: Introduction to battle of AYN JAALOOT

12-02-2013, 09:22 AM
The Tatarian army fell into the trap of its misdeeds.
The Tatar army caused great corruption on the earth, and Allaah the Almighty never reforms the deeds of the corruptors. Although it was an evil army, it was given authority over the Muslims for as long as 40 years, and the Muslims were defeated in hundreds of battles. Then, the days passed, and the great Battle of Ayn Jaaloot broke out, in which the Muslims scored a brilliant victory.
{And these days [of varying conditions] We Alternate among the people.} [Quran 3:140]
Two questions may occur to the mind of anyone trying to analyze the events or contemplate the course of matters; and both have the same answer:

The first question is: How was the corrupt and evil army of the Tatars given authority over the Muslims, although the Muslims are better even if they deviated from the methodology of Islam and were negligent in fulfilling their duties?

The other is: The Tatar army that emerged victorious over the Muslims in all the previous battles was the same army which was defeated in the Battle of Ayn Jaaloot: Why did it emerge victorious in the past? What were the factors that led to its entire destruction in Ayn Jaaloot in this amazing way?

The answer to both questions lies in part of a letter written by Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, the great Companion to Sad ibn Abi Waqqaas, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, who was leading the Islamic armies to fight the Persians in Al-Qaadisiyyah Battle. Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, the wise Companion, addressed Sad ibn Abi Waqqaas, May Allaah Be Pleased with him as saying:

"I command you, and the soldiers who are with you, to fear Allaah in whichever state you are, since fearing Allaah is the best equipment against the enemy, and the strongest war plan. I also command you and those who are with you to be more careful of committing sins than of your enemies; for the soldiers sins are more dangerous for them than their enemies. The Muslims are granted victory by virtue of their enemy's disobedience of Allaah the Almighty; and had it not been for this, we would have had no power to face them, since we are fewer in number and weaker in war equipment.

If we and they are equal in sin, they would excel us in power. Unless we emerge victorious over them by virtue of our superiority (for committing no sins); in no way could we defeat them only by virtue of our power. It should be known to you that there are guardians sent by Allaah over you, and they know well what you do. So, feel shy of them, and do not commit sins prohibited by Allaah while you are walking in the Cause of Allaah. Do not say that 'since our enemy is more evil than us, they would not be given authority over us'. Many people were put under the authority of others more evil than them, like the children of Israel, who committed things disliked by Allaah, thereupon they were put under the authority of the disbelieving Magians, who probed [even] into their homes, and it was a promise fulfilled."

That is a part of the message written by Al-Faarooq Umar, May Allaah Be Pleased with him. It is one of his most valuable statements, and of the best messages on the face of the earth. The message is very long, and it is very important to study it for the sake of constructing the Ummah.

In this part we mentioned above, it is clear that sometimes Allaah the Almighty grants the disbelievers an authority over the believers if the latter commits sins. However, when the Muslims fear Allaah and follow the Methodology of their Lord and His Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, they would be granted victory over the armies which used to defeat them in the past.

They would emerge victorious not by virtue of their strong bodies, great number or competent war equipment; rather, they would attain victory because they are closely connected with their Lord the Almighty, whereas their enemies are far from Him.

It is within this context that we could understand why the Tatars were granted authority over the Muslims for forty years on earth. We could understand too, within the same context, why the Muslims emerged victorious in Ayn Jaaloot Battle over the army which troubled Muslim countries for decades. We could also understand many events in history and in reality.

My brothers and sisters, if you see the Muslim armies suffering weakness, cowardice and passivity; and if you see subordination, sometimes to the West and sometimes to the East; and if you see abasement in opinion, decline of respect and ignominy in all states; and if you see alliance with those who shed blood and ruin the houses of Muslims, friendship with those who made homeless millions of Muslims, and seeking the aid of those who damaged the economy of Muslims; and if you see that the great and huge Ummah (of Muslims) has become insignificant in the sight of its enemies, to the extent that the most despicable among the inhabitants of the earth ride roughshod over it, the brothers of the monkeys and pigs, the worshippers of cows, the worshippers of humankind and the atheists, if you see all of this, you then should know that the Ummah is committing sins and is not acting upon the Laws of Allaah The Almighty, and that it is Allaah Who Grants the corrupt from among the Jews, Crusaders, Hindus, Communists and others to have authority over it.
Does this call for frustration and despair?
Not at all! Rather, it calls for reflection, deliberation, learning from history and working.
Ayn Jaaloot Battle is a living example before us, otherwise, why should we study such historic events which took place many centuries ago?
It is not difficult to return to Allaah the Almighty.

No matter how much this Ummah is drowned in its sins, no matter how far it is from the Book of its Lord The Almighty, and no matter how much it strays from the right path, it could always return to Allaah The Almighty in one moment, that is if it likes to return, live and even become sovereign, lead people and rise in rank and position.
No matter how far we may become from Allah the Almighty, my brothers and sisters, He Will Accept us once we return to Him; and He Will Rejoice in our return to Him.

In relation to this, it was narrated on the authority of Abdullaah ibn Masood, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, that he said that the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: Allaah Rejoices in the repentance of His slave more than a man who encamps at a place where his life is in jeopardy, but he has his riding beast carrying his food and water. He then rests his head and sleeps for a short while and wakes to find his riding beast gone. He starts looking for it and suffers from severe heat and thirst or what Allaah Wishes (him to suffer from). He then says, I will go back to my place. He returns and sleeps again, and then (getting up), he raises his head to find his riding beast standing beside him." [Al-Bukhaari]

We only have to return to Allaah, and we will witness the Battle of Ayn Jaaloot, and thousand other battles like it.
That alone is the Shareeah-approved interpretation of victory and defeat in Islam. The Muslims emerge victorious as long as they are connected with their Lord, and are defeated as long as they are far from His laws. Allaah the Almighty never Wrongs people in the least, but it is the people who always wrong themselves.