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The basis of Salvation is Allah’s mercy

A strange incident regarding a worshipper from the Bani Israaeel

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series The basis of Salvation is Allah's mercy

isolated islandHakeemul Islam Hadhrat Qari Tayyib Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

In the Hadith there is an incident mentioned regarding a man from the Bani Israaeel who was a devoted worshipper and an ascetic; who night and day was engrossed in the worship of Allah Ta’ala. However, since he had a family, he had to also earn a living; therefore he had a small business which he used to run. Nevertheless, his heart was not attached to the business and he desired that he was free from all these responsibilities only to be in the Ibaadat of Allah Ta’ala. One day his emotions got the better over him and he handed over his business and all his wealth to his wife and children. He left everything behind and divorced himself from the world. He built himself a small hut on a hillock in the centre of a small island wherein he could always be engaged in the Ibaadat of Allah Ta’ala. (It was permissible for previous nations to abandon everything and live an ascetic life. However Islam does not permit this). It was only through the grace of Allah Ta’ala and the sincerity of this person that Allah Ta’ala allowed a stream of sweet water to flow and a pomegranate tree to grow nearby on an island where no ship or boat could reach. This person spent his day and night only in the Ibaadat of Allah Ta’ala. He used to eat only one pomegranate and take only a sip of water for the entire day. He lived for approximately five hundred years, and all his time was spent in this manner. When the time of his death was near, he requested Allah Ta’ala thus: “O Allah, it is only through Your mercy that You kept me in your worship all these years. However, it is my desire that I pass away while I am in sajdah so that my end will also be in Your worship. My second request is that my body remain intact in the position of sajdah until the day of Qiyaamah, neither the earth nor the insects should consume my body so that I may be in Your worship until the day of Qiyaamah.”

Allah Ta’ala accepted his two duaas and as per his request, he had passed away in the position of sajdah and his body is preserved up to this day. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) testifies that Allah Ta’ala had ordered large trees and a dense bush to grow on that hillock in order that no person attempts to even approach that place. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) also testifies that his body will remain in the position of sajdah and in this very position he will be presented before Allah Ta’ala for reckoning. Allah Ta’ala will address him saying, “O My servant, it is only through My grace and mercy that I have forgiven you and elevated your status. Enter into Jannah and be at ease and make yourself comfortable.” That person will say, “O Allah, despite spending my entire life in Your worship, yet You are entering me into Jannah due to Your grace and mercy. I wish to enter Jannah in lieu of all my ibaadat and worship.” Once more Allah Ta’ala will tell him, “I am sending you to Jannah purely out of My mercy.” Yet again this person will say, “O Allah, my ‘ibaadat and worship will be of no avail. Enter me into Jannah in lieu of my worship.”

A command will be given for this person to be taken to a place which is in close proximity to Jahannum. He would not be made to enter Jahaanum, rather he would be made to stand approximately 500 years before the entrance of Jahannum. Nevertheless, the angels will escort him to that point. A blazing wind and scorching heat will engulf him in such a way that his entire body, from head to toe will dry up and he will become extremely thirsty. As a result of the intense heat he will call out for water. At that moment, a hand will appear from the unseen presenting a glass of water before him. He will seek the water, however it will be told to him, “You will definitely receive the water. However, there is a price to pay. Whoever can present before us five hundred years of worship that was carried out solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala will receive this glass of water.” Without hesitation he will say, “I have five hundred years of worship to my credit.” He will thereafter present it in exchange of the glass of water and drink it.

Allah Ta’ala will then summon him to His court. He will be brought before Allah Ta’ala by the angels and Allah Ta’ala will question him saying, “O My servant, you have been recompensed for your five hundred years of worship in exchange for the glass of water. Now how will you account for all those pomegranates We provided you through which you had gained the strength and ability to perform so many salaah and sajdahs. Similarly how will you account for each drop of water that We blessed you through which you were able to carry out all the ‘ibaadat. How will you account for each breath of the sweet, fresh air that you breathed in by which you carried out so much worship. How will you account for the vision that we had given you by means of which you could carry out your ‘ibaadat. Five hundred years of worship was in exchange of one glass of water, how are you going to give an account for all the other bounties and favours We bestowed upon you?” The worshipper will tremble and shake. Realising his folly, he will say, “O Allah, undoubtedly attaining salvation is only by means of Your grace and mercy and not by means of any of my actions.” (Jawaahir Paare)

