Today’s Hadith is a real eye-opener. Read very carefully and learn your lesson!
Narrated Jabir bin Samura:
The People of Kufa complained against Sa’d to ‘Umar and the latter dismissed him and appointed ‘Ammar as their chief . They lodged many complaints against Sa’d and even they alleged that he did not pray properly. ‘Umar sent for him and said, “O Aba Ishaq! These people claim that you do not pray properly.” Abu Ishaq said, “By Allah, I used to pray with them a prayer similar to that of Allah’s Apostle and I never reduced anything of it. I used to prolong the first two Rakat of ‘Isha prayer and shorten the last two Rakat.” ‘Umar said, “O Aba Ishaq, this was what I thought about you.” And then he sent one or more persons with him to Kufa so as to ask the people about him. So they went there and did not leave any mosque without asking about him. All the people praised him till they came to the mosque of the tribe of Bani ‘Abs; one of the men called Usama bin Qatada with a surname of Aba Sa’da stood up and said, “As you have put us under an oath; I am bound to tell you that Sa’d never went himself with the army and never distributed (the war booty) equally and never did justice in legal verdicts.” (On hearing it) Sa’d said, “I pray to Allah for three things: O Allah! If this slave of yours is a liar and got up for showing off, give him a long life, increase his poverty and put him to trials.” (And so it happened). Later on when that person was asked how he was, he used to reply that he was an old man in trial as the result of Sa’d’s curse. ‘Abdul Malik, the sub narrator, said that he had seen him afterwards and his eyebrows were over-hanging his eyes owing to old age and he used to tease and assault the small girls in the way.
Looking at the whole narration, I don’t understand why anyone wanted to get Sa`d/Abu Ishaq dismissed from chieftain. It’s one thing to have personal grudges against a person, but to humiliate them publicly and spreading false rumors about them is just WRONG!
But Allah helps His slaves. Sa`d prayed to Allah to bring out the truth (because Abu Sa`da had taken an oath while saying what he said about Sa`d). And Allah accepted his prayer. Abu Sa`da was cursed. And reading about his last days is giving me the chills! He couldn’t help himself. Being old, poor and still teasing/assaulting ‘small girls’ he saw on the way. May Allah not make us from among those who have long lives and are put to trials. :(
Don’t let people curse you. As in, don’t give them the reason to do so. And avoid cursing others! If they don’t deserve it, it’ll come back to you. True story.
What can you do to save your deen? Can you give up all that you own? Tough question, right? It shouldn’t be!
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Allah’s Apostle said, “A time will come that the best property of a Muslim will be sheep, which he will take on the top of mountains and the places of rainfall (valleys) so as to flee with his religion from Al-Fitan (afflictions and trials).”
Al-Fitan (singular: finah) refers to anything that makes you heedless of Allah.
Simply put, the person will prefer living on mountains rather than put his deen in danger.
We’re made to go through tests and trials everyday. Anyone who says ‘La Iaha Illa Allah’ will definitely be tested, to check if he really means what he says. And just like our SAT’s and GCE’s, we get graded on these tests. Our reactions determine our grades. And the top scorers are the chosen ones.
This Hadith doesn’t mean we should start living on mountains. The lesson here is, that we should avoid Fitan (afflictions). Keep the definition in mind and you’ll get a lot of examples. A lot of things make us heedless of our Lord. We forget He’s watching us. Worse, we forget Him completely.
Another important thing: our use of certain things determines their effect. For example, computer isn’t a Fitnah in itself. The way we use it will decide. There are good things and wicked things available on a computer. It’s all about our choice. And it all depends on how careful we are about our deen.