An Interesting Incident

Once an affluent man came to invite Hadhrat Haatim Asamm (rahmatullahi alayh). Despite his refusal, the man persisted in his request. Finally Hadhrat Haatim said: ” I shall accept your invitation on three conditions:

One: I shall sit wherever I wish. Two: I shall eat whatever is pleasing to me. Three: You will have to obey whatever I request. ”

The man accepted all three conditions.

When Hadhrat Haatim reached the home of the host, he sat at the rear where the shoes were kept. The host begged him to come forward and be seated in the place reserved for him. He reminded the host of the first condition. When all the sumptuous food was spread out, he began eating two pieces of dry bread which he had brought with him. When the host begged him to eat from the delicious foods, Hadhrat Haatim reminded him of the second condition. After all the guests had ate, he instructed the host to bring a hot tawa (a hot metal plate on which bread is baked). Then standing on the tawa with his bare feet, he said: ” I have eaten two pieces of dry bread and some pride has developed in me. Do you believe that tomorrow on the Day of Qiyaamah, Allah Ta’laa will demand an account for whatever you had consumed?” All presented: ‘Yes, we believe.’

Hadhrat Haatim said: “It is my opinion that you do not believe. On the contrary, you deny this belief. If you are truthful in your claim, then everyone should imagine that this is the Day of Qiyaamah. Each one should in turn step on to this hot tawa, and enumerate what he has eaten today in this house.” All replied that they lack the ability for this. Hadhrat Haatim then said: “Now reflect! Tomorrow on the Day of Qiyaamah how will you be able to give Allah Ta’laa a reckoning. He says in the Qur’aan Majeed: ” Most certainly on that Day will you be questioned about the bounties (which Allah has provided for you).”

The impact of Hadhrat Haatim’s word reduced everyone to tears and sobbing. It appeared as if there was a funeral in the house.

No Escape From Reckoning

Once Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) and Hadhrat Umar ( radhiyallhu anhu) were with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) eating some dates. Rasullullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) recited the aforementioned verse to emphasize that a reckoning will be taken on the Day Of Qiyaamah for every N’imat (Bounty) Allah Ta’laa has provided on this earth. There is a need to reflect how we earn and how we spend and use the N’imaat (Bounties) of Allah Ta’laa. A reckoning will be demanded for the minutest bestowal and for every act of commission and omission.

The provider on earth has died

Once a healthy man offered a considerable sum of money to Hadhrat Haatim. Refusing to accept, he said: ” I fear that after your death, I shall have to supplicate: ” O Provider of Sustenance in the Heavens! The provider on earth has died. So now You take care of me.”

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