By Umm Abdullah
Salamah bin Nufayl (radiallahu anhu) said: While I was sitting with the messenger of Allah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam), a man came to him and said “ O messenger of Allah! Horses are being discarded and weapons are being laid down and some people are claiming there is no more jihad and war has just ended.” The messenger of Allah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said “ they are lying! Now fighting has just begun and a party of my ummah will fight for the sake of Allah and those who oppose them will not harm them, and Allah will deviate the hearts of some men to provide for that party from them by fighting them, and they will continue fighting until the last hour starts and good will remain on the foreheads of horses until the day of judgment and war will not end until Ya’juj and Ma’juj come out." (Sahih Bukhari)
There is another similar hadith in Sunan Nasai: Salman bin Nufayl said, “While I was sitting with Rasullah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) a man came to him and said “O messenger of Allah! Horses are being humiliated and weapons are being laid down and people are claiming there is no more jihad and war has ended. Rasullah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said “they are lying fighting has just begun, fighting has just begun. And a party of my ummah will remain fighting on the true path and Allah will deviate the hearts of some men and Allah will provide the fighters from them until the final hour starts and the promise of Allah is fulfilled. Good is on the foreheads of horses until the day of judgment, it is being revealed to me that I will be departing you soon and you will follow me while you are fighting each other and the house of the believers is in Sham(Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan)."
Al-Sindi says in his commentary on Sunan Nasai “humiliating horses" means ignoring them and their importance or not using them for combat (fighting). He also comments when Rasullah says, “Now fighting has started now fighting has started.” He said “the repetition is to show the importance of the message and it means that fighting is only increasing and that Allah has just prescribed it so how can it end so soon or it means that the real fighting has just begun because so far they have just been fighting only within their territory, the land of the Arabs but now its time for them to carry the battle to further lands.
Here are the following qualities of the victorious group from the Qur’an:
Allah says about them:
"O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islâm), Allâh will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allâh, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allâh which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allâh is All Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All Knower."
1. Allah loves them
2. They love Allah
3. They are humble towards the believers (they care about them)
4. They are harsh and stern towards the kuffar
5. They fight in jihad in the path of Allah
6. They don’t fear the blame of the blamers
Qualities mentioned in the Ahadith:
1. they dont cease to exist(so they will continue)
2. it is a taaifa
3. it is an 'isaabah
4. it is an ummah
5.they are nas(a people)
6.from the prophet's ummah
7.established upon the command of Allah
8.upon the truth
9.winners(victorious) wherever they are
10.manifest over the people
11.or those who oppose them
14.will be expelled into every area
15.making low their enemies
16.They dont care about those who betray them or abandon them
17.they prefer martyrdom to victory
18.Allah will deviate the hearts by way of them,provide for them through them(to fight them;meaning if everyone becomes guided-Muslim-and there is no one on the face of the earth to fight anymore because one of the reasons jihaad is waged is to wipe out kufr so if this happens then Allah will misguide some people's hearts so this daaifa can continue with their jihaad)
19.the incitement of their leaders to fight
20.they don't care about the hatred and 'adawa of those who take them as enemies
21.they will continue until the command of Allah comes and they are on it
22.or until the day of resurrection
and much more....
May Allah make us of them. Ameen.
most of this was from the lecture Allah is preparing us for victory by Imam Anwar al Awlaki
Surah Maidah verse 54
Characteristics of the Victorious Party by Abu Qatadah