(lndeed, Allah was pleased
with the believers when they gave their Baiy'ah [pledge] to you [O' Muhammad]
under the tree, he knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down As-Saki'nah
[calmness and tranquility] upon them, and He rewarded them with a near victory:
(Qur'an 48: l8)
This verse explains the
highest goal of the believers: achieving the pleasure of Allah. Allah's being
pleased with you is the most precious thing that you have to gain. This verse
mentions Allah's pleasure for the first generation of Muslims. ln other verses,
He mentions forgiveness and pardon for them:
(That Allah may forgive you your sins of the past and
the future...) (Qur'an 48: 2)
(Allah has forgiven the
Prophet, the Muhajiroon [Muslim emigrants who left their homes and came to Al-Madeenah
and the Ansaar (Muslims of Al-Madeenah).)
(Qur'an 9: 117)
(May Allah forgive you [O'
Muhammad]. Why did you grant them leave?) (Quran 9: 43)
Seeking Allah's pleasure,
the companions made a pledge under the tree to sacrifice their lives. Why?
Through their martyrdom, the religion grew and spread.
Allah, the Exalted, knew
that a high level of faith dwelt in their hearts. They toiled, sweated,
starved, and were tortured, but the important thing to these noble hearts was
that Allah was pleased with them.
They were separated from
their families, their wealth, and their homes only to face harsh realities of
desert travel to another land, but they cared only for Allah and His being
pleased with them.
Was the reward of these
defenders of Islam camels, goats, or money? Do you think that these things
would have the effect of soothing their hearts? Never! What soothed their
hearts was the pleasure of Allah, His forgiveness, and His eternal reward:
(And their recompense shall
be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient. Reclining therein
on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun,
nor the excessive bitter cold, [as in Paradise there is no sun and no moon]. And
the shade there of is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang
low within their reach. And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver
and cups of crystal., Crystal-clear made of silver: They will determine the
measure thereof according to their wishes.) (Qur'an 76: l2-l6)