The Sahaba in Light of Ayats from the Quran
Glad tidings of Jannah and absolution
So those who emigrated and were driven out of their homes, who suffered in My cause, who fight and were slain – (will most certainly blot out from them their iniquities, and admit them into gardens beneath which rivers flow. A reward from Allah; and with Allah is the best of ‘reward (Surah Aal-`Imran: 19.5)
In this ayah Allah praises the Muhajirin and gives them the glad tidings of Jannah. He informs us that in return for the persecution and hardship which they so gladly bore for His sake, and for the sacrifices which they were so eager to make, He will not only grant them admission into Jannah, but He will even condone the wrongdoings they might have been guilty of.
Look at the greatness of the Muhajirin as illustrated by this verse. Look at the fondness with which Allah mentions them and the sublime way in which He describes their privileged status in the Hereafter. Their entry into Jannah is emphatically guaranteed; and in equally emphatic language they are assured that even the iniquities they might have been guilty of will bring them no harm. Their reward will be a special one, a reward directly from Allah.
I would like to ask those who have had an opportunity to look at this ayah of the Qur’an who the Muhajirin are to whom Allah makes these promises, and to whom He gives the glad tidings of Jannah. Were the men called Abu Bakr, `Umar and `Uthman of those Muhajirin? Are the ones whom the Shi’ah speak ill of not the same ones who left their homes? Are they excluded from the promise
I will most definitely blot out from their iniquities?
Brothers! After reading this ayah, why waste your time and efforts looking for the faults of the Muhajirin? For even if you do manage to find a fault or two you may be assured that it will be of no advantage to you for as long as you accept that they were of the Muhajirin. Such faults will be of no consequence, because it is Allah Himself who announces:
Most certainly will I blot out from them their iniquities, and most certainly will I admit them into gardens beneath which rivers flow.
As-Sabiqun al Awwalun
And the early pioneers – the Muhajirin and the Ansar and those who follow them in good: Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with him. And He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein, forever. (at-Tawbah:100)
Here Allah clearly and unequivocally states His pleasure with the Muhajirin and the Ansar and those who follow their way. He also announces to them the happy tidings of Jannah. In our opinion, if anyone should ponder over this ayah and reflect upon its meaning, he would invariably come to the conclusion that the Muhajirin and the Ansar were truly virtuous and great. Who could believe anything else about them when Allah says that He is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and when He Himself describes to them the abode He has prepared for them in the Hereafter?
It is now up to the Shi`ah to think whether or not the Sahabah whom they detest were of the Muhajirin and the Ansar. If they were, then of course they are all assured entry into Jannah. And if they are not, then who are the ones spoken of in this ayah? My brothers! What does it mean to believe in the Qur’an? Does it mean one must harbour enmity towards people with whom Allah says that He is pleased? Or that you must deny that such people are Muslims whose entry into Jannah the Qur’an guarantees?