One of the stories that would always make me cry whenever I share it to others. Read until the end and in Shaa Allah you will be enlightened and inspired just like I am. 😊💚 الحمدلله على نعمة الاسلام
Thalaba bin Abdur Rahman رضي الله عنه was a young man at the age of 16. He always ran errands for the Prophet ﷺ.
One day while walking though the city of Madinah, he passed by a house with an open door. Out of curiosity he took a glance inside. In this glance, he saw a light curtain being blown away from a bathroom entrance where a woman was bathing. He immediately lowered his gaze. With an extreme feeling of guilt and hypocrisy, his mind ran. Thinking to himself, “How could I be of the companions, one that is close to the Prophet ﷺ, one who runs his errands and be so horrible as to disrespect peoples privacy?”
He feared that Allah would reveal to the Prophet ﷺ evidence of his hypocrisy. His guilt denied him to ever show his face to the Prophet ﷺ. So he ran away and headed towards the mountains.
Days went by and the Prophet ﷺ kept asking the other companions if they had seen Thalaba. No one had seen him. With the Prophet ﷺ worried about Thalaba, he sent a few of the companions to look for him everywhere, among them were Umar ibn Khattab رضي الله عنه and Salman al-Farsi رضي الله عنه. They looked everywhere in Madinah, and on the outskirts of Madinah, until they came about a set of mountains between Makkah and Madinah where some nomads where herding sheep. The companions asked the nomads if they had seen a young man with Thalaba’s characteristics. They told the companions about a weeping boy. He has been here for 40 days. He comes down from the mountains once a day weeping and he drinks the milk they offer him. Then he goes back up the mountains weeping, crying, always asking for Allah for forgiveness, and saying words of repentance. So the companions waited until he came down and watched him. He had lost weight. His countenance reflected sorrow as he drank the milk that was mixed with his tears.
When Thalaba saw the 2 companions, fear and terror crept inside his heart as though the angels of death came to take him. He tried to run away but they chased him and grabbed him. Thalaba pleaded with the companions, “Please! Please! Don’t take me to the Prophet ﷺ! Im too scared!”
The companions told him “What is wrong with you oh Thalaba?? Take a hold of yourself!…Please come with us oh Thalaba!”
Thalaba pleaded with them not to take him to the Prophet ﷺ asking them if Allah revealed a verse about him saying he was a hyprocite? That he was a munaafiq??
The companions were committed to taking him to the Prophet ﷺ as they said “Wallahi we have to take you to the Prophet ﷺ.. It is a command from him!” and he was taken back to Madinah where the Prophet ﷺ came to see him.
He asked again if Allah had put him among the hypocrites or revealed that he was. The Prophet ﷺ assured him that there were no such verses. He laid out Thalaba’s tired, weak body and placed Thalaba’s head on his lap.
He said “Ya Rasulullah remove the head of a sinner away from you!”
The Prophet ﷺ comforted him until Thalaba told the Prophet ﷺ “I feel as though ants are walking between my flesh and bones.” The Prophet ﷺ told him it was death and his time had come. He witnessed while Thalaba’s head was on his lap, Thalaba proclaiming “There is no God worthy of worship other than Allah, and that Muhammad ﷺ is the messenger of Allah!”
The Prophet ﷺ washed Thalaba and carried him to the grave. It is narrated that on their way to bury Thalaba, the Prophet (SAW) walked on his toes as though he were in a crowd. When Umar (RA) asked about this, the Prophet ﷺ explained that he was being crowded with the angels.
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do.” [Surah Nur : 30]
Maa Shaa Allah! The Sahabas would weep and tremble out of fear of Allah’s judgment and punishment for committing something (even unintentionally) that is disliked by Allah, yet we see some Muslims today neglecting sins believing that “Allah will forgive them anyway”. Yes, Allah is the Most Loving, Most Forgiving, & Most Merciful but He is also Just and Severe in His Punishments. When you sin, you ask forgiveness from Allah and He will forgive you. You commit the same sin again, then you ask for His forgiveness again. And the cycle goes on and on. But brother/sister, if you die in that state of committing sin without repenting or asking for forgiveness from Allah, what do you think will be the consequence? Subhānallah.. Earning the anger of Allah is certainly a Great Loss and you will be punished accordingly. It is not enough to just ask forgiveness. Leave the sin and repent completely and whole-heartedly. And ask Allah to keep you on the right path.
Remember also that when we ask forgiveness from Allah, it is granted to us only if we are sincere. And one of the signs of being sincere is leaving the sin completely for the sake of Allah. If you ask Allah for forgiveness but you do not feel it in your heart, then brother/sister, you are doing it wrong. Reflect on your mistake and sincerely ask forgiveness from Allah. Take your Deen seriously as this is the gift that Allah gave you to achieve Jannah. The key is already in your hands, never let go of it! Praise Allah and take advantage of this Ni'ma. And know that there is nothing better than the Jannah that Allah promised for the Believers. Allahu Akbar!
“And Allah does not give this Honour to anyone.” A beautiful reminder/thought we should always ponder upon. Let’s ask ourselves, Are we deserving of Jannah? If not, let’s work hard for it. In Shaa Allah.
You are a beautiful creature, dear Muslimah. Stay modest and simple; because modesty is an attribute that distinguishes a true Muslimah from other women. Moreover, our Prophet ﷺ said that “Modesty is part of Iman (faith).”
