Yesterday’s Hadith highlighted the importance of good company. Today you’ll see what a ‘good’ friend is like. The best example of all times: Abu Bakr, Prophet (SAW)’s friend. <3
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The Prophet delivered a sermon and said, “Allah gave a choice to one of (His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Hereafter. He chose the latter.” Abu Bakr wept. I said lo myself, “Why is this Sheikh weeping, if Allah gave choice to one (of His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Here after and he chose the latter?” And that slave was Allah’s Apostle himself. Abu Bakr knew more than us. The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr! Don’t weep. The Prophet added: Abu- Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr but the Islamic brotherhood and friendship is sufficient. Close all the gates in the mosque except that of Abu Bakr.
We all know the stories of their friendship. How he was the only man supporting him, believing in him when everyone else, even family, turned their backs on the Prophet (SAW). We know how he was always ready to put his life on the line for him, how he helped out in the Hijrah and how glad he was to find out that he was accompanying the Prophet (SAW) on his journey to Madinah. He was thaniya ithnayn (the second of the two), as Allah mentions him in the Qur’an. He was Abu Bakr, Allah be pleased with him.
ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا
“..the second of the two; when they (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه) were in the cave, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to his companion (Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه): “Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allah is with us.” [At-Tawbah: 40]
There’s a lot to say about Abu Bakr (RA). There’s a lot to know about him. Try reading up on him. And, do listen to this beautiful nasheed about him:
Do you have a friend like that? Moreover, are YOU such a friend to others? :)
Quick question: do you know why he was known as as-Siddeeq?
Delight: a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment.
It’s not easy to achieve. It’s not impossible either.
The Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:
1. The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else.
2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah’s sake.
3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire.”
Loving people for Allah’s sake. A lot comes under this topic, but this is the crux of the matter: this kind of love increases your love for Allah.
I only want to quote Zain Bhikha at this point..
This life is a trial, can never the let the test effect your smile
Reach for your brother, go the extra mile
Kiss for ya mother, hug your sister, let your wife know that you miss her
Know that you can never give up
When you fall to the floor, I’m the reason you must get up
I’m a blessing from God, so why you don’t use me more is so odd
You need love! We need love!
I’ve been thinking all day: what to blog about? Forgetting that all this time, I had the perfect Press regarding real life! ;)
Getting so many holidays after a year is NOT good for health, trust me. Health as in physical + mental + spiritual. But we try to console ourselves with: “I deserve it.” or “It’s needed for another fresh start.” The same happened with me. One year: tough routine (which I like). End of the year: ’round 20 holidays. Who can live with that?
Holidays in my life are spent at home, mostly. Once in a blue moon, with the Grace of Allah, something exciting might happen.
I come to my point now.. Spending all this time at home drives you crazy. People are around you 24/7. Cherry on top: it’s the SAME people you interact with day and night. NO CHANGE! I can’t stand it so I tend to get very very cranky.
So these holidays I tried to be selfless. To not let my ‘self’ come in the way of me being nice to people. I TRIED. Can’t say that I succeeded. :p
One crazy thing about being selfless is that you don’t get any reward whatsoever. Nobody even notices that you’re trying so hard. Haha. It’s the perfect trial one can go through. So you expect the reward only from Allah. Because He knows. He knows you’ve been sacrificing. He knows you wanted to smack the person who criticized your cooking/cleaning/any other effort you made BUT you controlled your ‘self’ there. You held yourself back from reaction. You practised true patience. Good patience! :)
And this is what I love the most about it: your intention can never go wrong. Since you’re not showing off to anyone. You’re doing it for the sake of Allah alone. And only He’ll reward you with what you deserve.
Listen to the nasheed ‘Allah Knows’ by Zain Bhikha to get more emo. ;)
Today’s lesson: be selfless!
Another great nasheed by Zain Bhikha: Mum and Dad
Official Video for Zain Bhikhas Latest release: 1415 The Beginning- Mum and Dad
The 2nd of a two part story that highlights the inspiration that led Zain to begin singing in 1994/1415 almost 15 years ago.
Enjoy and wassalam. :)