Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:

اِنَّ رَبَّکَ لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ ﴿ؕ۱۴﴾

Indeed nothing is hidden from the sight of your Lord.

(Al-Fajr 89, Verse 14)

Tafseer:

{إِنَّ رَبّك لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ} يَرْصُد أَعْمَال الْعِبَاد فَلَا يَفُوتهُ مِنْهَا شَيْء لِيُجَازِيَهُمْ عَلَيْهَا

Assuredly your Lord is ever on the watch, watching over the deeds of servants, nothing of which escapes Him, that He may then requite them for these [deeds].

(Tafseer Jalalain)

Hadeeth:

عَنْ أبِيْ ذَرٍ جُنْدُبَ بْنِ جُنَادَةَ وَأبِيْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَانِ مُعَاذِ بْنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا، عَنْ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – قَالَ: «اِتَّقِ اللهَ حَيْثُمَا كُنْتَ وَأتْبَعِ السَّيِّئَةَ الْحَسَنَةَ تَمْحُهَا، وَخَالِقِ النَّاسَ بِخُلُقٍ حَسَنٍ».

رَوَاهُ التِّرْمِذِي، وَقَالَ: «حَدِيْثٌ حَسَنٌ».

Sayyiduna Abu Dharr and Mu’adh bin Jabal – may Allah be pleased with them – reported: The Messenger of Allah – (may Allah send peace and blessings upon him) – said, “Fear Allah wherever you are, follow a bad deed with a good one, for it will wipe out the evil, and behave decently towards people”.

(Tirmidhi, and said, “The Hadeeth is Hasan”)

This Extraordinary Taqwa and Allah’s Fear:

One day, Nabi Esa alaihis Salaam went outside with a few people to make Dua for rain.  However, the Almighty azza wa jall revealed to him, “O Esa! do not pray for rain because there are sinners among you”.  Nabi Esa alaihis salaam then turned around and informed the people of this and he also declared, “Those of you who are sinners, please return to your houses.” The narrator of this incident relates that everyone returned to their homes except one person who had only one eye.  Looking at him, Nabi Esa alaihis salaam asked, “Why did you also not return with the others?”. He replied, “O Ruhullah! I have never disobeyed the Almighty azza wa jall for one moment.  However, one day, by mistake, my eyes fell on the leg of a female and in embarrassment, I immediately removed that eye and if my other eye had done the same, I would have also removed that eye as well.” The narrator reveals that when Nabi Esa alaihis salaam heard this, he began to weep until even his beard became wet with his tears.  He then asked this pious person to make dua himself.  However, this person replied, “I seek refuge in Allah azza wa jall that I display (this disrespect) of making dua while you are present and the one who is Ruhullah and Kalimatullah” Nabi Esa alaihis salaam then began to make dua and it immediately started to rain.

(Uyunul Hikaayaat).

Dear Muslims, with the passing of days and months, on each occasion, we are taught lessons and we are also taught that after every sadness, there is happiness. We also learn that, eventually, we will have to face the grave.  Piety is indeed real gratitude to the Almighty azza wa jall.  How many mansions and palaces have we seen been destroyed in front of us? How many owners have come and gone, and nobody even remembers their name!

Virtues Obliterate the Evil:

Allah Almighty states this fact in the Holy Quran as follows:

ؕ اِنَّ الْحَسَنٰتِ یُذْہِبْنَ السَّیِّاٰتِ ؕ ذٰلِکَ ذِکْرٰی لِلذّٰکِرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱۴﴾ۚ

  No doubt, good deeds obliterate evil deeds.  This is admonition for the persons accepting admonition.

(Hood 11, Verse 114)

Best amongst the Believers:

The Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – has stated:

اَکْمَلُ الْمُوْمِنِیْنَ اِیْمَانًا اَحْسَنُھُمْ خُلُقًا

The best amongst the believers in Iman is he who is best amongst them in behavior.

(Abu Dawood Hadeeth No. 4682)

Lesson:

  • Virtues obliterate vices i.e. that the virtues become an atonement for sin.
  • One must fear Allah Almighty to one’s level best both in public and privacy.
  • People with good character and behavior will be closest to the Holy Prophet – (may Allah send peace and blessings upon him) – on the Day of Judgment.