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PostSubject: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:32 pm

As Salamu Alaikum


Insha Allah I will be posting some beautiful moral stories from the book Stories of Repentance compiled by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri.


Edited to add:

I want to emphasis that the stories presented here are inspirational
and most are not backed by authentic references.



What I want is LIFE that is not Ended by DEATH

It is reported that during one of his journeys, Dhul-Qarnain passed through a city that was once ruled by seven successive kings. Upon meeting some of the inhabitants of the city, Dhul-Qarnain asked, “Are any of the descendents of those kings alive today?”

They said, “ Yes, a single male descendent, yet he steers clear of human beings and keeps company with no one; in fact, he spends much of his time in the graveyard.”

Dhul-Qarnain said, “Tell me where I can find him.” He then went to meet with the eccentric-sounding of kings. When he finally met him, he noticed that he looked weak and had an emaciated body. Though Dhul-Qarnain didn’t know it, the man’s body was so thin not from a lack of resources, but from constant worship and a general lack of concern for material pleasure. Dhul-Qarnain extended greetings of peace to the man, who then returned those greetings. Dhul-Qarnain then asked, “Why do you spend so much time in the graveyard?”

The man lowered his head for a moment, and after a brief pause, he raised it and said, “I initially wanted to see if I could distinguish between the bones of kings and the bones of their slaves, but of course I wasn’t able to do so. Their end is the same.”

Dhul-Qarnain said, “If you wish to follow me, I will help you to rekindle the honor of your fathers –that is, if you have the ambition that is needed to achieve that end.”

The man said, “My ambition for that is little. But if you really want to help me.”

Dhul-Qarnain said, “What is it that you desire (and I will then try to help you to achieve your goal)?”

He said, “What I want is life that is not ended by death, youth that is never supplanted by old age, and richness that is never followed by poverty.”

“I cannot help you achieve that end,” said Dhul-Qarnain.

The man said, “Then go on to your business, and leave me to seek the fulfillment of my goal from He Who is able to help me. For indeed, this world is departing, and the Hereafter draws near. The journey is long, yet I have not much provision (i.e. good deeds) for it.”


Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri (Darussalam Publication)

Let’s ask ourselves, have we prepared ample provisions for our journey.

O Allah protect us from the Zina of this world verily the life is this world is nothing except deception Ameen!

Wa Alaikum Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu


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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:34 pm

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It was because of Their Repentance that they were Saved

When we invoke Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala for help, we may refer to good deeds that we had previously performed sincerely fro Allah, thus increasing the likelihood of our repentance and supplication in the following narration, which is reported in Al-Bukhari.


Narrated Abdullah Ibn 'Umar (Radhi Allahu Anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam) said, "While three persons were walking, they were overtaken by rain and they took shelter in a cave in a mountain. A big rock fell from the mountain over the mouth of the cave and blocked it. They said to each other. 'Think of such good (righteous) deeds which, you did for Allah's sake only, and invoke Allah by giving reference to those deeds so that Allah may relieve you from your difficulty.

One of them said, 'O Allah! I had my parents who were very old and I had small children for whose sake I used to work as a shepherd. When I returned to them at night and milked (the sheep), I used to start giving the milk to my parents first before giving to my children. And one day I went far away in search of a grazing place (for my sheep), and didn't return home till late at night and found that my parents had slept. I milked (my livestock) as usual and brought the milk vessel and stood at their heads, and I disliked to wake them up from their sleep, and I also disliked to give the milk to my children before my parents though my children were crying (from hunger) at my feet. So this state of mine and theirs continued till the day dawned. (O Allah!) If you considered that I had done that only for seeking Your pleasure, then please let there be an opening through which we can see the sky.' So Allah made for them an opening through which they could see the sky.

Then the second person said, 'O Allah! I had a she-cousin whom I loved as much as a passionate man love a woman. I tried to seduce her but she refused till I paid her one-hundred Dinars So I worked hard till I collected one hundred Dinars and went to her with that But when I sat in between her legs (to have sexual intercourse with her), she said, 'O Allah's slave! Be afraid of Allah ! Do not deflower me except legally (by marriage contract). So I left her O Allah! If you considered that I had done that only for seeking Your pleasure then please let the rock move a little to have a (wider) opening.'

