500 years of worship

Know Islam, Know Paradise


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I have a mobile phone I love so much that is suffering from overload hence the will to buy another. Anytime this phone hangs, the will to get another gets high and when it functions well, I see my lovely phone not the phone that needs to be disposed.

Oh my dear brothers and sisters, what does this teaches you? Is it not true that many of the sons of Adam seek God when in difficulty and when comfort comes, they praise their hardwork, patience etc exempting Allah’s mercy?

Is it false that many of the sons of Adam run to God in time of distress and they pride in themselves after ease. Then they start to say, “self trust is the first secret to success”, “To be successful, you need patience “, they talk as if God’s mercy exists not.

My dear brothers and sisters, let me narrate a story to you…

Angel Jibrail (as) told Rasulullah (peace be upon him) the following incident about a man in the past who worshipped Allah Ta’ala continuously for 500 years.

He was granted a shelter on top of a mountain that was surrounded by salty water. However, Allah caused a stream of sweet water to flow through the mountain for that individual.

The man would drink from this water and use it to make ablution. Allah Ta’ala also raised a pomegranate tree from which the man would eat one fruit every day.

One day, this person supplicated to Allah that, “Oh Allah, bring my death while I am in the state of prostration.” Allah accepted this dua of his. Whenever Jibrail (as) came down to

the Earth, he found this man prostrating to Allah. Jibrail (as) said that on the day of judgment, Allah will tell the angels to take this individual to Paradise through His mercy.

However, this man will insist that he should enter paradise through the good deeds that he had performed. Then, Allah will tell the angels to compare his good deeds with the blessings that were given to him in the world. It will be seen that 500 years of his worship does not even equal to the gift of eye sight that was given to him by Allah.

The angels will be asked to take him towards the hell fire. Then the man will plead, “Oh Allah! Enter me into Paradise only through Your mercy.” At that point, the following discussion will take place between Allah and that man.

Allah: Oh my servant, who created you?

The worshipper: Oh Allah, You have created me.

Allah: Were you created because of the good deeds you have done or because of My mercy?

The worshipper: Because of Your mercy.

Allah: Who granted you the ability to worship for 500 years?

The worshipper: Oh the Almighty! You have granted me that ability.

Allah: Who placed you on the mountain surrounded by the ocean? Who caused a stream of sweet water to flow in between the salty water? Who caused a pomegranate tree to grow for you? Who granted you death while in the state of prostration?

The worshipper: Oh the Sustainer of the Worlds! You have done all of these.

Then Allah will say, “All these have happened due to My mercy and you too will enter Paradise only through My Mercy.”

Source: Obtained from the book “Tambihul Ghafileen” by Shaikh Abul Laith Samarkandi.

We can never thank Allah for the blessings that He has given us. Let us use these blessings to recognize Allah before our death.

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May Allah not deprive us of his mercy. Ameen.

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