ABú BAKR ÖIDD¥Q R.A.
This poem refers to the events preceding and in preparation of the Tabëk Expedition undertaken by the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) with thirty thousand soldiers in October 631. The background has much detail, for which some good commentary of Surah 9 or some book on Sârah of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) should be consulted. The four references in Appendix III, No. 8, No, 42,as well as No, 48, Vol. 1, pp. 511-14, 538 and No. 38, pp. 317-19, are recommended:
The event referred to is the one organized by the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) for collection of funds and war material for the expedition.
One day the Holy Prophet to his companions appealed
“All who have wealth should give some in God’s cause”
One hearing this command Umar rose in intense happiness
That day he had acquired several thousand dirhams1
He was saying to himself that certainly that day
He would excel Öiddâq by far that day
At last he brought the wealth before the Holy Prophet
Starting the action is a prelude to the necessary sacrifice
The Holy Prophet asked him, “O Umar!
To whom God’s Love is the solace of the heart!
Have you kept anything for the family?
Muslim is responsible for family’s rights”
He exclaimed “Half wealth is the son and wife’s share
The rest is made a present to the Ummah in sacrifice”
Soon after, that friend of prophethood also arrived
On whom the foundation of Love is established
That man of proved loyalty brought with him
Everything which is creditable in the world’s eye
All that right hand possessed, in cash, kind, chattel
Beautiful horses, camels, mules and donkeys
The Holy Prophet said, “You also need to care for the family”
Replied that secret-keeper of Love and Fidelity
“O you who give light to the eyes of the moon and the stars
Who was made the reason for creation of the universe 2
Lamp to the moth, flower to the nightingale is sufficient
For Öiddâq only the Prophet of God is sufficient!”
1. Dirham - This was the coin current in the Arab world at that time and even at present in some countries.
2. Allusion to the Hadith-i-Qudsi according to which God would not have created the universe if He had not intended to create the person of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).