So Allah shifted that rock to make the opening wider for them. And the last (third) person said 'O Allah ! I employed a laborer for wages equal to a Faraq (a certain measure: of rice, and when he had finished his job he demanded his wages, but when I presented his due to him, he gave it up and refused to take it. Then I kept on sowing that rice for him (several times) till managed to buy with the price of the yield, some cows and their shepherd Later on the laborer came to me an said. '(O Allah's slave!) Be afraid o Allah, and do not be unjust to me an give me my due.' I said (to him). 'Go and take those cows and their shepherd. So he took them and went away. (So, O Allah!) If You considered that I had done that for seeking Your pleasure, then please remove the remaining part of the rock.'

And so Allah released them (from their difficulty)."


Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri (Darussalam Publication)

Wa Alaikum Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu


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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:36 pm

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Everything That is going to Happen is Near at Hand

This is one of the famous sayings of Al-Hasan (Rahimahullah):

Before He created us, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala knew that we would sin and disobey Him; yet He Subhanahu wa Ta’ala still made us Muslims. O sinners, hurry to repent before the pangs of death overcome you, before the time of utter regret is upon you. Work, for death is coming, and everything that is coming is near at hand. Death hovers over you day and night; it will not come late, not even for one who has lost track of time,(i.e. although the one who loses track of time is late for all his appointments, he will not be late for his appointment with death.)”

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri (Darussalam Publication)


O Allah include us amongst those who repent and do righteous deeds Ameen!

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:39 pm

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Mercy and Forgiveness for the One who Repents

When Al-Mansur bin Ammar (Rahimahullah) once entered the court of Abdul-Malik bin Marwan the latter said, “O Mansur, I have a question for you, and I will give you respite for an entire year to answer it: Who is the wisest of people, and who is the most ignorant of people?”

Al-Mansur left the castle and spent some time in contemplation in a nearby courtyard. Then the answer came to him and so he quickly hurried back to Abdul-Malik. “O Mansur, why have you returned?” asked Abdul-Malik.

The wisest of people, O Leader of the Believers, is the doer of good deeds who fears (not having his deed accepted),” said Al-Mansur. “And the most ignorant of people is he who does good deeds and feels safe (in that his deeds will be accepted.) Upon hearing these words, Abdul-Malik began to cry until his garments became soaked in tears. He then said, “You have done well, O Mansur. Now recite a part of the Qur'an to me, for the Qur'an is a cure for what is in the breasts of men.” Mansur then recited this verse:

“On the Day when every person will be confronted with all the good he has done, and all the evil he has done, he will wish that there were a great distance between him and his evil. And Allah warns you against Himself and Allah is full of Kindness to (His) slaves.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:30)

“You have killed me, O Mansur,” said Abdul-Malik. “O Mansur, what does, ‘And Allah warns you against Himself,’ mean?”

“It means His Punishment,” said Mansur.

“And what is the meaning of ‘every person will be confronted with all the good he has done’? asked Abdul-Malik.

“It means that every person will be confronted on the Day of Resurrection by all of his deeds, the largest of them and the tiniest of them. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala will not leave out or forget any of that.” Abdul-Malik then continued to cry until being overcome with fear, fainted.

O Allah include us amongst those whose scale of good deeds is heavy on the Day of Resurrection Ameen!


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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:46 pm

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A Complete Transformation

Jafar bin Harb wasn’t simply wealthy; he was also an important government figure, not officially, but he still enjoyed as much wealth and status as the Governors of the various provinces. In fact, when it came to important tasks, the ruler trusted Jafar implicitly. Greatly preoccupied with worldly pursuits. Jafar did not lend much of his time to apply the teachings of Islam. But then one day, he heard a man recite this Verse:

“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah-Islamic Monotheism) to be affected by Allah’s Reminder (this Qur'an) and that which has been revealed of the truth.” (Surah Al-Hadid 57: 16)

Jafar called out: “O Allah, yes…….O Allah, “yes…….O Allah, (The time has indeed come for my heart to be affected by Allah’s Reminder.)” He then cried many tears of sorrow for his former meaningless life.

