*DURING THIS QUARANTINE TIME,*
*LETS STAY HOME AND BE SAFE AND DO SOME QUALITY READING TO INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE….*
*This is the story of an Ansaari man whom the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam regarded as a man of Paradise*, then ponder hard from how far we are from this man with all these quick/instant judgements we give to others!
Anas Ibn Malik Radiyallahu Anhu once narrated, “One day, we were sitting with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and he said: “Now there will come before you a man of Paradise.”
Soon one of the Ansaar entered, shoes in hand, water from ablution dripping from his beard. The next day, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said the same thing. Then we saw the same person we had seen the previous day, in the same condition. On the third day, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said the same thing. We again saw the same Ansaari enter, carrying shoes in his hand, water dripping from his beard.
“When the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam left, ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al’As Radiyallahu Anhu followed the Ansaari and said to him, ‘I’ve quarreled with my father and swore I would not go to him for three days. Will you please let me stay with you for three days?”
“The Ansaari replied, ‘Alright, you may.”
”’Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al’As Radiyallahu Anhu related that he spent three nights with the person: ‘I discovered that he did not get up at any time in the night for prayers.
*Yes, I saw that whenever he woke up and turned on his side in his bed, he would remember Allah and say the Takbeer.*
Then he would rise up for the dawn (Fajr) prayer. I also noted that he would only utter good words.
*’When three nights had passed and I was almost sure he did nothing deserving of special praise, I said to him, “O slave of Allah, I have no quarrel with my father but I heard the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam say: ‘Now there will come before you a man of Paradise’, and each time it was you who came up before us. So I thought I should stay with you to see what act of yours I should emulate and gain reward. What is that act which made the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam mention you in this manner?”’*
The Ansaari replied, “I do no more than what you have seen.”
’Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al’As Radiyallahu Anhu said that when he had risen up and left him, the Ansaari called him back and said, “I do just what you’ve seen. I do no more. *But I do not hold anything against any Muslim and I do not envy anyone good Allah has given him.”*
*”Then ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al’As Radiyallahu Anhu remarked: ‘That’s what has elevated you (to that position) and that’s what we are incapable of.’”*
*Look at the determination of ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al’As on knowing what made the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam regard the Ansaari man as a man of Paradise. He wanted to know as he wanted to emulate it and gain reward from it.*
*Look at the hospitality and kindness of this Ansaari man, letting this man to stay with him for three nights, if this happened these days, no one would be that willing to keep a man in his home without thinking twice and setting up a blade on his hands (meaning staying alert thinking the man will do something wrong unto him).*
*The last line of ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al’As totally sums up the situation of most of us nowadays, “That’s what has elevated you (to that position – being a man of Paradise ) and that’s what we are incapable of.”*
*O slave of Allah, Look at how ‘Abdullah RA said “he did nothing deserving special praise” when he was saying about the Ansaari man who was praying constantly and doing dhikr, yet nowadays, we put so much pride in our hearts when we pray 5 times a day when during the Khair ul Qurun, it was not something that makes them special rather it just makes them Muslims.*
O Allah, save us from drowning under our own pride, ego and desires.
Story was taken from Musnad Ahmad (According to Haafiz Iraqi, Ahmad’s narration meets the conditions laid down by Al Bukahri and Muslim, Takhreej-ul-Ihya 3/187