The Means of Victory
Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat
June 28, 2013 ~ Shabaan 19, 1434
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Praise be to Allah Who grants victory to whomever He wishes. I praise Him in rich and poor, and I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate, equal or match. He is the Most Gracious, and the Most Beneficent. I also bear witness that our Master Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah; that he is the Imam of messengers and the Seal of prophets. May Allah send His Salat, Peace, and Blessings onto His Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, his chaste and honourable family, and may He be pleased with his faithful and close Companions, the tabiʿīn, and those who follow them in righteousness till Judgment and Account Day!
Now then, I urge you ‒servants of Allah‒ to fear Allah, to observe His Commands, to return in repentance to Him and never disobey Him.
O Muslims! Faith, piety and purity of belief help man achieve righteousness and guidance to reach Allah’s satisfaction and His support to secure victory which He bestows upon whomever He chooses. It is a victory that brightens the faces of the faithful, elevates their status, straightens up their conditions, improves their lives, and reminds all that triumph is a gift from Allah alone, as He told us in the Holy Quran, “And there is no victory except from Allâh, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 126] It is the true victory that cannot be marred by loss or defeat; it is that divine support which Allah grants to whomever He wishes as He said, “And Allâh supports with His Victory whom He wills.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 13]
If He wills ‒as scholars of tafseer say‒ Allah can grant victory to whomever has secured the means of material power in terms of troops and weapons as is ordinarily known from the way He manages the fate of His servants. Likewise, if He wills, He grants victory to the small group the outer condition of which bespeaks impossibility of prevailing over their enemy. Quoting Talut’s soldiers who knew that they would meet their Lord, Allah says, “But those who knew with certainty that they were going to meet Allâh, said: “How often a small group overcame a mighty host by Allâh’s Leave?” And Allâh is with As-Sâbirûn (the patient).” [Surah al-Baqarah: 249]
Being few in numbers, in this example, did not preclude victory, nor did numerous numbers and overconfidence prevent His abandoning them. The same happened on the Day of Hunain when the believers pinned victory on their numerousness, but it could not replace the will of Allah and was unable to guarantee them victory. It is all in Allah’s hands.
Allah has made victory contingent on certain means towards which He guides His servants and urges them to uphold. The first and foremost of these means is true belief in Allah, the Almighty, in His oneness and in worshiping Him alone. The essence of all religion is to worship Allah alone in the way that He has prescribed to the exclusion of innovations and rites against which the Prophet ﷺ had warned.
This calls for perfect confidence in Allah, total reliance on Him, and sincere resort to Him, as well as heartfelt supplication, and inevitable need of Him as the Prophet did on the Day of Badr when the two parties confronted each other.
Muslim reported in his Saheeh that ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (Radiallahu Anhu) said: “on the Day of Badr, the Prophet ﷺ, realizing the strength of the army of the mushrikeen, which is composed of one thousand men, compared to just three hundred and nineteen of his men, faced Al-Ka’bah, raised his hands and started supplicating Allah, ‘O Allah! Fulfil your promise to me. O Allah! O Allah! Fulfill your promise to me. Should this group of Muslims perish, You will not be worshiped on earth.’ He continued his supplication with his hands raised and facing Al-Ka’bah until his cloak fell off his shoulders.”
If the believers take side with Allah by upholding His religion and obeying Him and His Messenger ﷺ and by following His commands and refraining from what He forbids, shunning disputes, observing patience and steadfastness, and remembering Allah when confronting the enemy –as He has commanded– in the Holy Quran, “O you who believe! When you meet force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allâh much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful. And obey Allâh and His Messenger, and do not dispute lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Surely, Allâh is with those who are patient.” [Surah al-Anfal: 45-46].
If the faithful heed these tenets, they may be assured of Allah’s promise for them –that His victory is near after they, like those nations who preceded them, have been subjected to close scrutiny through the divine rule of trial. Allah says, “Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allâh?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allâh is near!“ [Surah al-Baqarah: 214]
In his Saheeh, Al-Bukhari quotes Khabbab Ibn Al-Arat (Radiallahu Anhu) as saying, “We complained to Allah’s Messenger (about the persecution inflicted on us by the infidels) while he was sitting in the shade of the Ka’ba, leaning over his Burda (i.e. an outer garment like a covering sheet). We said to him, “Would you seek help for us? Would you pray Allah for us?” He ﷺ said, ‘Among the nations before you a (believing) man would be put in a ditch that was dug for him, and a saw would be put over his head and he would be cut into two pieces; yet that (torture) would not make him give up his religion. His body would be combed with iron combs that would remove his flesh from the bones and nerves, yet that would not make him abandon his religion. By Allah, this religion (i.e. Islam) will prevail till a traveler from San’a to Hadhramaut will fear none but Allah, or a wolf as regards his sheep, but you (people) are hasty.’”
These are divine promises and prophetic annunciations in which the truly faithful should trust, and should firmly believe that they are bound to take place no matter how many rounds of victory their enemies might score thanks to their weaponry, massive numbers and armaments. Such triumphs are only momentary and transient; the final victory will be accorded to the faithful whose support is an onus that Allah took upon Himself, “and (as for) the believers, it was incumbent upon Us to help (them).” [Surah ar-Room: 47]
May Allah benefit me and you with the guidance of His Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet ﷺ. I say this and ask Allah to forgive me, you and all Muslims! He is all Forgiving, all Merciful!
Praise be to Allah! We praise Him, seek His help, and repent to Him. We seek refuge in Allah from our evil deeds and sins. He whom Allah guides will not go astray; he whom Allah misguides will have no one else to guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worth of worship except Allah with no associate; I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. O Allah! Send Your Salat, Peace, and Blessing onto your Servant and Messenger Muhammad, his family and Companions.
Now then, servants of Allah, the realization by the faithful that victory is a favour from Allah, and that what is in Allah’s possession may not be attained except through obeying Him has set for them the balance of power on a premise that is entirely different from the materially-based view held by others and that exclusively stipulates the primacy of fighting power in terms of number of men and armament in the battle field.
To the pious and the faithful, though securing the means of victory (i.e. power), is indispensable, obedience and piety remain the most important factors in this regard. Confident that with their obedience they are supporting Allah and that their enemy is disobeying Him, the faithful fear their own sinning more than they do their enemy.
When victory is out of reach, or when they are defeated, the faithful have only themselves to blame, attributing this misfortune to the negligence of their duty towards Allah, to their transgressing Allah’s limits, or contradicting His commands. This is an express proof and indisputable evidence of the heartfelt faith and of tawheed (monotheism) as a canon of life, a pivot of its movement, and the spirit which boosts it and elevates its status.
Therefore, servants of Allah, fear Allah and seek His victory by obeying Him.
Send your salat and peace upon the seal of prophets as you have been ordered to in Allah’s Book, “Allâh sends His Salât on the Prophet, and also His angels. O you who believe! Send your Salât on hi, and greet him with the Islâmic way of greeting.” [Surah al-Ahzab: 56]
O Allah! Send Your Salat and Peace upon Your Servant and Messenger Muhammad ﷺ! O Allah! Be pleased with the four Caliphs: Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ;Ali, with the Prophet’s family, Companions, the tabi’in, and those who follow them righteously until the Day of Resurrection! O Allah! Be also pleased with us all, along with them, by Your forgiveness, Generosity and Bounty, O You, the Most Forgiving!
O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! Protect the unity of Your Religion! Destroy the enemies of religion and all tyrants and corrupters! Unite the hearts of Muslims, unify them, guide their leaders to righteousness and unite their word on the Truth, O You, Lord of the Worlds!
O Allah! Grant victory to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and Your truly-believing servants and those striving in your cause!
O Allah! Grant us security in our homelands! Make good our leaders and those responsible for our affairs! Support with truth our Imam and leader! Provide him with a righteous retinue and guide him to do whatever you love and accept! O You, All-Hearing of our prayers! O Allah! Guide him, his deputies and his brothers to do what is good for Islam and Muslims, for the country and for the people! O You, the One to whom people shall return on the Day of Resurrection!
O Allah! Grant us a good ending in all of our affairs and save us from the humiliation of the worldly life and the punishment of the Hereafter!
O Allah! Make better our religion which is our bond and our Dunya (life in this world) which is the source of our living, and make better our Hereafter to which we are returning, and make life for us an increase of all that is good, and death a relief from every evil!
O Allah! We beseech You to guide us to do good deeds, forsake reprehensible actions and love the needy! O Allah! We ask You to forgive us and have mercy upon us! O Allah! If You want to send an affliction on a nation, we beseech You to take our lives before your affliction is sent!
O Allah! We seek refuge in You against the cessation of Your blessing, the change in the good health you granted us, the swiftness of Your vengeance, and all manifestations of Your wrath!
O Allah! Protect us against Your enemies and ours in any way that pleases You, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Protect us against Your enemies and ours in any way that pleases You, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! We leave Your enemies and ours to You (to deal with them) and seek refuge in You from their evils!
O Allah! Grant us piety, and purify our souls! You are the best Who purifies them! O Allah! Cure our sick, have mercy on our dead, fulfill our hopes in what pleases You, and grant our last deeds good deeds!
O Allah! Protect Muslims in their homeland! O Allah! Protect them in their homeland! Protect them in Egypt, Burma, Palestine, and in Syria!
O Allah! Grant those who were killed in Syria martyrdom! O Allah! Grant those who were killed in Syria martyrdom and spare them any further suffering! O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Grant them victory! O Lord of the Worlds!
O Allah! Protect Muslims and spare them the evils of Fitnahs (trials), those of them which are apparent and those which are concealed. O Lord of the Worlds!
“They said: “Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.” [Surah al-A’raf: 23] “And of them there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!”” [Surah al-Baqarah: 201]
May Allah send His Salat and Peace on His Servant and Messenger, our Prophet, Muhammad, and on all of his family and Companions! All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!
Translated by Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.
 The Battle of Hunain was fought between the Prophet (e) and his followers against the Bedouin tribes, viz. Thaqif, Hawazin, Sa’d and Jasam who had mobilized a big army in the Valley of Hunain to attack Makkah and undo the victory of Muslims there. The Battle took place in 630 in the valley of Hunain on one of the roads leading from Makkah to Al-Ta’if. Proud of their numerousness, Muslims nearly faced a humiliating defeat at the beginning of the battle which caused havoc among their ranks. As a result, many fled and only a handful stayed with the Prophet (e). However, the battle ended in a decisive victory for the Muslims, who captured enormous spoils.
 The Battle of Badr was the first major battle fought between the Muslims and the infidels of Quraish, the most powerful tribe in Makkah. It took place at the wells of Badr, about 60 miles from Madinah to Makkah. Although the Muslims were outnumbered by the infidels 3 to 1, they won the battle, by the will of Allah, and inflicted on the Qurashis a humiliating defeat.