FEAR OF ALLAH
Coupled with the remarkable spirit of sacrifice, the Sa-habah had
genuine and deep-rooted fear of Allah in their hearts.
I wish today's Muslims could have an iota of that fear of Allah.
Here are a few stories about this aspect of their lives.
The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Apprehensions
at the time of a storm.
Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallaho anha) relates that whenever a strong
wind bringing dense clouds started blowing, the Prophet's (Sallallaho
alaihe wasallam] face turned pale with the fear of Allah. He became
restive and would go in and out with perturbation, and would recite
the following prayer:
"0, my Allah! I ask of Thee the good out of this wind, the
good out of that which is in this wind, and the good out of that
which is the outcome of this wind. I seek refuge in Thee from the
evil of this wind, from the evil out of that which is in this wind,
and from the evil out of that which is the outcome of this wind."
"And further when it began to rain, signs of delight appeared
on his face. I said to him once, '0, Prophet of Allah when clouds
appear everybody is happy as they foretell rain, but why is
it that I see you so much perturbed at that time?' He replied,
'0, 'Aishah! How can I feel secure that this wind does not portend
Allah's wrath? The people of A'ad were punished with the wind.
They were happy when they beheld the gathering dense clouds,
believing that they brought rain; but actually those clouds
brought no rain but utter destruction to 'A'ad."
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was, obviously, referring
to the following verses of the Qur'an:
"Then, when they (A'ad) beheld a dense cloud
coming toward their valleys, they said: "Here is a cloud bringing
us rain." Nay, but it is that very calamity which you did seek
to hasten, a wind wherein is grievous penalty, destroying all things
by commandment of its Lord. And morning found them so that naught
could be seen, save their dwellings. Thus we treat the guilty folk."
(XL VI: 24 & 25)
Look at the fear of Allah in the heart of a person who is the best
of all creation (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam). In spite of a clear
verse in the Qur'an that Allah would not punish the people so long
as the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was with them (Al-Qur'an
VIII: 33), he has so much fear of Allah in him that a strong wind
reminds him of the punishment awarded to the people in the past.
Now let us peep into our own hearts for a moment. Although we are
fully saturated with sins, yet none of the unusual phenomena viz:
earthquake, lightning, etc., arouses the least fear of Allah in
our hearts and, instead of resorting to Istighfaar or Salaat at
such times, we only indulge in absurd investigations.
What Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallaho anho) used to do when a storm approached:
Hadhrat Nadhr-bin-Abdullah relates:
"One day while Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu anhu) was alive, it became
very dark during the day time. I went to him and said, "Did you
ever see much a thing in the Prophet's time?" He replied, "I seek
refuge in Allah! In those days if the breeze grew a little stronger
than normal, we would hasten towards the musjid, fearing the approach
of the Last Day."
Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrates:
"Whenever there was a storm, the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam)
would get perturbed and would go to the musjid."
Who thinks of going to musjid, now-a-days, even at the time of
the worst of calamities? Leave aside the common people, even those
who regard themselves as good and practising Muslims do not practise
this Sunnat. What a deterioration!
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