The Pious Barber
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “For the one whose concern is this world Allah will scatter his affair, and place poverty between his two eyes. And he will not get from the world except what is written for him. And for the one whose intention is the hereafter Allah will gather for him his affair and place contentment in his heart, and the world will come to him willingly.” [Ibn Majah, Sahih al-Jami]

Abu Ja’far al-Hadad related that during a stay in Makkah his hair had grown long but he could not afford to get it cut. So he went to a barber who seemed to be a good man and asked him to cut his hair for the sake of Allah. The barber glanced at his messy hair and invited him forward. He trimmed away the locks up to the ears. Once he had finished he reached over and handed Abu Ja’far some Dirhams saying, ‘Take it. You’ll need it.’
Abu Ja’far was reluctant but the barber insisted. So Abu Ja’far took it on the condition that he would return the whole amount at the first opportunity. He then thanked him and left

The word Tawbah (Repentance) in Arabic literally means ‘to return’. In an Islamic context, it refers to the act of leaving what Allaah has prohibited and returning to what He has commanded.

The subject of repentance is one which concerns all people who believe in Allah, and is vital one for the Muslims to understand because our salvation in the hereafter is dependent on our repentance to Allaah, as is shown by Allaah’s order: “AND TURN YOU ALL TOGETHER IN REPENTANCE TO ALLAAH O BELIEVERS, THAT YOU MAY BE SUCCESSFUL” [An-Noor (24):31]

In Soorah al-Baqarah, Allaah tells us: “SURELY ALLAAH LOVES THOSE WHO TURN UNTO HIM IN REPENTANCE AND LOVES THOSE WHO PURIFY THEMSELVES.” [2:222]

This shows how pleasing our repenting is to Allaah. Also, the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam gave us an example of just how pleasing to Allaah our repenting is an authentic hadeeth in which he,Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “Allaah is more delighted with the repentance of His servant than one of you would be, who suddenly finds his camel laden with supplies after 22losing it in a barren land”

Try to imagine your joy if you were to suddenly retrieve everything you ever possessed after losing all hope of recovering what you had lost. Then think that Allaah’s delight is even greater than this when His slave repents to Him. So much so, that if man stopped repenting to Allaah, He would replace us with another creation that would turn to Him for forgiveness. The Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “If you did not commit sins, Allaah would sweep you out of existence and replace you by another people who would commit sins, ask for Allaah’s forgiveness and He would forgive them.”

The problem with many of us today, is that we don’t fear Allaah, which means that we don’t think twice about disobeying Him and therefore falling into sin, which we give no real tought to. So perhaps we should think about the statement which Ibn Mas’ood (3) radi Allaahu ‘anhu, made: “A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is affraid may fall on him, whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose and he just drives them away like this (and he moved his hand over his nose in illustration).”

 

NEVER DESPAIR.

Someone might say, ‘I want to repent but my sins are too many.’ But Allaah says: “SAY: O MY SLAVES WHO HAVE TRANSGRESSED AGAINST THEMSELVES! DESPAIR NOT FOR THE MERCY OF ALLAAH, VERILY ALLAAH FORGIVES ALL SINS. TRULY HE IS OFT FORGIVING, MOST MERCIFUL.” [Az-Zumar (39):53]

Therefore, we should never lose hope or stop asking for Allaah’s forgiveness. Its importance is shown to us in a hadeeth in which the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “O people! Turn to Allaah in repentance and seek His forgiveness, for surely I make repentance a hundred times every day.”

Repentance is such a great act of worship that doing it can totally erase our sins altogether, as the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “One who repents from sin is like one without sin.”

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“The world will not come to an end until a day would come to the people on which there will be general massacre and bloodshed.”

(Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) says, “Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.”
[Narrated by Tabarani]

Abu Umaamah r.a.a. said: I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, tell me of an action by which I may enter Paradise’. He said: ‘Take to Fasting, there is nothing like it.’ [An-Nasaa'ee, Ibn Hibbaan, Al-Haakim, Saheeh]
“Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain taqwaa.” [2:183]

“O people, there comes upon you now a great month, a most blessed month, in which lies a night greater in worth than one thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made it compulsory that fasting should be observed by day; and He has made the ‘Taraweeh’ by night a ‘Sunnah’. Whosoever tries drawing nearer to Allah by performing any non-obligatory deed in this month, for him shall be such a reward as if he had perform a “Fardh” (obligatory observance) in any other time of the year. And Whosoever performs a ‘Fardh’, for him shall be the reward of seventy ‘Fardh’ in any other time of the year.

This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is ‘Jannah’ (Paradise); it is the month of sympathy for one’s fellowmen; it is the month wherein a true believer’s “Rizq” (provisions) is increased. Whosoever feeds a fasting person in order to break the fast (at sunset), for him there shall be forgiveness of his sins and emancipation from the fire of ‘Jahannam’ (Hell), and for him shall be the same reward as for him (whom he fed), without that person’s reward being diminished in the least.”

Thereupon we said: “O Messenger of Allah, not all of us possess the means whereby we can provide enough for a fasting person to break his fast.”

The Messenger of Allah replied: “Allah grants this same reward to him who gives a fasting person a single date or a drink of water or a sip of milk to break the fast. This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings His forgiveness and the last part of which brings emancipation from the fire of ‘Jahannam’ (Hell). ‘Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (bondsmen) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of ‘Jahannam’.”

“And in this month, four things you should endeavour to perform in great number, two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be those without which you cannot make do. Those which shall be to please your Lord, are that you should in great quantity recite the ‘Kalimah Tayyibah’: Laa ilaaha il’lal Lah ‘ and make much ‘Istighfaar’ (beg Allah’s forgiveness with Astaghfirullah). And as for those two without which you cannot make do, you should beg Allah for entry into Paradise and seek refuge with Him from the fire of ‘Jahannam’.”

“And whosoever gave a person, who fasted, water to drink Allah shall grant him a drink from my fountain such a drink, whereafter he shall never again feel thirsty until he enters ‘Jannah’.” (Reported by ‘Ibn Khuzaimah’ in his ‘Sahih’).

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