Did you ever weep out of fear from Allah?

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Praise to Allah solely, and peace and blessings upon whom no prophet is beyond, our prophet Mohamed, and upon his relatives and apostles till the end of days

Dear brother:

Did you ever cry one day?

Did you ever ponder your huge crimes and cried over what you did?

Did you ever ponder Allah enshroud over you and exhaled out of relief?

Did you ever ponder Allah care for you, his patience on you in spite of your repel and distancing from Him? So you cried and sighed.

Did you ever ponder His strength and your weakness? His richness and your poverty? His perfection and your incompetence? His eternal life and your death?

Did you ever ponder Allah severe torture for His disobeyers? His fine reward for His obedient and followers?

Why did our eyes dry out and did not allow us to shed a tear?

Why did our hearts harden, became impatient and our conditions are worsened?

Why did our feelings are burdened with the acts of worship and are vivid to amusements and evil acts?

Where do we stand from this nation’s ancestors who performed their work efficiently, who wept out of their fear from failure and slippage, and out of their anxiety from frustration and defects?

Where do we stand from those who “When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping” [Maryam 19:58]

{إِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَبُكِيًّا}

Transliteration:‘Idhā Tutlá `Alayhim ‘Āyātu Ar-Raĥmāni Kharrū Sujjadāan Wa Bukīyāan

Where is our weeping while listening to the Qur’an? Where is our humility and humble to the signs of criterion?

And [it is] a Quran which We have separated [by intervals] that you might recite it to the people over a prolonged period. And We have sent it down progressively. (106) Say, “Believe in it or do not believe.” Indeed, those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, they fall upon their faces in prostration, (107). And they say, “Exalted is our Lord! Indeed, the promise of our Lord has been fulfilled.” (108). And they fall upon their faces weeping, and it [i.e., the Quran] increases them in humble submission (109)”. [Al Israa 17:106-109]

{وَقُرْآنًا فَرَقْنَاهُ لِتَقْرَأَهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ عَلَىٰ مُكْثٍ وَنَزَّلْنَاهُ تَنزِيلًا ﴿١٠٦﴾ قُلْ آمِنُوا بِهِ أَوْ لَا تُؤْمِنُوا ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ مِن قَبْلِهِ إِذَا يُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ يَخِرُّونَ لِلْأَذْقَانِ سُجَّدًا ﴿١٠٧﴾ وَيَقُولُونَ سُبْحَانَ رَبِّنَا إِن كَانَ وَعْدُ رَبِّنَا لَمَفْعُولًا ﴿١٠٨﴾ وَيَخِرُّونَ لِلْأَذْقَانِ يَبْكُونَ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ خُشُوعًا}

Transliteration: Wa Qur’ānāan Faraqnāhu Litaqra’ahu `Alá An-Nāsi `Alá Mukthin Wa Nazzalnāhu Tanzīlāan (106) Qul ‘Āminū Bihi ‘Aw Lā Tu’uminū ‘Inna Al-Ladhīna ‘Ūtū Al-`Ilma Min Qablihi ‘Idhā Yutlá `Alayhim Yakhirrūna Lil’adhqāni Sujjadāan (107) Wa Yaqūlūna Subĥāna Rabbinā ‘In Kāna Wa`du Rabbinā Lamaf`ūlāan (108) Wa Yakhirrūna Lil’adhqāni Yabkūna Wa Yazīduhum Khushū`āan (109)

Weeping out of fear from Allah is the proof of our faith and sensing its sweetness. Therefore, Mighty Allah rejected those who laughed while listening to the Quraan and did not cry. So He says: “Then at this statement do you wonder? (59). And you laugh and do not weep” [An-Najm: 59-60]

{أَفَمِنْ هَٰذَا الْحَدِيثِ تَعْجَبُونَ ﴿٥٩﴾ وَتَضْحَكُونَ وَلَا تَبْكُونَ}

Ibn Katheer said in his interpretation: Then the Mighty Allah denies the way the disbelievers listen to the Quraan, their negligence and messing around and says: {Then at this statement do you wonder} He wonders how could this be true, {And you laugh} out of mocking and irony {and do not weep} as the believers do, and he describes them “And they fall upon their faces weeping, and it [i.e., the Quran increases them in humble submission” [Al Israa 17:109].

