This is Part 3 on the Series ‘Images from Seerah’s Album’.
Let me show you the album.
The First Image – Tearful Eyes
The first picture has been preserved for us by Abdullah Bin Masud (may Allah be pleased with him). He narrates:
“One day I was present before the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) who was sitting in his pulpit. Addressing me the Prophet said: ‘Abdullah, (come and) recite (from) the Qur’an to me.’ In amazement and respect I asked: “Shall I recite (it) to you on whom it has been revealed?”
He said, ‘I like to hear it from others.’ So I started to recite Surah An-Nisa (The Women). When I reached the verse:
‘How (will it be) then when We bring from each nation a witness, and We bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these people?’(An-Nisa 4:41).
There came from him a cry. ‘Stop Abdullah, recite no more!’ I raised my head to look at him. Both of his eyes were overflowing with tears”(Bukhari, Muslim).
Look at this picture with attention. What could be that great responsibility the appreciation of which melted the heart and brought tears to the eyes? it is the obligation to stand witness to the Truth before the slaves of Allah. It is the responsibility of the Da’wah. The intensity is because of the deep sense of accountability. One day Allah will question how far the duty has been performed. What would be the reply? Look at the love he has for his Lord! Admire his fear of confronting his Master. What a strange and appealing combination of love and fear! Mark his compassion and mercy for mankind. Such was his faith in the Divine Word that only a few verses brought all the love, fear and kindness to his eyes in the form of tears. How can one help not loving such a picture?
Now, have a look at yourself in the light of this picture. You know that as Muslims you have been raised as an Ummah to stand witness to the Truth in front of your nation and the rest of the world. This is the objective of your life. For this cause you have organized yourselves. Day and night you repeat the terms like “the implementation of Shariah’, ‘Islamic Order”, ‘the establishment of the Deen’, the rule of Allah’, ‘witness to the Truth’, Let us be honest and speak the truth. How many times have we cried, during the day or at night, thinking of the hour when Allah will make us stand before Him to account for as a witness to the people living around us? What will then our position be?
You know it very well that you too are obliged to stand witness to the Truth before the world in the way the Prophet stood in his days. You will have to stand in front of Allah, as the Apostle will. You will also be asked if you had stood witness to the Truth in front of your household, school and college mates, your colleagues at the work-place, the inhabitants of your town and country who treaded the paths of evil and were led astray. Were you a true or a false witness? Were you mindful or negligent of your duty? Were you thoughtful of all human beings or just worried about your own comforts and your own salvation?
Did such thoughts ever move you to tears? If not, it means this image of the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) has not been affixed in your heart. Your heart is still devoid of that tenderness of love for your Lord and His creatures without which your life cannot attain any beauty and grace. You may deliver speeches, read books, shout slogans, hold grand meetings, and what not; nothing will be fruitful without a deep passion for and dedication to the Cause.
Viewing this picture should move you to tremble. You should shiver, and shed tears whenever you recall that you will be accountable for every indifference shown to the Lord by your people who neither follow the right path nor obey Him. You might be held responsible for the lapses of others around you.
….To be continued, Inshaa’Allah.