The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa)

A Glimpse into the Life of the Holy Prophet (sa) – Trust in God During Difficult Circumstances

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Victory at the Battle of Ahzab [Confederates] was in fact the victory of prayers. When thousands of well-equipped warriors surrounded the small settlement of Madinah from all sides, the besieged Muslims were deeply distressed due to the cold weather and insufficient food. To curb the pangs of hunger the companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) had strapped stones to their bellies. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) himself had two stones tied to his stomach. This battle was not only a nerve-shattering armed conflict, it was a frightful trial for the Muslims. The true picture and the exact description is found in the Holy Qur’an in the words; ‘When they came upon you from above you, and from below you and when your eyes became distracted and your hearts leapt to your throats and you entertained wayward thoughts about Allah. There and then were the believers sorely tried, they were shaken with a violent shaking.’[1]

In these critical circumstances, when Madinah was in the throes of life and death, there was one soul in Madinah who with perfect trust and belief in God, was busy praying,

اللَّهُمَّ مُنْزِلَ الْكِتَابِ سَرِيعَ الْحِسَابِ اهْزِمِ الأَحْزَابَ اللَّهُمَّ اهْزِمْهُمْ وَزَلْزِلْهُم

‘O my Lord, the Revealer of the Sacred Book and the Quick Reckoner, make these Arabian armies retreat, defeat them and shake them.’

This prayer prompted a sudden and fearful storm which extinguished the campfires of the Arab army. They abandoned the siege and fled in such consternation that they were dumbfounded. The chief of the disbeliever’s army, Abu Sufyan forgot to untie the camel’s knee and was sitting on it forcing the tethered camel to run. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) seeing the miraculous result of his prayers, exclaimed spontaneously,

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ أَعَزَّ جُنْدَهُ وَنَصَرَ عَبْدَهُ وَغَلَبَ الأَحْزَابَ وَحْدَهُ فَلَا شَىْءَ بَعْدَهُ

Meaning, ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah, who honoured His group, bestowed victory on His servant and Himself overpowered all the armies. He is the One and there is nothing except Him.’


[1] The Holy Qur’an, 33:11-12.

Muhammad (sa) – The Perfect Man (Qadian, India: Nazarat Isha’at, 2015), 158-160.