By Mufti Md. Shahabuddin
“Amongst the men of Banu Israel, there was a man who had murdered ninety nine persons. Then he set out asking (whether his repentance could be accepted or not). He came upon a monk and asked him if his repentance could be accepted. The monk replied in the negative and so the man killed him too. He kept on asking till a man advised and guided him to a village where he could get the reply to his query. Hence, he started towards that village, but death overtook him on the way. While dying he turned his chest towards the village (where he had hoped his repentance would be accepted) and so the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment quarrelled amongst themselves regarding him. Allah ordered the village (towards which he was going) to come closer to him, and ordered the village (whence he had come) to go far away and then Allah ordered the angels to measure the distance between his body and the two villages. So, he was found to be one span closer to the village (he was going for repentance). So he was forgiven.” (Bukhari: 1/494)
Moral of the Story
There are many good lessons which could be deduced by the above event, such as; Allah accepts true repentance of His slaves whether the repentant might be a blood-shedder or a tyrant. Therefore, Allah says in His Holy book, the Qur’an; “Allah forgiveth not those who set up partners with Him, but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.” (Qur’an: 4/48)
Thereby, we should not be frustrated and disappointed for some short coming. We must always hope for Allah’s mercy as He is always kind to His creatures. The Holy Qur’an denotes this fact in the following verse; “Say; O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah; for Allah forgives all sins; for He is oft-forgiving, most merciful.” (Qur’an :39/53)
It is, however, to be noted here that Allah is mostly pleased with the repentance of His slaves, but the only thing which is required is that we must pay due attention to Allah. Therefore, Allah’s last Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) said: “By Allah in whose hand my soul is, if you do not commit sin, Allah destroys you and creates such a nation as commits sin and then asks Allah’s forgiveness, till Allah forgives them. (Muslim: 2/355)
We can learn through this incident that Allah’s ample mercy always covers only those people who turn from sin in any stage of life and fervently intend to give up all evils. Let us think over this point, why did Allah spare such a sinful man who killed a hundred innocent people? We could not find out any reasonable cause except this, that he whole-heartedly pleaded for Allah’s forgiveness. And because of this, Allah favoured him. Therefore, as if it were a divine law that when a man seeks Allah’s mercy, he is never deprived of it. Hazrat Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: I am just as my slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him. If he remembers me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself, and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to me, I go one cubit nearer to him, I go a distance of two cubits, stretching arms nearer to him; and if he comes to me walking, I go to him running. (Muslim 2/341)
The story also reveals that whenever any question is put before a scholar in order to solve the problem, inspite of various difficulties, he should show to the people a way to come out of the problem in the light of the Qur’an and Hadith. And avoid giving answers or replies which are not available either in the Qur’an or Hadith because such things will prove confusing to the teaching and practising of Islam.
Alhamdulillah I am on the verge of graduating high school yet I am sad that I missed so many opportunities to make my own belief stronger. I turned the other way when I saw a brother kissing his girlfriend near my locker, I stayed quiet when a sister told me of her plans to secretly sleep over her boyfriend’s house, I walked away when I smelled marijuana smoke on a brother, I changed my seat in the cafeteria so that I wouldn’t face a brother eating haram food, I stopped hanging out with sisters who looked at haram things. I did everything in my power that I could so that I would not be committing sin yet I didn’t even make an effort to stop my fellow brothers and sisters.
I have read these verses a long time ago but I did not feel comfortable sending them out when I myself did not adhere to them. Alhamdulillah it is truly a great feeling knowing that you have saved someone from sin by just taking two seconds out of your hectic life to talk to them! “Let there be among you a community who enjoin good and forbid evil; it is they that shall be successful,” (3:104)
“You are the best community that has ever been brought forth for mankind; you enjoin good and forbid evil, and you believe in God,” (3:110) “Those who repent, those who worship, those who praise, those who persevere, those who bow down, those who prostate, and those who enjoin good and forbid evil,” (9:112)
“Those of the Israelites who were unbelievers have already been cursed on the tongue of David and Jesus, son of Mary, for they were disobedient, and transgressed. They did not forbid one another from committing evil that they wrought. What they used to do was foul indeed.” (5:79)
Muslim relates on the authority of Abu Sa’id (t) that the Prophet (Pbuh) said, “Whoever sees something evil should change it with his hand. If he cannot, then with his tongue; and if he cannot do even that, then in his heart. That is the weakest degree of faith.”
