بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

( 6 ) O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.  (Hujurat)


حدثنا أبو كُريب, قال: ثنا جعفر بن عون, عن موسى بن عبيدة, عن ثابت موْلى أمّ سلمة, عن أمّ سلمة, قالت: " بعث رسول الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلّ رجلا في صدقات بني المصطلق بعد الوقعة, فسمع بذلك القوم, فتلقوه يعظمون أمر رسول الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم, قال: فحدّثه الشيطان أنهم يريدون قتله, قالت فرجع إلى رسول الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم, فقال: إن بني المصطلق قد منعوا صدقاتهم، فغضب رسول الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم والمسلمون قال: فبلغ القوم رجوعه قال: فأتوا رسول الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم فصفوا له حين صلى الظهر فقالوا: نعوذ بالله من سخط الله وسخط رسوله بعثت إلينا رجلا مصدّقا، فسررنا بذلك، وقرّت به أعيننا، ثم إنه رجع من بعض الطريق، فخشينا أن يكون ذلك غضبا من الله ومن رسوله، فلم يزالوا يكلمونه حتى جاء بلال، وأذّن بصلاة العصر; قال: ونـزلت “يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَنْ"تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِين
  

Abu Kuraib told us, he said: Jaafar bin Awn told us, on the authority of Musa bin Ubaidah, on the authority of Thabit, the freed slave of Umm Salamah, on the authority of Umm Salamah, she said: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, sent a man to get alms of Banu al-Mustaliq (the people called Bane Al-Mustaliq) after the incident. The people of Banu Al-Mustaliq heard of this order so they prepared to receive the man who the prophet sent. But Satan told him that they wanted to kill him, so he went back before he reached them and he told the prophet they refused to pay the alms. The prophet SAAWS was upset and so were the Muslims. They (Banu Al-Mustaliq) learned that man sent by the prophet returned before he reached them. So they came to the Messenger of Allah and described what actually happened to him after they prayed the noon prayer behind him. They said: We seek refuge in Allah from the wrath of Allah and the wrath of his Messenger, you sent us a man and we were happen but he returned before he reached us so we were afraid that was an anger from Allah and his Messenger. They kept talking to the messenger until Bilal came, and he authorized the prayer of the afternoon. At that time, this ayah was revealed to the prophet SAAWS. 

We should learn and apply the Quran and Sunnah of the prophet SAAWS in our lives if we want to be good Muslims. The lesson from this aya is that should verify stories we hear about brothers and sisters before we believe them, pass them around or act upon what is said. The reason for revealing this Aya is the person who was sent by the prophet misjudged the intention of the people who came out to receive him. He did not think they were delighted the prophet sent them a messenger of his; rather the Shaytan told him they intended to kill him. This incident could have turned into a war as the prophet was upset with what he heard from the man he sent and he could have gone to war with them.  But Allah showed him the truth by sending the people to him to tell their side of the incident. 

Unfortunately, it is easy to forget this very specific aya and the order from Allah to verify what we heard.  Moreover, we build judgements, make statements, spread rumors, become emotional, and take actions that we regret. This is a real violation of the Quran and Sunnah. May Allah protect us from such actions and help us seek his satisfaction. May Allah remind us to follow his orders and guidance. Ameen


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