“He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving;-
Surah Al-Mulk 30:2
Yesterday, was truly a sad and also a blessed day. It started out with me receiving news that one of the sisters had lost her 4th baby. Going through miscarriage is tough for any mother but to go through it four times, is something else. Still, this sister accepted her fate and believes that God has better plans for her. She is comforted by the fact that her unborn baby will be waiting for her in Jannah and will intercede for her on Judgment day.
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah upon him, said, "Indeed the miscarried fetus will confront his Lord if He enters his parents into the Fire. So it will be said to him, "O fetus which confronts his Lord! Enter your parents into Paradise." So he will drag them by his [umbilical] cord until he enters them into Paradise."
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah upon him, said, "By the One in Whose hands is my soul, the miscarried fetus will drag his mother to paradise by his [umbilical] cord if she was patient [with the miscarriage], hoping to be rewarded."
The physical labor pain that this sister endured when she miscarriaged in fact will expiate her sins, In shaa Allah. Surprisingly, there were no tears from her, just a smile that indicated she was at peace and have put her entire trust in God Al Mighty.
“ Narrated 'Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle said, "No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn."
After receiving news about death, I later witnessed a ‘re-birth’.
Later that evening, I was blessed to be able to witness a brother reciting his shahada. It was truly a surreal experience! This brother, brother R, have been studying about Islam and last night, God had opened his heart to accept Islam unconditionally. Brother R suddenly announced last night that he wanted to become a Muslim (the way God had planned things, MasyaAllah!) and Alhamdulillah, the Wise Owl was also present so brother R recited his shahada in front of the Wise Owl.
While brother R was reciting his shahada, I felt goose bumps on my skin, and not only that, chicken bumps, duck bumps, turkey bumps, all the bumps that can exist, I felt it! It was a wonderfully humbling experience. Tears of joy flowed freely amongst us. The atmosphere was electricfying.
I asked brother R how he felt after. He told me, “the feeling is indescribable but I feel tremendous joy. I also feel light as feather and so relieved. It’s wonderful!”. SubhanAllah! The mercy and blessings from God is indeed mighty and great.
Brother R is like a new born baby, free from any sins. He has been given a new blank book of deeds. Ooooooo how I envy him! In fact, I told him that!
“Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning for them).
Surah Al-Anfal 8:38
Hakim ibn Hizam said to the Prophet SAW, "You know that in the days before Islam I used to maintain family ties, free slaves, and give charity. Will I be rewarded for any of those deeds?" The Prophet SAW replied, "You accepted Islam with all the good you did in the past."
Hadith - Sahih Bukhari (#70) and Muslim
Narrated Abu Sa‘îd Al-Khudri Allah’s Messenger said, “If a person embraces Islam sincerely, then Allah shall forgive all his past sins, and after that starts the settlement of accounts: the reward of his good deeds will be ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed, and an evil deed will be recorded as it is unless Allah forgives it.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol.1, Hadith No. 40A).
See! Now you understand why I truly envy brother R? Who wouldn’t want to have their slates wiped clean?
According to Islam, children are born with natural faith in God Al Mighty, which is called ‘fitrah’. A person who grew up in a different religion and embraces Islam later in life, is known as ‘reverts’ because they have returned back to the original faith i.e. Islam.
When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful":
Surah Al-A’raf 7:172
In fact, to me, ‘reverts’ are not just people who embraced Islam in their later years but also those who were born a Muslim but never practised. If a person was born a Muslim but have never lived as one or know anything about Islam, then, they are no different than a non-Muslim. That is why when a born Muslim, finds his or her way back into Islam after being strayed, I believe that they too are ‘reverts’. They have returned to original faith.
Sometime we get too caught up with trying to share about Islam to the non-Muslims that we tend to forget our own Muslims brothers and sisters who are in need of help. You see, it would be easy for a non-Muslim to ask questions about Islam, however silly the questions are, because people would assume that being non –Muslims, they are ignorant so it is forgivable but for our Muslims brothers and sisters, they are ashamed to ask questions for fear of being ridiculed. More often than not, they get statements like, “how come you don’t know this, you are supposed to be Muslims?” Sometimes they get taunted for their lack of knowledge. Now this can lead them away from Islam instead of bringing them closer.
We must understand that each of us is given different level of knowledge and understanding by God. If a brother or sister, whose knowledge is less than ours, comes to see us, then it is our duty to share with them our knowledge. We are in no position to judge them as their life path is different from ours. They have been sent to us by God for a purpose and if we turn them away without helping, we will be answerable for our action on Judgment Day. Remember, EVERYTHING happens for a reason.
So while we celebrate welcoming a new brother or sister into Islam, do not neglect those who are already Muslims but lost their way. Sometimes, their stories of their journey back to Islam is more miraculous………