What is uhud? What happened in uhud? Who said we loved uhud and uhud loves us?
Uhud occupied a special place in the heart of the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace-. Throughout his remaining years, he frequently visited both Uhud and the martyrs buried there, commenting, from time to time:
“We love Uhud and Uhud loves us!” (Bukhari, Jihad, 71; Muslim, Hajj, 504)
Consecrated with these words of compliment by the Noble Messenger -upon him blessings and peace-, soaked up with the Prophet’s -upon him blessings and peace- love, Uhud, the haven of martyrs, has gained prominence as a generous and vivid exhibition of the memories of the Battle, for the entire ummah to come until the Final Hour.
It was because of a wariness that Uhud might come to be regarded a place of bad luck among Muslims as a result of the Battle and perhaps to thwart feelings of enmity for Uhud before they ever developed that the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- expressed his love for the place by saying, ‘we love Uhud and Uhud loves us.’ Thanks to the grace of the Prophet’s love, Uhud has not been considered a site of defeat, but a shrine boasting in its depths the living corpses of the celebrated heroes of Uhud.
On the other hand, that Uhud recognizes and loves the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- provides clear evidence in support of the fact that the entire creation, in fact, knows and affirms his prophethood. The Noble Messenger -upon him blessings and peace- has in fact stated:
“Except for the rebellious among the jinn and humans, everything between the earth and the skies knows that I am the Messenger of Allah.” (Ahmad, III, 310)