In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful the especially Merciful, peace and salaat of Allah on the last Messenger Muhammad.
I have been having a lot of problems with my Salaat. I began to seek out a hadith I had heard of several times. The hadith is as follows:
حدثنا أبو توبة الربيع بن نافع ثنا ابن المبارك عن محمد بن إسحاق حدثني صدقة بن يسار عن عقيل بن جابر
عن جابر قال
«خرجنا مع رسول الله ￼ يعني في غزوة ذات الرقاع فأصاب رجل امرأة رجل من المشركين فحلف أن لا أنتهي حتى أهريق دما في أصحاب محمد فخرج يتبع أثر النبي ￼ فنزل النبي ￼ منزلا فقال من رجل يكلؤنا؟ فانتدب رجل من المهاجرين ورجل من الأنصار فقال ” كونا بفم الشعب ” قال فلما خرج الرجلان إلى فم الشعب اضطجع المهاجري وقام الأنصاري يصلي وأتى الرجل فلما رأى شخصه عرف أنه ربيئة للقوم فرماه بسهم فوضعه فيه فنزعه حتى رماه بثلاثة أسهم ثم ركع وسجد ثم انتبه صاحبه فلما عرف أنهم قد نذروا به هرب فلما رأى المهاجري ما بالأنصاري من الدم قال سبحان الله ألا أنبهتني أول ما رمى قال كنت في سورة أقرؤها فلم أحب أن أقطعها.»
Here is a translation:
Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah:
We proceeded in the company of the Messenger of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) for the battle of Dhat ar-Riqa. One of the Muslims killed the wife of one of the unbelievers.
He, the husband of the woman killed, took an oath saying, “I shall not rest until I kill one of the companions of Muhammad.”
He went out following the footsteps of the Prophet, peace be upon him. The Prophet, peace be upon him, encamped at a certain place.
He, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Who will keep a watch on us?”
A person from the Muhajirun (Emigrants) and another from the Ansar (Helpers) responded.
He, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said, “Go to the mouth of the mountain-pass.”
When they went to the mouth of the mountain-pass the man from the Muhajirun lay down while the man from the Ansar stood praying.
The man (enemy) came to them. When he saw the person he realised that he was the watchman of the Muslims. He shot him with an arrow and hit the target. But he (took the arrow
out and) threw it away. He (the enemy) then shot three arrows. Then he (the Muslim) bowed and prostrated and awoke his companion. When he (the enemy) perceived that they (the Muslims) had become aware of his presence, he ran away.
When the man from the Muhajirun saw the (man from the Ansar) bleeding, he asked him, “Glory be to Allah! Why did you not wake me up the first time when he shot at you?”
He replied, “I was busy reciting a chapter of the Qur’an and I did not like to leave it.”
My translation of the last sentence, with my weak Arabic, as follows:
قال كنت في سورة أقرؤها فلم أحب أن أقطعها.»
He said, “I was in a chapter reading her and I didn’t like to cut her.”
The her was the chapter. Now the origin of the word surah is still used.
Means fence or a boundary gate. So, a surah, chapter, means fence around the ideas in the Qur’aan, which is according to the Aqeedah of Ahl sunnah wa al-jamaa’ is not part of Creation.
Therefore, when one becomes immersed in there recitation of Qur’aan it takes one to a level of maqam in which they can take the
blow of two arrows.
It really is that simple. It is the ‘zone’ of American athleticism only greater. Ask those who you know who are athletes you know about the zone. They will tell you about a shift in time and space to where even their fastest opponents are moving in slow motion. Especially boxers. However, this is a phenomenon that is well known.
I pray and I ask you all to pray that we read Qur’aan and love it until we reach this level of love for it. I also pray that we can live as close to the way of the Prophet, صلوة الله عليه و سلّم, in all aspects of our lives.