The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) prophesied, “Whatever occurred in Bani Israel will happen exactly and precisely over here.” (Faqeeh, vol. 1, p. 203, H. 609)
Like the Bani Israel before them, the Muslim nation has also made grievous errors in religion, rubbishing the ‘fabricated tradition’ attributed to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), “My nation will never gather on error.”
Over here we list just a few instances to prove our point.
1. Fleeing Hunain and Ohad, leaving the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) at the mercy of infidels
2. Laziness in battle
3. Niggardly in meeting the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.)
4. Abandoning the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) for trade or sport
Back to Top1.Fleeing Hunain and Ohad, leaving the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) at the mercy of infidels
Despite their majority and their resounding success after conquering Mecca in the 8th Hijri, when they appeared unstoppable, the Muslims fled Hunain:
“Certainly Allah helped you in many battlefields and on the day of Hunain, when your great numbers made you vain, but they availed you nothing and the earth became strait to you notwithstanding its spaciousness, then you turned back retreating.” (Surah Taubah (9): Verse 25)
Just like they fled the battlefield before in Ohad:
“When you ran off precipitately and did not wait for any one, and the Apostle was calling you from your rear, so He gave you another sorrow instead of (your) sorrow, so that you might not grieve at what had escaped you, nor (at) what befell you; and Allah is aware of what you do.” (Surah Ale Imran (3): Verse 153)
Except for Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) none remained to fight the infidels of Mecca in the battle of Ohad. It was only due to Ali (a.s.) that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was saved from certain death on that day. Put differently, had the will of the majority played out, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) would not have survived Ohad.
Back to Top2. Laziness in battle
The Muslim nation was generally weak in complying with Allah’s orders. In the matter of fighting the enemies of Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w.a.), they were always found wanting. As Allah reprimands the Muslims:
“O you who believe! What (excuse) have you that when it is said to you: Go forth in Allah’s way, you should incline heavily to earth; are you contented with this world’s life instead of the hereafter? But the provision of this world’s life compared with the hereafter is but little.
If you do not go forth, He will chastise you with a painful chastisement and bring in your place a people other than you, and you will do Him no harm; and Allah has power over all things.” (Surah Taubah (9): Verses 38-39)
Far from being pleased with the majority of Muslims, Allah the All-Knowing threatened to replace them with another nation!
Back to Top3. Niggardly in meeting the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.)
Forget the bravery of battle, a simple act of charity so as to converse privately with the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) proved too burdensome for the Muslims. Allah the Almighty points to this reality:
“O you who believe! When you consult the Apostle, then offer something in charity before your consultation; that is better for you and purer; but if you do not find, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Do you fear that you will not (be able to) give in charity before your consultation? So when you do not do it and Allah has turned to you (mercifully), then keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate and obey Allah and His Apostle; and Allah is Aware of what you do.” (Surah Mujaadilah (58): Verses 12-13)
Except for Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) no companion was willing to pay charity to meet the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). And they considered themselves companions who never left the side of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.)! There are Muslims today who pay tens of thousands for a mere glance at the shrine of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and are far superior to the companions. Another instance of the majority proving to be a disappointment.
Back to Top4. Abandoning the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) for trade or sport
Not only in trials and tribulations, the Muslims were quick to abandon the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) even otherwise. In fact, they thought nothing of leaving the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) alone while he was addressing them over a sermon. Only because the trade caravan which had just entered Medina, was more important than the Prophet’s (s.a..w.a.) sermon, according to the Muslims.
The Noble Quran has pointed to this fact:
‘And when they see merchandise or sport they break up for it, and leave you standing.’ (Surah Jomo’a (62): 11)
The most notable point is that the Muslims did all this – fled from the battlefield, abandoned the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) at mercy of infidels in Ohad and Hunain, disobeyed Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w.a.) several times in basic etiquette (raising their voices in the Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) presence) – while the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was in their midst. So one can only imagine their deviation after the passing away of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.).
We have only listed instances from the Majestic Quran; there are dozens of more incidents in the reliable Sunnah when the majority has disobeyed Allah the High and His Prophet (s.a.w.a.).
So why should it surprise anyone when you hear that except for three companions who remained faithful to the Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) successor – Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.) – all turned away from religion! They had turned away several times in the Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) presence as we have seen, so why doubt its occurrence after him (s.a.w.a.)!
Clearly based on the few examples discussed over here, none can claim that the majority of Muslims have always been on truth and the minority has been associated with misguidance. Opposite has been the case – there have always been very few Muslims willing to do the bidding of Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w.a.) while the majority have been content to pursue their selfish desires. With nothing else to show, this majority feels secure in their numbers and believes that since they are in majority, they cannot be wrong.
As we have seen from the Holy Quran this is just not true.