(this is a continuation of previous post)
CHARACTERISTICS OF ARABS:
Another aspect that made Arabia special was its people, Arabs. Although they had a lot of internal fighting and a lot of evil, still they had characteristics that made them, in general, better then other nations of their time. The evils they had of rape, plunder, women and wine, etc. all other societies were guilty of. All non-Muslim societies had these evils, including Romans and Sassinads. Do we presume, Romans were any less in drinking and womanizing?!
But Arabs had some characteristics that made them the best race in which to send a Prophet. Of these characteristics:
- First and foremost, purity of spirit: They were living uncultured, even uncouth in a desert. They were not effected by sophistries of the philosophers nor by superstitious or ideologies of other religions. NO. They were illiterate race which means they were still pure and simple. So they could accept the religion of Islam much easier then the other religions. They wouldn’t be that tainted, or cultural impediment.
- The Arabs were very brave, extremely courageous and they valued bravery.
- They were also generous and this was something they inherited from Ibraheem (as). (Qur’an 51:21-34)
Ibraheem (as) was the first human being to show hospitality to guest. Before him it was not something known to offer food or drink to the guests. Ibraheem was the first one to start the beautiful sunnah of being hospitable, as the Qur’an mentions it too.
So, Arabs inherited this from Ibraheem. They would go hungry themselves in order to feed their guests. It was something very well-known.
- Another good characteristic that they had was honesty. Abu Sufyan (before he converted to Islam) when he was being questioned by Heraculus about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), he could have lied because at that time he was the enemy of Prophet Muhammad and hated Islam. Yet he said, “by Allah, if I could lie I would have but I was scared that my people behind me would have accused me of being a liar so I spoke the truth.’
He was a mushrik (pagan), the people with him were mushrkeen, they all hated Islam, but their hatred could not make them fall into the sin of lying. Look at that characteristic as a mushrik.
- They were experts in horsemanship and arts of war of their time, archery, spears etc. and Muslim Ummah needed a generation like that as you know.
- They were true to their promises. Even though they were mushrkeen, if they would give their words they would keep it. The famous story of AbdulMutallib, when he was about to be killed by his tribesmen for digging up and finding the lost well of zamzam, he made du’a that if Allah gave him 10 sons, he would sacrfice one of them in front of Ka’bah for Allah. Later, he was granted 10 strong sons by Allah but even 20-30 years after making that promise, he still remembered and kept his words. He had made that promise and he was going to live up to it. [This long story will be narrated in details in later notes, inshaAllah]
- Arabs were used to rough lives. They were not spoiled by materialism and luxuries of this world. One of the greatest impediments for a person to become better or for a person to accept Islam is that he/she will have to leave the luxuries of this life.
Our own lives are prime examples, what stops us from becoming better Muslims: the enjoyment of this world!
Early sahaba (companions of the Prophet) couldn’t afford this type of hesitancy. So Allah chose them from a nation that didn’t know luxury, form a nation that lived off hunger, from a nation that would travel long distances with just one pack of dates and water. They didn’t need to be spoiled by the luxuries of this world and this is what Muslims needed at that time.
- Arabs had special language, Arabic. As far as we know all other books were revealed in Semitic languages. Hebrew, Aramaic, Seraic, Arabic, they are all sister tongue. These are all, truly, divine languages in many ways. Firstly, because Allah (swt) spoken them and secondly because Allah (swt) revealed His books in them. Torah, Zaboor, Injeel, Qur’an were all in Semitic tongues.
Whoever studies Arabic and any other language would realize the beauty and complexity of Arabic language is unparalleled.