Is your honour at stake?
Is your honour at stake?
I have faced this question several times at different points of my life.
When there are events that will bring about concerns of what others will think of you or how your reputation, status or image may be damaged? It will be worse when others add fuel to fire by telling you how they are concerned about your respect which is about to be reduced or lost entirely. Think about it, respect, honour, status, etc is it ours? Are we the rightful owner of such entities? While you are thinking, let me tell you a short story on what our beloved Rasulullah, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w went through.
During the early stages of Islam, when a lot of support was required to allow the practice of Islam, our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. travelled to a city near Mecca called Al Ta’if. He believed that the people of Ta’if city will help him in the spreading the message of Allah s.w.t. However, the people there turned out to scorn him, hurt him with stone throws, abusing him by calling him a madman. The ridicules and stones hurt our beloved prophet s.a.w. both mentally and physically. Tired, rejected and wounded, he sought refuge in a garden.
Jibreel a.s. came to the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. and asked if he wished the people of Ta’if be crushed between the two mountains for the acts they have committed. Despite the ordeal he went through, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. replied that he does not wish any destruction upon the people of Ta’if as their offspring may proclaim the truthful religion.
Subhanallah, such was the compassion, gentleness and patience of our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. When one could easily seek revenge for the hurt others may cause. Instead, Rasulullah s.a.w. chose to forgive and be patient to give them a chance. When I learnt that he was so hurt, bleeding from top to toe from the stone throws, and was also ridiculed as a madman, my heart wrenched, for all the pain he may have gone through. After all, he went to the city of Taif with hopes of getting support but only to be rejected.
The most important lesson to learn is that, even the greatest of prophets, leaders went through great ordeals, insults and great damages to their honour. In the first place, honour is not ours, it is rightfully only Allah s.w.t.
“Allah the Almighty said: ‘Pride is My cloak and greatness is My garment, so whoever competes with Me regarding these two will be thrown into the Hellfire’.”
(Abu Dawud, 4090)
So, if there are situations where you feel it would have been embarrassing, insulting or hurting because your honour is at stake. Honour is a loan from Allah s.w.t, it does not belong to us. Instead think of it as a test which should draw us nearer to Allah s.w.t.
Allah s.w.t. A’lam.
Facts about Al-Ta’if
Today, the city of Ta’if is also known as the city of Roses and bride of Saudi resorts as it has moderate climate in summer with beautiful views. Al Ta’if has also received the lion’s share of the tourism volume in the Saudi Arabia Kingdom.
We visited this beautiful city last December during our Umrah trip. It was around an hour’s ride from Mecca, which lies on top of the Sarawat mountains. If you visit this city, please make sure you do no leave empty handed. The roses in this city is well known for its fragrance and related products. Taif roses, bottles of rose essence and rose water as mementos of a good and relaxing time spent in the pleasant parks of Al-Hada, Al-Shafa, Al-Ghadeer, and others.
We had a sumptuous Mandi rice meal at one of the restaurants in this city and the Kunafe was heavenly, which I have never tasted before. The mint tea just completed the entire lunch at Ta’if. Alhamdulillah. I thank Allah s.w.t for this lovely experience in Al’Ta’if. A must visit I would say.