WHEN A SAHABI DID AN INAPPROPRIATE DUA
This is an Islamic Story of the Sahaba who made an inappropriate Dua and got ill.
Once a Sahabi of Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) got ill and the illness soon got intensified within a week. After hearing about the illness of the Sahabi, Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) visited the Sahabi at his house where He was lying on the bed. Seeing Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) standing in front of him, the Sahabi of Rasul ALLAH got overjoyed with happiness and got up from his bad.
After few talks with Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.), the Sahabi started thanking his illness. He started thanking ALLAH (S.W.T.) for giving him this intense illness because of which Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) visited him. It was because of his illness that Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) visited him and he was able to see the beautiful face of Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.).
After listening the Sahabi, Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) asked him to remember a time or an even when he asked for an inappropriate thing to ALLAH (S.W.T.). The Sahabi said that he didn’t remember anything about the Dua. However, after thinking a lot and due to the Barakah of Muhammad (S.A.W.) present there, the Sahabi remembered the time when he did an inappropriate Dua to ALLAH (S.W.T.)
THE SAHABI TELLS HIS INAPPROPRIATE DUA TO RASUL ALLAH (S.A.W.)
After thinking a lot, the Sahabi of Muhammad (S.A.W.) told him that once when he was feeling guilty over his past sins. In extreme guilt and humiliation over the past sins during the age of Jahiliyyah (period of Ignorance), the Sahabi asked ALLAH (S.W.T.) to punish him in this life for the past sins he committed and exchange the punishment of sins for the Aakhirah with this Dunya such that he could enjoy the peacefulness of the Jannah.
Listening to this, Muhammad (S.A.W.) became angry and warned the Sahabi to never make such kind of Dua again to ALLAH (S.W.T.).
MUHAMMAD (S.A.W.) told his Sahabi that a Human being is prone to make errors and sins in Life. By walking on the path of ALLAH, one could get himself protected from committing further sins, however, asking for the inappropriate things and punishment in a Dua is a kind of misconduct and disrespect. One must always walk on the right path and must always ask for repentance. Making such kind of Dua would only make the life difficult for an individual.
Anas ibn Mālik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: “All human beings are sinners, and the best of the sinners are the frequent repenters.”
The Sahabi after listening to this felt sorry for such a thing and asked Rasul ALLAH (S.A.W.) to make a Dua for him. The Sahabi also promised Muhammad (S.A.W.) that he will never do such an inappropriate Dua to ALLAH (S.W.T.)
MORAL OF THIS ISLAMIC STORY
This Islamic Story gives us the moral that one must not ask for inappropriate demands to ALLAH (S.W.T.). Asking for the things that are Haram and Inappropriate only increases the problems of the individual. The individual not only puts himself to the risk, but he also makes ALLAH angry by doing the things that are against good conduct and against the laws mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadith.
Thus, as the believers, we must always keep ourselves in prostration to ALLAH (S.W.T.) and repent to him for the sins we committed by mistake. We must always ask for good things to ALLAH (S.W.T.) in a Dua, as he is the merciful GOD, the beneficent GOD, and the loving GOD. He does not want to punish us. Rather, he want to give a lot of bounties. It is us who in ignorance do such acts that make ALLAH (S.W.T.) unhappy. We must think of this and considering extreme love of ALLAH for his creation, we must never disrespect him and ask him only repentance and good things for the Dunya as well as Aakhirah from him.
This Islamic story was taken from the Urdu book Hikayat Rumi
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