By Valeid Sheikh
Hazrat Saad Ibn Muath, a leading figure in the Ansar, had a story that exemplifies full devotion to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. His commitment would later be acknowledged by generations of muslims to come, including us today.
Saad Ibn Muadh was a muslim for only about six years. He accepted Islam at the age of 30 and died at the age of 36. It was narrated however, that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The throne of Allah has shaken at the death of Saad Ibn Muath.” (narrated by Sahih Al Bukhari) So then how is it, that someone who was part of the Ummah for only six years is so important in the history of Islam? It is not only the fact that he accepted Islam, but what he did after his conversion that sets an example for us all today.
First, Saad Ibn Muadh converted to Islam before anyone else in his clan of Banu Aws, which, as can be imagined, was a very hard task to accomplish. It was he who was the first to spread the message of Islam to his people in Medina. Imagine the challenge of becoming the first and only person to start something good and new, especially in this day and age. Islam is not about following the norm with the rest of society. It is an individualistic lifestyle that may require sacrifice, and for Saad Ibn Muadh, deviating from the norm was a small price to pay.
Secondly, what really made Saad Ibn Muadh noticeable in his years of Islam, was his undying devotion, and his persistence. He was a young and passionate human being who believed that Islam was not just a religion but also a lifestyle that required focus, sacrifice, and love. He participated in numerous battles alongside the Prophet and his companions, and commandeered daring military campaigns for the sake of Islam. He willingly participated in the battle of Badr, the battle of Uhud, and the battle of the Trench. Even until his dying breath, Saad Ibn Muadh still had thoughts and desires which were focused on spreading the message. This is something Muslims need to take into account. His persistence is something that should be looked up to and strived towards. Sometimes, one can be tempted to neglect duties and tasks. But as muslims, the question to ask oneself is: “If someone who was a muslim for only six years was able to commit his whole time for the service of Allah, shouldn’t I be able to do the same?” For the vast majority that is born Muslim, Islam should be a big part of one’s life. But how much time do we actually spend on it compared to our other daily and secular activities? In this era of technology, it is understandable that we focus on things other than Islam, but that does not mean that we forget about it or leave it off for another time. Remember, to Saad Ibn Muadh, Islam was a way of life, not a small, daily activity. It may be impossible to devote our whole time only to Islamic duties, but despite this, one should still do all that is in their power to please Allah and follow His messenger.
Saad Ibn Muadh, after the Battle of the Trench and the surrender of Banu Qurayza, died fairly young due to his wounds that he succumbed to from earlier battles and campaigns. However, his life was fulfilled and he used his time to the best of his ability. In six years, he achieved more than what most people would still not be able to, even if they had a full lifetime. He is one of many excellent examples of how we as muslims should live our lives: through devotion and commitment.
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