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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

THE TAUBAH OF A FIRE-WORSHIPPER

I am reminded of an incident"

Hadhrat Musa Alayhis-Salaam saw a person worshipping fire. Hadhrat Musa Alayhis-Salaam went up to him and said, "Tell me, has the time not approached for you to turn to the worship of Allah Ta'ala?"

He replied, "O Musa Alayhis-Salaam! Should I now turn to Him, tell me, will He accept my taubah (repentance)?"

Hadhrat Musa Alayhis-Salaam said, "Definitely! It is His special, noble quality that He is always ready to accept the taubah of those who turn to Him."

The fire-worshipper said, "If that is the case, then you explain Islam to me and I shall become a Muslim now!" Hadhrat MusaAlayhis-Salaam did this and he became a Muslim. He was so overcome that he started wailing and crying uncontrollably, to the extent that he fainted and fell lifeless. When Hadhrat Musa Alayhis-Salaam went up to him and placed his hand on him he found him to have really died!

Hadhrat Musa Alayhis-Salaam was extremely consternated and turned to Allah Ta'ala, saying, "What happened?"

Allah Ta'ala replied, "O Musa! Do you not know that whoever reconciles with Us - whoever turns towards Us in repentance - We become pleased with him? Whoever desires Our nearness (qurb), We grant him nearness. O Musa! I have made him of the muqarrabin (those who have attained closeness to Allah Ta'ala) and have granted him a place in the homes of the muqarrabin."

This is the quality of the Kalimah. If the other Kalimas (of the other Ambiya Alayhimus-Salaam were to have this effect, then what can one say about the effect of our Kalimah.

Source: For Friends - Shaykh Maseehullah Khan Rahmatullahi Alaih

Translated by: Shaykh Dr Ismail Mangera

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