The Best of Generations (Hadith No. 2541)
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 146 :
Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A time will come when groups of people will go for Jihad and it will be asked, ‘Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)?’ The answer will be, ‘Yes.’ Then they will be given victory (by Allah) (because of him). Then a time will come when it will be asked. ‘Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)?’ It will be said, ‘Yes,’ and they will be given victory (by Allah). Then a time will come when it will be said. ‘Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the companions of the Prophet?’ It will be said, ‘Yes,’ and they will be given victory (by Allah).”
This narration signifies the rank and honor of the companions, tabi’een and their followers – the three best generations according to the hadith of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam):
It also proves that people get good from Allah because of the good ones among them. For example, there can be a community who gets Allah’s blessings not because they’re His favorites as a whole, but because there are some individuals/groups among them who are loved by Him, and He lets His Mercy rain on all of them.
Right the Wrong (Hadith No. 2366)
Volume 3, Book 49, Number 868 :
Narrated by Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
Once Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard the loud voices of some opponents quarreling at the door. One of them was appealing to the other to deduct his debt and asking him to be lenient but the other was saying, “By Allah I will not do so.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) went out to them and said, “Who is the one who was swearing by Allah that he would not do a favor?” That man said, “I am that person, O Allah’s Apostle! I will give my opponent whatever he wishes.”
There’s something really oxymoron-ish about swearing by Allah to not do something good. The two just don’t go together. Often times we say things in anger and heat of the moment that we come to regret later. If only we thought once before speaking. If only there was someone to correct us right there on the spot. Alas, the wicked things that are tongues are!
One of the noblest traits of one’s character is to admit mistakes and make amends. The good thing about this world is that we always have a second, third, fourth chance to start afresh – as long as death doesn’t come knocking.
So if you slipped, if you were in error, you need to take the first step towards forgiveness. Admit your fault and right the wrong. You still have a chance.
A Portion of Hell (Hadith No. 2135)
There’s this strange feeling I’m getting that maybe I’ve covered this hadith before but I’m unable to find it in the blog. Never mind, we’ll do it anyway. Reminder benefits!
Volume 3, Book 43, Number 638:
Narrated Um Salama (radiallaahu `anhaa) (the wife of the Prophet)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard some people quarreling at the door of his dwelling. He came out and said, “I am only a human being, and opponents come to me (to settle their problems); maybe someone amongst you can present his case more eloquently than the other, whereby I may consider him true and give a verdict in his favor. So, If I give the right of a Muslim to another by mistake, then it is really a portion of (Hell) Fire, he has the option to take or give up (before the Day of Resurrection).”
When we try to prove ourselves innocent despite having done something wrong, what goes on in our minds? Are we lying to save ourselves from the embarrassment and humility it’ll bring? Or the loss of respect? Or loss of other worldly benefits?
Why do we forget that even if we save our faces in this world, we won’t be able to hide them on the Day of Judgement..? When our sins and mistakes are exposed on that day, there’ll be humiliation like none other. The whole world, nay, the whole humanity will see your secrets out in the open. So imagine having the whole world on your Facebook friend-list and someone hacks your account and lets out your dirty secret(s). You get a few hundred likes and a trillion dislikes with a gazillion hate comments. Some mock you, some ridicule you, and some, aadat se majboor () people troll that post. Where would you hide your face? Would you not want the Earth to swallow you right then and there?
Such (and much worse) is the humiliation of the Day of Judgement. And make that a combo with a large side of Hell-fire forever please! Drinks? Oh yes, pus, blood, and boiling water, thank you very much!
Let’s avoid all that by facing a small punishment and insignificant humiliation in this world. Let’s be honest inshaAllah.