{وَيَخِرُّونَ لِلْأَذْقَانِ يَبْكُونَ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ خُشُوعًا}

Transliteration: Wa Yakhirrūna Lil’adhqāni Yabkūna Wa Yazīduhum Khushū`āan

Weeping in Sunnah:

What was provided from the prophet, peace be upon Him, concerning the virtue of weeping out of fear from Allah, and narrated by Abou Huraira, may Allah gratifies him, said: the messenger of Allah, peace be upon Him, said: »One who weeps out of fear of Allah, will not enter hell till milk returns back in the udder; and the dust raised on account of fighting in the path of Allah and the smoke of hell will never combine together« [Narrated by At-Tarmathey and edited by Al Albani]

«لا يلج النار رجل بكى من خشية الله حتى يعود اللبن في الضرع، ولا يجتمع غبار في سبيل الله ودخان جهنم»

That is proof that weeping out of fear from Allah is worship and is one of the reasons to gain entering heaven and be saved from hell.

Yes, dear brother, one instant where you shed one sincere tear could be your saver from hell. So, where is this instant and where is that tear?

The prophet, peace be upon Him, said in the hadith related to the seven types of people whom Allah will shade on the day of resurrection, when there is no shade but His: »and a man remembered Allah while he is alone and his eyes overflowed with tears out of His fear« [Narrated by Al Bukhari and Muslim]

«ورجل ذكر الله خالياً، ففاضت عيناه»

The prophet, peace be upon Him, always impelled His apostles to weep. Narrated by Anas, may Allah gratify him, said: The prophet, peace be upon Him, was informed of something occurred to His apostles, so He said: “Heaven and hell were showed to me, and I have never seen like that day in which good and evil are presented. If you would know what I do, then you would have laughed a little and cried a lot” [Narrated by Muslim]

«عرضت علي الجنة والنار، فلم أر كاليوم في الخير والشر، ولو تعلمون ما أعلم لضحكتم قليلاً، ولبكيتم كثيراً»

He said: No day appeared to the apostles of the messenger of Allah, peace be upon Him, harder than that day. Also he said: They (the apostles) covered their faces as they were Weeping and sniffling.

The prophet, peace be upon Him, weeps:

The prophet Himself, peace be upon Him, wept and his tears flowed. He, whom Allah has forgiven all His future and past sins, and Allah forbid that His prophet, peace be upon Him, does any sin towards Almighty Allah. He is the infallible, the chosen one and who is renounced from all sins and evil deeds.

Abdullah Ibn Ash-Shakheer, may Allah gratifies him, said: “I came to the prophet, peace be upon Him, when he was praying. He was sobbing and his chest sounded like a boiling kettle.” [Declared authentic by Al Albani]

«أتيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو يصلي ولجوفه أزيز كأزيز المرجل من البكاء»

This is the legitimate Weeping according to Shariah, not yelling and wailing, lamenting during funerals, hitting chests and cutting clothes and any other deeds similar to what was done by the people of ignorance. All this is done out of ignorance, delusion and heresy of which Allah has not revealed any sanction.

Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Massud, may Allah gratifies him, said: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon Him, told me: “Read the Quraan for me”, I said: “Messenger of Allah, how would I read it to you while it was sent down upon you?” He said: “I like to hear it from someone else but me.” [Narrated by Al Bukhari]

« اقرأعلي القرآن. قلت :آقرأعليك وعليك أنزل ؟ قال : إني أحب أن أسمعه من غيري»

Ibn Massud said: “So I read Surah An-Nisaa till the part ofSo how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and We bring you, [Muhammad], against these [people] as a witness?” [An-Nisaa 4 :41]

{فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِن كُلِّ أمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَى هَـؤُلاء شَهِيداً}

Transliteration: Fakayfa ‘Idhā Ji’nā Min Kulli ‘Ummatin Bishahīdin Wa Ji’nā Bika `Alá Hā’uulā’ Shahīdāan

He said: I lifted up my head and saw His eyes flowing with tears”, and in another narration: “I lifted up my head and saw his tears shedding”.