He proceeded to distribute all of his wealth as atonement for his previous transgressions. When I say all of his wealth, I mean even his clothing. To cover his private areas, he walked into the shallow part of a river. Hearing about Jafar’s complete transformation, a man went to the river and gave him clothing as a gift. Now owning nothing save the clothes he received as a gift, Jafar dedicated the rest of his life to knowledge and worship.

The point of this and similar stories is not to encourage people to go to extremes in their lives; rather it is to show how people from the earlier centuries of Islam underwent compete character transformations once they became guided to repenting from their sins. The questions we have to ask ourselves are these:

Have we repented sincerely for our sins?

If yes, then how much have we changed for the better? And how much more can we do to change for the better?

And if no, then has not the time come for our hearts to be affected by Allah’s Reminder (the Qur'an) and by what has been revealed of the truth?

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

“O Allah! Guide us, protect us, bestow Your Mercy upon us and make us amongst those who repent Ameen!"

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:51 pm

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It is indeed You who are the Rider, and I who am the Foot-Traveler.

One year, Ibrahim bin Adham decided to perform Hajj on foot, walking not just from one place to another in Makkah, but also to and from his homeland, which meant a long and arduous trek. As he was leaving his homeland, a man riding on a camel passed by and said, O ibn Adham, where are you going?”

“I am going to perform Hajj, if Allah wills,” said Ibrahim.

“Then where is your mount, ibn Adham, for the journey is long?” asked the man.

‘I have many mounts that I ride upon, though you cannot see them,” said Ibrahim.

“What?” asked the man, not comprehending Ibrahim’s meaning.

“If I am afflicted with a calamity, I ride on the mount (figuratively, of course) of patience (for just as a mount takes a person from one place to another, patience takes one to safety in the Hereafter). If I am given a blessing, I ride on the mount of thankfulness. If something that is decreed (and that is difficult to bear) happens to me, I ride on the mount of contentment. And when my soul invites me (to satisfy some lust or desire), I reflect on how the time I have left on earth is less than the time that has already gone by.”

“You are indeed traveling by the command of Allah,” said the man. “Then by Allah, it is you who are the rider, and I who am the foot-traveler.”

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

O Allah grant us Patience and keep our feet firmly on Your Straight Path Ameen!

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:15 pm

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A Heavy Burden

There was once a devoted worshipper among the Children of Israel who owned nothing except for a robe made of wool and a water canteen, which he would use when he would go around offering thirsty people a drink of water. When he was on his deathbed, he said to his Companions, “Indeed, all that I leave behind in terms of worldly things are my robe and my canteen. I cannot bear carrying them on the Day of Resurrection, so when I die, give them to the king, for he will be able to carry them along with all of this other worldly possession.”

When the worshipper died, his Companions went to the king and told him what the worshipper had said before dying.

“This worshipper says that he will not be able to carry a mere robe and canteen!” exclaimed the king. “Then, on the Day of Resurrection, how will I be able to carry all of the worldly things that I have in my possession?”

“He accepted the robe and wore it. Then, taking the canteen in his hand, he left his kingdom and began a new life that was devoted to the worship of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and to the service of His creation; he, like the previous owner of the canteen, went around serving thirsty people water.

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala protect us from our desires, whims and fancies. Ameen!

Wa Alaikum Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu


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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:16 pm

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The Blessing of Repentance………. or the Blessing of Richness

A resident of Damascus, Ubaidah bin Muhajir was a well-respected, and extremely rich, businessman, who one day decided to make a business trip to Azerbaijan. After a long day of travel, Ubaidah came across a pasture and a river that ran alongside it. After he had made camp and was resting, he heard the sound of someone praising Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Going to the source of the sound, Ubaidah came across a man who, attired in a garment made of straw, was resting in a ditch. After having extended greetings of peace to the man, Ubaidah inquire, “Who are you, O slave of Allah?”

“A Muslim,” answered the man.

“How difficult your circumstances seem to be,” said Ubaidah.

“I lead a life that is replete with blessings,” said the man.

“How can you say that when you are wearing not clothing, but a covering made of straw!” exclaimed Ubaidah.

