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Crying in Front of Allah-It's not impossible

by Abdul Malik Mujahid

When was the last time you cried? Not a few drops of salty water from your eyes, or the odd tear that slipped down your face while watching a tragic event.

I'm talking about warm tears of the heart. Tears that sting your face because they've been there so long, their bitter saltiness hurts your skin.

When was the last time you cried like a baby?

Aisha, may Allah be pleased with our mother, relates that: In the last ten of Ramadan, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, used to tighten his waist belt, pray all night, and wake up his family for the night prayers (Bukhari and Muslim).

Almost two thirds of Ramadan is gone. We powerless people will soon be looking for the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), which we are advised to seek in these last ten nights of Ramadan.

Aisha related that the Prophet said: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Bukhari).

We can't afford not to be crying in front of Allah, the Merciful, All-Aware.

Tears flow when we remember how much Allah has blessed us with and how much we disobey Him. We can never repay Allah for everything we have, yet we still blatantly commit sins both big and small: whether it's backbiting, hurting other human beings, not standing up for the truth, treating our family badly, lying, doing good deeds to show off, cheating, etc.

Allah opens ways out of problems for us, easing our burdens. Yet, we still disobey Him and take His Mercy for granted.

Abdullah ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said he would rather shed two tears from the fear of Allah than give a thousand dinars in charity.

And the most telling example of a man who few would think would cry because of Allah is Umar, may Allah be pleased with him. He was known for being strong, fearless, and uncompromising when it came to matters of faith. Yet, Abdullah ibn Isa said that Umar had two black streaks on his face because of constant weeping.

He feared Allah so much that he once said, "If someone announced from the heavens that everybody will enter Paradise except one person, I would fear that that person would be me."

Umar was one of the strongest believers. Yet he cried and feared Allah. And Abu Bakr, he was simply known for his crying. These people loved to serve human beings in the day and spent time begging God to save humanity at night. May Allah be pleased with them.

Let's be more contemplative and pray for an awareness of and forgiveness for our sins, as well as softness in our hearts. If Umar the brave and pious did it, we have even more need and urgency to do it.

Human beings are in turmoil. Connecting with God with our hearts and begging for His Mercy for His Creation will bring us Closer to Him and human beings.



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naureen, lahore - wrote on 8/31/2010 9:55:01 AM
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Comment: Alhamdulillah,such a beautiful and moving reminder.ALLAH Subhaan wa ta'ala likes softness of heart.crying on sins and to show love and longing for ALLAH's love and mercy is a great blessing.may our sole Master bless each one of us with this blessing . aameen.

Farzana, Alim - wrote on 11/6/2009 5:25:32 AM
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Comment: plz keep up the gud work!

Amina Barka Adamu, Nigeria - wrote on 9/16/2009 7:39:59 AM
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Comment: it's very nice articles may Allah accept our ibadah amin.

jakir, new york - wrote on 9/13/2009 3:56:57 AM
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Comment: Alhamdulillah brother..Very nice article...Jazak Allah Khair

Niima, Grenada - wrote on 10/27/2005 8:59:03 PM
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Comment: These are words that reminds us How merciful Allah is to us but Yet we always find ourselves disobedient and reluctant in submiting to Him.May Allah forgive us our sins in this month of Ramadan.May He turn our hearts to His obiedience and Establish Our hearts to His Deen. Amin.

NURUDEEN ADEDIMEJI, LAGOS, NIGERIA - wrote on 10/21/2005 10:53:40 AM
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Comment: It takes a submissive and pensive mind to be able to reflect on Allah's Mercies, His Favours, and His Benevolence to be able to cry in front of Him. This is a noteworthy article that we all must reflect upon - on a hourly, daily basis. For who knows, the next hour, the next day may just be our last. May Allah increase the writer's knowledge and may those of us who read his articles understand him better than what he wrote. Amin.

Ali, London - wrote on 10/21/2005 10:33:14 AM
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Comment: Alhamdulillah. Apart from the Prophet, salutations and peace be on him, there are no finer examples in Islam than The Siddiq himself and Umar, Crown Jewel of the Muslims. We can always look to them for the very finest examples. Alhamdulillah, keep it up.

RUQAYYA MATTAR , TANZANIA - wrote on 9/22/2005 6:07:07 AM
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majeda, london - wrote on 11/16/2004 2:07:47 PM
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Comment: it is A beautiful story... I really liked it !!!

Iman, Anguilla - wrote on 11/9/2004 1:59:08 PM
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Comment: This work by Abdul Malik is excellent, educational and informative, also excellent eye openers in all articles. As Muslims we all need to diligently look within ourselves, our iman and our ibadah, improving where we need to ...

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