Power Of Astagfirullah

Once Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra) was travelling to some place. On his way, he arrived at some town, at midnight. He was travelling all alone so he decided to have some rest at that place and continue forward in the morning. To spend the night, he decided to take shelter in a masjid. So, he went inside the masjid and began to rest; soon, some guard came and asked him to vacate the ‘House of God’. The guard didn’t know whom he was addressing though Imam was a greatly revered scholar at that time but since there was no technological outburst as of today, so mostly people knew great men only by their name and not by their face.

Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra), politely replied to him that he was only seeking refuge for the night and that this was a masjid. The guard didn’t budge, so, Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra) went out of the masjid and decided to sleep at the doorway. This irked the guard and he dragged the imam onto the road. Across the street, there was a baker who was getting the dough ready for the next morning, while doing so he was watching all that was happening on the other side. He saw this person being dragged, and because of Imam’s humbleness and his character while dealing with the disrespect and also because Imam appeared to be a man of knowledge, the baker invited this old person into his shop and allowed him to take some rest there.

 

While preparing the dough, this baker was continuously reciting Astagfirullah. Imam noticed this, and asked this baker if he has experienced some barakah out of this continuous Istagfaar. The baker replied that all of his duas have been granted to him because of the barakah of Istagfaar except one! Imam curiously asked which one? Baker replied that he had made a dua to meet the scholar of the time Hazrat Imam Hambal (ra) and so far that dua hasn’t been granted to him.

Hearing this, Imam understood the Allah’s plan of making him leave for an impromptu visit without anyone to accompany him, arriving in the town past midnight, being dragged out of the ‘House of God’ and being invited into the ‘House of baker’ just to answer that Baker’s dua of meeting the Imam!

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.

Who Is Muhammad (pbuh)

Once a Bedouin came to our Prophet pbuh with some questions regarding Islam while Prophet pbuh was in Masjid-e-Nabvi, which also happened to be his home. After getting the answers and being satisfied; he, Bedouin, got up and began to leave. He went to a spot inside the masjid and urinated there, not to display contempt but because of his wonts of Bedouin life. Sahaba got infuriated and went to harm him, Prophet pbuh asked them to holdback. When Bedouin was finished Prophet pbuh went to clean that spot and told him about the reverence of Masjid!

When our Prophet pbuh was fighting in Uhad and due to disobedience of few Muslim Allah took away his help, Prophet pbuh was cornered and was being attacked from all sides. One disbeliever threw a stone at the Prophet pbuh, all the Sahaba were looking out for arrows and spears
so this stone went unnoticed. The stone hit the Prophet’s face and left him bleeding. The impact of the hit was such that Prophet pbuh fell on his back, there was a ditch and Prophet pbuh fell into that, Prophet’s neck fell on the edge of the ditch and he became unconscious. There was a great chaos as Sahaba thought that Prophet pbuh had passed away. After a while, Prophet pbuh regained his composure and got up to make a Dua. Sahaba thought that this is it, this is the end of these disbelievers.

The Prophet pbuh said, “Ya Allah guide these people they don’t know who I am!”

When our Prophet pbuh went to Taif, he was ridiculed there. Children were set after him, throwing stones at him, abusing him. Prophet pbuh was accompanied by Hazrat Zaid ra, who tried his best to shield the Prophet pbuh but, still, many stones hit the Prophet. Some stones hit him at the ankles and he started to bleed, he bled so much that his slippers reeked of blood. Prophet pbuh fell unconscious and was picked up by Hazrat Zaid ra who ran carrying the Prophet pbuh on his shoulders and entered an orchard nearby for shelter. The Orchard belonged to Utbah, a staunch enemy of islam.

He was shaken by seeing what people of Taif had done to the Prophet pbuh. He sent his slave with grapes to the Prophet pbuh. The slave, while serving the grapes to Prophet pbuh, heard him say “Bismillah,” He said to Prophet that people of this region don’t use this word how come you say it? The Prophet pbuh asked him, “Where have you come from?” Slave replied, “Ninvah,” Prophet pbuh said, “The place of my brother Younis a.s?” The slave was shocked and asked him how he knew about Younis a.s? Prophet pbuh replied that he (Younis a.s) too was a Prophet like himself. The Slave at once proclaimed Shahadah. Hearing Shahadah from the slave made Prophet pbuh forget all his pain and sufferings and brought a smile to his face.

This is what the Rasool of Allah did when people abused, mocked and hurt him. We belong to the glorious religion of Islam, the word Islam itself has been depended derived from Arabic word meaning PEACE. Islam only teaches to profess peace. So before blaming Islam for acts of few individuals or a group(s), first learn what Islam actually stands for, check how this religion survived, see the beautiful life of our beloved Prophet pbuh and then decide if those individuals/groups did actually act on Islam or on something not even remotely connected to Islam.

