Ways And Means

This Islamic anecdote has given me hope in dark times, it is quite soothing and contenting if you happen to be a muslim. It makes your trust in Allah more than anything and it tells you that Allah is the creator of ways and means, ways that might appear implausible to you are very much plausible in the eyes of Allah.

 

Once Hazrat Musa (as) was ill and he tried some common medications but they all proved to be useless. So while going on the mount Toor, he thought of asking Allah for some remedy. So it happened and Allah advised him to travel to such and such place and there he will find such and such plant and the cure for his ailment lies in the leaves of that plant.
After coming back from the Toor, Hazrat Musa (as) straightaway went to that place, searched for that plant and ate its leaves; and as told by Allah he got cured right there.

 

After some time passed, Hazrat Musa (as) again felt the same pain. This time he rushed to that same spot, got hold of the leaves of that plant and began to eat them; to his surprise the pain began to get worse! He ate some more and it worsened more. It developed into an excruciating pain and to know the reason, he rushed to the Mount Toor.

 

Hazrat Musa (as): “Ya Allah! I had the same pain as last time and I did the same as you told me the last time but to my surprise the pain didn’t subside rather it worsened. Why?”

Allah: “Did I tell you to have those leaves this time?”

Hazrat Musa (as): “No, but they are the same leaves that cured me last time.”

 

Allah: “It was I who cured you the last time not those leaves, they were only the means for the cure!”

 

 

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Taubah

During the period of Hazrat Basri r.a a rich person died leaving behind a large fortune to his only son. His son, who inherited the fortune, used the money for all sorts of illicit activities. All his life his mother implored him to attend the lectures of Hazrat Hassan Basri r.a so that he may return to the right path but he never heeded to her calls. After spending all of his life going against the will of Allah, he health deteriorated due to his habits. Bedridden during the fag end of his life, his mother still wanted him to visit Hazrat Hassan Basri r.a so that he may have a change of heart though at the end. The son constantly kept refusing to acknowledge his mother’s wish.

When he felt the death looming over him, he asked his mother to take him to Hazrat Hassan Basri r.a so that he may repent for his sins- he had never prayed in his life, didn’t know any Aayah, Dua that he may recite while asking for forgiveness but at this point he was too weak to get out of the bed. His mother ran to Hazrat Hassan Basri r.a and asked Hazrat to visit her son and help him to perform Taubah. At that point of time, Hazrat was teaching his students and felt it implausible to leave the class for a personal visit, so he turned the mother away. She returned back without Hassan Basri r.a and narrated her ordeal and helplessness to her son.

This had a deep impact on his heart, he now turned towards Allah and said, “Ya Allah, you are aware that I want to repent but I don’t know how to. I even asked Hassan Basri r.a to come and teach me how to but he refused to come. You can forgive me whether I know how to repent or not, whether Hassan Basri r.a is present or not. I am coming to you without any good deed, without any Salah in my name, you can forgive me. Please forgive me.”

He felt the time to be near and made a will. He asked his mother to bury him at any other place except the muslim graveyard as he feared that with the amount of the sins he has committed, the graves that would be beside him would also get punished! Further he asked his mother to tie a rope around his neck, after his death, and drag him through the town like a dog so that all of his companions who used to participate in those illicit activities with him might know what they were staring at and hopefully have a change of heart. Finally, his mother again went to Hassan Basri r.a, who had just finished the class. She asked Hazrat to lead the Jinazah of her son. Hassan Basri, against his nature, became very angry and asked the mother to return for he was not going to lead the Jinazah of a person who has never prayed a single prayer in his life.

The mother returned back, hopeless and asked the neighbours to perform the final rites as per the will and as per the norm. Soon they heard a knock at the door and when enquired who it was, the reply was, “I am Hassan (Basri)”.  The mother was surprised to see the same person at door who moments before turned her request to lead the Jinazah of her son away. When she asked about the change of thought, Hassan Basri replied, “After finishing the class I slept for a while. I had a dream where somebody told me, “Hassan, did you just refuse to lead the Jinazah of a Wali? Are you willing to lose all of your Ilm because of your ego?”  Just then I woke up and headed here.”

Mother

Alqamah ra, a sahaba from BADR was at his death bed; but he couldn’t recite the Kalimah. The matter was put before the Prophet pbuh to address. The Prophet pbuh inquired about the mother of Alqamah ra. Finally, she was called.

The Prophet pbuh asked her if she was happy with her son. The lady replied, “I’ve no complain about his religion, he’s very pious but whenever he addresses me, he does it in a very rude manner.”

The Prophet pbuh asked her to forgive Alqamah ra. She refused to do so. Prophet pbuh asked the people to bring firewood so that Alqamah ra would be burnt alive else he’d die without kalimah and would go straight to hell!
Hearing this, the mother decided to forgive her son and at that very moment Alqamah ra proclaimed the shahadah.

Alqamah was the sahaba of greatest stature, he fought in Badr! Allah has forgiven all of their sins and granted them mercy in the world itself yet still his behaviour towards his mother was the deciding factor between him being in Heaven and Hell.

Tolerance

Jahanum has got 7 divisions and the most painful among them is the bottommost division which is reserved for the Munaafiq of this Ummah; even one of the greatest enemies of Islam, Abu Jahl isn’t in it.

And among those Munaafiq, the greatest one was named Abdullah bin Ubai. His fate and emaan was known to all of the Muslims. But, he was blessed with a righteous son named Abdullah (ra).

When Ubai was at his deathbed, Abdullah (ra) came to the Prophet pbuh while the Prophet pbuh was drinking water.

