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Upon returning from Hajj in the month of Dhul-Hijjah, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) remained in Al-Madinah for the rest of the month and the months of Al-Muharram and Safar of the year of 10 Hijrah. He (SAW) quickly began to mobilize a huge army, and he (SAW) appointed Usamah ibn Zaid ibn Harithah (RA) to be its leader, ordering him to lead his army to the lands of Al-Balqa and Palestine. It was around that time that the Prophet’s final illness began. It is related that the first signs of his illness appeared at the end of the month of Safar. Some scholars set the exact date of the beginning of his illness as the 22nd of Safar; others believe it was the 29th; and yet others said that he first became ill at the beginning of the month of Rabi’ul Awwal.

The Prophet (SAW) said: “When one commits a sin, a black spot appears on his heart. When he refrains from it, seeks forgiveness, and repents, his heart is polished clean. But if he returns to it, it increases until it covers his heart., and this the Ran which Allah mentioned: ‘No, but on their hearts is the Ran which they earned.’” (Al-Mutaffifin: 14)

The wretched in every sense of the word are the bankrupt in the treasures of Iman and the accounts of the certainty of Iman. They are forever in misery, anger, humiliation and ignominy. Allah (SWT) said: “But whoever turns away from My Reminder, verily for him is a life of hardship.” (Taha: 124)

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