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Impact of Naseehah in Ramadan: A Short Story

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1134025__flame_In this Month of mercy and barakah, it is not abnormal for people’s hearts to be open to good. Among the khair to which their hearts are open are good words; good words of advice to a dear brother or sister. Many a time we would love to advise someone, but something holds us back. Most probably, it is fear of their reaction. In this blessed month, the hearts of the Believers are softened and are more willing to listen. Thus it is an opportunity for us all to try to increase our deeds in this area.

A story which really showed the impact of a sincere naseehah from one brother to another in this blessed month is that related by our Shaykh Muhammad al-Arefe, an outstanding da’eeyah, mainly active in the Arab and Muslim world. I thought to share this beautiful story with you. (If you are interested and understand Arabic, you can listen to the entire lecture where he shared this story titled “Enni Sa’em” [“I am Fasting”] here).

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The Shaykh says (paraphrased):

A couple of years ago, on one of the nights in the month of Ramadhan I was scheduled to do a television program with a topic related to this month. The location was a top floor of one of the hotels facing the Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah. So, the background was the Kaa’ba and the Haram. The words being said (in the program) were touching and the background was moving. The environment was one full of Eman, so much so that the host teared up during the program. After an hour, the program was completed, Alhamdulilah.

Afterwards, the cameraman came to thank me and tell me that he was moved by what he heard. I immediately noticed in his hand a cigarette, which he had lit right after the program was completed. I held his hand and also thanked him for his work and asked Allah to reward him for being cameraman for Islamic programs and so on. Then I told him that; ‘I have a small word for you and I hope you will accept from me.’ He welcomed the advice wholeheartedly.

Just as I began to speak and the words ‘smoking’ and ‘cigarettes’ came out of my lips, he cut me off and said: ‘You will give me naseehah? Ya Shaykh don’t give me naseehah… there is no point….don’t waste your time….I have been smoking for over 40 years.….smoking is in my veins……if there was someone who could have stopped me, it would have happened before you!’
Seeing that this is was the situation, I said, ‘So there is no point in my naseehah?’ He replied, ‘No, go to the Haram and recite Quran.’ So I repeated, ‘Khalaas (that’s it), no naseehah then?’ He said, ‘Pray for us, Pray for us.’
At this, I held his hand and asked him to come with me. ‘Where?’ he said. I replied, ‘I’ll pray for you.’

I took him to the window facing the Ka’bah and we stood there looking at it. It was extremely crowded with worshippers in the Haram; a truly moving sight.

I told him, ‘Do you see all of these people?’

‘Yes’, he replied.

I said, ‘They came from all over… different nationalities, colors,
Arab, non-Arab, poor, rich…. all of them are here seeking Allah’s
forgiveness and mercy, right?’

‘Right’, he said.
I then said, ‘Do you not wish that Allah grants you from what he grants them?’

His reply was in the affirmative.
So I suggested that we stand right there in the window, face the Kaa’ba
and make du’aa. He agreed. I asked him to raise his palms in du’aa and
that I will make the du’aa and he should only say ‘Ameen’.

I began making du’aa for him.

I said, ‘O Allah forgive him.’ He said, ‘Ameen.’
‘O Allah raise his status.’
‘Ameen.’
‘O Allah join him with his beloved in Jannah.’
‘Ameen.’
‘O Allah grant him the company of the Anbiyaa (prophets) in Jannah.’
‘Ameen…. Ameen….. Ameen….’
I continued to make du’aa until his heart softened and he wept and wept whilst repeating ‘Ameen, ameen.’
When I saw this and I wanted to end the du’aa I said, “O Allah, if he gives up smoking, then answer this du’aa. And if he does not give it up, then do not grant him from it (the du’aa).’

The man was in deeply moved. Heavily weeping, he covered his face and exited the room.

I left him alone and did not follow him. (That was the end of this meeting).

