Whose are the treasures of heaven and earth?
In spite of all attempts by the nonbelievers, Allah, glory unto Him, had now reigned His Religion supreme and rendered the Believers victorious. This was, all along, a Divine promise given to the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- and those who followed his lead with sincerity. This truth was therefore always bound to be realized regardless of the ill-wishes its enemies. So declares the Quran:
“They are the ones who say, ‘Spend nothing on those who are with Allah’s Messenger, to the end that they may disperse (and quit Medina).’ But to Allah belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth; but the Hypocrites understand not.” (al-Munafiqun, 7)
To be sure, centuries of persistent efforts by nonbelievers to weaken the economical strength of Muslims has invariably been frustrated by Allah, glory unto Him, who has countered that by endowing His Believers with numerous blessings, as it is to Him alone the treasures of the heavens and earth belong. Mobilizing His physical and spiritual armies, the Almighty has always granted Believers with swift victories at the expense of nonbelievers, who have been subjected to overwhelming defeats.
History provides many instances of Muslims gaining supreme victories with small numbers with the help of Allah, glory unto Him. Badr, Muta, the battles of Andalus and Malazgirt are prominent examples among numerous others. It was only four-hundred cavaliers that founded the magnificent Ottoman State, which left a signature of the import of i’la-yi kalimatullah, fighting to reign the word of Allah supreme, on the entire world.
That shows that Muslim success is always parallel with and dependent upon their ikhlas, that is sincerity to Allah, glory unto Him. Loss of ikhlas is loss of strength; clutching onto ikhlas brings invincibility. When that is the case, enemies of Islam will in the end always be frustrated no matter how much they try to harm Muslims. Allah, glory unto Him, talks of this protection in the Quran:
“…But if you are constant and do right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you; for Allah encompasses round about all that they do.” (Al-i Imran, 120)
Muslim history has stood witness to countless manifestations of this ayah.
Source: An Excellent Exemplar, Osman Nuri Topbaş, Erkam Publications