& Your Mother
A man came to the Prophet, peace be upon him, saying: O Messenger of Allah there is
a young man that is at his deathbed and it is said to him to say
Lā-ilāha-il-lal-lāh (There is no deity save Allah) but he is unable to
utter the words. The prophet asked: Wasn’t he able to say this during
his life? They said yes. Prophet said: So what is preventing him now at
his deathbed? So the Prophet and others went to the young man and the
Prophet asked: O young man do say Lā-ilāha-il-lal-lāh (There is no
deity save Allah)
and the lad responded: I am unable to say it! And the Prophet asked why
and the lad answered: I was rebellious to my mother. Prophet asked: Is
she living? The lad said yes and the Prophet sent for her. “Is this
your boy?” Asked the Prophet and the woman responded yes. “Imagine a
blazing fire and it is said to you: If you do not intercede for him, he
will be buried into the flames!” said the Prophet and the mother
responded: In that case I will intercede for him. Prophet said: So
acknowledge for Allah,
acknowledge for us, that for sure you are satisfied with him” and the
woman replied: Indeed I am satisfied with my son. The prophet then
said: O young man do say Lā-ilāha-il-lal-lāh (There is no deity save
Allah), and the lad was able to utter the words: Lā-ilāha-il-lal-lāh
(There is no deity save Allah). And then the Messenger of Allah said:
for Allah, Who saved him from the fire through me.
(Suyuti’s Sharhis-Sudūr (Opening the hearts for acceptance:
Elucidation of the state of death and graves. Chapter 12: What is said
or read over the person's deathbed. Source Derived by Tabarāni from
Mu’jamahul Kabir, and Bayhaqi from Shu’abel Iman and found within the
“Dalā’elun Nubuw-wa” by Abdallah Ibn Abi Awfa)
And my love you tried to utter few words of Dhikr (Remembrance)
but couldn’t? And you searched the books for some answer and you chased
mystic sheikhs for any instruction and they all failed you? And you
think the answer is out there someplace holy and lofty where you are
cruelly barred against?
There are no such places and there are no lines in any books and there
are no wise thoughts of any sheikhs, go back and find your mother, the
answer is long buried within her broken heart, written in tears that
shed silently while you were foolishly chasing the ghazal of your
desires in the valley of someone else’s never ending dreams!
Go back since the bonfire is set aflame by the idol your own Nafs (Self) and
you are no Abraham!
That day when the gales of her screams reached Allah, setting
sail the ship of your life upon the weltering waves of her tears, that
day you came here to remember
That Unforgettable There and again the day when her tears fell by the
blade of your negligence and indeed that very day she was forgotten by
you, or was it all along you forgetting Hu!
Upon her bridge you walked towards this valley and upon her bridge you
may walk back towards Eden.
Bonfire is lit and as far I can see, there are no Abrahams!
عن عبد الله بن أوفى،
قال: جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، فقال: (يا رسول الله، ههنا
غلام قد أحتضر، يقال له. قل له. لا إله إلا الله فلا يستطيع أن يقولها.
قال: (أليس كان يقولها في حياته)؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: (فما يمنعه منها عند
موته)؟ فنهض رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ونهضنا معه حتى أتى الغلام،
فقال: (يا غلام، قل: لا إله إلا الله). قال لا أستطيع أن أقولها. قال
(ولم)ظ قال: لعقوقي والدتي. قال: (أحية هي)؟ قال: نعم. قال: (ادعوها)
فدعوها، فقال: (هذا ابنك)؟ قالت: نعم. قال: (أرأيت لو أن نار أججت، قيل
لك: إن لم تشفعي له فدفناه في هذه النار). قالت: إذن كنت أشفع له. قال:
(فاشهدي الله وأشهدينا أنك قد رضيت عنه). قالت: اللهم أني أشهدك وأشهد
رسولك أني قد رضيت عن إبني قال: (يا غلام، قل: لا إله إلا الله). فقال: لا
إله إلا الله. فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: (الحمد لله الذي أنقذه
بي من النار).
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