(Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the
[population of] towns while they are doing wrong.) (Qur'an
One can become sad and wretched for different reasons;
the following are some of them: to do wrong to others, to usurp their rights,
and to hurt the meek among mankind. Some of the wise used to say,
"Fear the one who finds no helper against you (in
your wrongdoing) except Allah."
The history of nations has left us with poignant
examples of what lies in store for the oppressor. There was the case of 'Aamir
ibn at-Tufayl, who plotted to assassinate the Prophet (bpuh), who in turn supplicated
against him. Forthwith, A'amir became afflicted with an enlarged gland, and
after an hour of screaming and writhing from pain, he died a most painful
Arbad ibn Qays was wretched enough to have similar plans,
and the Prophet (bpuh) supplicated against him as well. Allah sent lightning
down on Arbad, scorching both him and his mount.
Shortly before Al-Hajjaj executed Sa'eed ibn Jubayr
(may Allah be pleased with him). The latter supplicated and said, "O' Allah,
do not empower him over anybody after me". Al-Hajjaj became afflicted with
an abscess in his hand, which then quickly spread throughout his body. He
experienced so much pain that he began to moan and moo like a cow, until
finally, he died in a pitiable state.
Sufyan ath-Thawri was in hiding for a period of time
because of threats from Abu Ja'far al-Mansoor. Abu .Ia'far was heading for the Ka'bah
in Makkah while Sufyan was already within the precincts of the Ka'bah. He clung
to the curtain of the edifice and prayed to Allah fervidly not to allow Abu Ja'far
to enter His house. Abu Ja'far died just before reaching the outer limits of Makkah.
Ahmad ibn Abi Du'aad al-Qadi al-Mu'tazili took part in
inflicting harm upon Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Imam Ahmad prayed against him, and
so Allah punished Ibn Abi Du'aad by making him paralyzed on one side of his
body. He was heard to have said afterwards,
"As for half of my body, if a fly were to land on
any part of it, I would feel that the Day of Judgment had commenced. As for the
other half, if it were to be cut up into pieces by a pair of scissors, l would
not feel anything."
Imam Ahmad, who was greatly wronged and harmed for a period
of time, also prayed upon another of his transgressors, آ°Ali ibn Zayyat.
Only a short period of time passed before someone tortured and killed lbn
Zayyat by putting him into an oven and hammering nails into his head.
During the reign of Jamal 'Abdul Nasir, Hamza al-Basyounee
tortured many Muslims in prison. He wickedly scoffed, "Where is your Lord
so that I can put him in steel?" Far above Allah is from what the
oppressors say! A truck smashed into Hamza's car killing him, and
appropriately, the truck was transporting rods of steel. One rod of steel
entered his body from the top of his head until it made its way down to his
bowels. The rescue team was unable to extract him from the car except in
(And he and his hosts were arrogant in the land,
without right, ---- and they thought that they would never return to
Us.) (Qur'an 28: 39)
(And they said: 'Who is mightier than us in strength?'
See they not that Allah, Who created them, was mightier in strength than
them.) (Qur'an 41: 15)
Similar is the case of Salah Nasr, who was a general
of 'Abdul Naasir and who was known for perpetrating evil and oppression throughout
the land. He became sick with ten painful and chronic diseases. He lived for
many years in misery and the doctors could find no cure for him. In the end, he
died ignominiously as a prisoner in the very jails of those leaders whom he
used to serve.
(And those who did transgress beyond bounds in the
lands [in the disobedience of Allah]. And made therein much mischief So your Lord
poured on them different kinds of severe torment) (Qur'an 89: 11-13)
The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:
"Verily, Allah prolongs the life of the oppressor
until when He takes him, there is no escape."
And he (bpuh) also said:
"Beware of the supplication of the oppressed one,
for verily, between it and Allah, there is no veil (or barrier)."