بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
A man narrated this story about himself:
“I was a man who indulged in fun and enjoyment and suffered from an overwhelming addiction to wine. There was not a sin except that I indulged in it, so much so that people started to avoid me.
As time went by, I wished to have a daughter. I bought a slave girl with whom I was very happy. She later gave birth to a beautiful girl who I loved dearly. I saw her progress from crawling to walking. Whenever I sat down for a drink, she would come and take the cup from my hands and spill the wine on the ground. As she grew, I reduced the number of sins, and increased in faith.
At the tender age of two years she died and left me grieving. I returned to my previous state and even worse. One night I got so drunk that I collapsed, and it was then that I had a dream. I saw in my dream that it was the Day of Resurrection, people were being called and it was so chaotic. Then it was my turn and my name was called. A huge sea serpent came after me. I began to run but it chased me. The faster I ran, the faster it came. I passed by an old man dressed in clean garments who was very weak. I called out to him “O Sheikh, please save me from this monster!” He replied, “O my son, I am a very old man and this monster is too powerful for me, I cannot prevail from it. Perhaps if you carry on someone else may be able to help you.”
I continued to run, with the serpent still following me. I passed by a pit of blazing fire and was about to fall into it, but someone said, ”You are not its inhabitant,”. I called out to the old man again to help me but again he said he was too weak, and wept at my pathetic state. I turned and ran towards a mountain and heard children laughing.
Their faces shone like the moon, and among them was my little girl! She came towards me like a beam of light and with her right hand hit the serpent, which then fled. She sat by me and said, ”O my father, has not the time arrived for the heart of those who believe to submit to Allah’s reminder (Dhikr) and the truth (Quran) which has been revealed?” [Quran 57:16]
I asked, ”O my daughter, What are you doing here?” She said “we are muslim children who have died and we will live here until the Day of Resurrection and wait for our parents.”
At this I said , ” O my daughter, who was that monster chasing and trying to kill me?” She said, ”O my father, that was your bad deeds, which you accumulated until it grew and could have destroyed you.” I then asked, ”And who was that weak old man?” She said, ”He was your good deeds, which you weakened to such an extent that they had no power to defend you. Therefore, O my father, repent and turn towards Allah, and be not among those who will perish,”
Suddenly I woke up, and it was almost time for fajr. I ran to the mosque to repent and pray. Standing behind the Imam, he recited the same verses my daughter said to me in my dream”
This man was the great scholar of the tabi’een, Malik ibn Dinar. Ibn Dhahaby said about him that he was counted amongst the trusted tabi’een. He became known for his zuhd. It is always more personal when we hear a story about people, and how Allah touches each of our lives. This story teaches us so many things, among them:
Reading about Malik ibn Dinar’s beginnings, one who knew him at the time would probably think that this person would never be guided. And this is something we should apply to our own lives and our own selves. How many people around us do we see that we judge as hopeless, yet what we should be doing is praying for them? As for ourselves, we should always remember that Allah’s doors are open. Just like Malik ibn Dinar got a wake up call and ran to the mosque to repent, we should also wake up and run to Allah.
2- The Day of Judgment
The most chilling part of the story was how Malik ibn Dinar’s sins grew to such an extent that they almost consumed him, and how his weak good deeds could not avail him. Thinking about myself- will my good deeds be able to save me on the Day of Judgment? Or will they also be weak? Have I allowed my sins to grow?
3- Allah’s wisdom and mercy
Sometimes things happen in our lives that make us think, “why?”. When Malik ibn Dinar’s daughter passed, people around must have thought “Why would Allah take her away? He was slowly becoming a better person”. But Allah is showing us that He knows and we do not. This daughter that he lost would save him on the Day of Judgment, inshAllah. And it was the cause of his tawba. Whenever things happen that we do not understand, we have to trust in Allah that He is more Wise and more Merciful than we know, and try as hard as we can to deal with them with patience.
4- Allah’s presence in our lives
Perhaps what touched me the most was that when Malik ibn Dinar prayed, the Imam recited the same aya that his daughter recited in the dream. Sometimes Allah gives us little signs and gentle pushes, that He is present in our lives, and all we need to do is acknowledge it.
(Apologies for the quality of this tarbiya, I had a very short time to do it! InshAllah future ones will be up to the standard of this group