The prophet, peace be upon Him, did not make any sound while he was weeping so that Ibn Massud, may Allah gratifies him, did not know it except after he rose his head. In some narrations, a man nudged him so he lifted up his head and saw the prophet’s, peace be upon Him, tears shedding.

His guidance in weeping:

Ibn Al Qayem, may Allah have mercy on his soul, said: “With regard to His weeping, peace be upon Him, was the same as His laughing. His weeping was not inhaling and loud and His laughing was not giggling, but He shed tears till His eyes overflow, and his chest sounded like a boiling kettle. His weeping was sometimes due to mercy for the deceased, or fear for His nation and out of pity upon it, and sometimes out of fear from Allah and while listening to the Quraan. It is weeping out of longing, love and reverence, which is accompanied with fear and dread.

His eyes flowed with tears when His son, Ibrahim, died, out of mercy on his soul and said: “The eyes flow with tears and the heart grieves, and we don’t say anything except what our God accepts, and We are really sad because of your death, Ibrahim” [Narrated by Muslim]

«تدمع العين ويحزن القلب. ولا نقول إلا ما يرضى ربنا . والله يا إبراهيم ! إنا بك لمحزونون»

He wept when He saw one of His daughters dying…

And wept when Ossman Ibn Mathoon died…

And wept when the sun eclipsed and prayed the eclipse prayer and wept while he was praying…

He wept while he was sitting on the grave of one of His daughters…

And He sometimes wept during the night prayer.

Kinds of weeping:

Weeping has different kinds:

First: Weeping out of compassion and tenderness

Second: Weeping out of fear and dread

Third: Weeping out of love and longing

Fourth: Weeping out of joy and happiness

Fifth: Weeping out of fear of advent of painful events and our inability to bear them

Sixth: Weeping out of sadness

Seventh: Weeping out of inanition and weakness

Eighth: Weeping out of hypocrite, that is when the eyes water while the heart is cruel, so one shows humility while his heart is one of the cruelest.

Ninth: fake and leased weeping, such as the rented wailing woman, who is as Omar Ibn Al Khattab said: “sells her tears and cries over others’ sorrows”.

Tenth: empathic weeping; is that when a man sees people weeping about something happened to them so he cries with them, not knowing what they are crying about, but just sees them weeping and he cries with them.

Weeping is called snivel when it is feigned and forced, and it indicates two types:

Benign: is performed due to kindness and fear from Allah, not hypocrite and gaining good reputation.

Malignant: is performed for the sake of mankind.

Some of the ancestor said: Weep out of fear from Allah, and if you cannot weep then snivel.

Ancestor’s weeping:

I cried over my sins due to my huge crimes *** and it is righteous for disobeyers to cry hard

If weeping would send my sorrows away *** I would have ignited tears with blood

1- Narrated by Zeid Ibn Arkam, may Allah gratifies him, that Aba Bakr, may Allah gratifies him, asked him for a drink one day, so he provided him with a glass of honey with some water. When Abou Bakr lifted it to his mouth he cried till the ones around him cried too. They stopped weeping, but he did not and his weeping grew, so they cried with him again. Then they stopped and so did he, and they asked him: “Aba Bakr, successor of messenger of Allah, peace be upon Him! What made you cry?”

He said: “I was alone with the prophet, peace be upon him, with no one around. He said while waiving his hand: “Get away from me, get away from me”. So I said: “Messenger of Allah, whom are you talking to while there is no one around?” He said: “This world has been figured to me, so I say to it: get away from me.” So it said: “If you could survive from me, then no one will be able to be saved after you”. This is what made me cry. [Narrated by Ibn Hajar in his book Mizan Al-I`tidal and Abdul Wahed Ibn Zeid, disparaged narrator]

2- There were two black lines on Omar Ibn Al Khatab cheek, may Allah gratifies him, as a result of his weeping.

People heard his weeping behind the lines (while praying) when he recited Surah Yussef, and Abou Ad-Dardaa and him cried all night long till dawn arose, may Allah gratifies them.

3- When Ossman Ibn Affan, may Allah gratifies him, stood on a grave, he wept till his beard is moistened with his tears.

