Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Weeping- Reflections Ramadan 21

It is narrated in a hadith:
"Verily, the slave, as long as he is in Salah, possesses three qualities: Blessings are showered upon his head from the heavens above, the angels sit around him, from his feet to the heavens and a caller says: 'If the slave knew the One Who hears his whispered utterances, he would never leave his Salah."

- Taken from Yahya Ibrahim list

These are the nights of Ramadan that we all are after. Everyone knows that we can't lose the opportunity to wake up in the middle of the night to make dua.
Yesterday my father received a call from his friend in Dubai who's hosting a lavish iftar banquet this Saturday. In fact, most major restaurants and hotels are all decked out and booked and packed for iftars.
Really, for most part, "celebration" in the first 20 days seems acceptable, as long as you're keeping up with the personal worship. But how misguided are we, that we turn such a spiritual month, into a month vain laughter, food wastage, and negligence of our worship of Allah (swt)?

Such people really deserve a dua from all of us, who realise that this is a time when we should laugh little, and weep lots.
Excessive uneccessary laughter is a disease of the heart.

What are the fruits for those who weep out of Fear of Allah?
  1. They will be under the shade of Allah on the Day when there is no shade except His
  2. They will not enter the Fire nor will it touch them
  3. They succeed in achieving the love of Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "There is't a thing more beloved to Allah, than 2 drops and 2 marks... a tear drop shed out of the fear of Allah"
  4. Have the glad tidings of Toobah [Surah Insaan 11-12]
  5. Taste the sweetness of Iman, tranquility of the soul
  6. Allah (swt) will make a way out for them and provide them with a good provision from where they could never have imagined. [Surah Talaqa 2-3]
  7. ...

These are some points from the book Weeping from the Fear of Allah by Shaykh Al Awaaishah

I can recall two places in the Qur'an when the verses were revealed and Rasoolullah (saw) wept. One was when the verses were revealed regarding the captives of Badr in Surah Anfal (It is not fitting for an Apostle that he should have prisoners of war, until he has thoroughly subdued the land. Ye look on the temporal goods of this world, but God looks to the Hereafter, And God is Exalted, Mighty, and Wise.) and the other time, when a sahabi was reciting to him and he read the verse in Surah Nisa (How then if We brought from each people a witness, and We brought you as a witness against these people!).

We should study the verses when Rasoolullah (saw) cried and the history behind them so that we are able to also cry out of the fear of Allah (swt).

How many other verses do you know?

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