Two Jannats

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During the era of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)’s rule, there lived a lad who would exert himself in ‘ibaadah and would remain attached to the Musjid. This youngster was such that ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) himself was fond of him.

The youngster had an aged father that he would visit every night after performing the Esha Salaah. However, it so happened that the home of a certain woman lay on the path that he would take to his father’s house. When this woman caught sight of the youngster, she instantly fell in love with him, and her infatuation for him was such that she would stand in his path and attempt to seduce him.

On one such occasion, she persisted in her efforts to seduce him until he was finally swayed and he gave in, following her to her home. As they reached her home, she entered first, and as he began to enter behind her, he suddenly remembered the verse of the Quraan Majeed:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا إِذَا مَسَّهُمْ طَائِفٌ مِّنَ الشَّيْطَانِ تَذَكَّرُوا فَإِذَا هُم مُّبْصِرُونَ ﴿الأعراف: ٢٠١﴾

Those who fear Allah, when an evil thought assaults them from Shaitaan, they remember (Allah), and then they see (that which is right)

As this verse came to mind, he lost his senses and fell unconscious. Seeing the youngster lying prone in her doorway, the woman hastily summoned her maidservant for assistance. Together, they carried him to the door of his father’s home.

In the meantime, the youngster’s father had become worried, as his son was late and had not yet arrived. Concerned about his son, he decided to set out and search for him. However, as he emerged from his home, he found his son lying senseless at his door! The father quickly called a few of his family members who carried the still-unconscious youngster into the home.

After some portion of the night had elapsed, the youngster finally came to his senses and regained consciousness. Seeing this, his father came to him and asked, “O my son! How are you?” The youngster replied, “I am well.” The father thereafter asked him what had transpired, to which the youngster responded by narrating the entire incident to him. The father then asked, “O my son! Which verse of the Qur’aan Majeed was it that you remembered and recited to yourself?” In reply, the youngster recited that very same verse and once again seemed to fall unconscious! When those around him shook his body, attempting to revive him, they realized that he had passed away. His family thus proceeded to give him ghusl, after which they took him to the cemetery and buried him during the night.

The next morning, when the demise of the youngster and the incident that led to his death was related to ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he went to the father of the son to convey his condolences. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then asked the father, “Why did you not inform me (of his demise, so that I would have also attended his Janaazah)?” The father replied, “O Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen! It was night (hence I did not wish to disturb you).” ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then requested to be taken to the grave of the youngster.

When ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and those who had accompanied him arrived at the grave, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed the buried youngster saying, “O so-and-so!” ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then recited the following verse of the Qur’aan Majeed:

وَلِمَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ جَنَّتَانِ ﴿الرحمن: ٤٦﴾

For those who fear standing before their Lord, there will be two gardens.

The youngster replied to ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) from the depths of the grave saying, “O ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! My Lord has granted me both gardens in Jannah.” (Taareekh ibni ‘Asaakir, vol. 45 pg. 450)

Lessons:

1. In order to save ourselves from falling into sin, we have to avoid actual sin as well as all avenues that lead to sin. Hence, by way of example, if we know that we are attracted to a certain woman working in a certain supermarket, we should ensure that we completely avoid that supermarket and instead go to another supermarket. Similarly, if we know that something has the potential to land us in sin (e.g. keeping bad company, having unmonitored access to the internet, etc), then in the interest of safeguarding our Imaan, we should avoid it at all costs.

2. Often, when a person is on the verge of committing a sin, or is engaged in committing a sin, Allah Ta‘ala, out of His kindness for this person, causes his conscience to stir, whereby he feels guilty and remembers that he is involved in haraam. If this person values this inspiration from the side of Allah Ta‘ala and immediately refrains from the sin, Allah Ta‘ala will continue to inspire him, until ultimately, he will have changed and reformed his entire life. Conversely, if he brushes this guilt aside and ignores the chance that Allah Ta‘ala is offering, then it is possible that Allah Ta‘ala will not offer him another chance, due to which he will go from bad to worse, ultimately destroying himself.

3. Which father would not desire that ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) himself be present for the Janaazah of his son? Despite the desire that this father must have possessed, his desire to avoid disturbing ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) at an inconvenient hour was even greater.

4. This youngster had such regard for his father that he made it a point to visit him every single night. How sad it is that many of us neglect to visit our parents and even fail to at least phone them regularly.

5. A person who is the friend of Allah Ta‘ala is automatically beloved and dear to all the other pious friends of Allah Ta‘ala.

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