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن لله مائة رحمة أنزل منها رحمة واحدة بين الجن والإنس والبهائم والهوام فبها يتعاطفون وبها يتراحمون وبها تعطف الوحش على ولدها وأخر الله تسعا وتسعين رحمة يرحم بها عباده يوم القيامة. (مسلم رقم 2752)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The mercy of Allah Ta’ala is divided into one hundred parts. One part of the mercy was sent to this world and distributed amongst the Jinnaat, humans, animals and insects. On account of this one mercy all the creatures show affection and mercy to one another, and due to it a predatory animal shows compassion to its young. And Allah Ta’ala has held back ninety nine mercies by Him, through which He will show mercy and compassion on His slaves on the day of Qiyaamah. 

Performing a Few rakaats of Salaah

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The basis of Salvation is Allah's mercy

musallahHadhrat Thanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

Someone had seen Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in a dream after he had passed away. He enquired from Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) as to how Allah Ta’ala dealt with him in the Hereafter? Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) replied:

فنيت الحقائق والإشارات ونفدت تلك الرموز والعبارات وما نفعنا إلا ركيعات في جوف الليل

“All the knowledge and the great works etc. which I had carried out in the world did not become the main cause for Allah Ta’ala forgiving me. Instead, it was the few short rakaats of Tahajjud that I used to perform in the middle of the night that caught the attention of Allah Ta’ala and caused Him to forgive me.” (Jawaahir Paare)

عن عبد الله بن عمر قال : كنا مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في بعض غزواته فمر بقوم فقال : " من القوم ؟ " قالوا : نحن المسلمون وامرأة تحضب بقدرها ومعها ابن لها فإذا ارتفع وهج تنحت به فأتت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال : أنت رسول الله ؟ قال : " نعم " قالت : بأبي أنت وأمي أليس الله أرحم الراحمين ؟ قال : " بلى " قالت : أليس الله أرحم بعباده من الأم على ولدها ؟ قال : " بلى " قالت : إن الأم لا تلقي ولدها في النار فأكب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يبكي ثم رفع رأسه إليها فقال : " إن الله لا يعذب من عباده إلا المارد المتمرد الذي يتمرد على الله وأبى أن يقول : لا إله إلا الله " . رواه ابن ماجه (مشكوة المصابيح رقم 2378)

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that on one occasion we were accompanying Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in one of the battles when he passed by a group of people. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) enquired regarding who they were, to which they replied that they were Muslims. Amongst them was a woman who was busy lighting a fire under a pot, who had a child with her. When the fire in the pot rose and became intense, the mother took her child and she receded from the fire. She then came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and asked: “Are you the messenger of Allah Ta’ala?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Yes, I am.” The woman then asked: “May my parents be sacrificed for you, tell me is Allah Ta’ala not the most merciful of those who show mercy?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Definitely Allah Ta’ala is the most Merciful.” She then asked further: “Is Allah Ta’ala not more merciful upon His slaves than a mother is upon her child?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Certainly Allah Ta’ala is more merciful.” She then remarked: “Definitely a mother will not throw her child into the fire.” (How will Allah Ta’ala put certain servants into Jahannum). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) lowered his head and began crying. He thereafter raised his head and said to her: “Allah Ta’ala will not punish His servants, except those persist in rebellion against Him and refuse to profess Tauheed (i.e. they deny the oneness of Allah Ta’ala).

A Father’s liberation from Hell due to his Son

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series The basis of Salvation is Allah's mercy

flowersImaam Raazi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

On one occasion, Hadhrat ‘Isa (Alaihis Salaam) passed by a grave and (in a vision) he had seen that a few angels were punishing the inmate of the grave. Hadhrat ‘Isa (Alaihis Salaam) then continued on his journey. On his return, he had taken the same route and passed by the same grave. To his utter amazement, he had now seen angels of mercy around the deceased with platters overflowing with noor (celestial light). After having seen such an extraordinary spectacle, Hadhrat ‘Isa (Alaihis Salaam) immediately turned to Allah Ta’ala by performing Salaah. He then made duaa to Allah Ta’ala to explain this strange occurrence. Allah Ta’ala then revealed to Hadhrat ‘Isa (Alaihis Salaam): “O ‘Isa, this person was a sinner throughout his life. Ever since he passed away, he was continuously being punished. However, when he left this worldly life, he left behind a wife who was expecting a child. After giving birth to this child, she went to great lengths to nurture this child and give him a good upbringing. Nevertheless, as this child grew a little older, she enrolled him into a maktab. As soon as the Ustaadh taught him how to recite “Bimillah”, (Allah Ta’ala said) I felt shy to punish my servant beneath the ground while his son is exalting Me and taking My name above the ground.” (Jawaahir Paare)

