Revisiting the Mountain of Uhud and Learning from A Tale of ‘Failure’. Our pilgrims are so grateful and excited to be in Mecca and Medina! Now, how about a heart-sobering visit to the historic spots of Islamic heritage?
Among the place worth visiting while reflecting on the history of ar-Rasul is the mountain of Uhud. There, a tough battle in the history of Islam was fought giving us a mountain-load of lessons for us to reflect on:
1. Yet Another Reference of Losing.
Allah meant for the messengers to be among the humans, not the angels. Humans are imperfect, as is the effort of Da’wah conducted by them.
The Da’wah of ar-Rasul wasn’t perfect and easy. The outcome from the battle of Uhud was an example of ‘failure’ in the history of the Ummah.
Why did it occur? Rhetorically, so that we, the Daies, can learn about doing Da’wah in a realistic way. Ar-Rasul is a human being with all his human side, and so are we, the Daies, and our Mad’u.
Yet, we recognise ar-Rasul as our role model (Uswah Hasanah). Therefore, we can learn the humane part of ar-Rasul and his Da’wah. For instance, we can learn from the emotional grief of losing beloved family members, and from being rejected by the Ta’if people.
Other instances we can learn from such things as recognising the societal status in Da’wah like with Abu Sufyan during the opening of Mecca, the disagreement of Sahabah with ar-Rasul during a discussion prior to the battle of Badr, and so on. Even a part of Zakat is meant to actually attract people to Islam, hence the recognition of dealing with the worldly desire of humans for material needs!
2. Yes, Da’wah Could Be Destroyed by Our Own Greed – Even Today.
The Sahabah did give their all. But some of them were tested with the love for worldly rewards. The spoil of war was piling up, and they were tempted by it. They went against ar-Rasul’s order to retain their position no matter what happened.
So, what can we learn here? That Allah tested humans with worldly lust. And that includes us, the Daies, as well. Often we are distracted by our own desires. Some of us ride on the Da’wah bandwagon for our own personal gain, for our image, status and legacy to impress and influence people.
Aren’t we the ones causing deadly chaos in the middle of our ‘battle’ of Da’wah?
3. Win Without Boasting. Lose Without Quitting.
Allah granted victory to the Ummah during the battle of Badr, so we would learn that being ahead should never justify the arrogance. Victory demands more gratitude to Allah. Victory means greater challenges are awaiting. Victory neither equates to the chase of glory, nor to the quarrel for positions.
By contrast, Allah tested the Ummah with the loss in Uhud. What can we learn from this loss? For sure, no matter the outcome, we will not quit this movement of Da’wah. But we shall sincerely learn from our mistakes and ask for forgiveness from Allah.
And — ironically — never be arrogant by blackmailing people with the rewards in the Hereafter despite the loss, when it could be ourselves and our own misconduct which are the root cause of the loss.