|The Leaders of Ansar on the Night of `Aqabah|
Likewise, when the Messenger of Allah took the pledge from the Ansar in the `Aqabah area, there were twelve leaders from the Ansar. There were three men from the tribe of Aws: Usayd bin Al-Hudayr, Sa`d bin Khaythamah and Rifa`ah bin `Abdul-Mundhir, or Abu Al-Haytham bin At-Tayhan. There were nine people from the tribe of Khazraj: Abu Umamah As`ad bin Zurarah, Sa`d bin Ar-Rabi`, `Abdullah bin Rawahah, Rafi` bin Malik bin Al-`Ajlan, Al-Bara' bin Ma`rur, `Ubadah bin As-Samit, Sa`d bin `Ubadah, `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Haram and Al-Mundhir bin `Umar bin Khunays. Ka`b bin Malik mentioned these men in his poem, as recorded by Ibn Ishaq.On that night, these men were the leaders or representatives of their tribes by the command of the Prophet . They gave the pledge and promise of allegiance and obedience to the Prophet on behalf of their people. Allah said,
﴿وَقَالَ اللَّهُ إِنِّى مَعَكُمْ﴾
(And Allah said, "I am with you...) with My protection, support and aid,
﴿لَئِنْ أَقَمْتُمُ الصَّلوةَ وَءَاتَيْتُمْ الزَّكَوةَ وَءَامَنتُمْ بِرُسُلِى﴾
(if you perform the Salah and give the Zakah and believe in My Messengers;) concerning what they bring you of the revelation,
(honor and assist them...) and support them on the truth,
﴿وَأَقْرَضْتُمُ اللَّهَ قَرْضاً حَسَناً﴾
(and lend to Allah a good loan...) by spending in His cause, seeking to please Him.
﴿لأُكَفِّرَنَّ عَنْكُمْ سَيِّئَـتِكُمْ﴾
(verily, I will remit your sins) and errors, I will erase them, cover them, and will not punish you for them,
﴿وَلأدْخِلَنَّكُمْ جَنَّـتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا الاٌّنْهَـرُ﴾
(and admit you to Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise).) thus, protecting you from what you fear and granting you what you seek.
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