A Believer; A Stranger Among His Family
The Prophet (saw) said in a lengthy hadeeth concerning the signs of the Hour:
“…and from its signs is that a believer would be lowlier in his tribe than tiny sheep.”
[Recorded in Tabaraanee on the authority of Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal with an isnaad that contains weakness]
Imaam Ahmad records that ‘Ubaadah Ibn As-Saamit said to one of his colleagues:
“It is well possible that if you live a long life, you wil see a man who read the Quraan from the tongue of Muhammad (saw), or from one who read it from Muhammad, repeating it and reciting it, treating its lawful as lawful, and its prohibited as prohibited. He will pass you on the way to his house, and his status in your eyes will be as insignificant as the head of a dead donkey.”
[Ahmad #17140 with a da’eef isnaad]
Ibn Mas’ood said:
“A time will come in which a believer will be regarded lower than a slave girl.”
The believer is humiliated and degraded in the last days because of his being a stranger amongst the corrupt, those who have succumbed to their doubts and desires. All of them hate him and persecute him because of his opposing their path and objectives, and because of his keeping aloof from their practises.
Some of these strangers were even detested by their own families and children due to their stark contrast of their conditions.
‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez once heard his wife saying:
“May Allaah relieve us from you!”
So he said, “Ameen!”
[Aboo Zur’ah, Taareekh, p. 127]
[The Journey Of The Strangers, by Al-Aajurree, Translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah, Pp. 79-80]