Thaabit ibn Qays (may Allah
be pleased with him) was an eloquent orator who spoke on behalf of the
Messenger of Allah (bpuh) and Islam. However, he would often raise his voice
while giving a sermon, and sometimes this occurred in the presence of the Messenger
of Allah (bpuh).
(O’ you who believe! Raise
not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk
as you speak to one another: lest your deeds may be rendered fruitless while
you perceive not.)
(Quran 49: 2)
When this verse was
revealed, Thaabit (may Allah be pleased with him) thought that he was being
referred to, and so he isolated himself in his home and wept continuously. In a
gathering, the Messenger of Allah (Blessings and Peace be upon him) noticed the
absence of Thaabit and inquired about him. The Companions informed him of what
occurred, and the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) replied:
"Never! But he is from
the inhabitants of Paradise."
ln this way, the warning ---
in Thaabit’s case it was merely a perceived warning --- became transformed into
a glad tiding.
‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be
pleased with her) cried continuously for one month, day and night, because she
was falsely accused of wrongdoing. She became wan and pale because of the
serious nature of the accusations. Then, suddenly, relief came from Allah, and
the Qur’an established her innocence:
(Verily, those who accuse
chaste women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are
good believers, are cursed in this life and in the
Hereafter) (Qur’an 24: 23)
She praised Allah, her
ranking was restored, and the believers rejoiced with her.
When the call was made for
the battle of Tabuk, three of the believers lagged behind. Allah, the Almighty,
revealed verses in which those who remained behind were warned about an
impending punishment. The three believers referred to above became miserable for
what they did and they made a sincere repentance. They believed that there was
no sanctuary from Allah except with Him, and after a short period that seemed
interminable to them, the verses of forgiveness were revealed.
Pursue work that you enjoy
Ibn Taymiyah said:
“l once became ill and the
physician told me that reading and giving talks on knowledge would only
exacerbate my condition. I told him that I couldn’t abandon these pursuits, and
that I would, if possible, like to make his own knowledge a judge between us.
Isn’t it the case, I asked him, that if the soul feels happy and joyful, the
body becomes stronger and sickness is repelled? The doctor replied in the
affirmative. ‘Therefore,’ I said to him, ‘my soul finds joy, comfort, and strength
in knowledge.’ The doctor yielded and admitted that my situation was outside
the pale of his science of medicine."
(Consider it not a bad thing
for you. Nay, it is good for you.) (Quran 24: 11)