The Noble Sahaabah Radhiyallahu Anhum Fear Nifaaq

The Noble Sahaabah Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum is that group which refers to any person who spent a moment in the company of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam and passed away with Imaan then Allah Ta’alaa refers to them in His Kalaam:

Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum wa Radhoo Anhu (Allah Ta’alaa is pleased with them and they are pleased with Allah Ta’alaa) and He has prepared for them gardens under which (endless) rivers flow, in which they will stay forever, that is a great success!

Verse 100, Chapter 9 – Surah Tawbah

Despite this they were constantly reprimanding their nafs and in this way the worldly snares stayed far from their noble state. Below is the famous incident between Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu and Hadhrat Hanzalah Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu. We may have read this incident before, but this time lets read it with an active heart and let us introspect on how far we are from this level. May Allah Ta’alaa reward them in full and because of our love for them, May we be resurrected with them in shaa Allah, Aameen.

Hadhrat Hanzala Usayyidi Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu, who was amongst the scribes of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ). reported:

I met Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu).

He (Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) said:

How are you?

He (Hanzala Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) said:

Hanzala (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) has turned to be a hypocrite.

He (Abu Bakr Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) said:

Subhaanallah, what are you saying?

Thereupon he (Hadhrat Hanzalah Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) said:

I say that when we are in the company of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) we ponder over Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our very eyes and when we are away from Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) we attend to our wives, our children, our business; most of these things (pertaining to After-life) slip out of our minds.

(Hadhrat) Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) said:

By Allah, I also experience the same.

So I (Hanzalah Radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) went to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and said to him:

Ya Rasulullah, Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite.

Thereupon Rasulullah (ﷺ) said:

What has happened to you?

I said:

Rasulullah (ﷺ), when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.

Thereupon Rasulullah (ﷺ) said:

By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the Angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your paths but, Hanzala, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to prayer and meditation). He Rasulullah (ﷺ) said this thrice.

 Sahih Muslim 2750

عَنْ أَبِي عُثْمَانَ النَّهْدِيِّ، عَنْ حَنْظَلَةَ الأُسَيِّدِيِّ (رضي الله عنه) قَالَ،

– وَكَانَ مِنْ كُتَّابِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم

قَالَ – لَقِيَنِي أَبُو بَكْرٍ فَقَالَ كَيْفَ أَنْتَ يَا حَنْظَلَةُ قَالَ قُلْتُ نَافَقَ حَنْظَلَةُ قَالَ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ مَا تَقُولُ

قَالَ قُلْتُ نَكُونُ عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُذَكِّرُنَا بِالنَّارِ وَالْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى كَأَنَّا رَأْىَ عَيْنٍ فَإِذَا خَرَجْنَا مِنْ عِنْدِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَافَسْنَا الأَزْوَاجَ وَالأَوْلاَدَ وَالضَّيْعَاتِ فَنَسِينَا كَثِيرًا

قَالَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ فَوَاللَّهِ إِنَّا لَنَلْقَى مِثْلَ هَذَا

‏‏ فَانْطَلَقْتُ أَنَا وَأَبُو بَكْرٍ حَتَّى دَخَلْنَا عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم

قُلْتُ نَافَقَ حَنْظَلَةُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏.‏

فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ وَمَا ذَاكَ ‏”‏ ‏.

‏ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ نَكُونُ عِنْدَكَ تُذَكِّرُنَا بِالنَّارِ وَالْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى كَأَنَّا رَأْىَ عَيْنٍ فَإِذَا خَرَجْنَا مِنْ عِنْدِكَ عَافَسْنَا الأَزْوَاجَ وَالأَوْلاَدَ وَالضَّيْعَاتِ نَسِينَا كَثِيرًا ‏.‏

فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ إِنْ لَوْ تَدُومُونَ عَلَى مَا تَكُونُونَ عِنْدِي وَفِي الذِّكْرِ لَصَافَحَتْكُمُ الْمَلاَئِكَةُ عَلَى فُرُشِكُمْ وَفِي طُرُقِكُمْ وَلَكِنْ يَا حَنْظَلَةُ سَاعَةً وَسَاعَةً ‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ

صحيح مسلم

بَاب فَضْلِ دَوَامِ الذِّكْرِ وَالْفِكْرِ فِي أُمُورِ الْآخِرَةِ وَالْمُرَاقَبَةِ وَجَوَازِ تَرْكِ ذَلِكَ فِي بَعْضِ الْأَوْقَاتِ وَالِاشْتِغَالِ بِالدُّنْيَا

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