Tears For the Sake of Allah: Part 1

Assalamu ‘Alaikum Warahmat Allah Wabarakatuh,

I found this document on Al Islam and thought, after listening to my beloved Hudur’s (ayyadahu Allah ta’ala bi-nasrihi al-‘aziz) Friday Sermon yesterday, that it would be a beneficial addition. It illustrates the depth of humility that the great Prophets, Saints and Friends of Almighty Allah deomnstrated in their worship of Almighty Allah. It is this kind of depth that I believe my beloved Hudur (ayyadahu Allah ta’ala bi-nasrihi al-‘aziz) was calling the followers of the Imam al-Mahdi (‘alayhi al-salam) to strike towards. May Almighty Allah grant each of us khushu’ in our prayers, rememnbrance and suplications, Amin. The full document is worth reading, but is quite long. I am, therefore, going to post it in three parts over the next few days.

Jazak Allah Khayr al-Jazaa’

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Part 1

وَإِذَا سَمِعُواْ مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ تَرَى أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ الدَّمْعِ مِمَّا عَرَفُواْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاكْتُبْنَا مَعَ الشَّاهِدِينَ

(5:84) And when they hear what has been revealed to this Messenger, thou seest their eyes overflow with tears, because of the truth which they have recognized. They say, ‘Our Lord, we believe, so write us down among the witnesses’.

A unique part of the beautiful Religion of Islam is the special love generated within the heart of a believer in reaction to the magnificent and perfect Attributes of Allāh the Exalted. It is through the blessing of these Perfect Attributes that mankind is delivered each day from hardship and ignorance into the spiritual sanctuary of success. In times of great desperation, anguish, suffering, heartbreak, and sadness ‘Banī Ādam’ raises its hands arched and supplicates to the One deserving of all Praise.

In a Persian poem, Hadrat Mirza Ghulām Aḥmad (as) beautifully encapsulates the emotion and feeling of a true lover and supplicant writings:

Mention not any king to me,

For I have placed my hopes at another threshold.

The Lord God, Who has granted life to the universe,

He is the Originator, the Creator, the Sustainer.

The Generous, All-Powerful, Reliever of problems,

The Merciful, the Compassionate, Who fulfils all needs.

I lie prostrate at His door, because it is said

‘In this world one thing leads to another.’

Whenever I remember that Faithful Friend,

I forget all my friends and relatives.

How can I tie my heart to other than Him;

For I am so restless without Him!

Search not for my heart in my wounded bosom;

For I have pinned it to the apron-strings of the Beloved.

My heart is the Throne of the Beloved;

My head is an offering in the way of the Friend.

How can I describe the extent of His bounties on me;

For His grace is boundless!

How can I ever be able to count His favours;

For His favours are uncountable!

The kind of relationship I have with the Beloved,

Is beyond the comprehension of all.

I cry at His door,

As a woman cries in the pangs of childbirth.

All my time is saturated with His love;

How happy is the time! How blissful the days!

O the garden of my Beloved! I sing Your praises;

For You have freed me from the beauty of gardens and the joy of spring.

 

(Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Hujjat-Ullah, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol.12, p. 149)

The simple document before you is a collection of incidents whereupon the Holy Prophet (saw), his blessed Companions (ra), and the Righteous shed tears and wept profusely for the sake of Almighty Allāh.

Accounts of a people who were desperately fearful of inviting their Lord’s displeasure, despite being from amongst those we generally accept as being the Friends of Allāh (awliyā’ Allāh). It was through their fear and tears that they entered into the transaction of selling this world in return for the promise of the next one. In this regard, Abū Sulaymān al-Darānī (rh) stated,

‘‘Among the creation of God are people who occupy themselves with Paradise and its blessings, so how would they occupy themselves with this worldly life?’‘

 

They dearly loved to please their Creator and Lord and so they endeavoured, with every ounce of their being, to mirror His Will in their deeds; all with the solemn and sincere hope that they would one day taste the sweet fruits of ‘’Jannat al-Fardaws.’’ Ḥaḍrat Abū Bakr al-Ṣiddīq (ra), the grand repositor of truth, once observed:

‘‘Whoever has tasted the pure love of God, this will occupy (prevent) him from seeking the worldly life and people would miss seeing him’‘

 

Shedding One’s Tears for the Sake of Allāh

1.1

وَإِذَا سَمِعُواْ مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ تَرَى أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ الدَّمْعِ مِمَّا عَرَفُواْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاكْتُبْنَا مَعَ الشَّاهِدِينَ

And when they hear what has been revealed to this Messenger, thou seest their eyes overflow with tears, because of the truth which they have recognized. They say, ‘Our Lord, we believe, so write us down among the witnesses. (Qur’ān, 5:84)