4 – Aly Ibn Abou Taleb, may Allah gratifies him, used to grasp his beard and wept with humble and despair.

5- On Ibn Abbas face were two old scars resulted from his tears.

After you, those eyes were eliminated by their tears *** are there any further eyes to borrow

6- Ibn Masoud wept till he filled his palm with tears and would throw someone with them.

7- Abdullah Ibn Omar, may Allah gratifies them, turned off the lamp at night and wept till his eyelids stick!

8- Thabet Al Banaty kept weeping till he almost lost his sight. They told him: “We can cure you but you cannot cry again”, he said: “There is no good in a non-weeping eye”.

Criers wept for the Merciful sake all night *** and slept tireless with their tears

Out of my longing to the parts of the world *** I yearn when I can prostrate upon them

9- And Mansour wept till he emptied his eyes. His mother used to tell him: “My son, if you have killed someone, you would not have wept that much”.

10- Al Fodail treasured weeping, and he even wept while sleeping till his family heard it!

The eyes’ tears are so tender as if *** they are the tears of my tears not the tears of my eyelids

11- Abou Obaida Al Khawas used to weep and say (to his weeping): I am too old, so let me go free.

12- Younus Ibn Obaid said: “We used to meet with Al Hassan, and he wept till we had mercy on him”!

Is there an eye weeping upon shelter *** implore the emulsified rainy udder

Wept while the vivid springs overflowed and *** the hovering thirsty ones responded

I did not know that the eye is like a well *** nor that the flowing tears are drinkable

13- Ataa Al Salmy was asked: “What do you like most?” He said: “I like to weep till I am unable to weep anymore”.

14- Ashaath Al Harany and Habib Al Agamy visited each other and kept weeping all day long.

15- Abdel Wahed Ibn Yazeed used to tell Ataba: “Be kind to yourself”, he wept and said: “I weep over my deficiencies”.

The weeping we desire:

Dear brother:

Weeping we need is not the hypocrite weeping, where the eyes shed tears and the heart is harder than stone.

Weeping we need is not out of dread, weakness and not out of fear from any other thing but Allah.

Weeping we need is not yelling, wailing and lamenting.

Weeping we need is not negative, where it does not correct the defects or straighten out a behavior.

The legitimate weeping is what increases our faith and attains satisfaction, content and humble to the heart.

The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely” [Al Anfal: 2]

{إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَاناً وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ}

Transliteration: ‘Innamā Al-Mu’uminūna Al-Ladhīna ‘Idhā Dhukira Allāhu Wajilat Qulūbuhum Wa ‘Idhā Tuliyat `Alayhim ‘Āyātuhu Zādat/hum ‘Īmānāan Wa `Alá Rabbihim Yatawakkalūna

Weeping we need makes us closer to obedience and moves us away from doing sins and evil deeds, improves ethics, develops our souls, relieves our chests, and one can gain the best lessons and patterns out of it…

It is the sincere weeping and honesty in dealing with Allah the Mighty. Sofian said: Weeping is ten parts: one for Allah and nine for other than Allah. If what is prompted for Allah is performed once a year, then this would be a lot! This is a warning from him, may Allah bless his soul, regarding the necessity of loyalty and seeking it, because any deed which is performed for anyone but Allah will not be accepted from Him and his performer will be punished over it.

Mohamed Ibn Wassee said: “A man would weep for twenty years and his wife does not know it”!!

One felt like weeping, so he took a handkerchief and swept his eyes and nose saying: This cold is very hard, so no one would notice his weeping.

The lover tried to avoid to cry, but his feelings betrayed him *** and he tried to imprison his tears, but they poured

And the one who conceals his love will be disclosed on the day of farewell *** and the lover (who tries to withhold his tears) cannot hide his feelings

Oh Allah, grant us a tender tear with which we gain Your compassion, and do not deprive us from a sincere tear that flows out of Your fear. Tears stream unceasingly down our cheeks, out of Your generosity, to revive our hearts, cleanse our souls and relieve our chests, with Your mercy, oh most Merciful.

Al Watan House

Translated by Wathakker.net website


Author: Islamic Treasure

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