The other Ansar: Companions Of Prophet Jesus
for non-Muslim readers of this article: In the Muslim understanding, all
Prophets of God and their true followers are those who have submitted
to God, and are thus considered Muslim. Furthermore, with the passage
of time, a number of beliefs and practices have been added to the original
message of Godthat has been revealed to humans through various Prophets
which have diluted the original pure message of belief in One God. This
understanding serves as a common ground for Muslims and those of other
faiths, since there is recognition of the Divine nature of other faiths).
They'll tell you about these people of this blessed city who accepted Islam and opened their homes, wealth, families, and most importantly, their hearts, to fellow Muslims in need, the Muhajirs.
Muhajirs were Muslims who had left their homes, livelihoods and in many cases, their families in the city of Makkah, for the sake of Allah and migrated to Madinah after enduring extreme suffering and hardship simply because they had chosen Islam over the polytheism of their ancestors.
The Muhajirs were homeless and more or less penniless in Madinah. They needed help.
Enter the Muslims of Madinah
These Muslims became the Ansars (helpers) of their Muhajir brothers and sisters in faith. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, instituted a system whereby one Muhajir and one Ansari were teamed up. They become brothers and sisters not just in material things, but in their hearts as well.
Allah talks about these Ansar in the Quran:
But the term Ansar is used in the Quran to describe another group of people, who lived hundreds of years before the time of Prophet, but who were also Muslims.
The Ansar of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him)
In his explanation of these two verses of the Quran, Syed Abul Ala Mawdudi notes that the word "Hawari" means almost the same thing as "Ansar" in the Islamic tradition. In the Bible, the usual terms are apostles' and disciples'. Jesus' chosen disciples were called apostles in the sense that they had been entrusted with a mission by him rather than in the sense of having been entrusted with a mission by God.
These Ansar were also Muslims
These earlier Ansar, like the later ones of the Prophet's time, submitted to the Truth: the Oneness of God and obedience to His commands, which has been the message of all Prophets from the time of the first Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) until the last one, Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. By submitting to the Truth, they were witnesses to it. Those who submit to the Truth are also called Muslims.
In fact, God describes these earlier Ansar clearly as Muslims.
As followers of the true message of Prophet Jesus, they were, as all the Prophets are, Muslims.
Seeking a strengthening of faith
The Ansar of Jesus, like thousands of individuals of the past and present, wanted proof to strengthen their belief in Allah and the message He had sent through Jesus. Their request was for food (Maidah). This word is the title of the fifth chapter of the Quran, in which this request is discussed.
Interestingly, these disciples of Prophet Jesus consider him just that: a Messenger, and the son of Mary. They never refer to him as God, or son of God. Nor do they ask him for a miracle. They know that all power is with Allah alone.
Victory without battle
The Ansar at the time of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, fought a number of battles against the disbelieving Makkans, after having endured years of severe persecution and attack. Ultimately, Allah granted them victory over their enemies and they reentered Makkah in a triumph for Truth and Justice.
The earlier Ansar were also granted victory. However, this was done with no formal war on the battlefield. God says in the Quran:
Lessons from the two Ansars
Faith in the face of difficulties
and seeking and supporting the Truth: these are characteristics of both groups
of Ansar. These committed individuals took a stand to support of One Message-the
Oneness of God and obedience to Him. They also supported the Messengers who
brought them the Truth in their times, in spite of the hostility and enmity
of their contemporaries. May Allah make our faith strong like that of these
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