24Aug09

Sallamualaikum & Ramadan Mubarak!

I’m going to  have a lot of changes in my life in the coming weeks and I thought I’d start a blog just to keep track of some of my thoughts in the process. I’m not exactly sure how to work this (not computer-savy at all) but I guess I’ll figure it out somehow.

Below is a story from “ Glimpses of the lives of Righteous People” compiled by Majdi Muhhamad Ash-Shahawi. I got it as a gift from a sister and just let it ly on the shelf for awhile, I decided to read it recently and  fell in love with the story below. I keep on reading it again and again especially when I feel like I’ve commited so many sins and can’t possible ask for forgiveness.

How one Good Deed led to his repentance.
When a righteous man was asked about the incident that led to his repentance and to his becoming a practicing Muslim, he answered with the following narrative:

I was a young man and truth be told, I sinned whenever the opportunity arose. One day, a young girl caught my attention. She had the most beautiful face that I had ever seen, and I was bent on having her. I signaled her for her to come to me, and when she drew nearer, I saw a look of terror in her face.

“Do not fear for I will not harm you,” I reassured her. But my words did nothing to allay her terror; in fact, she began to tremble like the long leaf of a date-palm tree trembles on a windy day.

“Tell me your story,” I said.

“By Allah,” , she began “You must know, my brother, that I have never before done anything like this. But I have three daughters, and it has been three days since any of them has tasted any food. Today, hunger and compassion for them caused me to come out like this”

For the first time in my life, I felt pity; her story truly moved me, and I no longer entertained the intention of taking advantage of her. After finding out from her where she lived, I went there with as much money, clothing, wheat and other items I could carry. I then returned and told my mother what had occurred.

It so happened that I kept a journal; in it, I would (proudly) record all of my evil exploits.

My mother, who knew about my journal said, “My son this is the first good deed you have ever performed. You have a journal in which you record your evil deeds, so get up and record in it this good deed.”

Upon opening my journal, I was shocked to see all the pages in it were blank, except the first page, on which was written a single line.

إِنَّ ٱلۡحَسَنَـٰتِ يُذۡهِبۡنَ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِۚ

“Verily the good deeds remove the evil deeds.” (Surah Hud v.114)

I immediately raised my hands towards the sky and said, “By your Might and Majesty, I will never disobey you.

Subhan’Allah!

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