Even as he lay dying, he continued to give advice gently to this own killers. He did not get angry or seek revenge, nor did he pray for Allah to punish them. Instead, he tried to convince his aggressors towards the right path, until he drew his last breath. Compare his mentality to ours, when someone has done us wrong!
After he died, it was said to him, “Enter Paradise.” (Qur’an 36:26) When he saw the bounties in Paradise:
He said, “I wish my people could know of how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honored.” (Qur’an 36:26 – 36:27) SubhanAllah! How noble was this characteristic, that even as he faced Paradise, he wished it for his people so that they could get the same reward. He held true to his covenant until the very end.
Allah loved and honoured him to the extent that He sent Jibreel AS to destroy the town for the injustice done to him. Allah SWT did not deploy an army of angels, but rather destroyed the town dismissively in one saihah, a mighty shout or blast, that brought the non believers to their disgraceful deaths.
And We did not send down upon his people after him any soldiers from the heaven, nor would We have done so. It was not but one shout, and immediately they were extinguished. (Qur’an 36:28 – 36:29)
What of the unnamed man?
According to some reports, his name was Habib ibn Najjar. He was a carpenter, afflicted by leprosy and was charitable by nature. He was a simple, ordinary human being – not a scholar or of the elite – but his soul was alive! When he heard what was happening in the town, he came running, purely to be a part of establishing the truth. He stood alone against the majority. He cared not except to support the truth. He disregarded the danger to his personal safety or his life.
His action was so beloved to Allah that even if his people did not listen, he had discharged his duty.
This incident is immortalized in the Qur’an, as a shining example of true victory in the Kingdom of Allah. The man had tried to lead his community to Islam and paid for his actions with his life. In recompense, Allah honoured him by mentioning his actions in the holiest of all scriptures, the Qur’an, to serve as a teaching and inspiration to Muslims until the end of time.
The ending of the story was decisive. The townspeople who died were not given much mention by Allah, whereas the man who was killed was elevated. Within minutes of his life being extinguished, his actions were so beloved that Allah granted him eternal dignity.
For you as a reader, take a long pause, and think how much we hear the news daily. Today we see heedlessness, people going astray, confusion, oppression, corruption and poverty, and we are watching. Let’s see the difference in this story. We bear witness by our faculties and what we hear, see and watch, and we spread the news on the internet. It can be a murder, a suicide and the general calamity and aggression of human beings against each other and themselves. In spite of that, we continue with our daily routines and personal drama, and barely lift a finger. As Muslims, we should be the supporter of the truth, by all avenues possible, according to our subjective abilities and capabilities. Otherwise, in Islam, if we watch all this and stand idly aside, we will be a partner of such crimes. Now, we should make duaand beg Allah to be an asset and supporter to the truth, and not to be amongst the tortured and cursed ones. Because it is coming.
May Allah make us amongst the honoured and save us from being among the disgraced.
Written by Muslim Footsteps