Monthly Archives: December 2011
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Asalaamu Alaiakum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu
Allah Azza wa Jal says: “…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.”[2:216, al-Qur’an]
I wanted to share a beautiful quote and story with you all. Hope it benefits insha’Allah!
“Things aren’t always as they seem. The Mother of Musa (Alayhi Salam) Umm Musa was told to throw her son in the river, Yusuf (Alayhi Salam) was left for dead in a well, Maryam (radiallahu anha) delivered a child alone, Aisha (radiallahu anha) was accused of a terrible sin, Yunus (Alayhi Salam) was swallowed by a whale, Ibrahim (alayhi salam) was thrown in the fire, Muhammad (Salalahu Alayhi wa Salam) lost the love of his life Khadija (radiallahu anha), and Umm Salamah (radiallahu anha) thought no one could be better than Abu Salamah (radiallahu anhu); Yet look at how it turned out for them in the end.
So don’t worry, Allah has a plan for you.”
We want what we want, but Allah only brings about that which He wills
One of the former kings of the Children of Isreal had a number of sons. Whenever one of his sons would reach the age of manhood, he would attire himself in coarse clothing, join worshipers who live in mountains, and continue to worship Allah until death overtook him. The king did not prevent his sons from going; he recognized that it was Allah (SWT) who guided them to the truth and that he himself could do nothing to change their hearts.
But the king had a change of mind when, in his old age, he had his last son. Having gathered his ministers and close advisors for a meeting, the king said, “I indeed love this son (more than I do the others), and I feel that death is approaching me. I fear that, if he joins his brothers, those from outside of our family will then try to take over this kingdom. So take him while he is yet small and instill into him a love for this world and its pleasures. Perhaps he will then want to be your king after I die.”
The king’s advisors immediately came up with a plan and put it into action. They chose a huge chunk of land and enclosed it with a wall; inside, they surrounded the child with all of the luxuries they could gather. He lived within the bounds of the four walls until he became a man. Then one day, he looked around and said, “I deem there to be another world on the other side of this wall. Take me out of here, so that I can increase in knowledge and certainty.”
“There is nothing other than what you see,” his guardians said to him. He didn’t argue; instead, he continued to live there for another year; nonetheless, he spent a lot of his time riding his horse alongside the inner sides of the walls. He then repeated the same request that he made the previous year: “I deem there to be another world on the other side of this wall. Take me out of here, so that I can increase in knowledge and in certainity.” His guardians gave him the same reply that they gave the previous year.
But this time, the young man remained adamant and said, “I must leave.” His guardians could hold him back no longer, yet they could not simply allow him to leave, and so they took the matter to the king. The king said to them, “Take him out, for we want what we want, but Allah brings about only that which He wills.”
They returned to the king’s son and opened the gate of his sanctuary for him. For the very first time in his life, he stepped outside and had a look at the world. Yet he was not totally free of constraints, for the king’s advisors went where he went and supervised his every move. Though the king’s son had become a man, he knew nothing of the world save for the closed and limited life of luxury he led since he was a child. Thus the king’s advisors felt it necessary to accompany him and observe his reaction to what he was about to learn from the world; after all, they still nurtured hopes of him becoming their king.
While they were walking, they came across a man who was clearly afflicted with a serious illness. “What is the matter with him?” the young prince asked.
“He is afflicted with a serious sickness,” they said.
“Does every person become afflicted with his sickness,” asked the naive prince. “Or do only some people become afflicted with it?”
“It afflicts only a group of people, those upon whom Allah decreed for it to befall them,” said the king’s advisors.
“Oh, so those people know that it is coming and then prepare for it?” asked the prince. “Or is there no prior warning, so that everyone is afraid of being afflicted by it?”
“Actually, everyone is afraid of being afflicted by it,” they said.
“Even I, with all of the control I have (as a prince)?”
“Even you,” they answered.
“Therefore,” said the prince, “This life of yours is tainted and not pure.”
They continued to walk until they came across a man who was old, decrepit, and frail. Since he had no control whatsoever of his bodily functions, he drooled inadvertently, so that saliva flowed down onto his chest. Never having seen an old person before, the young prince asked, “What is this?”
“A man who is so advanced in his years that he has become decrepit,” they said.
“Does this afflict only some people, or is every person afraid that, if he reaches old age, he will be afflicted with the same frailty that this man is now afflicted with?”
“Actually, everyone is afraid of this eventuality,” they answered.
“Therefore, this life of yours is tainted and not pure,” said the young prince.
They continued to walk until they passed by a corpse that was being carried by a number of men. “What is this?” asked the prince, to whom the concept of death was completely foreign.
“A man who has died,” they answered.
“Ask him to sit up,” said the prince.
“He cannot sit.”
Then ask him to speak.”
“He cannot speak.”
“Does this condition afflict only certain people?” the prince asked. “Or is everyone afraid that it will befall them?”
“This is the end of every person, including both those who fear it and those who don’t fear it,” they said.
“Is this what you were hiding me and protecting me from?” the prince asked.
“No person can flee from this ending, and no person, no matter what the abilities are that he is endowed with, can ward it off.”
“(Had I not left to see the world,) I would have died upon a sudden without knowing what was happening to me,” said the prince, expressing his hurt at being deceived for such a long time. “Verily, you will have no control over me after this day.”
He tried to bolt from their company and run away, but they were too many, and soon they had him surrounded.
“We will not leave until you go to your father,” they said. When they met with the king, they recounted to him everything that had happened with the prince.
“Did I not tell you,” said the king resignedly, “We want what we want, but Allah brings about only that which He wills. Let him go, for you can no longer hold any sway over him.“
Source: Glimpses of the Lives of Righteous People
By Majdi Muhammad Ash-Shahawi
© Maktaba Dar-us-Salam, 2004
[Story can be found in such books like At-Taqrib (1/106), Hilyatul-Awliya’ (2/224), Al-Mawai’iz Wal-Majalis (pg. 17-18), among many others]
Insha’Allah we take benefit from the reminders,
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Wa’Salaamu Alaiakum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu
Since last night my young son has been unwell. When I got back from Work this evening I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion.
There were many waiting; perhaps we will be delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room. There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers made use of the many booklets available in the waiting room.Some of those waiting had their eyes closed, while others were looking around.. Most were bored. Once in a while the long silence was broken by a nurse calling out a number. Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly; then silence returns.
A young man grabbed my attention. He was reading a pocket-sized Quran continuously; not raising his head even once. At first I did not think much about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he utilizes his time. One hour of life wasted! Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait. Then the call for prayer was made. We went to prayer in the hospital’s Masjid. I tried to pray close to the man who was reading the Quran earlier in the waiting room.
After the prayer I walked with him. I informed him of how impressed I was of him and how he tries to benefit from his time. He told me that most of our time is wasted without any benefit. These are days that go from our lives without being conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying the pocket-sized Quran around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much more of the Quran than he gets to read either at home or in the masjid. Moreover, besides the reward of reading the Quran, this habit saves him from boredom and stress.
He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours. Then he asked, when will you find one and a half hours to read the Quran? I reflected; How much time do we waste? How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not account for how they passed by? Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not read the Quran? I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand for account and that time is not in my hand; so what am I waiting for?
My thoughts were interrupted by the nurse calling out my number; I went to the doctor. But I want to achieve something now. After I left the hospital I quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Quran. I decided to be mindful of how I spend the time.
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