Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Heart of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him

The love of the messenger of Allah is a ticket to be with him on the day of judgment as is corroborated by a number of sahih narrations...

Have we ever thought of what effect our seemingly insignificant actions have on his living heart, sallallahu'alayhi wa sallam?
(taken from, slightly edited)

You opened my eyes!

By Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi
Translated by Shaykh Yusuf Laher

There was once a poet of liberal mind and thought. Some people’s hearts are sensitive, and he was one of them. Thus, his poetry was heart-rending and passionate. A person in Iran read his Persian poetry and thought that the poet must be a very pious person. So he traveled all the way from Iran to meet the poet.

When he reached the place where the poet lived, he sees that the poet is seated by the barber having his face shaven. The traveller became annoyed (because he thought the poet to be pious and now sees him shaving his beard and flouting the Sunnah). The traveller says to him [in Persian]: “My master! You are having your face shaved!” The poet answers: “Yes, I am having my face shaved, but I do not shave (hurt) the heart of anyone.” (It is a major sin to hurt the feelings of another.) The traveller spontaneously answered: “Yes! You are shaving the heart of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)!”

By this he meant that when the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) will be informed that a certain person is flouting the Sunnah, then he will be greatly distressed.

On hearing this, the poet’s eyes opened. His whole attitude and body language was saying:

“May Allah reward you, jazak-Allahu khayran for opening my eyes. Up till now I was blind. Today I have come to realize that I was causing hurt to the heart of Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)”

Taken from “Stories and Anecdotes Related by Mawlana Thanawi”, a compilation of stories and anecdotes related by Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him) in his lectures, majalis, etc. Extracted and compiled by Mawlana Qari Abu ‘l-Hasan A’azimi.

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