“Any why shouldn’t I praise Allah for creating me, for giving me good form, for causing me to be born and raised as a Muslim, for blessing me with sound health, and for covering that part of my body which I dislike mentioning? Who goes to sleeping having greater blessings than these, all of which I enjoy?”

“May Allah have mercy on you,” said Ubaidah. “Will you not come back with me to my camp, for I have made camp beside the river?”

“Why?”

“So that I can feed you and give you real clothing, making it unnecessary for you to wear straw.”

“I have no need for any of that,” said the man.

Ubaidah later said, “I then left him and returned to my campsite. I later fell into contemplation, and the more I thought about my situation, the more I despised my life and even myself. Here I was, the richest man in Damascus, having no fear of anyone in Damascus having even nearly as much wealth as I had, yet I was going on a journey to make even more money. It was at that point that I said: ‘O Allah, I indeed repent to You for he evilness of my situation.” Ubaidah thereafter turned away from the pursuit of acquiring wealth, and instead dedicated his life to repentance and worship.

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

O Allah forgive us our shortcomings. Ameen!

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:22 pm

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If you really want to Disobey Allah……..!

It is reported that a man once went to Ibrahim bin Adham and said, “O Abu Ishaq, I continually wrong my own self, and I turn away from everything that invites me to improve my way of life.”

Ibrahim said. “If you can fulfill five conditions, the sinning will never harm you, and you can fulfill your desires as much as you want.”

“Tell me those conditions,” exclaimed the man.

“As for the first, if you want to disobey Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala then do not eat from His sustenance,” said Ibrahim.

“What then will I eat, for everything on the earth is from His sustenance?” said the man.

“Listen,” said Ibrahim. “Are you being sensible when you eat from His sustenance while you are disobedient to Him?”

“No,” said the man. “What is the second condition?” he asked, somewhat nervously.

“If you want to disobey Allah, then do not live in any of His lands,” said Ibrahim.

“This is even worse than the first. All that is in the East and West belong to Him. So where then will I live?”

“Listen,” said Ibrahim. “If you insist on disobeying Him while you eat from His sustenance and live in His lands, then at least look for a spot where He cannot see you, and disobey Him there.”

“O Ibrahim!” exclaimed the man, “How can I do that, when He even knows the deepest secrets that are in the breasts of men? What is the fourth condition?” he asked, downright despondently.

“When the angel of death comes to take your soul, then say to him, ‘Give me some respite, so that I can repent sincerely and perform good deeds.’”

“When the time comes, the angel will not accept that plea from me,” said the man.

“Listen,” said Ibrahim. “If you cannot put off death in order to repent, then how do you expect to be saved?”

“Tell me the fifth condition,” said the man.

“When the guardians of Hell-Fire come to take you away on the Day of Resurrection, don’t go with them.”

“They won’t let me go!” exclaimed the man.

“Then how do you expect to be saved?” asked Ibrahim.

“Stop, stop! That is enough for me,” said the man. “I ask Allah to forgive me, and I indeed repent to Him.” From that day onwards, he dedicated his life to the worship of Allah (Azza wa Jall).

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri


O Allah we seek protection in Your Forgiveness from Your Punishment. Ameen!'

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:26 pm

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The Good deeds remove evil deeds

Abdullah bin Mas’ud (Radhi Allahu Anhu) narrated that a man once kissed a woman who was unlawful to him, then went to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and informed him of what had happened. This Verse was then revealed:

“And perform As-Salat (Iqamatas-Salat), at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night (the five compulsory Salat –Prayer) Verily the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). That is a reminder (on advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice).”
(Surah Hud 11: 114)

The man asked. “O Messenger of Allah, is this for me?”

“It is for anyone from my nation who applies it.” Answered the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam)

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:28 pm

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Repentance is Sweet

A tyrant ruler once left his castle to walk around the streets of his realm in order to enjoy himself. As he was walking, he came across a number of gardens and decided to enter one of them. After spending a short while looking at the garden’s beautiful trees, he became thirsty, and so he asked the owner of the garden, who was standing nearby, for a drink. The owner told him that though there was no water nearby, the ruler was free to take a pomegranate and quench his thirst by eating it. The ruler agreed and when he took his first bite from the pomegranate that was given to him, he was amazed to see how wonderfully and almost unnaturally, sweet it was.

