The Angelic Audience

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The Ansaari Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Usaid bin Hudhair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), was once reciting Surah Baqarah in Tahajjud Salaah. While reciting Surah Baqarah, his horse, which was tied nearby, began to move about. Noticing this, Usaid bin Hudhair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became silent, at which his horse also calmed down and ceased to move about. Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) therefore recommenced reciting the Quraan Majeed. As he recommenced, however, his horse also resumed moving about, and when Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became silent once again, the horse also calmed down and ceased to move about. When Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) resumed his recitation for the third time, the horse began to move about again. The son of Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Yahya (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), was lying within reach of the horse and Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus feared that the horse would trample him as it moved about. Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) therefore reached over and pulled his son out of harm’s way, glancing up at the sky as he did so. As he glanced at the sky, he saw a cloud-like shape which was dotted with lights resembling lanterns, ascending towards the sky. As he watched, it ascended higher and higher until it was eventually out of sight.

The next morning, Usaid bin Hudhair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) went to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and informed him of his experience the previous night. On hearing his account, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) exclaimed, “If only you had continued to recite, O son of Hudhair! If only you had continued to recite, O son of Hudhair!” On hearing this, Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) explained the reason for which he had terminated his recitation saying, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I feared that my horse would trample Yahya as he was close to it. I therefore raised my head and went to him. When I lifted my head to the sky, I suddenly saw a cloud-like shape which was dotted with lights resembling lanterns. It ascended into the sky until I could no longer see it.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Do you know what that was?” When Usaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied in the negative, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained, “Those were angels who had approached to listen to your voice. Had you continued reciting, the people would have begun to see them as the Angels would not have been concealed from them.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #5018 & Fathul Baari vol. 9 pg.77)

Lessons:

1. Engaging in the recitation of the Quraan Majeed and the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala is a means of attracting the Angels of Allah Ta‘ala. When these Angels flock to a person, they bring with them ‘sakeenah’ (peace and tranquility) and the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, the home in which Allah Ta‘ala is remembered abundantly is a home in which there is immense peace, happiness, tranquility and blessing.

2. When the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala is a means of attracting the Angels, then the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala is a means of distancing the Angels. When the Angels leave a person and his home, they are generally replaced by Shayaateen which strive to make the home a place of unhappiness, discontentment, quarrels and misery. 

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