A story to be told. Part 2-Final

Days passed and observing Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه ‘s absence, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  kept asking the other Sahabah if they had seen Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه. No one had seen him. No one knew his whereabouts.

Concerned and worried, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  sent a few of His companions to search for Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه. Amongst them were Umar and Salmaan Farsi رضي الله عنهم.

Both went in search of Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه, looking everywhere in Madinah Munawwarah and moving to the outskirts of Madinah, until they reached some mountains between Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah.

Here, they found some nomads herding their sheep. They asked the nomads if they had seen Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه describing his characteristics.

The bedouins responded that there was a young man who had been in the vicinity for 40 days, spending his time, weeping and weeping. He would come down from the mountains just once a day, drink the milk they offered him, then return to the mountains, distraught and grieved. They always found him crying, and repeatedly asking Allah Ta’ala for His forgiveness, with words of repentance.

The companions thus waited until Hadhrat Tha’labah رضي الله عنه came down from the mountain. Observing him, they found he had lost much weight. His face revealed deep sorrow and as he drank the milk, his tears mixed with it, due to his constant weeping.

They approached him and insisted that they wanted to take him back to Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم , who was concerned about his long absence.

Hadhrat Tha’laba refused and asked them if Allah Ta’ala had revealed any verses stating that he ( Tha’laba) was a munaafiq (hypocrite).

They responded that they had no knowledge of any such verses beinh revealed. Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه thus relented and gave into the plea of the two companions and was taken back to Madinah Munawwarah.

On their arrival, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  went to see him.

Still anxious and fearful over what had happened, Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه asked Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم  if Allah Ta’ala had included him in the category of hypocrites or revealed that he was one of them.

Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  assured Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه that there were no such verses revealed.

With great compassion and mercy and observing the tiredness, frailty and weakness of Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  had him lie down. He then placed Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه ‘s head on His lap.

Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه said: Oh Rasulullah, remove the head of a sinner from You

In response, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  comforted him until Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه said: I feel  as  though ants are walking between my flesh and bones

Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم  gently explained that it was death and that his time had come.

Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه thus proclaimed :

لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله

There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah…and his soul departed from his emaciated body.

Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم   gave ghusl to Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه and carried him to his grave.

On their way to bury Hadhrat Tha’laba رضي الله عنه, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  walked on his toes,as though he was in a big crowd.

When Hadhrat Umar رضي الله عنه asked the reason for doing so, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم  explained that there was such a large gathering of angels, that He did not have place to put His feet fully on the ground.

[Courtesy of Rujoo’ilAllah- Returning to Allah. Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه]

The book Rujoo’ilAllah, is a very inspiring book to have…just to let you know! 

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2 thoughts on “A story to be told. Part 2-Final

  1. SubhaanAllah,Tha’labah radiyallahu anhu an example to us all,Allah make us like him and grant Hadrat rahmatullah alayh high ranks in firdous….aaameen
    and may Allah make of of those who firru ilalAllah and udkhulu fissilmi khaafah…..ameen

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