Be with Saliheen until Death comes for you


Salman al-Farisi (ra) said that some people who recently accepted Islam once came to the mosque of Holy Prophet (sws) along with others of their class, and they sought a private audience with Allah’s Messenger (sws). Their leader said, “O Messenger of Allah, why wouldn’t you sit regularly on a raised chair exclusively for you in the forefront of the mosque, and meanwhile, ask these people and their foul-smelling jubba (mantels) to pull away from us into the furthermost corner of the mosque, so that we can hearken attentively to your teachings and learn from you.”

It is then that Allah, the Lord of Majesty and Glory, sent down the revelation, “Rehearse to them what is revealed to you from the Book of your Lord. Nothing can ever change His Words, and you will not find refuge except in Him! Apply yourself with patience to remain in the company of those who call upon their Lord morning and evening, seeking His countenance. Keep them constantly under your watch, and do not let your focus wander beyond their circle. Do not solicit the company of those who seek the pomp and glitter of this lower life, nor obey anyone whose heart We have veiled and caused to forget to remember Us, those who follow their own whims and desires, and whose condition has degenerated to the point that it can bring about their ultimate loss. Say: `The truth comes from your Lord,’ hence, whosoever wants to believe in it, let him believe in it, and whosoever want to reject it, let him reject it. Surely We have prepared for the unjust ones a fire whose smoke and blazes will hem them in like a corridor whose walls and roof stand high. Therein, if they cry out for relief, they will be given water like melted brass that will scald their faces. Alas, what a dreadful drink it is and how uncomfortable is such a couch to recline on! As to those who believe and do righteous deeds, surely We do not leave unrewarded the work of someone who does good. Such ones will be rewarded with gardens of eternity beneath which rivers flow. Therein, they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and they will wear green garments of fine silk and brocade, and therein, they are consoled in safe heavens, – Aah, what a gratifying reward and how comfortable is such a couch for reclining! (Quran 18: 27-31).”

Salman al-Farisi (ra) continued: “Immediately upon receiving this revelation, Allah’s Messenger (sws) stood up and left the circle and he went searching for them. Moments later, he found most of the Ahl-e Suffa sitting at the far back of the mosque, remembering Allah and invoking His praises. When he saw that, Allah’s Messenger (sws) exclaimed blithely, “All praises be to Allah Who did not let me die before He had enjoined upon me to abide with constancy in the company of the chosen ones among my nation. Henceforth, and by Allah, living is living in your company until death comes.”

[narrated Abu Amru bin Hamdan] [Source: Ranks of the Elite, by Imam Abu Na’im]

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