CAN WE EVER? By Abdulbasit Ibn Umar Balogun
CAN WE EVER? BY ABDULBASIT IBN UMAR BALOGUN
Verily in the stories of the people of the past there are lessons for us all to learn. Women, both married and single can learn from what happened between the wife of our Prophet Ibrahim (‘Alaihi Salam) and the Tyrant King of Egypt.
This story was narrated by al-Bukhari in his Sahih Volume 3, Book 34, Number 420 and it reads:
Narrated by Abu Huraira ( radiallaahu `anhu )
The Prophet ( sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam ) said, “The Prophet Abraham ( `alayhissalaam ) emigrated with Sarah and entered a village where there was a king or a tyrant. (The king) was told that Abraham ( `alayhissalaam ) had entered (the village) accompanied by a woman who was one of the most charming women. So, the king sent for Abraham ( `alayhissalaam ) and asked, ‘O Abraham! Who is this lady accompanying you?’ Abraham replied, ‘She is my sister (i.e. in religion).’ Then Abraham ( `alayhissalaam ) returned to her and said, ‘Do not contradict my statement, for I have informed them that you are my sister. By Allah, there are no true believers on this land except you and I.’ Then Abraham ( `alayhissalaam ) sent her to the king. When the king got to her, she got up and performed ablution, prayed and said, ‘O Allah! If I have believed in You and Your Apostle, and have saved my private parts from everybody except my husband, then please do not let this pagan overpower me.’ On that the king fell in a mood of agitation and started moving his legs. Seeing the condition of the king, Sarah said, ‘O Allah! If he should die, the people will say that I have killed him.’ The king regained his power, and proceeded towards her but she got up again and performed ablution, prayed and said, ‘O Allah! If I have believed in You and Your Apostle and have kept my private parts safe from all except my husband, then please do not let this pagan overpower me.’ The king again fell in a mood of agitation and started moving his legs. On seeing that state of the king, Sarah said, ‘O Allah! If he should die, the people will say that I have killed him.’ The king got either two or three attacks, and after recovering from the last attack he said, ‘By Allah! You have sent a satan to me. Take her to Abraham and give her Ajar.’ So she came back to Abraham ( `alayhissalaam ) and said, ‘Allah humiliated the pagan and gave us a slave-girl for service.”
What could be noticed from this narration is that the Sarah (Peace be upon her) prayed to Allah and made a request from Allah with her most righteous of deeds which was that she never worshipped anyone apart from Allah and guarded her private part (except for her husband). If we can all affirm that we’ve not worshipped anyone save Allah, can we all bear witness that our private parts were guarded for our spouses alone? Our sisters should fear Allah regarding their chastity, we should be like the wife of Ibrahim (AS) we should shun Zina. Whoever safeguards this are those who will inherit. As Allah say:
أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ
These are indeed the inheritors.
الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.
-Sura Al-Mu’minun, Ayah 10-11
In addition to this, she understood the power of consequences, she did not pray that he dies, rather she was wise enough to think beyond the present and also save herself from any other danger. Most of us when we are in any tight situation, we tend to compromise, we want to get out by all means, we want to get out of something without reading terms and conditions. We should all look at the other side of things before we make decisions so we will have a better ride through our lives.
We should also know that whenever we are in need of help no matter the condition, Allah is the one to call out to. He is the one who can can save us from distress, oppression and any other problem. We should not call upon others who will not benefit us not harm us and then we fall into shirk.
The last lesson here is that if we stand by Allah, he will help us over our enemies. There’s no match for he stands firm with Allah as his Lord. No one can harm him except that which was destined to harm him (which is a test) and no one has the power to benefit him if Allah has not decreed that it be so. This is evident in the Hadith narrated by ibn Abbas:
One day I was behind the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) [riding on the same mount] and he said, “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, then ask Allah [alone]; and if you seek help, then seek help from Allah [alone]. And know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allah had already prescribed for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allah had already prescribed against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” It was related by at-Tirmidhi (also the 19th Hadith in Imam an-Nawawi’s collect)
And after this miraculous escape from the hands of the king, he by himself her a slave girl as a gift. We can see that here she was rewarded for her steadfastness and her firmness. What do we get from being promiscuous? Nothing but humiliation and shamelessness. Allah has promised us that if we are conscious of him we will be rewarded as He says:
ِ ۚ وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجًا * وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ ۚ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا
-And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).
-And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.
-Sura At-Talaq, Ayah 2-3
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