Abdullah ra: Ya Rasooluallah, will you please save some of that water.

Prophet pbuh: Why? What’s it for?

Abdullah ra: I want to give that to my father and perhaps emaan will enter his heart because of that.

Prophet pbuh gladly have away the leftover water to him.

So, Abdullah ra ran to his father and offered him the water.

Ubai: What’s that?

Abdullah ra: This is the water that has touched the beloved Prophet pbuh, drink it so that Allah will bless you with emaan.

Ubai: Go away, and bring me some urine, I’ll prefer drinking that instead.

At this, Abdullah ra was infuriated, he went back to the Prophet pbuh and asked for permission to slay his own father. Listening to this, Prophet pbuh advised Abdullah ra to take care of his ailing father.

After sometime, Ubai passed away. Again Abdullah ra came to the Prophet pbuh, this time with a new request.

Abdullah ra: Ya Rasooluallah, can I get your robe?

Prophet pbuh: Why? What do you need it for?

Abdullah ra: I’ll make it the shroud for my father, and hope Allah will forgive him because of that.

Prophet pbuh gladly gave away his robe.

Finally, when the funeral procession commenced, Prophet pbuh came forward to lead the funeral prayers. Hazrat Umar ra stood before the Prophet pbuh.

Hazrat Umar ra: Ya Rasooluallah, what are you doing? He’s a Munaafiq.

Prophet pbuh: Yes, I know but I’ll still pray perhaps Allah might forgive him. And I know Allah has revealed that,  “even if you pray for them 70 times, they won’t be forgiven.” Had Allah said, “if you pray for them 70+1 times, then only I’ll forgive them.” I’d have prayed 70+1 times for them.

At last, Ubai was laid in his grave. Prophet pbuh asked him to be taken out. Now, Prophet pbuh put his saliva into the mouth of Ubai and prayed for his forgiveness.

Witnessing this event, 100 Munaafiq proclaimed Shadahh!

We inherit such a beautiful deen but are busy in issuing Fatwas against every other sect. There’s not a single sect left within Islam that hasn’t got a fatwa of kufr issued against them by some other sect. We’ve become so intolerant and self-righteous that we think that we are the custodians of Jannah. With an internet connection and YouTube Shiekh at disposal, everyone considers himself akin to a Mufti.

That guy is not going to Jannah despite him being nice and all. Why? Because, while praying, he holds his hands at his chest! Astagfirullah! And that guy surely is going to hell. Why? Because, dude, he doesn’t even hold his hands while praying! And don’t get me started on that guy who doesn’t do rafayadain (raising hands in prayer), he’s rotting in hell. Why? Go check this ‘link’!

The Prophet pbuh even hoped to find Ubai in Jannah while you don’t hope to find the guy praying next to you!

Bandit

Once Hazrat Esa (as) was going through a forest along with his companions. They reached a valley where a bandit used to plunder the caravans. The bandit saw the noor of the Prophet (as) and immediately repented. He left his past behind him and began to follow the Prophet (as). On seeing a bandit among them, one of the companions said “Huh”, which was uttered in a condescending manner.

Immediately, Allah sent Hazrat Jibreel (as) with the following message:

” O Prophet of Allah, there are two men walking behind you, ask both of them to start their life afresh. For one of them was a bandit who repented and I have forgiven him of his past and the other of them is your companions, who rebuked my servant by saying “Huh”, I’ve nullified all his good deeds of the past. They both now stand equal before me.”

This is what happened to the companion of the Prophet (as) for rebuking a bandit, imagine what will happen to us for rebuking fellow Muslims!

What A Bargain!

Once our beloved Prophet pbuh was sitting, and a man came to him.
The man said, “Ya RasoolAllah, I have a garden at some place and I wish to erect a wall around it but there’s one problem, there’s a date tree of another Muslim that stands on the proposed plan of the wall. I asked that Muslim to sell me the tree but he refuses to do so.”

The Prophet pbuh called that Muslim, (who actually was a Munafiq) and said, “If you give me that date tree, I promise you a date tree in Jannah, which is so large that under its shade you can walk for 100 years”

The Munafiq declined the offer. In the gathering, listening to this, was Hazrat Abu Dharda ra who asked Prophet pbuh about the offer if he, Abu Dharda ra bought the date tree. The Prophet pbuh replied that he, Abu Dharda ra too will get the same reward.

So, Hazrat Abu Dharda ra went to that Munafiq.

Hazrat Abu Dharda: “Please sell me that date tree.”

Munafiq: “I didn’t sell it to the Prophet pbuh, what makes you think I will sell to you?”

Hazrat: “I’m Abu Dharda. Do you know about my gardens?”

Munafiq: “Who doesn’t know about your beautiful gardens? They’re the largest and most beautiful gardens in whole Madina.”

Hazrat: “Give me that one date tree and all of my gardens belong to you!”

Hearing this, the Munafiq began to laugh. Hazrat told him how serious he was. And soon after the deal, Hazrat rushed to meet the Prophet pbuh.

Seeing Abu Dharda ra, Prophet pbuh said, “Abu Dharda I promised you just one date tree but now, I’m seeing whole of your Jannah full of date trees.”

Hearing this, Abu Dharda ra went home running. He found his wife in the garden and told her about the deal and she replied, “What a bargain!”

She had collected some dates from the garden and presented them to Abu Dharda ra.

Hazrat: “When did you pick them?”
She: “After the Salaah.”

Hazrat Abu Dharda ra threw them back into the garden and said, “The deal took place before the Salaah!”

After this, Hazrat Abu Dharda spent whole of his life in penury.