Mother

Our beloved Prophet’s father died before he was even born and when our beloved Prophet pbuh was 7 years old, his mother passed away. Both His parents were aged 25 at the time of their death.

Prophet’s mother died at a place called Abwa which is a desolated place outside Makkah. It’s stated that she, Hazrat Aamina, might have died because of a heart attack. At the time of her death, she was accompanied by Umm-e-aiman, a female servant, and the final Prophet pbuh. Before her death she called our Prophet pbuh and said, “Life is followed by death and youth by old age. I think my time has come, but I’m happy that I’ve given birth to a great personality” and thus she died. Our Prophet pbuh cried for hours upon her death. She was buried on a hillock, when Umm-e-Aiman brought Prophet down that hillock, He ran back again to the top, hugged the grave, and was heard by Umm-e-aiman saying, “My mother, you knew I didn’t have anyone in this world apart from you.”

Then Umm-e-aiman had to drag crying Muhammad ﷺ down that hillock and the Prophet kept crying till they reached Makkah.

When our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was performing Hajj, he was accompanied by some 70,000 people, they were traveling back to Madina. On their way back, they had to stop at Abwa town where all the arrangements were made for the night’s stay. But Prophet pbuh took a detour towards his mother’s grave. Upon reaching there, He sat down and put his head on his arms and began to cry, so much so that his beard was soaked in his tears.

Describing his affection for his mother and the stature of mother in Islam, Prophet pbuh said, “If I would have started praying Isha and be reciting Surah Fatiha, and my mother calls from home saying ‘Ya Muhammad ﷺ’ Indeed, I would have responded to her! “

HUDHUD

Hazrat Sulaiman a.s, a king of his time, had this unique ability of communicating with the animals, birds, djinns etc. Once hazrat sulaiman a.s was travelling along with his caravan, which consisted of all sorts of living beings mentioned above, he sent HUDHUD, a bird (hoopoe), to locate a place for them where they can rest for the night. HUDHUD was sent quite earlyin the morning and was expected to be back by the dusk.

Hazrat Sulaiman a.s was waiting for the HUDHUD’s arrival but with each passing minute he got angry at such indolent behaviour of his scout.
Hazrat Sulaiman a.s sent falcons to inform him about HUDHUD’s arrival but they too returned without any confirmation. Hazrat Sulaiman a.s, now, pledged to kill the HUDHUD upon his arrival as he (HUDHUD) had surely disobeyed the king.

Suddenly, a falcon announced HUDHUD’s arrival. HUDHUD came and dived directly at Hazrat Sulaiman’s feet, and appeared as if dead.  HUDHUD spread his wings over the ground and had made a gesture of apology. Hazrat Sulaiman a.s smiled and forgave him for his delay but asked him about the reason of delay.  HUDHUD replied, “Today, I saw a strange thing. I saw a qoum which was headed by a woman, the quom whose single man was as powerful as our whole quom put together. A single man from their tribe can kill us all, but they are so ignorant that they are praying to Sun! How can they kneel before Sun? Why don’t they glorify the truth? Don’t they know about Allah?”

Hazrat Sulaiman a.s replied that if you’re telling me the truth then take this letter and give it to her so that we all may be guided.
{Further, you can check Surah Naml}

Islamic Facts

* It is said that the Qoum-e-Saba (The Tribe of Saba) was the most powerful tribe that was ever created by Allah swt.  A single human of that tribe was equivalent to 100s of ours in strength. This was the reason that after receiving the letter they decided to fight but were dissuaded by Hazrat Bilquis in one of the most brilliant arguments ever given against a war.

*There are 114 ‘Bismillah…’ in the quran, the one omitted in the Surah Taubah is compensated by the “Bismillah…’ written by Hazrat Sulaiman a.s in the start of letter to Hazrat Bilquis quoted by quran

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.

All For Knowledge

Once Hazrat Musa a.s asked Allah, “Is there anyone more knowledgeable than me?” To Hazrat Musa a.s’ surprise, Allah said, “Yes!”
Hazrat Musa a.s inquired about the person and came to know that his name is ‘Khazir’. Hazrat Musa a.s asked Allah to let Hazrat Khazir be his teacher so that he (Hazrat Musa a.s) might gain some knowledge. Allah permitted him, and told him to take a fried fish along with him and travel by a boat to some place. The place where this fish would comeback to life, would be the place where Hazrat Khazir can be found.

So as it happened, Hazrat Musa a.s setout in a boat along with a subordinate. After travelling for a while Hazrat Musa a.s asked his subordinate to remind him the place where this fish would resurrect. Hazrat Musa a.s felt asleep and after moving for a day or so, they reached a place where this fish jumped into the water. This subordinate had decided to let Hazrat Musa a.s know but seeing him in a state of rest, he thought to tell it afterwards.

After travelling further, they reached to some place and decided to anchor the boat. Hazrat Musa a.s got off the boat and started to explore the place. Both of them were hungry and decided to eat the fish they were carrying, soon it dawned upon them that the fish was meant to be a compass rather than the food.

So, Hazrat Musa a.s asked his subordinate to bring that fish.

Subordinate: “Master, the fish got resurrected and went into the water.”

Hazrat Musa a.s: “Then, why didn’t you inform me?”

Sub: “I decided to inform you after you had rested but Shaitan made me forget.”

Irked by such response, Hazrat Musa a.s decided to traceback their footsteps to the place his subordinate mentioned. They decided to move along the shore as mentioned by the subordinate. After traveling for some more distance on foot, they saw a man sleeping under a tree.

Both of them were hungry and tired, and hoped to get some food from this man. At this point, the subordinate recollected that this is the same place where the fish had resurrected. He soon informed Hazrat Musa a.s who now approached this man and said, “Asalamualaikum”
Hazrat Khazir with his arm over his face replied, “What do you want?!”

Hazrat Musa a.s expected to hear more soft and peaceful words in return but since this man was to be his teacher he explained his visit.

Hazrat Khazir, in a harsh tone, replied, “Yes, I know who you’re and what business you’ve here but why are you late?”

Despite being a short tempered person, hungry for whole day while traveling, and the prophet of his time; Hazrat Musa a.s asked for forgiveness from his teacher and Fan’talaqaa” (Both of them decided to move forward).

Rest is mentioned in Quran, Surah Kahf.

Royal debt

When Hazrat Yousuf a.s was appointed by the king to distribute the grains among his people during the time of 7 year draught, a young boy came to him for the grains. After getting the grains from the workers, this boy asked for more so the workers gave him more according to his request. Despite receiving much more amount of grains than he deserved, this boy kept asking for more. The workers led him to their supervisor and at last he was taken to Hazrat Yousuf a.s himself.

Hazrat Yousuf a.s asked him about his query, and at last gave him a sack of grains.

The boy replied, “If I tell you who I am, you will give me much more than a few bags of grains.”

Surprised, Hazrat Yousuf a.s asked, “Who are you?”

The boy replied, “I’m that same boy whose hypothesis acquitted you of the charges levied against you by Zulailkha.” Hearing this Hazrat Yousuf a.s embraced that boy, welcomed him as his guest, made him to stay at his palace; and after few days of royal treatment, he returned with a ‘caravan’ of grains back to his place.

When kings are indebted, they pay you with more than you expect. Imagine, how Allah will pay to those whom he says, He is indebted to!

Repent, it’s never too late

In Bani Israel, there lived a man named Kif’l. Kif’l was one of the richest and licentious people of Bani Israel,full of carnal desires. And these desires used to make him sought new preys every night. It’s said that he used to pay 60 dinars every night for a virgin! 60 dinars of that time are roughly more than $1million of this era! $1 million every night just to satisfy his lust!

As it happened, one night, while going to his room to commit adultery, the girl who had been purchased was crying. Kif’l asked her, “Why are you crying? I didn’t bring you here against your will.” The girl replied, “I’m not into this profession, would never have been, had it not been the pangs of Hunger that drove me here” Kif’l was shocked, the guy was alien to the word ‘Hunger’. “I’m an orphan” she continued, “I have an old mother and young siblings to take care of. After my father’s death we have lived in penury. Nobody ever cared to lend a helping hand, there is no income, we are starving, I had to do this to prevent us dying of hunger”. After listening to her Kif’l had tears in his eyes and said to her, “Sister, take this money, take care of your family, leave as you came. May Allah be merciful at your tears and forgive me. Sister, pray for my forgiveness.” Kif’l didn’t know what would happen to him the very next moment. Before the girl reached her home, Kif’l had already died.

Nobody prepared for his funeral because of his promiscuous nature. He was literally left to rot. BUT, next morning his door had a writing in noor ‘Indeed WE have forgiven Kif’l of his all past sins!!!’

The main lesson to learn from this anecdote is that ‘it’s never too late to repent’ and another important lesson is that if we as Muslims would take care of our less privileged brothers and sisters, no girl would be pushed to turn to Kif’l!