The Witness (2)

Derived from

hamza mīm mīm

ummatan, ummatan, ummatan (feminine singular noun) = a community, a nation

 

Surah Al-Qasas 75

wanazaʿnā  min  kulli  ummatin  shahīdan  faqul’nā  hātū  bur’hānakum
And We will extract from every nation a witness and say, “Produce your proof”

faʿalimū    anna    l-ḥaqa   lillahi    waḍalla    ʿanhum   mā   kānū   yaftarūna
and they will know that the Truth belongs to Allah , and lost from them is that which they used to invent

 
Surah An-Nahl 84

wayawma   nabʿathu   min   kulli   ummatin   shahīdan
And [mention] the Day when We will resurrect from every nation a witness

thumma     lā yu’dhanu     lilladhīna     kafarū     walā     hum     yus’taʿtabūna
Then it will not be permitted to the disbelievers [to apologize or make excuses], nor will they be asked (to make amends, to appease Allah)

 

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“A Prophet will come accompanied by two men, and a Prophet will come accompanied by three, and (some will come) with more or less than that. It will be said to him: ‘Did you convey the message to your people?’ And he will say: ‘Yes.’ Then his people will be called and it will be said: ‘Did he convey the message to you?’ They will say: ‘No.’ Then it will be said: ‘Who will bear witness for you?’ He will say: ‘Muhammad and his nation.’ So the nation of Muhammad will be called and it will be said: ‘Did this man convey the message?’ They will say: ‘Yes.’ He will say: ‘How did you know that?’ They will say: ‘Our Prophet told us that the Messengers had conveyed the message, and we believed him.’ This is what Allah says: “Thus We have made you, a just (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad (ﷺ)) be a witness over you.’” [2:143]

English reference : Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4284
Arabic reference : Book 37, Hadith 4425

 

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Noah will be brought (before Allah) on the Day of Resurrection, and will be asked, ‘Did you convey the message of Allah?” He will reply, ‘Yes, O Lord.’ And then Noah’s nation will be asked, ‘Did he (Noah) convey Allah’s message to you?’ They will reply, ‘No warner came to us.’ Then Noah will be asked, ‘Who are your witnesses?’ He will reply. ‘(My witnesses are) Muhammad and his followers.’ Thereupon you (Muslims) will be brought and you will bear witness.” Then the Prophet (ﷺ) recited: ‘And thus We have made of you (Muslims) a just and the best nation, that you might be witness over the nations, and the Apostle a witness over you.’ (2.143)

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 7349
In-book reference : Book 96, Hadith 77
English reference : Vol. 9, Book 92, Hadith 448

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