يَوْمَ تَرَوْنَهَا تَذْهَلُ كُلُّ مُرْضِعَةٍ عَمَّا أَرْضَعَتْ وَتَضَعُ كُلُّ ذَاتِ حَمْلٍ حَمْلَهَا وَتَرَى النَّاسَ سُكَارَىٰ وَمَا هُم بِسُكَارَىٰ وَلَٰكِنَّ عَذَابَ اللَّهِ شَدِيدٌ
On the Day you see it every nursing mother will be distracted from that [child] she was nursing, and every pregnant woman will abort her pregnancy, and you will see the people [appearing] intoxicated while they are not intoxicated; but the punishment of Allah is severe. (22:2)
- The greatest lesson that one can take from Hajj is that they will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement.
- One can see a sample of the Day of Judgement when one looks at ‘rafah.
- The first description of Day of Judgement given in surah Hajj is that of a mother and her child.
- We know the most intimate relationship in this world is that of a mother and child, to the extent that the mother will sacrifice herself for the child.
- But the extreme horrors of the Day of Judgement even make the mother completely forget about her child.
- Not only forget, but forget it while in the state of breast feeding (the word murd’ without the ta means a mother who breastfeeds. The addition of ta implies that the child is being suckled).
Imam al-shafii said that there is an ayah in the Quran that every tyrant should be afraid of:
وَمَا كَانَ رَبُّكَ نَسِيًّا
And your Master never forgets (19:64).
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الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
- Sometimes we face a problem so overwhelming that we start thinking negatively about Allah.
- The first thing Surah al-Fatiha reminds us in every single prayer is that Allah is Rab.
- Rab has many meanings, such as creator, sustainer, controller, maintainer and others.
- An important meaning of Rab is Malik — owner. If you own something you can do whatever you want, however you want and whenever you want. Therefore Allah can do as He wishes and it would not be injustice in the least, as He owns us.
- But right after that, Allah tells us that He is merciful. Whatever happens in the life of a Muslim is a mercy from Allah.
- How is He merciful? Click Here.
A person came to Imam Ash-Shafi and said you are a profligate (fasiq). Imam Ash-Shafi made duaa to Allah and said, “O Allah if he is right, forgive me and have mercy on me. And if he is wrong, forgive him, have mercy on him and accept his repentance.”
Abu Qilabah (d. 105 AH) was a famous Successor and student of Anas b. Malik. Once, he visited a soldier who had fallen from his house and broken both his legs. He told him, “I hope this is for your benefit and good.”
The soldier said, “O Abu Qilabah! And what benefit and good is there in having both my legs broken?”
He said, “What Allah has protected you from through this must be better.”
Three days later, the governor of Iraq sent for all the soldiers to go intercept the caravan of Hussein b. Ali b. Abi Talib at Karbala; this soldier said to his commander, “I cannot go, can’t you see my situation?” So he was excused.
A week afterwards, the news came of the massacre of the grandson of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam), at which the soldier said, “May Allah have mercy on Abu Qilabah! He was so true – it was better for me that my legs were broken.”
Lesson of the story: always put your trust in Allah, for what He has decreed for you will be for your own best, even if you don’t realize it at the time.
[ Ibn al-Jawzi's Sifat al-Safwa, 1/120].
Abu Darda’ said, “Seek refuge in Allah from having khushu’ in hypocrisy.”
They asked him, “What is khushu’ in hypocrisy?”
He replied, “It is the body showing signs of khushu’ whilst the heart is empty of it.”