Oh. Yes, just to avert your gaze from looking at non-mahrams is quite difficult for us; weak servants. But don’t they say, “Nothings impossible.” ? Yes. In our times of corruption, it unfortunately is easier to do wrong then right. Just because everyones doing something, it makes it easier to do it. Let us be those unique ummatis! Yip, we can try to do the right! InshaAllah, we can do as Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم said..to prevent from evil and advice towards good…even though it may be so extremely difficult! Oh hey, we can start from now! But we shouldn’t forget our ownselves, isn’t?
Enough talking. Heres the story!
Hadhrat Th’alaba ibn Abdur Rahmaan رضي الله عنه was a young man of sixteen, from the Ansaar. He would often run errands for Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم .
One day, whilst taking a walk in Madina Munawwarah, he passed by a house. The door had been left open. Without much thought, and a little curious, he glanced inside the house.
….He did not anticipate what would then transpire.
When he glanced into the home, a breeze lifted and shifted the curtain of the enterance, revealing a woman who was taking a bath.
Hadhrat Th’alaba رضي الله عنه immediately lowered his gaze, but his heart and mind were already tormented with guilt.
…He did not continue gazing. No. He immediately lowered his gaze. This was not what he expected to see.
Despite his youthfulness, look at his response. There was fear of Allah Ta’ala, there was shame and modesty.
Nevertheless, with an extreme feeling of shame, regret and ‘hypocrisy’, the young Hadhrat Th’alaba رضي الله عنه began to chastise himself: How could I be of the companions of Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم , one who is close to Rasululluah صلي الله عليه و سلم , one who is in His service, one who runs His and then i do something so shameful and sinful, as to disregard someins privacy?”
Fear overwhelmed Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه. The accountability of the hereafter haunted him. He feared Allah Ta’ala would disclose to Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم what had transpired and his ‘hypocrisy’ would become known.
Overcome by guilt, he felt ashamed to present himself before Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم . Distressed and unsettled, he could not find the courage to show his face to Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم . So he ran away.
This was just one occaaion where he erred. Yet, his ‘slip’ had such a profound effect on the heart and mind of Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه that in a condition of deep and overwhelming shame, remorse and guilt, he left beloved Madinah Shareef.
* The story isn’t over yet! Next post inshaAllah, will have the final part of the story!*
[Courtesy of ‘Rujoo’ilAllah-Returning to Allah, Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه ]