بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِنْ نَسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ ۖ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۚ أَنْتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
“Allah burdens not any soul beyond its capacity. It shall have the reward it earns, and it shall get the punishment it incurs. Our Lord, do not punish us, if we forget or fall into error; and our Lord, lay not on us a responsibility as Thou didst lay upon those before us. Our Lord, burden us not with what we have not the strength to bear; and efface our sins, and grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us; Thou art our Master; so help us Thou against the disbelieving people.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 287)
Wasted and separated from whatever we love is painful. Either family, friends, career, or possessions; when all gone our unseen will be weighed down by the inherent memories. How many people condemn the bad luck that happened to him? and not a few who lamented without stopping thus decided to end his or her life. Honestly, it’s natural to remember that human beings are hasty and easy to complain. However, keep in mind that Allah will not burden us with what we can not bear.
Let’s go back to the year 132 Hijriyah (750 AD) time when the Umayyad Dynasty was overthrown by the forces from east which later known as the Abbasid Dynasty.
A young man in his 20s was shocked by his child cry. After being tackled, the 4-year-old boy told what he saw outside. The Abbasid black banner fluttered around their residence, and when the father peeped out the black banners not only fluttered in the yard of their house but across the village.
The young man – Abdurrahman bin Muawiyah – immediately took his 13-year-old brother then ran away. His wife, children and other relatives were abandoned because the he knew that the Abbasids would not harm them. What they seek is only the original descendant of Umayyad clan, who is considered as rival which have to be wiped out. Since the incident in the village up to the next six years, Abdurrahman will undergo an extraordinary adventure that almost resembles a fairy tale.
On the banks of the Euphrates river the two brothers swim while the pursuers can not keep up. To lure them, the pursuer give amnesty if the brothers are willing to return. The younger brother was tempted but Abdurrahman kept trying to convince him that it was all a trick. Qoddarullah (by the grace of God) the younger sister decided to pull over. Alas, rather than amnesty he rewarded by stabbing sword. Abdurrahman watched with his wn eyes how his brother was killed.
Abdurrahman plans to flee to Nafzah tribe in the western part of North Africa. Not an easy matter to travel from the Syrian-Iraqi border to where his mother’s family is located because everywhere Abbasid forces and spies roaming arund. It took six years to pass through Sham (now Syiria), Egypt, Libya, and Qairuan (now part of Tunisia); and he done it underground. Upon arriving in the region of the Nafzah, Abdurrahman have to faced another danger coming from the khawarij people. The group are composed of individual who so easy to shed the blood of fellow Muslims and rebelled against any ruler who unfit to them. Indeed there is specific reason why they hate The Umayyad so. Because since the time of Muawwiyah bin Abi Sufyan, this dynasty constantly in carrying out the apostle’s order to fight those people (khawarij).
Nowhere to be found in North Africa, Abdurrahman is warmly welcomed by Andalusians (now Spain & Portugal) who are mostly assisted by the Umayyad. In this place Allah show His compassion towards the servants of Him. After being released from the Visigoth tyranny, many of the Andalusian natives converted to Islam voluntarily. They even made it into France before stopped by Karel Martel in the Battle of Poitiers. Since the defeat the Muslims are often trapped in internal conflicts that cause loss of stability and security throughout the country.
Allah predicted the inclusion of Abdurrahman to Andalusia as a way out for both sides. For Abdurrahman, this is the land where he and the remaining families of the Umayyads can live safely. And for the people of Andalusia, the presence of the leader of the Umayyad was a strong reason for disciplining this chaotic country.
From the time he first set foot in Andalusia until his death 34 years later, Andalusia again became an Islamic power in Europe after dark years. This is the fate attached to the man with the title Ad-Dakhil or “He who entering (the Andalusian country).”
That’s the way of life. Both what happened to Abdurrahman Ad-Dakhil and all of us; happiness and sorrow are the things we have to face and accept with great patience and gratitude. Cursing fate will not change anything, it may actually bring the wrath of God. It would be nice if we bow ourselves before Allah and beg for His help. To Him alone we seek refuge and only Him is able to grant the request of the servants.