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Killer in Paradise (Ahadith 2474 – 2475)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 2473 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 79 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu)
On the day of the Conquest (of Mecca) the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “There is no emigration after the Conquest but Jihad and intentions. When you are called (by the Muslim ruler) for fighting, go forth immediately.”

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 80 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Allah welcomes two men with a smile; one of whom kills the other and both of them enter Paradise. One fights in Allah’s Cause and gets killed. Later on Allah forgives the killer who also gets martyred (in Allah’s Cause).”

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 80 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
I went to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while he was at Khaibar after it had fallen in the Muslims’ hands. I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Give me a share (from the land of Khaibar).” One of the sons of Sa’id bin Al-‘As said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do not give him a share.” I said, “This is the murderer of Ibn Qauqal.” The son of Said bin Al-As said, “Strange! A Wabr (i.e. guinea pig) who has come down to us from the mountain of Qaduim (i.e. grazing place of sheep) blames me for killing a Muslim who was given superiority by Allah because of me, and Allah did not disgrace me at his hands (i.e. was not killed as an infidel).” (The sub-narrator said “I do not know whether the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) gave him a share or not.”)

The scenario is somewhat similar to what we discussed about a companion named Hartha (radiallaahu `anhu). The one who gets killed in Allah’s Cause is a martyr, no doubt. But what’s this about the killer going to Jannah (after getting martyred)?

Well, it’s about repentance. The killer seeks forgiveness for killing the first guy, Allah forgives him (maybe he was a non-Muslim before and now he has accepted Islam, or maybe he was a robber before and now he has repented). Once he’s forgiven, he participates in Jihad and gets martyred. Bingo!

All these narrations that talk about ‘unlikely’ people entering Jannah make me think more and more about how we can’t judge anyone’s fate. We can’t know for sure about anyone. The most pious person in the world can end up in Hell due to a bad end and the worst of all men can be blessed with gardens of Paradise. There’s just no saying.

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Salah Expiates Sins (Hadith No. 504)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 504:

Narrated Ibn Mas’ud:

A man kissed a woman (unlawfully) and then went to the Prophet and informed him. Allah revealed:

And offer prayers perfectly at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night (i.e. the five compulsory prayers). Verily! good deeds remove (annul) the evil deeds (small sins) (11.114). The man asked Allah’s Apostle, “Is it for me?” He said, “It is for all my followers.”

Lately you’ve been feeling this burden on your chest. This sin that you committed, knowingly or unknowingly. You crossed your limits. You disobeyed your Lord. Now you want your way back. A way to somehow press ‘delete’ on your past. You want to share the burden and feel lightened. But you can’t. You can’t tell anyone. No one would understand.

Stop right there! There is someone. The one who’s been there all along. The one who understands you and your circumstances. The one who’s been hiding your sin from others. The one who always listens. He’s waiting for you to come back. He’s waiting for your repentance. A sincere one. Just do it.

Repentance is such a blessing. It automatically removes your burden. But what after that? What’s the guarantee that you won’t slip again? You did it once, you might do it again. If you fear yourself, ask Allah to keep you strong. And carry on.

To feel better, pray. To increase your strength, do more good deeds. For verily, good deeds remove the evil ones.

And remember, there’s no way of knowing (for sure) if your repentance was accepted or not. But that’s the good thing about it. A believer is always somewhere in between fear and hope. The fear that Allah won’t forgive him, and the hope that He’s the Oft-Forgiving, that He shall forgive him.

Allah is the always Merciful, the Oft-Forgiving (not Always-Forgiving).

Wassalam.

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