The Bedouin and war booty

Shaddaad ibn Al-Haad (radiAllahu anhu) narrated:

“A Bedouin came to the Prophet (ﷺ) accepted, Islam and said: ‘I wish to migrate (to Madeenah)’. So the Prophet (ﷺ) asked some of his Companions to take care of him.


Then after a battle, the Muslims had gained some booty so the Prophet (ﷺ) divided it and gave the Bedouin’s share to some of his Companions to look after, as the Bedouin was still at the rearguard. When the Bedouin returned, they gave him his share, so he asked them: ‘What is this?’ They replied: ‘It is your share from the booty which the Prophet (ﷺ) gave us to hold on to for you.’


So the Bedouin took the booty and went to the Prophet (ﷺ), and asked: ‘What is this?’ The Prophet (ﷺ) replied: “Your share of the booty.” The Bedouin said: ‘This is not why I believe in you and follow you; rather, I follow you so that I can get shot by an arrow right here, (and then he pointed to his throat) then die and enter Paradise.’ The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “If you are sincere then Allah will grant you your wish.”


After a short while, fighting resumed and the Bedouin’s body was brought to the Prophet (ﷺ) with an arrow in his throat at exactly the spot where he had pointed to the Prophet (ﷺ) with an arrow in his throat at exactly the spot where he had pointed to the Prophet (ﷺ). Thereupon The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “He was sincere so Allah granted him his wish.”


Then using his own garment, the Prophet (ﷺ) washed the Bedouin, prayed the funeral prayer over him and was heard by his Companions to say during the prayer: “O Allah! This is Your slave who migrated for Your sake and was killed as a martyr – and I testify to this”.

[Reported by An-Nasaa’i (1953) and Al-Haakim ruled it as authentic, and Ath- Thahabi said that it is authentic according to the rules of Muslim.]



The man of the tunnel

Jihad is one of the fields during which showing off can take place, because not everyone who carries a weapon and fights with the Muslims is sincere. We have already mentioned the Prophetic narration of those who would be thrown in Hell first, and one of whom was a person who fought Jihad but was not sincere.

Our Salaf used to hide themselves in Jihad because they recognized the importance of sincerity in it; one of them would hide himself and no one would recognize him. The
following is one such story exemplifying this:


The Muslim army surrounded one of the fortresses of the enemy, and the enemy army started showering the Muslims with arrows and things became difficult for the Muslim army. Suddenly, one of the Muslims got up and dug a tunnel and was able to enter through it to the enemy fortress. He killed the man guarding the gate of the fortress and opened the gate for the Muslims to enter. The Muslims entered the fortress and won the battle, but they did not know who the man was (who dug the tunnel).


Maslamah (rahimahullah) who was the leader of the Muslim army, wanted to know who the man was so that he could reward him. He was unable to discover his identity, so he made an announcement, adjuring this man in the Name of Allah to come to him.

The man went to him at night and placed a condition on the leader that he would not look for him after that. Maslamah (rahimahullah) agreed to the condition, and so the man uncovered his face and allowed him to recognize him.

Maslamah (rahimahullah) always used to say after that:

“O Allah, join me with the man of the tunnel in the Hereafter.”

[Bustaan Al-Khateeb (24)]