True life incidents: 6. Beautiful beloved

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A Tribute Inspired by the Radio Islam Random Act of Kindness Campaign, Ramadhaan 1437

There were many men who were kind to me.

But he was different.

And, sometimes “different” makes all the difference.

Her husband was home.

She immediately sensed the radiance of his presence. It wasn’t that the tiny size of her room made it obvious, but that his presence always felt brighter than the sun. Nay, it felt brighter than a thousand splendid suns.

For that is the brilliance of a Beloved.

He smiled.

“Will you pray for me?” she asked in Arabic.

“Oh Allah, forgive Ayesha for the sins she has committed in the past and for the sins she has not yet committed, and the sins she has hidden and the sins she has made public” he replied in the language of like.

She was elated. When her smile could grow no broader, he asked if his words had brought her joy.

After she confirmed her pleasure at his prayer, he said:

“By Allah, this is the supplication I make for my Ummah in every single Salaah”

His Ummah – the Ummah of the beloved Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) – the Ummah that includes you and me.

I am elated. When my smile can grow no broader, I realize no act will ever be kinder – for show me a man who will remember, those who treat him like a stranger?

I rejoice as I remember this act of kindness.

Though it was never random, it was filled with Divine Wisdom. It is human to be kind to someone in their presence, but it’s divine to be kind to someone in their absence.

There are many people who are kind to me.

But, Muhammad is different.

And his “different” makes all the difference.

Now, it’s time for me to make a difference – and all it takes is a random act of kindness.

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True life incidents: 5. Blind faith in Allah Ta’ala

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the Sahaabiyah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was a slave from Rome. She accepted imaan in the very early stages of Islam. On account of her Islam, Abu Jahal and the other disbelievers would torture and persecute her.

After accepting Islam, Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) lost her eyesight and became blind. As soon as this happened, the disbelievers began to mock and taunt her saying, “Laat and ‘Uzzaa (two idols that were worshipped by the disbelievers) have made you blind because you have rejected and disbelieved in them!”

In the face of their taunts, Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) remained resolute and declared, “Laat and ‘Uzzaa are not even aware of who their worshippers are (as they are lifeless idols, so how can they blind me?). Rather, my blindness is from Allah Ta‘ala, and He is capable of restoring my sight.”

When Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) awoke the following morning, she found that Allah Ta‘ala had restored her vision! The Quraish refused to accept that Allah Ta‘ala had cured her and thus said, “This is the black magic of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

Noticing the torture that she was suffering, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) purchased Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and set her free (as he had done with many other slaves who were tortured due to accepting Islam). (Usdul Ghaabah vol. 5, pg. 292)

Lessons:

1. Calamities and difficulties are actually tests from Allah Ta‘ala, to determine the strength of our imaan and the level of our submission to His divine decree. The imaan of Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was so strong that this test did not weaken her resolve or determination in the least.Instead, she placed her trust in Allah Ta‘ala who thereafter restored her vision.

2. Sometimes, it may happen that while a person is repenting and trying to change his life, he suddenly faces a calamity or test (e.g. he cancels his insurance policy, and shortly thereafter his car or house is destroyed). This calamity should not make him lose hope or become despondent. Rather, he should think to himself that Allah Ta‘ala is testing him in order to determine whether he was sincere in his repentance or not. If he was insincere, then at the slightest sign of adversity and difficulty, he will renege on his repentance and return to the sin.

True life incidents: 4. Narrated from my Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (peace be upon him) sometimes narrated stories of previous people to the companions.

Of course, all these stories were facts and not made up, and the Prophet didn’t narrate them for entertainment but rather to learn lessons from them that we can apply to our own lives.

Here are three stories narrated by the Prophet that have come to us through authentically reported hadiths.

Story 1

A man bought a piece of land from another man, and the buyer found a jar filled with gold in the land. The buyer said to the seller:

‘Take your gold, as I bought only the land from you and not the gold.’

The owner of the land said: ‘I sold you the land with everything in it.’

So both of them took their case before a third man who asked:

‘Have you any children?’

One of them said: ‘I have a boy.’

The other said, ‘I have a girl.’

The man said: ‘Marry the girl to the boy and spend the money on them; and whatever remains give it in charity.’ (Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Riyad al-Salihin)

Look at the goodness of both these men. It’s usual to find the opposite – people quarreling in order to take possession of wealth. Here the two men are arguing to give the other the unexpectedly found treasure-jar.

Story 2

There were two women, each had her child with her. A wolf came and took away the child of one of them. One woman said to her companion:

‘The wolf has taken your son.’

The other said: ‘It has taken your son.’

So both of them took the dispute to Prophet Dawud who judged that the boy should be given to the older lady. Then they went to Prophet Sulaiman and put the case before him. Prophet Sulaiman said:

‘Give me a knife so that I may cut the child into two and give one half to each of you.’