عن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه قال: قدم على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم سبي فإذا امرأة من السبي قد تحلب ثديها تسعى إذا وجدت صبيا في السبي أخذته فألصقته ببطنها وأرضعته فقال لنا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم :أترون هذه طارحة ولدها في النار ؟ فقلنا : لا وهي تقدر على أن لا تطرحه فقال : لله أرحم بعباده من هذه بولدها. (مشكوة المصابيح رقم 2370)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion some captives of war had come to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Amongst the captives was a woman whose breasts were dripping with milk (as she had a suckling child). She was running about looking for her child. When she found her child, she then placed her child to her bosom and began suckling the child. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked the Sahaabah (Radhiallahu Anhum): “Do you think this woman will ever throw her child in the fire?” The Sahaabah (Radhiallahu Anhum) replied: “Never, how can she ever do a thing like this?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: “Allah Ta’ala has more love for His servants than this mother has for her child.”    

Assisting the Ummah

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series The basis of Salvation is Allah's mercy

Flowers 2Hadhrat Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed Shahhaam (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) says that after the demise of Hadhrat Sahl Sa’luki (Rahmatullahi Alaihi), I had once seen him in a dream and addressed him as “O Shaikh”. He prevented me from calling him Shaikh. Abu Sa’eed says that I told him the reason for calling him shaikh was because in the world he was well known amongst the circle of the shuyookh. Upon this statement Sahl said: “Brother, all the good deeds I used to carry out in the world, though it was appreciated, however it was on account of a specific deed that Allah Ta’ala had for given me.” (After hearing these words, Abu Sa’eed was suprised and asked: “How did Allah Ta’ala deal with you?” He replied: “Allah Ta’ala had forgiven me on account of assisting an old lady and explaining to her the masaa’il of Deen which she was in need of everyday.” (Jawaahir Paare)

Note:

If we analyze these incidents then we understand that the basis of salvation is only the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. We also learn that every moment should be spent in carrying out good actions because we do not know on account of which action we will gain forgiveness and salvation in the Hereafter.

وعن أنس رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " من قضى لأحد من أمتي حاجة يريد أن يسره بها فقد سرني ومن سرني فقد سر الله ومن سر الله أدخله الله الجنة ". (شعب الايمان للبيهقي رقم 7247)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sees to the need of one of my ummatis in order to please him, then he has pleased me, and whoever pleases me has pleased Allah, and whoever pleases Allah, Allah will admit him into Jannah.” 

The Forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series The basis of Salvation is Allah's mercy

earthHadhrat Thanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

It is mentioned in ar-Rahmatul Muhdaat that on one occasion a Nabi (Alaihis Salaam) had passed by a graveyard wherein there were new graves which were in a good state. As he drew closer he realized that most of the inmates of these graves were being punished. He turned to Allah Ta’ala and made duaa for the forgiveness of the inmates of these graves and then continued on his way. After a period of time had elapsed he happened to pass by the same graveyard. However, this time the graves were dilapidated. When he entered the graveyard, he was informed (by the unseen) that all the inmates of the graveyard had been forgiven and were enjoying the pleasures of Jannah. He was astounded and enquired from Allah Ta’ala: “O Allah, apparently it seemed as though these people had no good action to their credit when they had passed away, what was the cause of their forgiveness?” Allah Ta’ala replied: “When their graves had become dilapidated and there were nobody to seek forgiveness on their behalf, I then felt pity for them and forgave them.” (Jawaahir Paare)

عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " لا يدخل أحدا منكم عمله الجنة ولا يجيره من النار ولا أنا إلا برحمة الله " . (مسلم رقم 77)

Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Your actions will not enter any of you into Paradise, nor will it save you from the fire of Jahannum, except with the mercy of Allah Ta’ala.