As we waited for adzhan, my mobile phone rang. It was my younger brother. He happened to be working somewhere close to our house and asked if he could join us for break fast. I invited him to come over and he said,
"Actually, I am already in front of your door"
Ah! That is so my brother!
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Adzhan was soon on air and we ate. I kept praying that whatever we have on the table will be sufficient for all of us. I could not afford to see disappointed faces... O Allah, help me please!
Alhamdulillah, everything went on just fine, exactly as told by my husband. Everyone was satisfied. There was ample food for everyone. I breathed a sigh of relief when it was over. After maghrib prayer, I asked my husband what made him feel so confident that no one will leave the dining table still feeling hungry. He smiled, got up, grab a book (contains the story of sahabah) and showed me a page on The Battle of Khandaq: 4th year of Hijrah, 626 AD:
At the end of the battle of Ohud when Abu Sofian was unable to hurt our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he returned to Makkah after promising that he will come back next year and will take revenge for the defeats of Badr and Ohud. This time it was not only the non-believers of Makkah who were with him. He had also taken the help of the Jews of Madinah to defeat Islam forever. The Jewish tribes of Madinah promised to help in two ways, one to send soldiers to fight in the battlefield and two to create fear among the women and children who were left in the town unprotected.
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Jabir bin Abdillah (r.a.), while digging the moat he observed that our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) looked tired and hungry. Concerned about his condition, Jabir hurriedly went back home and told his wife to cook whatever they have in the house for the Prophet. His wife immediately took out the flour and started to knead dough to make bread. Jabir slaughtered a goat and immediately cooked it.
Once ready, he went out to invite our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to eat at his house. Before he left, his wife whispered to him,
“Please do not embarrass me in front of the muslims. This is the only food we have in the house and it is not enough for everyone out there. Be sure to invite only the Prophet to our house”
Jabir nodded and went off. He met our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and invited him in secrecy with several other sahabahs to his house. To his surprise, suddenly our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stood up and called everyone to gather around him and said,
“O those who are digging the moat! Jabir has prepared us some food and drinks and invited us all to his house to eat”
Our Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then turned to Jabir and told him to go home and remind his wife not to remove the cooking pot from the stove and not to bake the bread until they arrive.
When he told his wife what the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed them to do, she almost cried,
“This is your fault! I have told you there’s not enough food for everyone!”
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Later when relating the story, Jabir (r.a.) said,
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“Masya-Allah! There were three thousand people feasting with the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), all them eat heartily and were fully satisfied. When they left, the bread dough and the mutton dish were still as much as before, as if untouched!”
[Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]