Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that:

When Allah’s Apostle (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) distributed some grants to [the people of] Quraish and [among some] other Arab tribes, the Ansar did not receive anything from it, so they [were disappointed] and felt saddened [because of this].

Some words started to go around about that, till one of them said: By Allah, the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) has met his people (i.e. he has reconciled with them and forgotten about us).

Saad ibn ‘Ubada (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Messenger of Allah and said: O Allah’s Apostle, this group from among the Ansar are [feeling] sad within themselves about what you have done with the spoils which you have acquired, where you divided for your people (i.e. the tribe of Quraish) and gave great grants to numerous Arab tribes, but did not give anything for this group of the Ansar.

The Prophet said: And how do you feel about this, O Saad?

He said: O Allah’s Apostle, I am just one of them.

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: So gather for me your people in this place.

So Saad left, and gathered the Ansar in that place. Some of the Muhajirun came and he allowed them to enter, and others came after them but he didn’t allow them. When they were assembled, Saad went to the Messenger of Allah and said: Those people of Al-Ansar have assembled for you.

So Allah’s Apostle came to them.

He praised Allah and glorified Him duly, then he said:

O people of the Ansar, what have I heard about you, and about the sadness you felt among yourselves [for not receiving a share of the spoils]?

Didn’t I come to you and you were astray then Allah guided you, and you were poor and Allah enriched you, and you were enemies to one another but Allah joined your hearts together?

They said: Yes, and Allah and His Messenger are more in their favours and better.

Then he said:

Do you not reply back to me, O people of the Ansar?

They said: And by what can we answer you O Allah’s Apostle, and truly the Allah and His Messenger and more in their bounties and better?

He (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

By Allah, if you wished you could have said, and you would have been truthful in it and would have been believed, that: You came to us accused of being a liar but we believed you, and you came to us forsaken and we supported you, and you came to us as a refugee and we sheltered you, and you came to us poor and we aided you.

Did you feel saddened, O Ansar, for a trifle of this worldly life that I used to reconcile the hearts of some people [to Islam] and entrusted you to your faith? Would it not please you, O Ansar, that the people return back to their homes with sheep and camel, and you go back to your homes with the Messenger of Allah? By He whom Muhammad’s soul is in His Hand, had it not been for the Hijra I would have been one of the Ansar, and if the people [altogether] take a way and the Ansar take another, I would take the way of the Ansar.

O Allah have mercy on the Ansar, and sons of the Ansar, and the sons of the sons of the Ansar!

[Upon hearing this] the people wept bitterly till they wet their beards, and they said: “We are pleased with the Messenger of Allah as our share and fortune”, then Allah’s Apostle went back and we left [1-3].


[1] Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Sh. Shu’ayb said: It’s chain is Hasan, Al-Haythami narrated it in Majama’ al-Zawaed, and Sh. Muqbil rated it as Hasan in as-Saheeh al-Musnad

[2] Translation edited from: http://www.nabulsi.com/en/print.php?art=11055

[3] Benefited from Sh. Abu Laila Al-Baqellany: https://www.facebook.com/ALBaQeLLany/posts/855113761249791

عن أبي سعيد الخدري . قال : لما أعطى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما أعطى من تلك العطايا ، في قريش وفي قبائل العرب ولم يكن في الأنصار منها شيء وجد هذا الحي من الأنصار في أنفسهم ؟ حتى كثرت منهم القالة حتى قال قائلهم : لقد لقي والله رسول الله قومه ، فدخل عليه سعد بن عبادة ، فقال : يا رسول الله ، إن هذا الحي من الأنصار قد وجدوا عليك في أنفسهم ، لما صنعت في هذا الفيء الذي أصبت ، قسمت في قومك ، وأعطيت عطايا عظاما في قبائل العرب ، ولم يك في هذا الحي من الأنصار منها شيء . 
قال : فأين أنت من ذلك يا سعد ؟ قال : يا رسول الله ، ما أنا إلا من قومي . قال : فاجمع لي قومك في هذه الحظيرة . قال : فخرج سعد ، فجمع الأنصار في تلك الحظيرة . قال : فجاء رجال من المهاجرين فتركهم ، فدخلوا ، وجاء آخرون فردهم . فلما اجتمعوا له أتاه سعد ، فقال : قد اجتمع لك هذا الحي من الأنصار ، فأتاهم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فحمد الله وأثنى عليه بما هو أهله ، ثم قال : يا معشر الأنصار : ما قالة ، بلغتني عنكم ، وجدة وجدتموها علي في أنفسكم ؟ ألم آتكم ضلالا فهداكم الله ، وعالة فأغناكم الله ، وأعداء فألف الله بين قلوبكم قالوا : بلى ، الله ورسوله أمن وأفضل . ثم قال : ألا تجيبونني يا معشر الأنصار ؟ قالوا : بماذا نجيبك يا رسول الله ؟ لله ولرسوله المن والفضل . قال صلى الله عليه وسلم : أما والله لو شئتم لقلتم ، فلصدقتم ولصدقتم : أتيتنا مكذبا فصدقناك ، ومخذولا فنصرناك ، وطريدا فآويناك ، وعائلا فآسيناك . أوجدتم يا معشر الأنصار في أنفسكم في لعاعة من الدنيا تألفت بها قوما ليسلموا . ووكلتكم إلى إسلامكم ، ألا ترضون يا معشر الأنصار أن يذهب الناس بالشاة والبعير ، وترجعوا برسول الله إلى رحالكم ؟ فوالذي نفس محمد بيده ، لولا الهجرة لكنت امرأ من الأنصار ، ولو سلك الناس شعبا وسلكت الأنصار شعبا ، لسلكت شعب الأنصار . اللهم ارحم الأنصار ، وأبناء الأنصار . وأبناء أبناء الأنصار . 
قال : فبكى القوم حتى أخضلوا لحاهم ، وقالوا : رضينا برسول الله قسما ، وحظا . ثم انصرف رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ، وتفرقوا!

Love of the Ansar