An Admonition by Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas (Radhiyallaho
Wahab bin Munabbah says:
"Abdullah bin Abbas (Radhiyallaho anho) lost his
eyesight in his old age. I once led him to the Haram in Mecca, where
he heard a group of people exchanging hot words among themselves.
He asked me to lead him to them. He greeted them with 'Assalamu
Alaikum.' They requested him to sit down, but he refused and said:
'May I tell you about people whom Allah holds in high esteem? These
are those whom His fear has driven to absolute silence, even though
they are neither helpless nor dumb. Rather they are possessors of
eloquence and have power to speak and sense to understand. But constant
glorification of Allah's name has so over-powered their wits that
their hearts are overawed and their lips sealed. When they get established
in this state, they hasten towards righteousness. Whither have you
people deviated from this course? After this admonition, I never
saw an assembly of even two persons in the Haram."
It is said that Hadhrat Ibne Abbas (Radhiyallaho anho) used to
weep so much with Allah's fear that the tears streaming down his
cheeks had left permanent marks on them.
In this story, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas (Radhiyallaho anho) has
prescribed a very easy way to righteousness. This is to meditate
over the greatness of Allah. If this is done, it becomes very easy
to perform all other acts of righteousness with full sincerity.
Is it so very difficult to devote a few minutes, out of the twenty
four hours of a day at one's disposal, to this spiritual meditation?
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