Hadhrat Abu Ayoob Ansaari Radhiyallahu Anhu narrates they were all in Medina when Rasulullah ﷺ said,

I have been informed that the trade caravan of Abu Sufyaan is arriving (from Shaam with plenty of wealth). Do you to want to march to the caravan so that Allah should perhaps give you plenty of booty?

When the Noble Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum agreed, Rasulullah ﷺ marched out of Medina Munawarah with them. After marching a day or two, Rasulullah ﷺ said to the Courageous Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum,

The Quraysh have received intelligence about us (and have prepared an army to fight us), so what do you say (about fighting them)?”

The Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum said, “By Allah! We do not have the strength to fight them because we intended on taking only the caravan”

Rasulullah ﷺ repeated,

What do you say about fighting them?

When the Sahabah Radhiyallahu Anhum gave the same response, Hadhrat Miqdaad bin Aswad Radhiyallahu Anhu stood up and said, “In the case, O Rasulullah ﷺ (if we have to fight them), we shall not say to you what the people of Moosa Alaihis Salaam said to him when they said:

You and your Rabb both go ahead and fight. We shall remain sitting here

Surah Maa’idah, verse 24

Hadhrat Abu Ayyoob Ansaari Radhiyallahu Anhu says, “We Ansaar wished that we had said what Hadhrat Miqdaad Radhiyallahu Anhu had said. This would have been more beloved to us than having an abundance of wealth.”

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