of 1400 Years
If the Muslims today want to make religious and secular progress, they will have to revert to the era of 1400 years ago. As much as they go on adapting their methods of government and administration, worldly dealings and social life to the ways and methods of the Holy Prophet ís time, they will make progress accordingly; and as much as there is shortfall and drawback, there will be that much loss in religion and secular progress. The Muslims' progress depends upon the Book and the Sunnah. It was by acting on these that they became dominant over the world in a short time. And it was due to the same electric power that they shone in the battlefields of Badr and Qadisiah, although externally, in numbers and material resources they were far inferior to their enemies. The leader of this caravan, the Holy Prophet , and his household had to starve day in day out. It is reported by Hazrat Ayesha radiyallahu anha that members of Muhammad's household never ate barley bread to their fill continuously for two days until the Holy Prophet died.
The Holy Prophet perhaps might never have seen sifted flour; and at the time of the Battle of the Ditch he had tied stones on his stomach to suppress hunger. When such was the Master's condition, it is obvious what must have been the condition of his slaves. But Allah Most High bestowed upon him such success and good fortune that none has achieved so far nor will ever achieve.