Surely the earth has accepted worse than him, but Allaah wanted you to know the sacredness of Laa ilaaha illa Allaah
From ‘Imraan Bin al-Husayn said; “Naafi‘ Bin al-Azraq and his companions came saying, ‘O ‘Imran! You are ruined!’ I said, ‘I am not ruined.’ They said, ‘But you are.’ I asked, ‘What has ruined me?’ They said, ‘Allaah said;
“And fight them until there remains no fitnah, and all of the religion is for Allaah.[ Al-Anfaal 39]’”
He said, “We fought them until we vanquished them, so that the religion was all for Allaah. If you wish, I will nararate a hadeeth that I heard from Allaah’s Messenger ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ).” They said, “You heard it for Allaah’s Messenger ( صلى الله عليه وسلم )?”He said, “Yes. I was with Allaah’s Messenger while he sent an army of Muslims to the mushrikeen. When they met them, they fought them fiercly, and were awarded the [upper-hand]. One of my relatives with a spear found a man among the mushrikeen, when he over powered him he said, ‘I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allaah, I am a Muslim!’ But he stabbed him, killing him.”
“Allaah’s Messenger came. He said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! I am ruined!’ He ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said,What is it that you have done?Saying it once or twice. So he informed him of what he did. Allaah’s Messenger ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said to him,Did you split him open so that you would know what was in his heart?He said, ‘Messenger of Allaah! If I had split open his heart then I would have known what was in his heart.’ So he ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said,So you did not accept what was said to you, while you did not know what was in his heart!”
He said, “Allaah’s Messenger ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) became quite. It was not long before he died. So we buried him. But in the morning his body was on top of the ground. They said, ‘Perhaps he was dug up by the enemy.’ So we buried him, then we ordered one of our boys to guard it. In the morning it was on the ground. So we said, ‘Maybe the boy was dozing off.’ So we buried him. Then we guarded it ourselves. In the morning it was on the ground. So we left him in some of those paths.”
[“…So we informed the Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) and he said,Surely the earth has accepted worse than him, but Allaah wanted you to know the sacredness of Laa ilaaha illa Allaah.”]
This hadeeth was recorded by Ibn Maajah in his Sunan, no. 3920, the addition comes via another chain, directly after the first narration, and both of these chains are hasan. Shaykh Muhammad Naasir ad-Deen al-Albaanee included them in his book Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah and it is graded as Hasan by Sheikh Albani (Rahimahullah).
This text is a powerful blow to the people who find it easy to label the Muslims disbelievers. And look at the circumstances under which ‘Imraan, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated it. Naafi‘ Bin al-Azraaq was the leader of a group of Khawaarij, they became known as the Azraaqee’s. They considered ‘Imraan to be ruined because he did not fight with them, killing other Muslims, and taking them captive. It was for that reason that he, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated the hadeeth mentioned, and it certainly must be applicable to the circumstances of its occurance, as well as the circumstances under which he found it suitable to apply it. And it is Allaah who is our protector.
:See Talbees Iblees by Ibn al-Jaawzee, and the translated section of it entitled “The Devils Deception”
The text from the matn of Sahih Ibn Majah with no: 3920 reads in arabic
3920 – حدثنا سويد بن سعيد حدثنا علي بن مسهر عن عاعاصم عن السميط عن عمران بن الحصين قال بعثنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في سرية فحمل رجل من المسلمين على رجل من المشركين فذكر الحديث وزاد فيه فنبذته الأرض فأخبر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وقال إن الأرض لتقبل من هو شر منه ولكن الله أحب أن يريكم تعظيم حرمة لا إله إلا الله * ( حسن ) بما قبلهصم عن السميط بن السمير عن عمران بن الحصين قال أتى نافع بن الأزرق وأصحابه فقالوا هلكت يا عمران قال ما هلكت قالوا بلى قال ما الذي أهلكني قالوا قال الله ( وقاتلوهم حتى لا تكون فتنة ويكون الدين كله لله ) قال قد قاتلناهم حتى نفيناهم فكان الدين كله لله إن شئتم حدثتكم حديثا سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قالوا وأنت سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال نعم شهدت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وقد بعث جيشا من المسلمين إلى المشركين فلما لقوهم قاتلوهم قتالا شديدا فمنحوهم أكتافهم فحمل رجل من لحمتي على رجل من المشركين بالرمح فلما غشيه قال أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله إني مسلم فطعنه فقتله فأتى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال يا رسول الله هلكت قال وما الذي صنعت مرة أو مرتين فأخبره بالذي صنع فقال له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فهلا شققت عن بطنه فعلمت ما في قلبه قال يا رسول الله لو شققت بطنه لكنت أعلم ما في قلبه قال فلا أنت قبلت ما تكلم به ولا أنت تعلم ما في قلبه قال فسكت عنه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فلم يلبث إلا يسيرا حتى مات فدفناه فأصبح على ظهر الأرض فقالوا لعل عدوا نبشه فدفناه ثم أمرنا غلماننا يحرسونه فأصبح على ظهر الأرض فقلنا لعل الغلمان نعسوا فدفناه ثم حرسناه بأنفسنا فأصبح على ظهر الأرض فألقيناه في بعض تلك الشعاب ( حسن ) بما بعده . حدثنا إسمعيل بن حفص الأيلي حدثنا حفص بن غياث عن