1.2

Yaḥyā related from Mālik from Khubayb b. ‘Abd al-Raḥmān al-Anṣārī from Ḥafs b. ‘Āṣim that either Abū Sa’īd al-Khudrī or Abū Hurayra (ra) said:

“The Messenger of Allāh, may Allāh bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘There are seven whom Allāh will shade in His shade on the day on which there is no shade except His shade: a just Imām, a youth who grows up worshipping Allāh, a man whose heart is attached to the mosque when he leaves it until he returns to it, two men who love each other in Allāh and meet for that and part for that, a man who remembers Allāh when he is alone and his eyes overflow with tears, a man who refuses the approaches of a noble, beautiful woman, saying “I fear Allāh,” and a man who gives sadaqa and conceals it so that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives.’ ” (Imām Mālik. al-Muwaṭṭa’. Bk.51, No.51.5.14)

1.3

Ḥaḍrat Abū Hurayra (ra) narrates that:

‘‘The Prophet said Allāh will give shade to seven (types of people) under His Shade (on the Day of Resurrection). (one of them will be) a person who remembers Allāh and his eyes are then flooded with tears. (Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Vol.8, Bk.76, No.486)

1.4

Ḥaḍrat Anas b. Mālik (ra) narrates:

‘‘We went with Allāh’s Apostle to the blacksmith Abū Saif, and he was the husband of the wet-nurse of Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet). Allāh’s Apostle took Ibrahim and kissed him and smelled him and later we entered Abū Saif’s house and at that time Ibrahim was in his last breaths, and the eyes of Allāh’s Apostle  started shedding tears. ‘Abd al-Raḥmān b. ‘Awf said, “O Allāh’s Apostle, even you are weeping!” He said, “O Ibn ‘Awf, this is mercy.” Then he wept more and said, “The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord, O Ibrahim ! Indeed we are grieved by your separation.” (Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Vol.2, Bk.23, No.390)

1.5

Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulām Aḥmad (as) wrote:

‘Think not, you are sinners. Will your prayers be heard? Do not think like this. Man makes mistakes, but a time comes when he is able to overpower his sinning self. This power to overpower the sinning self is also built into the nature of man. Water puts out fire. This is part of its nature. Howsoever you may heat it, when water drops on fire it must put it out. That is natural. So is man a purifier by nature. Every man has this purifying property. Do not feel defeated because you have been involved in sin. Sin is like a stain on the surface of a piece of cloth. It can be washed away. Your habits, your dispositions may be dominated ever so much by your passions. Pray to God weeping, crying, He will not let your prayers go waste. He is full of compassion. (Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Badr 1907)

1.6

Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulām Aḥmad (as) wrote:

What is Salat? It is a supplication addressed to the Lord of Honor without which a person cannot be truly alive, nor can he procure any means of security and happiness. When God Almighty bestows this grace upon a person it is only then that he obtains true comfort. From that moment he will begin to feel pleasure and delight in Salat. As he derives pleasure from delicious food he will begin to derive pleasure from his weeping and crying in Salat. Before he experiences that condition in his Salat it is necessary that he should persist in Salat as he swallows bitter medicine so that he may be restored to health. In the same way it is necessary for him to persist in Salat and in making his supplications while he derive no pleasure from them. In such condition he should seek pleasure and delight in Salat with the supplication: Allāh Thou knowest how blind and sightless I am, and at the moment I am like the dead. I know that in a little while I shall be called and shall present myself before Thee and no one will be able to stop me. But my heart is blind and unenlightened. Do Thou cause to descend upon it such a flame of light that thereby it may be inspired with Thy love and devotion to Thee. Do Thou bestow upon me such grace that I shall not be raised up sightless and join the blind.

 

When he supplicates in this manner and persists in the supplication he will see that a time will arrive when something will descend upon him while he is engaged in such type of prayer which will melt his heart (Ḥaḍrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Malfoozat, Vol IV, p.321-322)

1.7

Ḥaḍrat ‘Isa (as) said:

‘’Blessed is he who guards his tongue, whose house is sufficient for his needs, and who weeps for his sins’’ Aḥmad b Ḥanbal, Kitāb al-Zuhud, pg.229 (no. 850)

1.8

Ḥaḍrat Khalīfah al-masīḥ II (ra) wrote:

‘What Allāh says about Zikr-i-Ilahi is the following:

 إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ

(8:3) The believers are only those whose hearts tremble when the name of Allāh is mentioned…

 

تَقْشَعِرُّ مِنْهُ جُلُودُ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُمْ ثُمَّ تَلِينُ جُلُودُهُمْ وَقُلُوبُهُمْ إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّ

(39:24) …at which do creep the skins of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts soften to the remembrance of Allāh…

 

إِذَا تُتْلَى عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُ الرَّحْمَن خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَبُكِ

(19:59) …when the signs of the Gracious God are recited unto them, they fall down, prostrating themselves before God, weeping.