The younger woman said: ‘Do not do so; may Allah bless you! He is her child.’ On that Prophet Sulaiman decided the case in favor of the younger woman.’ (Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Riyad al-Salihin)

Allah had blessed Solomon with great wisdom. He found a way of finding out who the real mother of the child is. The real mother is the one who was the most upset by the thought of cutting the child in half.

Story 3

A man (from amongst the people before you) said: ‘Indeed! I will give in charity.’ So he took his charity out and placed it in a thief’s hand. In the morning the people were talking (about this incident) and saying: ‘

Charity was given to a thief last night.’

The man said: ‘O Allah! Praise be to You. I have given charity to a thief. Indeed, I will give in charity!’

So he took his charity out and he placed it in a prostitute’s hand. In the morning the people were talking (about this incident) and saying:

‘Charity was given to a prostitute last night.’ On hearing this, the man said:

‘Praise be to You, O Allah! I gave Sadaqah to a prostitute. Indeed, I will give in charity!’

So he took his charity out and placed it in a rich man’s hand. In the morning the people were talking (about this incident) and saying: ‘Charity was given to a rich man last night.’

The man said: ‘O Allah! Praise be to You (for helping me) give charity to a thief, a prostitute and a rich man.’

Then he had a dream in which he was told that his charity to the thief might result in his refraining from his theft, his charity to the prostitute might help her abstain from her immorality, and his charity to the rich man might help him pay heed and spend from what Allah had bestowed upon him. (Al- Bukhari)

Sometimes the results of our good actions end up not quite like we expected. In such circumstances we mustn’t conclude that our deeds have gone to waste, because we can never fully fathom the intricacies of Allah’s plans.

True life incidents: 3. Product of Purity

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Among the prominent rulers of Afghanistan during the 1800s was a man named Dost Muhammad Khan who passed away in 1863.

At one point during his rule, he appointed one of his sons as his successor. After some time, when an enemy force attacked his kingdom, he dispatched this very son to defend the kingdom and recover the territory that was lost to the invading forces. On the instruction of his father, the son set out with an army.

Later on, Dost Muhammad Khan received the news that his son had been defeated and had fled from the battlefield. Extremely pained, grieved and disappointed, he entered his home and addressed the boy’s mother saying, “Our son has turned out to be weak and cowardly! He has suffered defeat and is fleeing the battlefield, whereas this is the time for him to show his courage and bravery! Furthermore, I have appointed him as my successor. The people will now tell me that I have appointed a weakling and a coward as my successor. This has caused me immense grief and disappointment.”

When the boy’s mother heard this, she confidently remarked, “The news that you received is incorrect. It is not possible for my son to have been defeated.” Dost Muhammad Khan was astonished and said, “I received this information through official, authentic channels. How can you sit here, in this home, and tell me that this reliable information is incorrect?”

After a period of time had passed, Dost Muhammad Khan received the information that his son had actually won the battle and was now returning home victorious! Dost Muhammad Khan was overjoyed and rushed home to inform the boy’s mother. After telling her the news, he asked her, “Tell me, how were you able to say with such conviction and certainty, while seated within your home, that the information was incorrect?”

The mother replied, “I would not have normally revealed this to anyone. However, because you have instructed me to tell you the reason, I will do so. When I conceived and I was carrying the prince, I decided that let alone haraam food – I would not even allow a single morsel of doubtful food to pass my lips. I understood that haraam food weakens the heart, causing a believer to lose his courage, strength and bravery. I thus ensured that I ate only halaal food so that he would be blessed with bravery and strength. After taking this decision, I complied with it completely, ensuring that I only ate halaal. After the boy was born, I decided to adhere to two things. The first is that I would never suckle the child when I was in the state of impurity (needing ghusal). In fact, over and above being in a state of purity, I would also make wudhu. Furthermore, whenever I was able to, I would recite Surah Yaseen while suckling him. The second is that I continued to ensure that I consumed only halaal food so that the suckling child would not be affected by the ill effects of haraam food through the milk he drank. When he marched to combat the enemy, then on account of my adhering to these actions, I had complete conviction that he would return victorious. That is how I knew that the information which you received was incorrect.”

(Islaahi Bayaanaat – Mufti ‘Abdur Raoof Sukkharwi [hafizahullah] vol. 2, pg. 109-111)

Lessons:

1. When a person eats food, then the nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, etc., assist his body positively. Similarly, any contaminants that may exist in the food such as pesticides, chemicals, etc., affect his body negatively. In exactly the same manner, when the food is halaal, it assists his imaam in a positive manner, and when the food is haraam or contaminated with haraam, it affects his imaan in a negative manner. As a result, the food that we eat has great influence over our motivation to carry out good deeds and refrain from haraam. Hence, when the prince was a ‘product’ of piety and purity, his imaan gave him the courage to stand and fight against the invaders.

2. As parents, what we put into our children, both literally (food and drink) and figuratively (values and morals), is what we will get out from our children. The need of the hour is thus for us to feed their bodies and souls with only that which is pure, and avoid exposing them to things that are evil and impure.