Oh Murabit* in the Path of Allah, Oh Mujahid in the Path of Allah. The Most Generous commanded in His Book: ‘Oh you, who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed (Ribaat) and fear Allah that you may be successful.’
Allah made you successful, and you responded to His command, and you hastened carrying your weapon, while your lofty ambition carried you to Ribaat** in the path of Allah. Oh Murabit in the path of Allah, while you are stationed at a front from the fronts of this Ummah, you are guarding and protecting the territory of Islam. And are defending the people of Islam. Reward comes to you in succession, in any state that you are in. So how great is your reward, and how high is your rank by Allah. You have sacrificed yourself for Allah, and left with your life and wealth, you left your family and land seeking the Pleasure of your Lord. Glad tidings to you! For this is a favour from the greatest favours of Allah that He has bestowed upon you, and an ability that He has granted you. For Allah chooses for this rank the best of His creation. For none takes this position except the heroes! Your reward is not attained by the fasting person, standing in prayer. You are the best of people by the testimony of the Chosen One (SA.W), ‘The best of people is a man on the back of his horse seeking death at places where it can be expected.’
Oh Murabit in the path of Allah, you do not know when the enemy of Allah will confront you, nor do you know when the enemies of Allah will surprise you. You are steadfast in your Ribaat, the steadfastness of mountains. You are not tired by the length of the day nor are you frightened by the darkness of the night when it descends. Because Nabi (S.A.W) has said: ‘Observing Ribaat (guarding the Islamic frontier) for a day and a night is far better than the world and all that it contains.’
Your noble eyes observe what surrounds you, and you watch the areas that the enemy may creep in from. Drowsiness descends upon you, sleep interferes with you and tiredness hampers you, despite this, you do not give in to sleep, and chase the sleeplessness away from your eyes, because Nabi (S.A.W) has said: ‘Two eyes will never be touched by the Fire of Hell; an eye that weeps out of the Fear of Allah and an eye which spends the night in guarding in the cause of Allah.’
My brother, the Murabit, while you are at the moment in Ribaat, know that the favour of Allah upon you is great. You are performing Ribaat on a front of the fronts of the Religion, honour and sanctities of the Muslimeen. While others are stationed at sins and evils. You are stationed facing the enemies of Allah, while others are stationed in front of screens. Oh you who truly has been granted ability by Allah, how great is the favour of Allah upon you.
At this moment you could be killed, you shall attain a great success; you shall die as a Shaheed (Martyr), a Murabit, and the words of Rasoolullah (S.A.W) will be proven true through you, and you will succeed with the glad tidings he has given: ‘Whoever dies while he is in Ribaat, has attained martyrdom.’
Imam Ahmed (May Allah have mercy on him) said: ‘I do not find anything that equals Jihad and Ribaat. How can in not be as such, when Allah has rewarded it with that which He has not rewarded anything else.’ And for you is this glad tidings given by your beloved Muhammed (S.A.W), reported from Abi Darda (R.A), Rasoolullah (S.A.W) said: ‘Observing Ribaat for a month is far better than the fasting of a lifetime, and whoever dies while in Ribaat in the cause of Allah is saved from the Great Fright, and will be given his sustenance morning and evening in Jannah, and the reward of the Murabit carries on for him, until the Day Allah resurrects him.’
And Uthmaan ibn Affaan (R.A) reported, I heard Rasoolullah (S.A.W) saying: ‘Being in Ribaat for one day in the cause of Allah is better than one thousand days anywhere else.’
And reported from Abu Hurayra (R.A.) who said: ‘A single day of Ribaat in the Path of Allah, is more beloved to me than finding Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) in one of the two Masjids; Masjidul Haram or the Masjid of Rasoolullah (S.A.W) , and whoever performs Ribaat for a day has certainly fulfilled Ribaat.’
Glad tidings to you oh Murabit, for Rasoolullah (S.A.W) performed Ribaat as well as his Companions (R.A), and many of them after his passing (S.AW), left Makkah and Medinah and headed towards the frontlines to be perform Ribaat. Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy on him) has reported a consensus of the U’lama, that the residing of a man in the land of Ribaat, as a Murabit ,is better than his residing in Makkah, Medinah and Baytul Maqdis.
