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HEROES: Anas Ibn An-Nadri (ra)

Posted in History with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2007 by fearthedunya

Subhanallah, His name to me epitomizes bravery. I was helpless but be inspired in reading the below hadith:

It is related that Anas said, “My uncle [Anas ibn an-Nadri (ra)] missed the fighting at Badr and said,

‘I missed the first battle of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. If Allah gives me the opportunity to be present with the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, Allah will see what I shall do!’

He met the Day of Uhud. When the people were routed, he said, ‘O Allah, I apologise to You for what these people have done (i.e. the Muslims) and I declare myself innocent to You of what the idolaters have done.’ Then he went forward with his sword and met Sa’d ibn Mu’adh.

He said, ‘Where to, O Sa’d! I smell the fragrance of the Garden from below Uhud!’

He proceeded and was slain. He could not be recognised until his sister recognised a mole – or his fingertips. He had about eighty wounds, sword thrusts or spear stabs or arrows.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

 

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HEROES: Tariq Ibn Ziyad

Posted in HEROES, History on October 26, 2007 by fearthedunya

Tariq ibn Ziyad or Taric bin Zeyad (Arabic: طارق بن زياد, d. 720), known in Spanish history and legend as Taric el Tuerto (Taric the one-eyed), was a Berber Muslim and Umayyad general who led the conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 711. He is considered to be one of the most important military commanders in Iberian history. The 17th century Muslim historian Al Maggari wrote that upon landing, Tariq is said to have burned his ships then made the following speech, well-known in the Muslim world, to his soldiers:

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أيّها الناس، أين المفر؟ البحر من ورائكم، والعدوّ أمامكم، وليس لكم والله إلا الصدق والصبر…

O People! Where can you flee? The sea is behind you, and the enemy in front of you: There is nothing for you, by God, except for truth and strength of character.

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