Weeping for Allah
In the post on Fearing the Merciful, long back though, we tried to understand an important reason why we need to fear the One Who is Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Weeping is human. People weep for different reasons. On various occasions. In different situations.
Do we weep for Allah?
When was the last time you wept thinking of Allah’s grandeur, recalling your sins?
Weeping for the fear of Allah is a sign of a living heart.
Today, let us try to learn/recall some of the ways through which we can develop and accustom ourselves to weep for the fear of Allah.
There are many ways but these three are the most encouraged ones:
1. Reading the Qur’an and pondering over its meanings:
* Allah says in Surah al Isra:
“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,
And they say, “Exalted is our Lord! Indeed, the promise of our Lord has been fulfilled.”
And they fall upon their faces weeping, and the Qur’an increases them in humble submission.” (Surah Al Isra 17: 107-109)
* Allah says in Surah Maryam:
“Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping”. (Surah Maryam 19: 58)
Reading the glorious Qur’an and reflecting over its meanings will inspire us to develop Allah-consciousness thus leading to humility and righteousness.
2. Weeping when one is alone:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“There are seven whom Allah will shade with His shade on the day when there will be no shade but His: a just ruler; a young man who grows up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to the mosque; two people who love one another for the sake of Allah, meeting and parting on that basis; a man who is called (to commit sin) by a woman of high status and great beauty and he says, ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand is doing; and a man who remembers Allah when he is alone and his eyes flow with tears.” Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Remembering Allah while being all alone and thinking of one’s past deeds definitely bring tears to one’s eyes. Such tears happen to be natural, genuine, sincere and devoid of any element of showing off. That is why it is highly encouraged to offer late night prayers (call it Qiyamul layl or Tahajjud) as it polishes a person’s heart and soul, keeping him ever mindful of Allah.
3. Thinking of one’s sins and weeping for the fear of one’s death or bad end:
We humans have been sinners all the way. There is nothing wrong in sinning but it is definitely bad and harmful if one is heedless of the consequences of one’s sins.
Best way is to remember Allah while going to bed, recalling the deeds done during the day and seeking forgiveness from Allah with a firm resolve not to repeat the mistake again. Otherwise there won’t be any meaning in repentance. Read/Recall the du’aa at sleep
An inspiring hadeeth is worth quoting here:
“When the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) passed by Al-Hijr, he said, “Do not enter the dwelling places of those people who were unjust to themselves unless you enter in a weeping state lest the same calamity as of theirs should befall you.” Then he covered his head and made his speed fast till he crossed the valley.” (Narrated by Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) and related by Al Bukhari)