Finally oh my brother, know that you are able to combine this lofty I’badah (act of worship) with a number of great I’badah, among it;
1. Recitation of the Quraan, pondering it and memorising it. And how beautiful is the repetition of what was memorised, reciting the Book of Allah with a beautiful voice. while you are in Ribaat.
2. Searching knowledge, by reading a book, listening to a lesson or revising a Mas‘alah (issue), you spend your time adding to the reward of your Ribaat as well as an increasing your knowledge.
Allah Ta’ala says: ‘And say, ‘My Lord increase me in knowledge’.
3. Pondering the creation of Allah. You look at the creation of Allah around you and contemplate it and the greatness of its Creator and … the contemplation of an hour is better than the standing of a night in prayer.
4. Du’aa (Supplication): any time that you raise your hands and you beseech The Most Generous, Exalted in His Loftiness, seeking from his blessings, especially when you are in Ribaat at the time of acceptance (of Du’aa) such as the last third of the night, or the last hour on Friday, and Du’aa is I’badah as Rasoolullah (S.A.W) has said.
5. Performing as many Nafl prayers as Allah gives you the ability for, pray in your Ribaat Salaatul Witr, Duhaa and the Sunan Rawaatib. And you search for the virtuous times, such as the last third of the night. ‘A slave becomes nearest to his Lord when he is prostrating.’
6.Thikr (remembrance of Allah) which is a lofty I’badah. The Murabit remembers Allah in all his situations through Thikr proven from Rasoolullah (S.A.W). The tongue of a Mu’min remains wet through the remembrance of Allah, among the qualities of the Munafiqeen (Hypocrites), ‘Not remembering Allah except a little.’
7. Da’wah (inviting) to Allah. Call to the brothers among you and remind them about Allah, likewise invite all those who pass you from the general populace. Infact that is the opportunity to invite people to good, Nabi (S.A.W) has said: ‘Convey from me, even if it is one verse.’
8. Patience: patience is an I’badah that is unlike any other, it is the I’badah that Allah rewards those of this quality without account Allah says:‘Indeed the patient will be given their reward without account.’ The Murabit cannot be steadfast in his Ribaat if he has little patience.
9.Commanding with good: which should be done in a good manner.
10. Forbidding evil: which should be done without evilness.
11. Serving your brothers, and bringing happiness to them and having good dealings with them: Mua’th (R.A) reported that Nabi (S.A.W) said: ‘ Fighting is of two kinds: The one who seeks Allah’s favour, obeys the leader , gives the property he values, treats his associates gently and avoids doing mischief, will have the reward for all the time whether he is asleep or awake; but the one who fights in a boasting spirit, for the sake of display and to gain a reputation, who disobeys the leader and does mischief in the earth does not return with reward.’
Oh Murabit, know that these Nawaafil (voluntary acts) should not distract you from your Ribaat. It is safer for you to choose from these acts what is fit for your situation. If your position requires you to use your sight, then busy yourself with a Nafl act that does not distract your sight from the point of your Ribaat such as Thikr and revision of what you have memorised of the Quraan etc. If your position necessitates alot of attentiveness and listening for the movements of the enemy, then occupy yourself with acts that does not produce a sound when you perform them and the like, oh you who has been given ability.
Lastly, how beautiful is it that you are conscious of the Greatness of your Lord, and you contemplate His Kingdom, so your heart softens and your eyes fill with tears, and you cry out of fear of Him, Exalted in His Loftiness, then you have combined means of your protection and safety from the Hell-Fire. ‘Two eyes will never be touched by the Fire of Hell; an eye that weeps out of the Fear of Allah and an eye which spends the night in guarding in the cause of Allah.’
May Allah grant steadfastness to you and me.
*MURABIT: PERSON DEFENDING THE FRONTIERS OF ISLAM
**RIBAAT: THE ACT OF DEFENDING THE FRONTIERS OF ISLAM
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