The Pledge

Al-Imam Ahmed recorded that Jabir (رضى الله عنه) narrated: “We said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! To what shall we pledge?’ The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) answered: 

  1. To listen and obey in all difficulty and ease.
  2. To spend in plenty as well as in scarcity.
  3. To enjoin good and forbid evil.
  4. In Allah’s service, you will fear the censure of none.
  5. To aid me when I come to you, and protect me from anything you protect yourself, your spouses and children from.

[Al Baihaqi “Al Sunan Al-Kubra,” 9/9]

Ibn Ishaq said: “When they gathered for the pledge, Al-‘Abbas bin ‘Ubadah bin Nadlah, said: ‘Do you know the significance of the pact that you are entering into with this man? You are in fact affirming that you will fight various people. If you fear that your property will be at risk or the lives of your nobles will be in danger, then leave him now, because if you do this after the pledge, it will be degrading for you both in this world and the world to come. But if you think that you can carry out what you are called upon to do in spite of the loss of precious lives and property, then undertake this heavy responsibility, and I swear by Allah, that herein lies the good of this world and that of the next.’ They replied, ‘We have already considered the loss of property and the murder of our notables, yet we pay him allegiance. But what is our reward if we observe all the items of this pact?’ The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) replied: 

Paradise is in store for you.

[Ibn Hisham 1//446]

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