He said to himself: “This pomegranate is indeed wonderful.” He decided to evict the owner and take possession on the garden. But first he wanted to make sure that all of the pomegranate of the garden were equally wonderful and sweet, and so he asked for another one. When he began to eat a second pomegranate, he was shocked to see that it was very bitter and foul tasting. He asked the owner if it was from the same tree as the first pomegranate.

“Yes,” said the owner.

“Then how come it is not as sweet as the first?” inquired the ruler.

“O leader, perhaps you intended to do some evil, which caused its taste to change,” said the righteous garden owner.

“By Allah, the man has spoken the truth,” thought the ruler. After repenting from his intention to usurp the garden, the ruler decided that he wanted to enjoy another pomegranate, and so he asked for one. When he tasted it, he was amazed to see that it was even sweeter than the first one he had eaten. What is more, it was from the very same tree.

For the one who repents, my beloved readers, life is always sweet and wonderful. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala said:

“And (commanding you): “Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of Grace. (i.e. – the one who helps and serves needy and deserving, physically and with his wealth, and even with good words.) (Surah Hud 11:.3)

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

O Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, we repent for our sins which we committed knowingly and unknowingly, forgive us as none forgives sins except You Ameen!

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:30 pm

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Race toward Repentance

Wanting to advise his son Al-Hasan (Radhi Allahu Anhu), Ali (Radhi Allahu Anhu) said, “My son: Beware of three, be in harmony with three, be modest before three, race to three, flee from three, be in disagreement with three, fear three and hope from three.”

“O my father, please explain,” said Al-Hasan (Radhi Allahu Anhu).

“Beware of pride, anger and the base kind of ambition.

Live in harmony with Allah’s Book, His Messenger’s Sunnah and the lives of His righteous slaves.

Be modest before Allah, the angels and the righteous people.
Hurry away {to someplace (away from sinning)} from fear of sinning,
race to repentance and sprint forward in the pursuit of knowledge.

My Son, flee from lying, treachery, and transgression.

Stay away from (i.e. be in disagreement with) evil and its people, hypocrisy and its people, and foolishness and its people.

Fear Allah (the company of) those who do not fear Allah, and the biting (evil speech) of your tongue.

Hope for Allah to forgive your sins, to accept your deeds, and to accept the intercession of your Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam)”

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:31 pm

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The Lingering Pain of Sinning

To be sure, every single one of us is a sinner. But what distinguishes some from others is that some people feel no remorse for past sins, while others feel a great deal of remorse. The latter group repents and continually strives to improve, while the former group sits back self-complacently, going through the motions of life without appreciating the significance of their actions.

For the sincere person, sin is painful; its pain lingers in his heart for many years, very often until the day he dies. An example of such a person is the noble Companion Sa’id bin Amir (Radhi Allahu Anhu).

During the caliphate of Umar bin Al-Khattab (Radhi Allahu Anhu), Sa’id bin Amir (Radhi Allahu Anhu) was the governor of Hims, a city in Ash-Sham. When Umar (Radhi Allahu Anhu) visited Hims to see how things were going there, he was met by a large group of people who began to complain to him about Sa’id (Radhi Allahu Anhu). Basically they found fault with Sa’id (Radhi Allahu Anhu) in four matters. First, they said, he would not to come out to them until mid-morning. Second, he would refuse to answer any caller during the night. Third, once a month, he would stay away from the people. And fourth. Every once in a while, Sa’id (Radhi Allahu Anhu) will fain and lose consciousness for no apparent reason.

The Leader of the Believers asked Sa’id (Radhi Allahu Anhu) to respond to their complaints. In regard to the first complaint, he explained that he had no servant and that every morning, he had to crush his own wheat in order to make bread. As soon as he would finish making his bread, he said, he would then go out to serve the people. As for not answering any callers during the night, he said that he dedicated his days to serving the people and his nights to worshipping Allah Azza wa Jall. As not going out to the people once a month, he explained that he had only one garment and that he washed it once a month and had to then wait until it dried.

