A sister tells of a recent incident which really is quite touching and emotional.
She tells of how she went to a home in a local village in Pakistan and went to see some locals in the village. They greeted her very respectfully with lots of love. They especially purchased a bottle of Coca Cola for her, as she was a guest (Something they don’t normally buy, as they couldn’t afford).
The young kids poured her a full glass. Because they were talking for so long, she didn’t realise that she hadn’t actually completed the full drink and a small amount of cola was left in her glass.
As she was departing, she turned around & saw the kids clearing up the table.
And, guess what?

One of the kids actually picked up her glass and completed the small amount of cola that was leftover in the glass.
This really touched the sister, this is how poor some families really are and this is how they see Cola as a ‘luxury’ drink.

Her heart sank.

I guess it’s the small things that we see in our life that have a big impact on us and make us realise how blessed we truly are. Small incidents like this remain in our hearts forever, never to be forgotten and to be shared with others.

Lesson? Appreciate what we have been blessed with. Understand we have a much better life than others, better food and drinks which others certainly see as a ‘luxury’.

Next time you are in Sajdah, make a heartfelt duaa of thanking Allah swt for so much what He has given…

And hey, don’t forget this Hadith :

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “O God, grant me life as a poor man, cause me to die as a poor man and resurrect me in the company of the poor.”

His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied:

“Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor man even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.”

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he heard Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) say,:

“Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or transgression shall return [free from sins] as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.”

(Al-Bukhari)

Narrated Jundab (RAA): The Prophet (pbuh) said, “He who lets the people hear of his good deeds intentionally, to win their praise, Allah will let the people know his real intention (on the Day of Resurrection), and he who does good things in public to show off and win the praise of the people, Allah will disclose his real intention (and humiliate him).” ~ Sahih Al-Bukhari

Abdullah bin Mas’ud (r.a): I visited Allah’s Apostle (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) while he was suffering from a high fever. I touched him with my hand and said,

“O Allah’s Apostle! You have a high fever.”

Allah’s Apostle (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Yes, I have as much fever as two men of you have.”

I said, “Is it because you will get a double reward?”

Allah’s Apostle said, “Yes, no Muslim is afflicted with harm because of sickness or some other inconvenience, but that Allah will remove his sins for him as a tree sheds its leaves.”

 

(Bukhari)

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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