Months passed, and I was again invited to do something with the same channel. So when I arrived at their place, a man came very happily approached me and began greeting me very excitedly; kissing me and so on. He seemed to be very touched about something. I did not know him or remember who he was. So I thanked him for his emotions, but informed him that I did not recall who he was. He replied that there was no problem and began reminding me of the man who I gave naseehah to 2 years earlier about smoking. I remembered. So I he said, ‘I am him!’ Then he continued, ‘And by Allah, ya Shaykh, I
did not place in my mouth a cigarette ever since that moment!’” Allahu Akbar!

This is the end of the Shaykh’s story.
The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said,
“By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you it would be better for you than the best type of camels.” (Agreed Upon).

And in another hadeeth,
“Verily Allah and His angels, even the ant in its hole and the fish in the sea, verily (they all) pray for he who teaches people good.” (Authentic, narrated by Tabraanee).

May Allah use us in good and righteousness and guide us and make us a cause for guiding others.

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Mariam is of Middle Eastern origin, raised in North America, not quite settling in one specific place. After living up in the North of North America, she has shifted continents and currently residing in a rapidly flourishing, historical city located in the desert of Arabia. She is a recent graduate of the American Open University, with a Bachelors in Islamic Studies. She believes that regardless of where a person is, writing is a tool to reach out and express that which inspires, touches and affects them. So she writes; perhaps that which inspires her will be a source of good for at least one other person.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Condemousso

    August 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Mashallah, Beautiful story!

  2. Condemousso

    August 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Mashallah, Beautiful story!
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  3. muslimah

    August 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    jazakAllah kheir..that was beautiful mashaAllah

  4. Arif

    August 25, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    SubhanAllah, that was really amazing!

  5. Amatullah

    August 25, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    BarakAllahu Feek sister this is so motivating, may Allah SWT grant us the Hikmah to convey HIs message with Ihsan. Ameen.

  6. Ibn Masood

    August 26, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    SubhanAllah… AWESOME story…

    May Allah swt grant us the tawfeeq, gentleness and wisdom to give da’wah and naseehah in ways that are most conducive to success.

  7. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    August 26, 2009 at 3:13 AM

    MashaAllah. I like that the shaykh showed him in the dua all the things he wanted most and linked them to the step that would help free him from sin, bi’idhnillah. The shaykh could have acted repulsed by the cameraman’s behavior. The cameraman could have acted in arrogance. But the story shows they were both sincere, even though the cameraman’s heart had to be wiped clean of some rust first.

    May Allah grant each of us Jannat al Firdaus, and may He strengthen our resolve to overcome the obstacles that distract us from the Way that pleases Him.

  8. Muslim Usmani

    August 26, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Assalamu alaikum,
    For a change, I am not commenting on the story (which is inspiring and moving simultaneously) nor on the Shaikh (who did a great job as he has always been doing, may Allah reward him and the cameraman ) but about the first paragraph of the submission by the author. I have been thinking of drawing the attention of my elder brother towards his obligation to Allah in an important matter like Salah since long, but have been postponing it due to many reasons including fear of the hurting his feelings among others. I am sure this month is most appropriate to do this good to him as in this month, as Mariam says, hearts of the Believers are softened and are more willing to listen. Jazakallah.

  9. ilmQuest

    August 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    SubhanAllah, amazing story

  10. m

    August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    shaykh muhammad el arifi , author of enjoy your life?
    assalamualaikum

    • sis

      August 27, 2009 at 11:04 PM

      waAlikum asallam

      Yes, it is the same shaykh.

  11. h

    August 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    MashaAllah, this was moving.

    Hmm, so this was the story (part), which Sh. Waleed related:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR2-760XRxs

  12. Mehru

    August 30, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    mashaAllah! jazakAllah khair!
    I read this in Shaykh Muhammad al Arifi’s book “Enjoy Your Life”
    Its amazing! Everybody should read it! :)

  13. Shakir

    August 31, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    Indeed, we do not give naseehah fearing a bad reaction, but isn’t it worth it? Wow, MashaAllah.

  14. umtalhah

    September 6, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    as salam alaikum, this was very beautiful and touching.

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