As for passing out every so often, Sa’id (Radhi Allahu Anhu) gave this explanation: “When I was a polytheist, I witnessed the brutal execution of Habib Al-Ansari in Makkah. I saw how the Quraish cut up his flesh (little by little). They said (to Habib), ‘Do you now want for Muhammad to take your place?’ He said, ‘By Allah, I would not want to be safe with myself, my family, and my children, if Muhammad were even to be pricked by a thorn.’ Every time I remember that day and how I refrained from helping Habib - for I was a polytheist and did not believe in Allah the All-Mighty – I begin to think that Allah Azza wa Jall (the Possessor of Might and Majesty) will never forgive me. It is then that I (faint), O Leader of the Believers.”

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

O Allah make us amongst those who repent sincerely. Ameen!

Wa Alaikum Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu


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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:32 pm

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The Advice of Al-Hasan

Al-Hasan once wrote the following short letter to Umar bin Abdul-Aziz:

“Fear what Allah told you to fear. Take what is in your hands, and use it for what is to come (i.e. the Hereafter). At the moment of death, sure news will come to you and peace.”

Umar wrote back, asking Al-Hasan to advise him some more. This is the letter that Al-Hasan wrote back:

“Indeed the terror (of the Day of Resurrection) is greater (that you might think). Indeed, frightful matters are near at hand. You will have to face all of that, either by facing it all and being saved, or by facing it all and being destroyed. Know that he who takes account of his own deeds will succeed, and that he who is negligent in this regard will fail. Whoever looks at the outcomes of his actions will be saved, while he who obeys his desires will be misguided. Whoever is patient and forbearing will gain profits. Whoever remains awake and vigilant (regarding his deeds) will be safe; whoever is safe, reflects, whoever reflects, sees, whoever sees, understands; and whoever understands, knows. Then if you slip return (and repent). And when you are remorseful, then refrain (from returning to your sin.) when you are ignorant, ask. And when you are angry, restrain your anger.”

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

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PostSubject: Re: Stories of Repentance (the Book)   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:32 pm

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The Noble Qur'an

One year, when Al-Asma’i was on his way to perform Hajj, a Bedouin who carried a large sword and a long spear confronted him. It was quite obvious that he was a highway robber. He came near Al-Asma’í, and instead of fleeing or attempting to escape, Al-Asma’i drew nearer to him. Without any show of nervousness or trepidation, Al-Asma’i extended greetings of peace to the robber. The latter responded and then asked, “Where are you from?”

“I am a poor man on a journey,” was Al-Asma’i reply, though it did not really answer the robber’s question.

“Do you have anything with you?” asked the robber politely. He probably thought: If he is going to address me with good manners, I might as well rob him with a show of proper etiquette.

“Yes, I have with me the Qur'an,” answered Al-Asma’i.

“And what is the Qur'an?” asked the robber, who obviously had never before heard of Islam.

“It is the speech of Allah Azza wa Jall (the Possessor of Mighty and Majesty) said Al-Asma’i.

“And does Allah have speech?”

“Yes” replied Al-Asma’i.

“Then let me hear some of His Speech,” said the robber.

Al-Asma’i then recited the following Verse:

“And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised. (Surah Adh-Dhariyat 51: 22)

When the robber heard these words, he began to cry, after which he threw down his sword and spear. He then said, “Perish the highway robber, who seeks sustenance on earth, when it is really in the heavens!” Realizing that his sustenance was guaranteed by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, the robber immediately perceived the utter folly of seeking out sustenance through unlawful means. And so he repented and made a vow never to return to that sin again.

Al-Asma’i was very much pleased to see the quick and complete transformation of the robber. On the following year, when Al-Asma’i went to perform Hajj again, he saw the former robber – whose face now had the signs of Faith written on it – clinging to the curtain of the Ka'bah. It was late in the night and he was saying. “O my Lord eyes are sleeping and every loved one is with his beloved. The gates of all kings are now closed, but Your gate is open to those who ask of You. Would that I knew whether You accepted this night (of worship) from me……………..”

Source: Stories of Repentance –Complied by Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri


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