Military Expeditions led by the Prophet (PBUH) - 5

Narrated Jabir (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

We were digging (the trench) on the day of (Al-Khandaq ( i.e. Trench)) and
we came across a big solid rock. We went to the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi
Wa Sallam) and said, "Here is a rock appearing across the trench." He said,
"I am coming down." Then he got up, and a stone was tied to his belly for
we had not eaten anything for three days. So the Prophet (Sallallahu
'Alaihi Wa Sallam) took the spade and struck the big solid rock and it
became like sand. I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Allow me to go home."

(When the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) allowed me) I said to my
wife, "I saw the Prophet in a state that I cannot treat lightly. Have you
got something (for him to eat?)" She replied, "I have barley and a she
goat." So I slaughtered the she-kid and she ground the barley; then we put
the meat in the earthenware cooking pot. Then I came to the Prophet
(Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) when the dough had become soft and fermented
and (the meat in) the pot over the stone trivet had nearly been
well-cooked, and said, "I have got a little food prepared, so get up O
Allah's Apostle, you and one or two men along with you (for the food)." The
Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) asked, "How much is that food?" I
told him about it. He said, "It is abundant and good. Tell your wife not to
remove the earthenware pot from the fire and not to take out any bread from
the oven till I reach there." Then he said (to all his companions), "Get
up." So the Muhajirn (i.e. Emigrants) and the Ansar got up. When I came to
my wife, I said, "Allah's Mercy be upon you! The Prophet came along with
the Muhajirin and the Ansar and those who were present with them." She
said, "Did the Prophet ask you (how much food you had)?" I replied, "Yes."
Then the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "Enter and do not
throng." The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) started cutting the
bread (into pieces) and put the cooked meat over it. He covered the
earthenware pot and the oven whenever he took something out of them. He
would give the food to his companions and take the meat out of the pot. He
went on cutting the bread and scooping the meat (for his companions) till
they all ate their fill, and even then, some food remained. Then the
Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said (to my wife), "Eat and present
to others as the people are struck with hunger."

Bukhari Vol. 5 : No. 427


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