|There are seven whom Allah SWT will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah SWT, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: 'I fear Allah', a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.' |
Narrated by Abu Hurairah & collected in Sahih al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Sahih Muslim english trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248
This may not seem like much at first but then reflect upon the following Hadith :
|'On the Day of Resurrection, the sun would draw so close to the people that there would be left a distance of only one mile. The people will be submerged in perspiration according to their deeds, some up to their ankles, some up to their knees, some up to the waist and some would have the bridle of perspiration and, while saying this, the Messenger of Allah put his hand towards his mouth.' Narrated by al Miqdad ibn Aswad & collected in Sahih Muslim (eng. trans) vol.4, p.1487-8, no. 6852}. |
So who would want more then, on this Day, than to be under the Shade and protection of Allah Azza wa Jal. Let us examine now the characteristics and virtues of these seven categories of people who will be worthy of such an exalted position on the Day of Gathering.
1. 'A Just Ruler...'
Allah SWT says:
|'...And do not let hatred cause you to act unjustly, that is nearer to piety [Surah al-Ma'idah (5):8]. |
Unfortunately, even if we admit this in theory, we quickly forget it in practice. So we find that when we speak about our friends and loved ones, we praise them beyond reason and when we speak about those whom we hold difference with, we can find no good in them and we just capitalise on their bad points.
This is far removed from the justice which Allah loves and gives great reward for, as mentioned in the following Hadith : 'The doers of justice will be on thrones of light at Allah's Right Hand - and both of Allah's Hands are Right Hands"- those who were just in their Ruling, with their families and in all that over which they were given authority.
The Prophet assigning to Abdullah ibn Mas'ud the open spaces in Medina between the dwellings and palm gardens of the Ansar, and when the Banu Abd ibn Zuhrah said, "Remove from us the son of Umm Abd (Ibn Mas'ud),"replying, "Why then did Allah send me. Allah does not bless a people among whom a weak man is not given his right." Baghawi transmitted it in Sharh as-Sunnah. Sunan at-Tirmidhi no.3003
The concept of justice is most important for the Ruler, since he is in charge of his people and the primary disposer of justice in the land. For this reason, the Ruler is given special mention as one of the seven who will be honoured with Allah's Shade.
2 'A youth who grew up in the worship of Allah...'
Indeed, it is a great blessing from Allah for a youth h be guided towards worship and be befriended by the righteous, since it is in youth that a person is most vulnerable to the temptations of life and liable to drift away from the Islamic Path. This becomes apparent when we look at society around us and we see that most of the worldly distractions, such as music, games, clubs, fashion etc. are all specifically targeted at the young. 'You're only young once!' they are told, which is why many Muslims nowadays waste their youth thinking that they will pray, wear hijaab and go on Hajj, etc. when they are old, as if they have a guarantee of longevity from Allah! How well we would do to heed the Prophet's advice when he said:
|'Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied and your life before your death.' Sahih - Narrated by Ibn Abbas & collected in al-Haakim & others. Authenticated by Shaykh 'Ali ibn 'Abdul Hamid in Forty Hadith of the Call and the Caller.|
3. 'A man whose heart is attached to the mosques...'
It must be emphasised here however, that all the Hadith encouraging the men to be attached to the mosques are not intended to lead one to the conclusion that Islam is a Religion which should be confined to the mosques, as many people imagine. Nonetheless, the mosque should be at the heart of the Muslim community, and the role of those in authority of the mosques is vital here. They are the ones mainly responsible for making the mosque a welcome refuge for the Muslims, rather than an arena for politics and power struggles as many seem to have become these days. And we seek Allah's refuge from this!
4. 'Two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that....'
'Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent says:
|'Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have pillars of light and will be envied the Prophets and martyrs.' Sahih - Collected in Sunan at-Tirmidhi & Musnad Ahmad (5/336-7).|
5. 'A man who is called by a woman of beauty and position but he says: 'I fear Allah...'
|'The world is sweet and green and verily Allahis going to install you as successors upon it in order to see how you act. So avoid the allurement of women: verily the first trial for the Children of Israa'eel was caused by women.' Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri & collected in Sahih Muslim (eng. trans.) vol.4, p.1432, no.6606|
|'And as for him who feared standing before his Lord and restrained himself from impure evil desires, verily Paradise will be his abode.' [Surah an-Nazi'at (79):40 1].|
6. 'A man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity...'
|'O you who believe! Do not render vain your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men and he does not believe in Allah nor in the Last Day.' [al-Baqarah (2):264]. May Allah preserve us from this.|
7. '...A man who remembered Allahin private and so his eyes shed tears.'
|'If you knew what l knew, you would laugh little and weep much.' Narrated by Abu Hurairah and Anas & collected in Sahih al-Bukhari (eng. trans.) vol.8, p.326-327, nos.492 and 493.|
|'There is nothing more beloved to Allah than two drops and two marks: A tear shed due to fear of Allah, and a drop of blood spilled in the path of Allah. And as for the two marks, then a mark caused in the path of Allah, and a mark caused by fulfilling one of the duties made obligatory by Allah.. Hasan - collected by at-Tirmidhi and al-Mishkat (3837).|