Tooba For The Strangers, Part 1


Ka’b would say, “Tooba is for them, Tooba is for them!

It was asked of him, “Aboo Ishaaq, who are they?

He replied, “Tooba is for them; when they are seen, they are not invited; if they offer their hand in marriage, it is not accepted; when they die, they are not missed.

Aboo Hurayrah reports that the Messenger of Allaah said:

“Tooba for a servant whose feet become covered in dust in the Way of Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, and his hair disheveled. Be [he needed in] the rear-guard, you will find him amongst them, or the vanguard, you will find him amongst them. If he tries to intercede, his intercession will not be accepted and if he asks permission for something, he will not be granted it. Tooba for him, again Tooba for him!”

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allaah said:

“It is well possible that someone covered in dust, wearing threadbare garments, someone who is not paid any attention; it is wel possible that such a person could take an oath by Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, and He fulfill it.”

Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal reports that the Messenger of Allaah said:

“Should I not inform you of the inhabitants of Paradise?”

They replied:

“Messenger of Allaah, of course!”

He (saw) said:

“They are every weak, dust covered person wearing threadbare garments and not paid any attention. Were such a one to take an oath by Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, He would fulfill it.”

Abul Fadl Ash-Shiklee said:

I saw a youth in the street wearing a shabby garment and I paid no further attention to him, then suddenly he turned around to me and said:

Be not aloof by reason of my attire,
The pearl is found inside the oyster.
My clothes are shabby, not so my learning.
The end of clothes is that of pomposity.

so I attached myself to him and became close to him.”

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