Backbenchers? (Hadith No. 66)
Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laithi:
While Allah’s Apostle was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah’s Apostle and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah’s Apostle for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind the gathering, and the third one went away. When Allah’s Apostle finished his preaching, he said, “Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them be-took himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His grace and mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered Him in His mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise. “
Scary and consoling at the same time. :)
So, when we enter the classroom/Masjid hall, we have options:
sit at the front, the back, or leave. Would you prefer taking a seat at the back silently or make an effort to look for a place in the front? Or would you simply leave the place an be like: ‘This isn’t the place for me.’? The reward for each option is mentioned in the Hadith. Check yourself next time you visit such a place.
I would prefer to sit at the front. Backbenchers aren’t so cool in Allah’s eyes.
Note: do not disturb people if you’re late and found an empty seat in the middle of the rows. Be intelligent about it. :)