Never Judge A Book By Its Cover…

Following are some of the amazing examples I came across just recently on a social website. Worth remembering and sharing!

Example # 1:

A man in Jeddah saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in a dream. He heard him say that he should go to Makkah to a certain area and find a man by such-and- such a name and tell him that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) loves him. Upon awakening he wrote down what he saw in his dream and was able to Makkah two weeks later. He went to the area and asked around but failed to find the man. Two weeks later, he went again and was directed to the man. He looked at him and was taken aback; the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said he loved him, so he figured the man must be a scholar or some righteous looking man, but this man was simple and looked like an average person without any outward ‘signs’ of piety and was washing his car. He asked the person who directed him if he was certain and he affirmed that this was indeed the man.

He approached and asked if he was so-and-so and the man confirmed that this was his name. He said he wanted to see him about something. The man asked to him wait a while until he was done washing his car. They then went into the man’s home. The man from Jeddah said, ‘Listen, neither do I know you nor do you know me, but I need to know what your story is.’ The man said he had no story. So he asked him, ‘Is there some righteous deed between you and Allah?’ He responded that there was nothing, that he was like anyone else, he prayed and fasted and there was nothing special or extra. He asked why he was asking. The visitor responded that he saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in a dream and he told him to inform him the he loved him. The man was taken by surprise and cried. He fell prostrate before Allah and then asked the man if he was serious. He assured him he was and reminded him that they were strangers to one another. The man again asked if there was anything special he did. He responded that he was just an average person and that he was shy as he didn’t feel he was deserving of the Prophet’s love. He said this was so heavy on him and now he wanted to do whatever good he could.

To cut the long story short, here’s what turned out to be his deed. The man in Makkah had a neighbor who had died fifteen years ago. From the day this neighbor died, he split his salary between himself and the neighbor’s family every month, that’s it, that’s all, no big deal!!!
SubhanAllah! No big deal, he said?!

Think about that for a moment. This is another reason why we really need to hold back before judging people by their appearances. That neighbor or street cleaner we may look down on may be one whom Allah and His Messenger love for doing something we are clueless about.

Example # 2
A wise old man was sitting at the river bank when he saw a cat that had fallen into the water, flailing around, trying to save itself from drowning.
The man decided to save the cat. He stretched his hand out but was scratched by the cat. He pulled his hand back in pain.
However, a minute later he stretched his hand out again to save the cat, but it scratched him again, and again he pulled his hand back in pain.
Another minute later he was yet again trying for the third time!!
A man, who was nearby watching what was happening, yelled out: “O wise man, you have not learned your lesson the first time, nor the second time, and now you are trying to save the cat a third time?”
The wise man paid no heed to that man’s scolding, and kept on trying until he managed to save the cat.
He then walked over to the man, and patted his shoulder saying: “My son.. it is in the cat’s nature to scratch, and it is in my nature to love and have sympathy. Why do you want me to let the cat’s nature overcome mine !?!!
My son: Treat people according to your nature, not according to theirs, no matter what they are like and no matter how numerous are their actions that harm you and cause you hurt sometimes.
And do not pay heed to all the voices that loudly call out to you to leave behind your good qualities merely because the other party is not deserving of your noble actions.
When you live to give happiness to others, Allah Ta’ala will send you those who will live to give happiness to you.
“Is the reward for good anything but good?” -Qur’an 55:60
Be beautiful in character and hearts will love you.
So never regret the moments you gave happiness to someone, even if that person did not deserve it.
And suffice in the fact that you have a Lord Who will reward you for good with good.

Example # 3

Dr. Nabulsi relates the following:

Long, long ago, in Masjid Al-Ward in an old area of Damascus, the Khateeb of the masjid (who was also the Mufti at the time) saw the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in a dream. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told this Khateeb to inform his neighbour so-and-so that he will be his neighbour in Jannah. Obviously the Khateeb was affected; he had knowledge, he had tajweed, he was a mufti, he was, he was, and his neighbour was only a grocer. So he went to the neighbour and said, I have glad tidings for you from Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him), but I swear, I won’t tell you until you inform me of what is between you and your Lord. The man said nothing, but after a lot of insistence and coaxing, the man finally spoke.

The man said he got married to a woman and five months into the marriage, from what was apparent, his wife was actually nine months pregnant (ready to give birth). He could have divorced her, exposed her or taken her to court; the law would be on his side, the Sharee’ah would be on his side and even her family would be on his side. But the man wanted to encourage her and bring her to repentance. That night his wife gave birth; he then took the child and hid it under his cloak and stood outside the masjid. He waited until the Imam was about to begin the prayer (so nobody could see him), then entered and placed the child behind the door and joined the prayer. After the salah, the baby cried and people circled around it. He made sure that most people were around the baby, then went and joined them. He asked them what the story was; they said, look, a lost/abandoned child. Immediately, the man said, ok, I’ll sponsor him, I’ll look after him. Subhanallah! He made sure that the largest number of people witnessed this so he could conceal the fault of his wife.

This is Ihsan at work. He showed compassion and kindness that not many could show. He could have had her stoned to death and exposed her; but he chose to conceal her and, as a result, the woman repented and was from among the righteous

These are some little, little things we often forget in our daily life’s routine. What we lack is not the wisdom behind it but the time to understand and properly implement these things in our lives. May Allah makes us those who cherish and take very seriously every word of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W for in him lies the best example for mankind!

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