The One, The One
This was uttered by Bilal ibn Rabah (RA) as he was tortured for believing in Allah and His Final Messenger Muhammad ﷺ.
“Ahadun Ahad” was shouted out by the Muslims at the Battle of Badr, it was the War Cry of Battle of Badr ( the Word which was repeatedly using by people in war).
“Ahadun Ahad” unites the believers and for this reason this motto holds great importance for Muslims as it is one repeated word in reference to Allah azza wa jal and upholds tawheed (means attributing Oneness to Allaah and describing Him as being One and Unique, with no partner or peer in His Essence and Attributes.).
When reflecting over these struggles I could not visualise how Bilal (RA) while being brutally tortured would shout out “Ahadun Ahad”. Thinking over a small Muslim army shouting out “Ahadun Ahad” sends chills down my spine as I try to picture the scene and all i can imagine is true believers, full of passion and love and hate for the sake of Allah. Just one word repeated, strengthened the believers of Islam and united them upon Islam. Ahadun Ahad.
Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)): “He is Allah, (the) One.” – Qur’an, Surah Al Ikhlas, verse 1
The first form of education I had that I remember about Islam’s history was sitting in front of the T.V. and watching “The Message”. That film really opened my eyes to the life of our Prophet ﷺ and the sahabah.
It showed the struggles they went through for just believing in One God.
One of the scenes that made me realise the importance of tawheed and being Muslim was the scene which attempted to show the pain and suffering of Bilal ibn Rabah (RA) at the hands of the enemies of Islam. I don’t believe they could ever truly encapsulate the pain Bilal (RA) experienced through an actor however this re-enactment did shine light on what happened. I wasn’t only left distraught by the torture and oppression Bilal (RA) faced but I was in awe at the resilience, strength and courage he displayed during the torture that was powered by repeating “Ahadun Ahad”.
Bilal ibn Rabah’s (RA) story has been emblazoned on to my heart. This story taught us about being firm, and not compromising our beliefs. Bilal stood firm in the face of tyrants whilst he was being tortured and kept repeating “Ahadun Ahad”, not only to empower himself but also to anger the tyrant that was torturing him Umayyah Ibn Khalaf. Can you imagine having such strength? Allah gives strength to the believers.
Bilal (ra) submitted to Allah, the One true God in words and action. It’s time we also live up to our words.
We have so much to learn from this as Muslims in this day and age. One of the most important lessons is that, tawheed was actualized by the sahabah and through the understanding of tawheed they were able to submit to Islam and be driven by just saying “Ahadun Ahad”.
God is One.
Echoes in the hearts of the believers.
Let’s unite with this.
May Allah SWT restore the status of the Ummah and allow us to unite upon Tawheed Ameen