The Battle of Uhud was about to take place.
Sahaba Radhiyallahu anhum began preparation for this battle.
In the home of Hadhrat Amr bin Jamuh Radhiyallahu anh, preparation of for battle by his three sons were being undertaken.
Amr was an elderly person. He was physically weak. In some accounts, it has been mentioned that he was lame and his back bent.
He too, began preparing for battle. His family became extremely concerned, trying to dissuade him. They pointed out his physical vulnerabilities. They reminded him of his age. They even explained that there is a valid excuse for him to physically take part in the battle.
Amr, extremely agitated, and despondent presents himself to The Beloved Rasool of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam. He complains about the restrictions being placed upon him by his sons and family.
Rasoolullah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam, despite full knowledge of Amr’s condition, advises the sons to leave Amr be. Perhaps his martyrdom is written for him on this battle.
He goes into battle and with a son at his side he fights valiantly, giving his everything. He cried, “I want Paradise, I want Paradise!” And fought till Allah Ta’ala blessed him with Shahadat!
Today, we have many of our elderly and physically challenged men. Medically challenged. They want to return to the Masjid. They want to spend the last moments of their lives in the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
Their hearts yearn for shahadat or even a death that is under the condition that Allah Ta’ala is pleased with them.
Oh Trustee, Imam, Family Members, honestly ask your self, if our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam had to make a decision in this matter, where you are taking a mere recommendation of the Government and making it a law in your Masjid, what do you think Our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam will decide?
In the case of Amr, death was a certainty. For his family, losing their father was a certainty. It was a physical battle. Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam was well aware of the physical condition of Amr. Neither did Amr hide his disability nor did he conceal his age. Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam was well aware of Allah Ta’ala’s Laws and Concessions. He was that glorious Compassionate Being who is the Mercy unto Mankind and Creation. He was that Being who showed sympathy and kindness to even animals and birds.
Yet, Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam overrides the valid concerns of the family and granted the elderly, physically challenged Amr Radhiyallahu anh the permission to seek his Jannah!
Today, it is not the battlefield that your elderly are asking for. They want to be with you in the Masjid, side by side, so that they too can worship Allah Ta’ala in accordance to the Teachings of our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam.
You can never be Amr or his sons Radhiyallahu Radhiyallahu anhum. But his spirit can be emulated and expressed.
Just as Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam spoke on behalf of Amr to his sons, we make this plea to you as well.
Please, stop enforcing these restrictions upon our elderly and infirm. Just as how the son of Amr Radhiyallahu anh fought at his father’s side, supporting him, stand and support your elderly and infirm in their quest for Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure. Encourage them, support them, help them and open the House of Allah Ta’ala for them. If their comfort, joy and satisfaction cannot be found in the House of Allah, where else is it going to be found?
If this virus does reach them, or anyone for that matter, wouldn’t it be far superior for all to be afflicted whilst being in worship of Allah Ta’ala?
Stop throwing those numbers and data around! Stop the fear mongering. Stop making Believers fearful of death!!! Especially death in the worship of Allah Ta’ala! If you are truly a Believer, you should be the last person to be doing this kind of fear mongering! If you are a Believer, you KNOW the reality of this.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us all such Adherence to Shariah that He is pleased with us.
May Allah Ta’ala accept us all for Service to His Deen.
May Allah Ta’ala protect us from doing a disservice to Deen.
May Allah Ta’ala keep us with Imaan, take us with Imaan and Ressurect us with Imaan amongst the Ambiya, Siddeeqeen, Shuhadaa and Saliheen. Aameen