I’m just all in tears, right now.
I’m getting so much emotional, I don’t even know how to control my crying.
Yes, it might be “exaggerated” but wallah, as I went for Fajr prayer and as I was enclosing my du’a, I felt such heaviness in my heart, such longing, such indescribable feeling that made me realize that subhan’Allah today is the last Jumu’ah of this Ramadhan.
Then I asked myself, will I live long enough to reach the next Ramadhan?
My tears started to just roll my cheeks, that moment was so full of emotions, I couldn’t explain then when I tried to get up from my prayer mat, I suddenly realized how Allah Azza Wa Jall loves His Believers and this story just captured my heart.
We all know we are in the last days of Ramadhan, and that Lailatul Qadr is just around the corner, so as I was composing myself I remembered this story of a righteous man that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was telling Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum about.
I know there it might be very popular to everyone, but when I was back home, I used to hear this story from the Ulama of our community, I still can remember how they would translate it for me because I couldn’t understand their dialect.
In many sources we only read about this righteous man who spend 1000 months in Jihad, that when the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam narrated his story the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum envied it and asked the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam how could they get such reward, and therefore Jibrail Alaihi Salaam descended and recited Surah Al Qadr.
But when the detailed story of this is just soul striking. [Please take the good from the next few words I will be sharing, as I am sharing it as to how it was narrated to me, I am working on getting the dalil of it in sha Allah, if I said anything wrong then please forgive me]
Once, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam narrated to the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum the story of a righteous man from Bani Israel who did a very good deed that Allah Azza Wa Jall really appreciated.
So this man after knowing that his deed was appreciated and everything he asked for 3 things from Allah Azza Wa Jall, [his first prayer, I forgot so please forgive me] so his second prayer was that he may be granted children and he prayed for sons and then the third one was that Allah Azza Wa Jall would make him a shaheed.
The man was granted such kingdom and was granted pious children, sons of almost 1000 in numbers, subhan’Allah.
One day, he sent his first son accompanied with an army to go and make jihad, and then the first son became a shaheed and he ordered the remaining men not to retaliate but instead he sent his second son to battle and then his second son became a shaheed then this went on until his last son was sent and again became a shaheed until 1000th man who was sent to battle was no longer but him and by then on 1000 month he became a shaheed.
His power and progeny and everything that Allah Azza Wa Jall granted him, he brought back to Allah Azza Wa Jall, upon hearing such story the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum indeed became envious and asked how could they attain such, so then the Sura Al Qadr was revealed.
Look at how Allah Azza Wa Jall loves the Muslimeen. He says in Surah Al Qadr:
"The Night of Power is better than a thousand months" [97:3]
Even though there are other tafseer in regards to this ayah, but this story about the righteous man just makes us realize and just melts our hearts on how Allah Azza Wa Jall gave so much opportunities and blessings upon the Mu’mineen. Subhan’Allah.
How beautiful, how generous and merciful is Allah? Allahu’akbar.
So now, it is the last jumu’ah for this Ramadhan, go perform the sunnah acts for Jumuah, go early to the masjid, perform much ibadah, dhikr and everything that would increase you in good deeds, and as you walk to the masjid, remember that this might be the last Jumu’ah in the blessed days of Ramadhan that you will ever have. So make use of it.
Sail forth, sail forth to the Blessings and Mercy of Allah.
Make this day count. Just pour in everything today, make the du’a the most sincere and make the salah you are to perform the most meaningful one today. Reflect from the Khutbah, give your heart today.
Repent and Ask for Forgiveness.
Allah Azza Wa Jall loves you so much.
And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall accepts all our ibadah and forgives us our faults and sins.
The righteous man short story source: [Ibn Abu Hatim and Wahidhy, narrated by Mujahid]