عن أبي واقد الليثي -رضي الله عنه- قال: خَرَجْنا مع رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- إلى حُنَيْنٍ ونحن حُدَثاءُ عَهْد بكُفْرٍ، وللمشركين سِدْرَةٌ يَعْكُفُون عندَها، ويَنُوطُون بها أسلحتهم، يُقَالُ لها: ذاتُ أَنْوَاطٍ، فمَرَرْنا بسِدْرَةٍ فقلنا: يا رسول الله، اجعل لنا ذاتَ أَنْوَاطٍ كما لهم ذاتُ أَنْواطٍ؛ فقال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم-: «الله أكبر، إنها السُّنَنُ! قلتم والذي نفسي بيده كما قالت بنو إسرائيل لموسى: {اجْعَلْ لَنَا إِلَهًا كَمَا لَهُمْ آلِهَةٌ قَالَ إِنَّكُمْ قَوْمٌ تَجْهَلُونَ} لتَرْكَبُنَ سُنَنَ من كان قَبْلَكم».
[صحيح.] - [رواه الترمذي وأحمد.]
المزيــد ...

Abu Wāqid al-Laythi (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: We set forth with the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) to Hunayn, when we had recently abandoned disbelief. The polytheists had a lote tree, which they took as a place for worship, and upon which they used to hang their weapons. They called it "Dhāt Anwāt". We passed by a lote tree and said: "O Messenger of Allah, make for us a 'Dhāt Anwāt' just as they have one." The Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Allah is the Greatest! These are just predictable ways! By the One in whose Hand my soul is, you have just said what the Children of Israel said to Mūsa: {'Make for us a god just as they have gods.' He said: 'Indeed, you are a people behaving ignorantly'} [Sūrat al-A‘rāf: 138]. Surely, you will follow the ways of those who were before you."
[Sahih/Authentic] - [At-Tirmidhi - Ahmad]

Explanation

Abu Wāqid al-Laythi (may Allah be pleased with him) reports an amazing and informative incident. The Companions joined the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) on a military expedition against the tribe of Hawāzin. Since they were new to Islam, they did not know that certain things were polytheistic from the perspective of Islam. Therefore, when they saw that the polytheists were seeking blessing from a tree, they asked the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) to assign them a similar tree. Their request astonished the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) so much that he said: "Allah is the Greatest." He said that by way of disapproval, glorification of Allah, and shock. He told them that they asked him something that the Children of Israel had asked of Mūsa on seeing those worshiping idols: {“Make for us a god just as they have gods." He said: "Indeed, you are a people behaving ignorantly.”} [Sūrat al-A‘rāf: 138] Here they were copying the Jews. Then the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said that the Muslim Ummah would follow the ways of the Jews and Christians, adopt their methods, and copy their deeds. By that he meant to criticize such an attitude and to warn Muslims against it.

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