Friday, October 5, 2007

The Opportunity

The opportunity of Laylatul Qadr is here. Life is about people that take advantage of their opportunities to win the love of Allah (swt), and this is indeed one of those chances.

Abu Dah Daah was one of those who found an opportunity and won that which is greater than the heavens and the earth. An adult companion of the Prophet (saw) cultivated his garden next to the property of an orphan. The orphan claimed that a specific palm tree was on his property and thus belonged to him. The companion rejected the claim and off to the Messenger of Allah (saw) went the orphan boy to complain. With his justness, the Messenger of Allah (saw) measured the two gardens and found that the palm tree did indeed belong to the companion. The orphan erupted crying. Seeing this, the Prophet (saw) offered the companion, “would you give him the palm tree and to you is a palm tree in Jannah?” However, the companion in his disbelief that an orphan would complain to the Prophet (saw) missed the opportunity and went away angry.

But someone else saw the opportunity, Abu Dah Daah (ra). He went to the Prophet (saw) and asked, “Ya Rasul Allah, if I buy the tree from him and give it to the orphan shall I have that tree in Jannah?” The Messenger of Allah (saw) replied, “Yes.”

Abu Dah Daah chased after the companion and asked, “Would you sell that tree to me for my entire garden?” The companion answered, “Take it for there is no good in a tree that I was complained to the Prophet about.”

Immediately, Abu Dah Daah went home and found his wife and children playing in the garden. “Leave the garden!” shouted Abu Dah Daah, “we’ve sold it to Allah! We’ve sold it to Allah!” Some of his children had dates in their hand and he snatched the dates from them and threw them back into the garden. “We’ve sold it to Allah!”

When Abu Dah Daah was later martyred in the battle of Uhud, Rasul Allah (saw) stood over his slain body and remarked, “How many shady palm trees does Abu Dah Daah now have in paradise?”

What did Abu Dah Daah lose? What did he gain? He gained a Jannah whose expanse is the heavens and the earth.

Abu Dah Daah did not miss his opportunity, and I pray to Allah (swt) that we do not miss our opportunity of standing to Allah (swt) on Laylatul Qadr.

... excerpts from When A Night Becomes A Thousand, Muhammad alShareef


the seeker said...

SubhanAllah...beautiful story Sir. Very touching indeed. Haven't heard of this one before though. Thanks. May we all manage to get Laylatul Qadr, InshaAllah.

Anonymous said...

oh yes, we need that beautiful night.

Naser said...

That beautiful night... I can't describe how awesome it was. Alhamdulillah.