A companion of the Holy Prophet fell ill and became very weak. Rasulullah went to visit him. He was so ill that he appeared to have reached the last stages of his life. When Rasulullah saw the condition, he expressed great sympathy and feeling.

When the sick Sahabi saw Rasulullah, he was overjoyed. It appeared as if he was endowed with new life. It was as if a dead person sprung back to life. He said:
“This sickness has made me a very fortunate person
That it became the cause of the King of believers coming to visit

He also said:
“O my sickness, my fever, my sorrow, my pain and sleeplessness by night.

Blessed be you all. You are the cause of Rasulullah coming to visit me today”.

Rasulullah asked the sick man upon completion of the visit:
“Do you remember any special duah you made during the time of your good health?”

He replied: “Ya Rasulullah, I cannot remember what duah I made”.

Then after a short while through the blessings of Rasulullah , he remembered and said: “Ya Rasulullah I now remember the duah. It was this:
“I prayed 0 Allah in view of my shortcomings
In my deeds and in view of my faults:
I beseech Thee, grant me the punishment
In this world, which You would give in the Hereafter.
So that I may be exempted from punishment in the Hereafter.

This duah I kept making up till this day.
Until the time came that a heavy sickness covered me
And I found myself in distress because of the illness.
Due to this sickness, I am unable to perform my Zikr and Wazifas

As I did in my healthy days.
And now I am unaware of my relatives and good or evil ones”.

Hearing this duah, Rasulullah showed some displeasure and prohibited him from making such a duah: “In future do not make such a duah”. Rasulullah declared such a duah does not befit a servant of Allah. He declared it to be against serfdom to Allah. To beg of Allah to send down punishment is tantamount to making the claim that you have the power to withstand Allah’s punishment.

Therefore Rasulullah advised him:
“O You, what strength do you possess that on a sick ant like yourself Allah should place a big mountain of calamity?

But pray: O Allah, ease for me my difficulty
So’ that He may change the thorns of your distress to a garden of comfort. Grant to us the good of this worldly life, And grant to us the good of the life of the Hereafter”.

Lesson from this Story
This story teaches us never to pray to Allah for calamities. We should at all times pray for our welfare in both the worlds, while admitting before Him our weakness and our inability. For example, if a person has the illness of looking at evil, he should pray for his rectification and should endeavour to treat the malady through consultation with the saintly ones and ask them to pray for him. He should never become distressed and say: “0 Allah, this malady of mine is not good. It would be better if you make me completely blind, so that I am not plagued by the sins of my eyes”.
Such a duah will be foolishness. As far as possible, one should pray for health, safety, protection from calamities and welfare. I heard my Sheikh Hazrat Phulpoori (R.A.) say that Hazrat Mansoor (RA.) used to perform Nafal Salaah in the sun while there was a place to do so in the shade. A saintly elder endowed with ‘nisbat’ said: “This man will become involved in a great calamity”. This means that when there is ease in front of you, then do not prefer difficulty. When you have to choose between calamity on the one side and calamity on the other side, then choose the tighter of the two as is mentioned in the Hadith.
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Michael H (The 100: A Ranking of the most influential persons in history) said:
“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may suprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but He was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.”
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A story of gratitude

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.  He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “none”.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”  The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.”

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His Mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother
had to pay for his Graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: ” Can you tell me What have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping My mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.



~Hamba Rabbani~