 




Story was taken from

• Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah: 6/346
• As Sirah An Nabawiyah, Ibn Hisham: 2/102

Iblis cried loudly four times, first when Allah declared him as cursed, second when he was thrown out, Third When Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam) was born and fourth when Surah Fatiha was revealed.

~Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah wan Nihayah, Volume 2, Page No. 166

Mujahid rahimahullah berkata :
Orang yang cerdas adalah yang takut kepada Allah meskipun sedikit ilmunya. Sedangkan orang yang bodoh adalah yang durhaka kepada Allah meskipun banyak ilmunya.
Al-Bidayah Wan-Nihayah [9/255]

@elmasrw - Dr Ahmad Isa al Mu'sharawi, ketua lajnah tashih al Quran di al Azhar, Doktor ilmu hadits Universitas al Azhar, Mesir.