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One day, Hadrat Sayyiduna Sa’ad Aswad Radi Allahu ‘Anhu approached the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam and said, “O Prophet of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam! I wish to marry, but due to the fact that I am not very good looking, no one is prepared to allow (their daughter) to marry me.”
However, when the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam heard these sad words, his Prophetic mercy manifested and he said to him, “O Sa’ad, do not be disturbed. I will arrange marriage for you myself. At this very moment, go to the house of Amar bin Wahb Saqafi Radi Allahu ‘Anhu and after presenting the Salaam, inform him that the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has proposed his daughter to you.”
When Hadrat Sayyiduna Sa’ad Aswad Radi Allahu ‘Anhu heard these words, he was extremely joyous. He went to the house of Hadrat Amar bin Wahb Radi Allahu ‘Anhu.
Bear in mind that Hadrat Sayyiduna Amar Radi Allahu ‘Anhu was a new Muslim and he still possessed some of the traits of the past. In other words, his heart was still a little hard. When the words of the beloved Nabi Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam were presented to him Hadrat Sa’ad Radi Allahu ‘Anhu thought to himself, “How can my pretty and intelligent daughter actually marry someone of this quality.” Without thinking, he refused the proposal of Hadrat Sayyiduna Sa’ad Radi Allahu ‘Anhu. He severely reprimanded him and told him to return.
The daughter was listening to this conversation all the time. As soon as Hadrat Sayyiduna Sa’ad Radi Allahu ‘Anhu turned around to leave, she immediately came to the door and called out, “O the servant of Allah azza wajal! Please come back. If the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam had really sent you, then I am happy to marry you. That which pleases the Allah azza wajal and His beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam also pleases me.”
To sacrifice whatever you have for the Divine Pleasure of the Allah azza wajal and His beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam is indeed a great blessing. This blessed girl understood and realised that sacrificing and accepting the command of the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam was a means of blessing in both worlds. In fact, she completely ignored her own thoughts and Nafs and sacrificed all of this so that she could attain eternal salvation.
The Qur’an also declares in Surah Al Ahzab, verse 36, that:
وَمَا کَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَّ لَا مُؤْمِنَۃٍ اِذَا قَضَی اللہُ وَ رَسُوۡلُہٗۤ اَمْرًا اَنۡ یَّکُوۡنَ لَہُمُ الْخِیَرَۃُ مِنْ اَمْرِہِمْ ؕ وَمَنۡ یَّعْصِ اللہَ وَ رَسُوۡلَہٗ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلٰلًا مُّبِیۡنًا ﴿۳۶﴾ؕ
“And no Muslim man or woman has any right in the affair, when Allah and His Noble Messenger have decreed a command regarding it; and whoever does not obey the command of Allah and His Noble Messenger, has indeed clearly gone very astray.”
In the same manner, we should also inspect and ponder upon our own actions and behaviour. Are these actions and behaviour of ours something which attains the Divine Pleasure of Allah azza wajal and His beloved Prophet Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam or not? If the answer is yes, then one should certainly fulfil that command or act. If not, one should refrain from committing this action no matter how much of pain and trouble it may cause.
Remember that if we live and act in this fashion, then there will only be success upon success in our lives. The Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has also stated that, “Listen! Jannah will be achieved by acting against one’s Nafs and people will enter Hell because they followed the desires of their Nafs.” (Mishkaat Shareef)
We also make Du’a that Allah azza wajal gives us that the strength to fight against our Nafs. Aameen.