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A Du’a, “O Allah Almighty! Please pardon him, please have Mercy of him! O Allah Almighty, please make his heart a symbol of contentment.”

 

This is a special Du’a which the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – made for a young man. He accompanied the Banu Abzah once when they presented themselves to the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. They said, “O Prophet of Allah! We have approached you (with the purpose of giving you the) Zakah from our wealth.”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – asked them why they had not distributed this among the poor of their own community. They replied that they had brought the amount which (had been saved) after they had distributed the balance among the poor of their community.

 

When they said this, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah be pleased with him – remarked, “O Prophet of Allah! I have never seen a delegation like this.”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – declared, “This is the Divine Mercy of the Allah Almighty and He bestows this to whomever He wishes.”

 

This delegation spent a number of days in the blessed company of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and like other delegations before, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – continued to offer them different gifts and presents.

 

One day, he asked them whether there were still other members of their delegation who had not yet approached him. They replied that there was still a young man who had been left with the caravan. (In other words, he had been delegated the task of looking after the caravan, the camels etc.).

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then requested them to send this young man to him. When the young man presented himself, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – also gave him some presents and gifts which he had given the other members of the delegation. However, the young man then humbly asked the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “O Prophet of Allah! Please ask the Allah Almighty to pardon me and bestow Divine Mercy upon me and may Allah Almighty have mercy on me and bless my heart with the wealth of contention.”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then made Du’a: “O Allah Almighty! Please pardon him, please have Mercy of him! O Allah Almighty, please make his heart a symbol of contentment.”

 

The following year, the same delegation again approached the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and informed the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “O Prophet of Allah! We are the Banu Abzah and we have also had the blessed opportunity of presenting ourselves previously.”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – asked, “What is the state of that young man who was with you.”

 

They replied, “By Allah Almighty! He is more independent of the world and more inclined towards the Hereafter than all of us. He always continues to remind us of our religion to such an extent that if people are distributing wealth among themselves, he does not even look at the wealth or (he does not even look in that direction).”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – replied, “All Praise is for Allah Almighty, I have hope that he will leave this world with a contented heart.”

 

They then asked, “O Prophet of Allah! Does it mean that all of us will not pass away with a contended heart?”

 

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – replied, “The concerns and wishes of ordinary people are lost in the valleys of this earth. Before they find themselves lost in any valley, it is irrelevant to the Allah Almighty in which valley they are in, in their final moments of destruction.” (Ikhlaaq-e-Ulama)

 

The message of this HADITH Shareef is that when a person is consumed with the sorrow and concern of the Hereafter, Allah Almighty becomes sufficient for him against the sorrow (which he faces) in this world. However, when a person is consumed by loss and sorrow of this world, then it does not matter to Allah Almighty in which state this person dies.

 

This Hadith Shareef has also been reported in the Ibn Maja Shareef on page 257 and from Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Masud – may Allah be pleased with him. There are questions on the Sanad of this Hadith Shareef, however there is no doubt that its message is considered as authentic when it comes to the issue of (falling prey to the world) and falling prey to the riches and fitnah of this world.

 

Look at the magnificent and enormous knowledge of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, look at his immense kindness and mercy in that he does not even spare a young man of his immense Prophetic mercy – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Look also at the luck enjoyed by this young man!

 

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