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Opportunity Not To Be Missed

July 31, 2013


A rare opportunity that  benefits us is something that should not be missed. Abu Darda (ra) was one of those who found such an opportunity and raced towards it. For this he won that which is greater than the heavens and the earth.

A companion of the Prophet (saas) planted a palm tree next to the property of an orphan. The orphan claimed that this specific palm tree was on his property and so it belonged to him. The companion rejected the claim. The orphan boy went to the Messenger of Allah (saas) to complain. The Prophet (saas) measured the two gardens and found that the palm tree did indeed belong to the companion. On this verdict, the orphan was upset and cried.

Seeing this, the Prophet (saas) asked the companion, “Would you give him the palm tree and for you will be a palm tree in Jannah?”  The companion feeling disgraced because the orphan had complained to the Prophet (saas) about him, missed his chance and went away angry.

But Abu Darda (ra) who saw his opportunity, went to the Prophet (saas) and asked, “Ya RasulAllah, if I buy the tree from him and give it to the orphan shall I have that tree in Jannah?”

The Messenger of Allah (saas) replied, “Yes.” 

Abu Darda (ra) went after the companion and asked if he could buy this  palm tree for his whole garden. The companion answered, “Take it, for there is no good in a tree that I was complained to the Prophet about.” 

Immediately, Abu Darda (ra) went home and found his wife and children playing in the garden. “Leave the garden!” he cried out. “We’ve sold it to Allah! We’ve sold it to Allah!”. He threw the dates, which his children had in their hands back into the soil saying, “We’ve sold it to Allah!” 

When Abu Darda (ra) was later martyred in the battle of Uhud, RasulAllah (saas) stood over his body and remarked, “How many shady palm trees does Abu Darda now have in Paradise?” 

What did Abu Darda lose in this world, a few dates, dirt, some trees? But what did he gain? He gained Jannah whose vast as the heavens and the earth.

Abu Darda (ra) did not miss his rare opportunity, and so we, too, should not miss our chance to stand before Allah on Lailatul Qadr and pray.

Lets us seek this special night which equals a thousand months. What should we do:

Pray the night prayer
“Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylatul Qadr (and it is facilitated for him) out of faith and expectation (of Allah’s reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven” (Bukhari and Muslim).

Make strong, long and sincere duas
Aisha (ra) asked : “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Lailatul Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say, “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa ‘fu ‘annee – O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi).

Abandon worldly pleasures
Aisha (ra) said : “Allah’s Messenger (saas) used to exert more [in worship] on the last ten than on other nights” (Muslim).

Is that too much to ask for only a few nights to be rewarded with all our sins being forgiven? This might be the time that we get to witness this special night.This maybe our chance. Peace shall cover the world on Lailatul Qadr until the dawn. It may be that you shall leave the masjid after Fajr one day in these last few days of Ramadan, completely forgiven by Allah (swt). Is it worth losing sleeping hours, being tired, missing those fun days out with friends, not shopping? Ohhhh yessss!

Copyright 2013 In A Drop of Water

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