Imam Ahmed relates on the authority of Anas ibn Malik; “Abu Talhah was one of the richest people among the Ansar in Madinah. His property which he cherished most dearly was a plot of land called Haa. It was opposite to the Prophet’s Mosque. The Prophet (Pbuh) used to go there and drink of its fine spring. Anas says that when Allah revealed the Qur’anic verse: “You will never attain to true piety, unless you spend on others out of what you dearly cherish”, Abu Talhah said; Messenger of Allah, Allah says; “You will never attain to true piety unless you spend on others out of what you dearly cherish. My property which I cherish most dearly is this piece of land. I am offering it as a charity dedicated for Allah’s sake I do this in hope that I will be rewarded for it by Allah, an you may dispense with it in anyway you please. The Prophet said; “Good! Good! that is an investment with high return. That is an investment with high return. I have heard what you said. I think the best course is for you to divide it among your relatives.” Abu Talhah said; “I will do that, messenger of Allah.” He divided it among his relatives and cousins.”
(Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
By Zuhair bin Saghir
Match the following from Columns A and B
Column A Column B
1. Number of Years the a) 1,24,000
Qur'an took to get revealed
2. Number of ‘Surahs’ in Qur'an b) Hazrat Bal Mosque.
3. Largest Mosque in world. c) Shah Faisal Mosque
4. Mosque having Prophet Muhammad's hair. d) 114
5. Mosque demolished in 1992. e) 23
6. Number of Prophets sent by Allah. f) Babri Mosque.
Islamic Architecture in Medieval India
1) Qutub Minar : 1231 A.D. by Qutubuddin Aibak.
2) Adina Mosque : 1368 A.D. by Sikandar Shah of Bengal.
3) Alai Fort : 1303 A.D. by Alauddin Khilji
4) Qila-i-Kunha : 1545 A.D. by Sher Shah Suri Mosque
5) Fatehpur Sikri : 1569 A.D. by Akbar
6) Jami Mosque : 1526 AD. at Sambhal -Babar
7) Kali Mosque : By Firoz Shah Tughlaq
8) Chand Minar : 1435 A.D. by Ahmad Shah Bahmani
9) Chhota Sona Mosque : 1493 A.D. Wali Mohammad.
10) Qadam Rasul : 1519 A.D. by Nusrat Shah of Mosque Bangal.
LINK UP ANSWERS :
1-e 2-d   3-c   4-b   5-f   6-a.
All eyes have shut in deep slumber
the stars have risen high above the sky
you, dear Allah, ruler of the universe
forever awake and forever alive
all kings have locked their doors
and the guards have taken on their roles
but your door remains wide open
for beggars and seekers and helpless souls
I come to you, Oh! Ilahi
please regard me with your compassion
dear Allah, most loving of all who love
Who answers the plea of a person in desperation
dear Allah, who shelters him from
danger, calamity and disease
even your messengers earn a night’s repose
while my dear Allah Al-Qayyum, never sleeps.
Ali Zainal Abiddin, (translated by Nur Jannah)
A woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbour. Within a few days the whole community knew the story. The person it concerned was deeply hurt and offended. Later the woman responsible for spreading the rumour learned that it was completely untrue. She was very sorrowful and went to a wise old sage to find out what she could do to repair the damage.
“Go to the marketplace,” he said, “and purchase a chicken, and have it killed. Then on your way home, pluck its feathers and drop them one by one along the road.”
Although, surprised by this advice, the woman did what she was told.
The next day the wise man said, “Now go and collect all those feathers you dropped yesterday and bring them back to me.”
The woman followed the same road, but to her dismay, the wind had blown the feathers all away. After searching for hours, she returned with only three in her hand. “You see,” said the old sage, “It’s easy to drop them, but it’s impossible to get them back. So it is with gossip. It doesn’t take much to spread a rumour, but once you do, you can never completely undo the wrong.”