The man who didnt disobey Allaah again - A Motivational Story to Do Good At All Times


As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

That day i was reading the newspaper, and something strike me. The whole newspaper was filled with bad news. Front to back. Ok.. maybe not cover to cover, but almost. Rape, Murder, Theft, Robbery, Scandal, Riot, Demonstration, Slander, War, you name it. It is there. What is happening to this world? What is happening to us, human? Are we really obsessed with material and worldly things that God and religion is thrown out of the window? Arent we afraid of the consequences of our action? Yes, we are human. To err is human. Being a human myself(say what?), I know how often I err. But I also know that I should be able to control my actions as much as I can so that I dont caused Allaah's wrath. Slipping once in a while is just a manifestation of my 'humanship'. But i know that, self-control is critical for every human. I remember one prayer that Prophet Muhammad SAW made:

... 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, used very often to pray in the following manner, "O Allah! I ask You for good health, for trust, for self-control, for good manners, and to be satisfied with the divine decree." Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #308 and Bayhaqi

Then, i remembered reading this inspiring story about a man who successfully exercised self-control. Maybe I should start thinking the way he thinks. Let me share it with you..

The man who didn't disobey Allah again

A man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allah be pleased with him, and said, "Abu Ishaq, I am unable to control myself. Please give me something to help me with it"

"If you accept five conditions," said Ibrahim, "and are able to put them into practice, your disobedience will not cause you any problem."

"Just tell me what they are, Abu Ishaq!" the man said. "The first is that when you want to disobey Allah you do not eat anything He provides."
"Then how will I get anything to eat? Everything on the earth is from Him!"
"So is it right to eat His provision and disobey Him at the same time?" replied Ibrahim.

"No, it is not. What is the second condition?"
"When you want to disobey him, move off His land."
"That is even more difficult! Exclaimed the man. "In that case where will I live?"
"Is it right to eat his provision and live on His land and then to disobey Him?" asked Ibrahim. "No, it is not."

"What is the third condition?" "When you want to disobey Him in spite of eating His provision and living on His land, find a place where He will not see you and disobey Him there."

"What do you mean, Ibrahim? He knows everything that happens even in the most hidden places!" "So is it right to disobey Him when you eat His provision and live on His land and when you know that He can see everything you do?" "It certainly is not!" the man replied.

"Tell me the fourth condition." "That when the Angel of Death arrives to take your soul, you say to him, 'Give me a reprieve so that I can repent and act righteously for Allah.'"

"But he won't listen to me!" "Then if you cannot ward off death long enough to give yourself time to repent, and you know that when it comes there will be no reprieve, how can you hope to be saved?"

"What is the fifth?" "That when the angels of the Fire come to you to take you to the Fire, you do not go with them." "They will take me whether I like it or not!" exclaimed the man.

"So how can you hope to be saved?"

"Enough, enough, Ibrahim! I ask Allah's forgiveness and I turn to Him!"

The man's repentance was sincere and from that time on he was assiduous in his worship and avoided acts of disobedience until the day he died.

There is no doubt that Allaah owns and creates everything that we have.

"Is, then, He Who creates as one who creates not?" [al-Nahl 16:17]

"Yet they have taken besides Him other gods that created nothing but are themselves created . . ." [al-Furqaan 25:3]

With such knowledge, knowing that everything that we use, have etc all belongs to Allaah, we should be obeying Him in every of our conduct. But, the reality is we err all the time.

"...And Man was created weak." [Soorah an-Nisaa 4:28]

But, do not despair, Allaah is also very forgiving. He forgives us, if we seek for His forgiveness.

"Allaah wishes to make clear to you and to show the ways of those before you and accept your repentance and Allaah is All-Knower, All Wise." [soorah an-Nissa 4:26]

Allah's Messenger said, "If, through fear of Allah, tears--even to the extent of a fly's head--fall from any believer's eyes and drop on some part of his cheek, he will be kept away from Hell by Allah." Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #5359, Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas'ud.Ibn Majah transmitted it.

Allah's Messenger said to him, "Fear Allah wherever you are; if you follow an evil deed with a good one you will obliterate it; and deal with people with a good disposition." Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #5083, Narrated AbuDharr

Forgive me my Lord...

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Anonymous said…
Salam alaikum Se, Zabrina,
thank you very much for the blog, i am going through this time in my life when I know that something is forbidden, but I still do it. The story you shared with us helped me very much, Jazaaki Allaah Khair!
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salamu 'alaykum Anar,

We are all very much human, Anar. We must keep on reminding each other of the reason why we are all here in the dunya. Insya'Allaah, there will be reward for those to strive towards His path, Ameen. Keep on reading and do visit my blog again, Insya'Allaah.


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