At one time Madinah was full of rumours that the Romans were preparing a large army for its invasion. During that time Muslims were always on the qui vive at night. One night sounds of an uproar came from the desert. Muslims hurried out of their homes and some of them collected in the mosque and waited for the Holy Prophetsa [Muhammad] to appear and to give them directions to meet the contingency. Presently they saw the Holy Prophetsa on a horse coming back from the direction of the sounds. They then discovered that at the very first sound of alarm the Prophetsa had mounted a horse and gone in the direction from which the sounds had come to find out whether there was any reason for alarm and had not waited for people to collect together so that he could proceed in company. When he came back he assured his Companions that there was no cause for alarm and that they could return to their homes and go to sleep (Bukhari, chap. on Shuja‘at fil Harb).
1. Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, Life of Muhammadsa(UK: Islam International Publications Limited, 2014) 247.
The Fullfilling of Covenants
The Holy Prophet [Muhammad]sa was very particular with regard to the fulfilling of covenants. On one occasion an envoy came to him on a special mission and after he had remained in his company for some days, he was convinced of the truth of Islam and suggested that he might declare his adherence to it.
The Prophetsa told him that this would not be proper as he was there in a representative capacity and it was incumbent upon him to return to the headquarters of his Government without acquiring a fresh allegiance. If, after he had returned home, he still felt convinced of the truth of Islam he could return as a free individual and declare his acceptance of it (Abu Dawud, chap. on Wafa bil ‘Ahd).
2. Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, Life of Muhammadsa (UK: Islam International Publications Limited, 2014) 248.