Some Events in the Way to Khaibar
it is noteworthy that some interesting incidents featured the muslims’ march towards khaibar; of which we mention the following:
- it has been narrated on the authority of salamah bin al-akwa‘, who said: we marched upon khaibar with the messenger of allâh [pbuh]. we journeyed during the night. one of the men said to my brother ‘amir: won’t you recite to us some of your verses, ‘amir? so he began to chant his verses to urge the camels, reciting:
o allâh, if you had not guided us,
we would have neither been guided rightly nor practised charity, nor offered prayers.
we wish to lay down our lives for you; so forgive you our lapses,
and keep us steadfast when we encounter (our enemies).
bestow upon us peace and tranquility,
behold, when with a cry they called upon us to help.
the messenger of allâh [pbuh] said: "who is this driver (of the camels)?" they said: "it is ‘amir." he said: "allâh will show mercy to him." a man said: "martyrdom is reserved for him; o messenger of allâh, would that you had allowed us to benefit ourselves from his life."[sahih al-bukhari 2/603; sahih muslim 2/115] the prophet’s companions had already known that he would never invoke allâh’s mercy upon a close companion but to single him out for martyrdom.[sahih muslim 2/115]
- on their way down a valley, the muslims began to entertain allâh’s greatness: shouting at the top of their voices: "allâh is great, allâh is great, there is no god but allâh." the prophet [pbuh] asked them to lower down their voices saying: "the one you are invoking is neither absent nor deaf; he is close to you, all-hearing.[sahih al-bukhari 2/605]"
- in a spot called as-sahba’, not far from khaibar, the prophet [pbuh] observed the afternoon prayer, then he called his companions to have whatever food provisions they had. what they brought was too scanty to satisfy them all. the prophet took it by his hand and it immediately grew in quantity, so they all ate to their fill. shortly afterward, he and the others, rinsed their mouths and performed the evening prayer without ablution [sahih al-bukhari 2/603]; he did the same for the night prayer [maghazi al-waqidi p.112].