Sunday, January 1, 2012
The taqwa of Imam Abu Dawood (سليمان بن الأشعث)
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
My mom just read this story today, so she told me, and سبحان الله تعالى , it really inspired me so thought I'd share it with you all too...
As might all know Sunanu Abi Dawood (سنن أبي داود ) Is one of the sihaah sittah, so this story is about the imam of this book:
Hadhrat Imam Abu Dawood was in a ship while he heard someone sneeze, so he immediately asked the driver of the ship to let him borrow one of the small boats for a dirham so that he could reach the person who just sneezed, and so when the driver did, he quickly went to the person who sneeze and answered him, and came back to the big ship, upon seeing this people started to question this act of his, upon which he answered: This person sneezed, so I wanted to send الله تعالى 's mercy upon him (say يرحمك الله ), because he could be مستجاب الدعوات (a person whose duas/prayers are always accepted) and when he makes dua for me with this يهديكم الله و يصلح بالكم (this is the dua that is made for the one who sends mercy upon him when sneezing), it would be accepted, so with this hope I went to him, maybe because of his dua ALLAH تعالى will guide me and make my condition a better one. After this, when everyone had fallen asleep, Imam Abu Dawood heard a voice from "Ghayb" (unseen voices/creatures), that "Oh Abu dawood you have bought yourself jannah in exchange of one dirham".
!ما شاء الله تعالى
This was the imaan and piety of our ancestors, for the smallest ajar, and blessing they sacrificed and worked so hard...and here we are too busy sinning to even think about gaining extra good deeds....
اللهم أغفر لنا و أهدنا و أصلح بالنا