Friday, July 23, 2004

The easy road to Jannah

One day the Blessed Prophet was looking strangely sad.
“Woe unto him! May his nose rub in the dust!” he lamented.
“Woe unto him! May his nose rub in the dust!” he repeated.
The Prophet’s Companions were surprised to hear such words fall from his lips.
“Of whom do you speak, O Prophet?” the Companions asked.
“Woe unto him! May his nose rub in the dust!” Once again, the Blessed Prophet repeated his lament.
The Companions were more puzzled than ever. It was no small matter to hear the Blessed Prophet lamenting in this fashion, and speaking so of a person whose wrong was, as yet, unknown to them.
“But why do you speak so, O Prophet?” the Companions wanted to know. “Who is it who has done so great a wrong that you should utter such sad words?”.. The Blessed Prophet turned to them, and saw how puzzled and anxious they were. “I lament over a man who is greatly unfortunate,” he explained. “That is the man who sees that his mother or his father, or both of them, are old and need his care, and yet does not know that to serve them is to enter the Jannah!* It is so simple”, the Blessed Prophet sighed, “and yet such a man may still not see it! All he has to do is to obey Allah and care for his aged parents and the road to Jannah would be open to him!”
Now, the Companions realized why the Prophet (pbuh) was so sad.
A man would be unfortunate indeed if he failed to enter Jannah despite having such a simple and easy opportunity before him.Your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as] “uff,”** and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.
Al-Isrā’: 23
*The eternal reward from Allah for good deeds, or Paradise.
**An expression of disapproval or irritation.Source: "Love At Home." By Khurram Murad. Published by The Islamic Foundation, 1983.

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