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Stories of the Prophets, Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh): O Allah (SWT) hide my sins..!

Stories of the ProphetsIt was narrated that in the days that Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) wandered with Bani Israel (Children of Israel) in the desert, an intense drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands towards the heavens praying for the blessed rain to come. Then, to the astonishment of Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) and all those watching, the few scattered clouds that were in the sky vanished, the heat poured down, and the drought intensified.

It was revealed to Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) that there was a sinner amongst the tribe of Bani Israel (Children of Israel) who had disobeyed Allah (SWT) for more than forty years of his life.

"Let him separate himself from the congregation," Allah (SWT) told Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh). "Only then shall I shower you all with rain."

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) then called out to the throngs of humanity, "There is a person amongst us who has disobeyed Allah (SWT) for forty years. Let him separate himself from the congregation and only then shall we be rescued from the drought."

That man waited, looking left and right, hoping that someone else would step forward, but no one did. Sweat poured forth from his brow and he knew that he was the one. The man knew that if he stayed amongst the congregation all would die of thirst and that if he stepped forward he would be humiliated for all eternity.

He raised his hands with a sincerity he had never known before, with humility he had never tasted, and as tears poured down on both cheeks he said, "O Allah, have mercy on me! O Allah, hide my sins! O Allah, forgive me!"

As Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) and the people of Bani Israel (Children of Israel) waited for the sinner to step forward, the clouds hugged the sky and the rain poured. Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) asked Allah (SWT), "O Allah, you blessed us with rain even though the sinner did not come forward."

And Allah (SWT) replied, "O Musa, it is for the repentance of that very person that I blessed all of Bani Israel (Children of Israel) with water."

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh), wanting to know who this blessed man was, asked, "Show him to me O Allah!"

Allah (SWT) replied, "O Musa, I hid his sins for forty years, do you think that after his repentance I shall expose him?"

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "My entire nation is safe, except al-Mujahirin (those who boast of their sins). Among the Mujaharah is that a man commits an (evil) act, and wakes up in the morning while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret, he says: 'O Fulan! Last night I did this and that.' He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept a secret!" [Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Stories of the Prophets, Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh): Benefit of Namaz e Janaza

Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh)In the times of Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) there was a person who was very pious who used to spend his money lavishly in good causes. Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) was very much attached to him. In the mean while Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) got a revelation from Allah (SWT) through which Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) came to know that all the money spent by that person was only for show and there was no real charity for the sake of Allah (SWT). When this man died, people expected Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) to attend the funeral but instead of himself attending the funeral Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) sent a representative to attend.

There were fifty witnesses at the time of Ghusl (washing) and all of them whispered among themselves that they had not seen anything except good from the person. The same fifty declared and made the same statement while offering Funeral Prayer (Namaz e Janaza / Namaz e Maiyyat) and also at burial and all of them bore witness saying that they found that man excellent in his ways. After the burial was over, Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) got a revelation from Allah (SWT) and was asked why he did not attend. Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh) pleaded that because he was doing charity only for show and not for Allah (SWT), hence he did not like to attend the funeral of such a person.

Revelation came from Allah (SWT) saying, "Oh Dawood! When I heard the statement of the people that he was good, I accepted their witnesses and gave preference to their statement over my own knowledge and gave the man all the rewards that he deserved because of the public opinion."

Imam Ali (as) Says: "Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company."

Stories of the Prophets, Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh): Value of one tumbler of water

One day Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) was passing through a barren hill. He noticed a pious person busy in prayer sitting in a cave of the hill. Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) felt the urge to meet and talk to the pious person. Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) went near and greeted him. The pious person asked disinterestedly, "Who are you?" Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) said, "I am Musa!"

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh)The pious person asked, "Are you the Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh)?"

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) said, "Yes!"

The pious person said, "Then ask Allah (SWT) to Grant my wish!"

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) asked, "What is it that you want?"

The pious person said, "Since the last one hundred years I am sitting here praying to Allah (SWT). I don't do anything other than the Prayer. Ask Allah (SWT), what He will give me for my efforts?"

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) said, "I shall find about it immediately." He immediately climbed up the hill and called aloud, "O Sustainer Allah! This person wants to know about the reward for his prayers! Tell me, what shall I inform him?"

He heard the sound, "O Musa! Tell him, we shall inform him about his reward tomorrow."

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) went to the pious person and conveyed the message to him. The pious person said, "Its fine! Tomorrow is not much of a time!"

The pious person was in the habit of going to a nearby canal early every morning for bathing and fetching some water for his use. Therefore, the next morning too he started for the canal but he lost his way and reached somewhere else. Because of the sun's heat he became very thirsty and tired. He sat on a lonely boulder and started thinking about his death. At that time he found another person coming from the other direction. He waved to the person to come to him. When the person came nigh, he asked him to help him with some water.

The visiting person said, "Where is any water in this wilderness? Whatever little I have is only for me."

The pious person started crying. The other person said, "Fine! What will you give me if I give you a tumbler of water?"

The pious person said, "I don't have anything. I have been busy in the cave praying for the last one hundred years."