 

According to these verses the attitude of those who truly remember Allāh is the following:

 

  1. Their hearts are filled with the fear of Allāh because they are reminded of the status and the Glory of their God.
  2. Their skins creep, that is, the hair on their bodies rise, due to their state of fear.
  3. Their bodies are softened, and their hearts become tender.
  4. They prostrate, that is, they start worshipping God.
  5. They cry or weep. (Ḥaḍrat Khalifatul Masih II. Zikr-I-Ilahi. Pg.15.)

1.9

Commenting on his passionate love for the Beloved of Allāh, Imām al-Buṣayrī (rh) wrote:

 اَمِنْ تَذَكُّرِ جَيْرَانٍ بِذِيْ سَلَمٍ                مِزِجْتَ دَمْعًا جَرَى مِمْ مُّقْلَةٍ بِدَمِ

Is it because of your remembrance of the neighbours of Dhi-salam[1].

That tears mixed with blood are flowing (from your eyes)

اَمْ هَبَّتِ الْرِّيْحُ مِنْ تِلْقَاءِ كِاظِمَةٍ            اَوْ اَوْمَضَ الْبَرْقُ الْظَلْمَاءِ مِنْ إضَمٍ

Or is it because of the breeze blowing from Kaazimah[2].

Or is it the lightening struck in the darkness of the night of Idam[3].

فَمَا لِعِيِْنَيْكَ اِنْ قُلْتَ اكْفُفَ هَمَتَا           وَمَا لِقَلْبِكَ اِنْ قُلْتَ اسْتَفِقْ يَهِمْ

What has happened to your eyes, (the more) you tell them to stop, the more they continue flowing.

What is the matter with your heart, (the more) you tell it to come to its senses, (the more it is distracted)

 

اَيَحْسَبُ الْصَّبُّ اَنَّ الْحُبَّ مُنْكَتِمٌ           مَّا بَيْنَ مُنْسَجِمْ مِّنْهُ وَمُضْطَرِمِ

Does the lover think that his love can be concealed.

While his eyes are shedding tears and heart is glowing.

 

(Allama Sahrfud Din Mohammad B. Hasan Al-Busairi. Qasidah Burdah. Ch.1, Vs.1-8.)


[1] Dhi-Salam is a place between Makkah and Madinah, rather closer to Madinah. Allamah Busairia metions Dhi-Salam as it reminds him of the hijrat of Rasulullah. (Qaseedah Burda. Khanqah-e-Sheikh Zakariyya. 2000. Islamic Book Service.India. pp.26-27)

[2] Kaazimah is a village in Madinah and as the breeze from there reaches Allamah Busairi his heart turns towards his beloved.(IBID. Pg.27)

[3] Idam is a mountain in Madinah. As Allamah Buseiri sees the lightening he wonders if it is the same lightening that struck on Idam. (IBID. Pg.28)

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5 thoughts on “Tears For the Sake of Allah: Part 1

  1. Jazak Allah. This is why it is difficult to discuss matters with some anti-Ahmadis. They are so bitter that they pick at even the most universal and uncontroversial things. Very sad as there are real issues to be discussed.

  2. I don’t know what you said, but I am shocked that your heart was not softened upon reading this post to the point you still felt the need to insult Hadhrat Masih Maud (as). Did your heart not soften upon reading how the Prophet of Allah sallalhu alaihe wasalam wept for the death of his cherished son? How can your heart be filled with so much hatred that the fire was still raging, not even dampened slightly, upon reading how Hadhrat Masih Maud (as) reminded us that Allah is Compassionate and how our prayers will never go to waste? What has happened to you that makes you hate the jamaat so much so that you become blind and hardened to these words of love and compassion? Come back and post under another user name (if brother theartofmisinformation lets you). You must have not read the post, or Allah has made your heart like a stone.

    I wish I came across this post during Ramadan. May Allah strengthen our supplications and enter us into the fold of His Mercy. May Allah also have mercy on our brothers and sisters being persecuted in Pakistan and Indonesia.

  3. You forgot to mention where Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad says [deleted]. Please also provide this invaluable reference! Mashallah!

    [Two words – ”You’re barred” – In case someone is wondering why I have barred this person, it is because he used lude and filthy language in the deleted space which was aimed at insulting the Imam of the Age (as).]

  4. May we all follow our beloved Hazurs instructions. May Allah accept our humble supplications
    and may we benefit from these beautiful instructions.

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