( Sahih Muslim 36 a )
May Allah make it easy for us to maintain modesty in every circumstance. Allahumma ameen.
Let us embark on the road to paradise; let us seek knowledge today.
The Messenger of Allah gave glad tidings to anyone who undertakes the task of seeking knowledge. Abu Hurayrah relates that the Prophet said, “For him who embarks on the path of seeking knowledge, Allah will ease for him the way to paradise.” (Related by Muslim) If no Hadith on the importance of knowledge besides this one had been uttered by the Prophet , it would have been enough for Muslims. Yet the Prophet did more than that:
He used to stimulate his companions to seek knowledge: Ibn Mas'ud relates that the Prophet said, “Only two persons are worthy of being envied; a person upon whom Allah bestows riches and gives him the power to spend it in a righteous cause; and a person upon whom Allah bestows wisdom by which he judges and which he teaches.” (Related by Bukhari and Muslim)
He used to congratulate the companions whenever they issued a right judgement or correctly answered a question. Imam Muslim narrates that once the Prophet asked Ubayy Ibn Ka'b, “Do you know which verse in Allah’s Book is the greatest?” Ubayy answered by reciting Ayat-ul-Kursi (the verse of the Throne, i.e. Al-Baqarah, 2:255): “Allah! None has the right to be worshiped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists…) The Messenger kindly patted him on the chest, saying, "Congratulations, Abul-Munthir for this knowledge”.
He used to call upon Allah to grant them the correct knowledge and understanding of this Deen: Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “Once the Prophet embraced me and said, 'O Allah! Bestow on him the knowledge of the Book (Qur'an).” (Related by Bukhari)
He ordained all his companions and, thus, every Muslim who possesses some knowledge – even as little as one verse – to disseminate what they know to others: He said, “Convey (what you learn from me) even if only one verse…” (Related by Bukhari)
He made special du'a (supplication) for those who learn his sayings and transmit them to others: Zayd Ibn Thabit narrated that the Prophet said, “May Allah brighten the face of the person who hears what I say and retains it, then conveys it to others: for sometimes one who hears from another remembers it better than the original hearer himself.” (Related by Ahmad and Tirmidhi)
He assured all those who disseminate his knowledge that they will get the same reward of any Muslim who acts upon that knowledge: Abu Hurayrah relates that the Prophet said, “He who calls another to guidance will have a reward equal; to the reward of him who follows him without diminishing the reward of either of them.” (Related by Muslim)
He showed to us the noble status of the learned people of His Ummah: Abu Umamah relates that the Prophet said, “A learned one is as much above an (ordinary) worshiper as I am above the least of you; and he added: Allah, His angels and all those in the heavens and in the earth, even the ants in their holes and the fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct people in beneficent knowledge.” (Related by Tirmidhi)
Better still, he declared that the 'Ulama’ (those who have Islamic knowledge) are his heirs: Abu Darda’ said that he heard the Prophet saying, “The 'Ulama’ are heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets do not leave an inheritance of Dirhams and Dinars but (they left) only knowledge. He who acquires knowledge acquires a vast portion.” (Related by Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi)
After reading all these promises and glad tidings, one might ask, what more do we need to awaken our consciousness? We have been promised an easy way to paradise; the inheritance of our Prophet; a lofty rank, high and noble in status; a blessing from Allah and a supplication of all that exists in the heavens and earth; a face beaming in brightness and beauty on the Day of Judgement, when other faces will be sad and dismal. So, let us embark on the road to paradise; let us seek knowledge today.
Do not make this life & the luxuries of this dunya your biggest concern. One day you will be under the ground on which you are walking now, alone & unprotected. Then you will realize that you should’ve done more; that you should’ve spent more time in Salah, dhikr & doing good deeds rather than striving to become wealthy while displeasing Allah. Prepare now before it’s too late.
An important reminder from Shaykh Khalid Yasin. Barakallahu feek.
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It is better that our good deeds are kept between us and Allah. We will be rewarded (in full) in this Dunya and in the Akhira for every good deed, therefore there is no need for us to show off our good deeds; it is not the mankind who will reward us. Our reward is with Allah Azza wa Jall. ☝️ jihadforjannah
Today we see Muslims engaged in free-mixing, whether it be in a certain place or on the internet, talking to the opposite gender for unnecessary reasons. Those two are just the same.. As we have always said, what is Haram will always be Haram, even if the entire world engages in it!
“Let us remember and take lesson just because we are speaking to the opposite gender behind a screen doesn’t necessarily mean it’s okay, this still falls under free-mixing and we full well know Shaytaan whispers to us at all angles. Wanting us to fall into his temptation, trap and sin!
Look at what you’re posting and ask yourself, should this be on social media outlets for various prying eyes to see? Who are your photos ‘selfies’ for? Is it to please others and attract attention or are they to please your creator? Even your posts will bear witness on the day of Qiyaamah.”
O Mu’min. Do not feel bad if people look at you differently or call you “backward” because of the way you dress and act (with modesty). Remind yourself that Allah has promised Jannah to those who sincerely submit to His will and follow His orders. Be amongst the strangers in this world and in Shaa Allah your sacrifices will be compensated with something far better than the pleasures of this Dunya.