The other person said, "If you agree to transfer to me the Rewards for your prayers of one hundred years, I shall give you a tumbler of water."

The pious person thought, if he lived, he could pray for a further period to get the Reward from Allah (SWT). He said, "I am ready to transfer to you my reward for the hundred years' of my prayers.

The other person gave him a tumbler full of water and the pious person returned to his cave.

In the morning Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) got a revelation that the pious person transferred his hundred years of prayer to another person in exchange for a tumbler of water. Ask the man to settle the value of the tumblers of water that he had been drinking during the last hundred years!

Therefore, Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) went to the cave and told to the person that he had a message for him from Allah (SWT).

The pious person said, "O Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh)! I have already sold my hundred years of penance!"

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) said, "Yes! I know. But Allah (SWT) has said that when the value of one hundred years of prayer is one tumbler of water, then he must settle the value of the water he had been drinking over the last hundred years."

When the pious person heard this, he was shocked and shouted, "O Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh)! Recommend to Allah (SWT) to forgive my sins! Allah (SWT) is Beneficent and Merciful!"

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) got the Revelation, "tell the pious person! Your penitence of this moment pleased us more than your prayers of a hundred years and we have given to you rewards for a thousand years of prayers!"

Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny? Noble Qur'an (55:13)

Imam Ali (as) says: "The sin that makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah (SWT) than the good deed which turns you arrogant."

Stories of the Prophets, Prophet Dawood / David (pbuh): Excellence of Prayer

Excellence of PrayerProphet Dawood / David (pbuh) once decided to perform prayers and read Zabur (Book of Psalms) with the excellence that nobody would have done. He entered the Mehrab and prayed.

After he finished to his satisfaction he found a frog appear before him and told him, "Oh Dawood! Is it true that you feel that you have prayed too well? Every night I am habituated to pray 1,000 Tasbih (glorifications) and from every Tasbih three thousand Hamds are expressed.

Sometimes when I am at the bottom of a pond and I hear the voice of any bird above, thinking that it might be hungry, I come to the surface of the water so that the hungry bird may get its food by eating me. This is the part of the duty that I perform towards Allah (SWT)."

Stories of the Prophets, Prophet Sulayman / Solomon (pbuh): Do not Transgress

Prophet Sulayman / Solomon (pbuh)Prophet Sulayman / Solomon (pbuh) in response to his special prayer to Allah (SWT) was granted Kingdom and was given power over the forces of nature, over the men, Jinn, devil and other living creatures. He was also endowed with knowledge of their language and could easily communicate with them.

Prophet Sulayman / Solomon (pbuh) once was sitting on the bank of a lake deeply engrossed in the beauties of nature around and appreciating the various forms of Allah's (SWT) creation on earth.

Suddenly Prophet Sulayman's / Solomon (pbuh) attention was drawn towards an Ant creeping forward with a grain of wheat in its mouth. As it reached near the water, a Tortoise came out, opened its mouth and the ant crept into it. The Tortoise closing its mouth disappeared under the water. After a while, the Tortoise again sprung out of the water and standing on the bank opened its mouth and the Ant came out. But this time it had no grain of wheat in its mouth.

Prophet Sulayman / Solomon (pbuh) became anxious to know what had been happening under water. On inquiring, the Ant explained that at the bottom of the lake, was a stone and underneath it lived a blind Ant. Allah (SWT) had created it there and because of blindness, it could not move about. The Ant further said that I have been appointed by Allah (SWT) to provide its daily sustenance with the assistance of the Tortoise and hence, I do perform this duty everyday.

Let us ponder over one thing. If a tiny creature like an Ant living under a stone at the bottom of a sea is not denied its sustenance, why should man the noblest of all creatures (Ashraf ul Makhluqat) ever suspect loss of his sustenance from Almighty Allah (SWT)? Isn't it foolishness to dirty one's hand in prohibited transactions for earning one's livelihood? Such persons do not get more, than what is destined and earn Allah's (SWT) Wrath and Punishment in this world and Hereafter.

Moral: Allah (SWT) is Ar Razzaq. He is our Provider we should always have faith in Him and trust Him in all our Affairs.

Stories of the Prophets, Prophet Yusuf / Joseph (pbuh): Impatience

Prophet Yusuf / Joseph (pbuh)Prophet Yusuf / Joseph (pbuh) was jailed under the orders of the Aziz of Egypt. When his companion in the jail was being released Prophet Yusuf / Joseph (pbuh) requested him to recommend his matter to the Aziz so that he too be released. At this angel Gabriel / Jibreel (pbuh) appeared in the jail and made him look at the floor of the jail. When Prophet Yusuf / Joseph (pbuh) did so he could see the bottoms of the earth and sea. Prophet Yusuf / Joseph (pbuh) also saw in the bottom of the earth an Ant with a particle of grain in its mouth. Angel Gabriel / Jibreel (pbuh) said, "Do you think that your Allah (SWT) who does not forget even this Ant at the bottom of the earth and feeds it, would let you go out of His mind?"

"Now for this impatience of yours you are ordered to remain in jail for seven more years."

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