The People Of The Ditch

Shaykh Rifa’i Surur
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This is a story that was narrated in a Hadīth on the authority of the Messenger of Allāh (pbuh) . Anyone who narrated a Hadīth on the authority of the Messenger (pbuh) was either a narrator who specialised in narration – such as Abū Hurayrah and Ibn ‘Abbās – or he was a Companion who was not a specialist, but felt compelled that he should narrate a particular Hadīth either due to the legal rulings it encompassed with regards his livelihood – such as ‘Adiyy ibn Hātim who narrated Hadīths about hunting, since he was a hunter – or due to the deep impact of its meanings. The narrator of this Hadīth falls into the latter category, and narrated it because he was deeply affected by its meaning – the narrator is Suhayb Al-Rūmī. He was among the Muslims who were oppressed in Makkah and wanted to emigrate with the Messenger of Allāh (pbuh) but was unable to do so, so he tried to escape after the Emigration. The polytheists found out about his plan and chased him. When they drew closer to him, they said to him, “You came to us a poor man, and you became rich when you were among us. Do you now wish to take this wealth to Muhammad?” He replied, “If I tell you where my wealth is, will you leave me alone?” They said, “Yes.” So he told them where his wealth was and they left him alone. When he reached the Messenger of Allāh (pbuh) and told him what happened, he (pbuh) said, “A profitable sale! A profitable sale!”

It was in relation to Suhayb Al-Rūmī that Allāh (swt) revealed:

وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ مَن يَشۡرِى نَفۡسَهُ ٱبۡتِغَآءَ مَرۡضَاتِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ رَءُوفُۢ بِٱلۡعِبَادِ

“And among mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the Pleasure of Allāh. And Allāh is Kind to [His] slaves.” [Al-Baqarah: 207] Continue reading