Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The Real Story of Alqamah and His Mother
At the time of the Messenger of Allah (SAW), there was a young man
named Alqamah. He was very diligent in obeying Allah by engaging in prayer
and fasting and spending in charity. Then he fell ill and his illness became serious.
His wife went to the Messenger of Allah (SAW) and said,
"My husband, Alqamah, is on his death bed. I therefore came to tell you,
Messenger of Allah (saww), about his condition."
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) sent for Ammar, Suhaib and Bilal, and told them
to go to him (Alqamah) and have him repeat the Shahadah. They went to him
and found him in the agony of death. They asked him to say, "La illaha illa Allah,"
but his tongue was unable to pronounce it. At that, they came and told
the Messenger of Allah (SAW) that he was unable to repeat the Shahadah.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) asked, "Is either of his parents alive?"
He was told, "Messenger of Allah (SAW), his mother is, but she is very old."
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) sent her a message that if it was convenient
for her (if she was able to go out), she should come to him;
otherwise she should stay in her house and the Messenger of Allah (SAW)
would come to her.
The Messenger of Allah's (SAW) messenger came to her and informed
her of the Messenger of Allah's (SAW) message. She said,
"May my life be a ransom for him, it is my pleasure to go to him!"
She stood up, leaning on her walking stick, and came to the
Messenger of Allah (SAW) and greeted him. The Messenger of Allah (SAW)
returned her greeting and said to her, "Umm Alqamah, tell me the truth,
for otherwise Allah Most High will reveal the truth to me!
What is the situation concerning your son, Alqamah?"
She replied, "Messenger of Allah (SAW), he prays much, fasts a great deal,
and spends a great amount in charity."
The Messenger of Allah (saww) said, "And what about yourself?"
She said, "Messenger of Allah (saww), I am angry with him."
He said, "Why?"
She replied, "Messenger of Allah (SAW), He has preferred his wife to me
and has disobeyed me."
Allah's Messenger said, "Umm Alqamah, surely your anger has prevented
Alqamah's tongue from pronouncing the Shahadah."
He then turned to Bilal and said, "Bilal, go out and collect
a quantity of firewood."She said, "Messenger of Allah (SAW),
what do you plan to do?" He replied,
"I will burn him in front of your eyes."
She said, "Messenger of Allah (SAW), he is my son! My heart
cannot bear your burning him in front of me!"
He said, "Umm Alqamah, Allah's punishment is more severe and
more lasting! Therefore, if you want Allah to forgive him,
be reconciled to him. By the One in Whose Hand is my soul,
the prayer, fasting, and spending in charity
(which he has done) are of no benefit to Alqamah as long as you are
angry with him! "Thereupon she said, "Messenger of Allah (SAW),
I call upon Allah Most High and His angels and the Muslims
who are present to be my witnesses
that I am pleased with my son Alqamah."
Allah's Messenger said, "Bilal, go to him and see whether he is now
able to say, "La illaha illa Allah" or not. It may be that Umm Alqamah
is saying something for my sake which is not in her heart."
Bilal went, and while entering the door he heard Alqamah saying,
"La illaha illa Allah." Bilal remarked, "It is surely true that
while Alqamah's mother was angry with him his tongue was tied,
and now that she is pleased with him his tongue is freed."
Alqamah died the same day. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) came
to him and gave the order for his washing and shrouding, and
then prayed the funeral prayer for him
and buried him. He then stood by the side of his grave and said,
"You company of Muhajireen and Helpers, if anyone favors his wife
over his mother, Allah and His angels and all the people curse him!
Allah does not accept his spending
(in charity) and his uprightness unless he repents toward Allah,
the Glorious and Majestic, and reconciles with her and
attains her pleasure, because Allah's pleasure consists in her pleasure
and Allah's anger consists in her anger."
We must always be respectful and obedient to our parents.
However, we are not to obey them if they order us to disobey Allah
and His Messenger of Allah (SAW). Other than this, they deserve
our utmost attention and respect.
Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents and believers
on the day when the account is cast. [14:41]
Moral from this Real Life Story :
Don't Send Artificial Loves to your parents. Give them the respect
and courtesy they desire. They are your most precious Treasure,
Care for them. God Forbid, if they leave this world then
one can do nothing but regret.
Presented by Hassan Ali