Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Man will always be with his beloved ones even after death"

Sheikh Dahhan rahimahullah was a famous Aalim of Makkah Mukarramah.

He narrated this incident that a man died in the city. His heirs decided to bury him in the grave of a pious Aalim of Deen, who had died recently. In those days it was a custom in Makkah Mukarramah that many people were buried in a single grave one after the other. Thus they started digging the grave. As they dug deeper the corpse that lay therein was exposed. People saw that instead of the Aalim of Deen’s body, there lay a body of a European girl.

The people were astonished. Where did the Aalim of Deen’s body go? How had the girl’s body come here? By chance there was a European Muslim tourist among the group of people who had come to bury the man. He said that he knew the girl. She was the daughter of a Christian Frenchman who had quietly embraced Islam. He had taught her religious books and that is how he knew her. She had fallen ill and died. The people then realized that as she had been very religious her dead body had appeared in Makkah Mukarramah, the most sacred of all places.
But what about the Aalim of Deen, they wondered. What had happened to his body? That could not be explained. Then someone said that the body of the Aalim of Deen’s was lying in the girl’s grave. As this was a plausible explanation, the people asked the tourist to ascertain the truth when he returned to France after performing Hajj.
After performing Hajj, accompanied by an acquaintance of the Aalim of Deen, the European tourist returned home. He went to the girl’s parents and explained everything to them. They were amazed. They could hardly believe that their daughter’s body which had been buried in France could suddenly appear in Makkah Mukarramah. Still they agreed to open their daughter’s grave and find out.
When the grave was opened they were astonished to see that instead of their daughter’s body it really did contain the corpse of the Muslim Aalim of Deen who had been buried in Makkah Mukarramah. And not only that, but the body lay torn and cut up in pieces.

Sheikh Dahhan went on to say that somehow or the other, the European tourist managed to send us the news that the Aalim of Deen’s body was undoubtedly in the girl’s grave in France. The people in Makkah Mukarramah now became very worried. It was true that the girl had been really religious as was apparent by the fact that her body was transferred to a sacred land but what had the Aalim of Deen done that he had been punished so?
They decided to go and ask the Aalim’s wife, for surely she would know. He was a very religious man, she told them. He always said his prayers and read the Quraan. He even used to offer his Tahajjud prayers. But, the people said, there must have been something which he did which aroused the wrath of Allah Ta’aala. Well, she said thinking hard; he used to say when he needed a bath - that the custom of the Christians is praiseworthy indeed that they didn’t have to take a bath after sleeping with their wives at night - . Well, that’s it, the people nodded. That’s why Allah Ta’aala had sent his body to the graveyard of the people whose custom he liked.

Dearest readers! Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam has said: “A Man shall be with him whom he loves.” Explaining this Hadith Ulama have written that Abdullah Ibn Masood radhiallahu anhu said that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was asked: “What do you say about the person who loves a saintly man but cannot equal him in deeds?” In answer Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam told him this Hadith. (Ma’arif ul Quraan, vol 4, pg 550)

Thus we come to know that a person may not fully adopt the characteristics of the person he loves but because of his love only he shall be dealt with like him.

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