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The Hashemite Flag

Author : His Grace Shiekh Abdulkareem Al-Khasawneh

Date Added : 04-05-2023


The Hashemite Flag

 

 

All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

 

Displaying the flag isn`t a formality; rather, it carries significant meanings known to past and future generations. When Islam came, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) displayed flags and banners, so they were the best and the truest ever held, in addition to those held by the Hashemites after him. The Prophet (PBUH) had several flags in the sense that each clan and people had their own flag, so the Muhajirun (The converts to Islam and the Islamic Prophet Muhammad's advisors and relatives, who emigrated from Mecca to Medina, the event known in Islam as the Hijra) had their flag and so did the Ansar (The early Muslims from Medina). Nowadays, each battalion has its flag known and honored by its members. The General Command of the Jordan Armed Forces had a flag called "The Mother of War." At time of war, a flag is an encouraged Prophetic Sunnah and diversity in the forms of flags isn`t banned by Sharia. Members of a battalion gather under the flag for noble purposes to the sense that their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body. They are keen on keeping that flag sky high and compete for martyrdom in battlefields. This reflects their strength, preparedness, and combat-readiness to strike terror into the heart of their and Allah`s enemies.

 

Uniting under the flag is a good deed loved by Allah and His Messenger. Allah says {What means}:  "Truly God loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure." {As-Saf, 4}.

 

As for the color of the flag, it was narrated from Asim in the Book of Jihaad from the Hadith of Karz Ibn Usamah that the Prophet tied the red flag for Bani Saleem. Moreover, it was reported from Yazid Bin Bilal who said that he saw Ali holding a red flag on which was written "Mohammad, the Messenger of Allah."

 

Maziyadah reported that he was sitting with Allah`s Messenger and he tied the red flag for the Ansar. Ibn Omar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that when the Prophet tied a flag he would choose the white-colored and his flag was white as well and was called Alokaab (The Vulture).

 

The Hashemites are the leaders of the flag in times of peace, war, difficulty, prosperity, hardship and ease. They exert every effort possible to keep the flag of Islam raised high. Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d:

That he heard the Prophet (PBUH) on the day (of the battle) of Khaibar saying, "I will give the flag to a person at whose hands Allah will grant victory." So, the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) got up, wishing eagerly to see to whom the flag will be given, and every one of them wished to be given the flag. But the Prophet asked for `Ali. Someone informed him that he was suffering from eye-trouble. So, he ordered them to bring `Ali in front of him. Then the Prophet (PBUH) spat in his eyes and his eyes were cured immediately as if he had never any eye-trouble. `Ali said, "We will fight with them (i.e. infidels) till they become like us (i.e. Muslims)." The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Be patient, till you face them and invite them to Islam and inform them of what Allah has enjoined upon them. By Allah! If a single person embraces Islam at your hands (i.e. through you), that will be better for you than the red camels."

 

During the battle of Mootah (8 Hijri), Zayd took the Apostle's standard and was killed almost at once, the first Muslim to die for the faith on foreign soil.

 

The command of the army then passed to Jaafer ibn Abi Talib, the elder brother of Ali. He fought most gallantly and for a long time, killing so many of the enemy that their bodies were stacked like cordwood all around him. But then a Roman soldier crept up from behind, unseen, and struck a blow with his sword at his right arm, and severed it. Jaafer didn't let the banner fall, and kept pressing the enemy.

A little later, another Roman came from behind, and with a blow of his sword, cut his left arm also. The hero, still undismayed, held the banner under his chin, and kept advancing. But with both arms gone, he was unable to defend himself, and in a few moments, a third Roman approached him, and killed him with a blow of his mace on his head. After Jaafer's death, Abdullah bin Rawaha took charge of the army, and he too fell fighting against heavy odds.

 

In the vicinity of late King Husseni`s Mosque (On the 22nd of Sha`ban, 1436 H; corresponding to 9, June, 2015), with determination and following the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH),  the Hashemite banner-holding Chapter Al-Fatehah and the testimonies of faith was handed to the Arab Army with pride and glory. 

 

This is the practice of the Hashemites. They inherited banners generation after generation indicating that they have devoted themselves to please Allah and confirming their role in spreading the Message of true Islam and custodianship over Muslim and Christian sanctities.

 

In addition, it is the right of Jordanians to take pride in the Hashemite flag embellished with chapter al-Fatehah and the testimonies of faith, held by His Majesty King Abdullah II, and handed to the Arab Army. This is in order for to continue their role in maintaining peace and stability and protecting borders against enemies for they are the shield of the Ummah and the fortress of the country.

 

All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds.

 

 

 

 

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