Awesome advice!!


He had never prayed two rak`ah in his adult life. Born and raised in Egypt, he had heard the athan rolling through the streets, calling the believers to prayer,but he had never voluntarily accepted the call. He spent little time with his family; his routine usually consisted of work, chillin at the hookah cafe with his friends, and then eventually going home.

On one Friday, he was suddenly hit by a novel idea. “Why don’t I just try Friday prayer today, just to see what it’s like?” He came in late to the masjid and the Khatib was already speaking. As the man was looking for a place to sit, he heard the words of the Khatib in fragments, “Two words…beloved… to God.”

The man lost complete focus on the rest of the khutbah, working hard to make sense of what the words could possibly mean.

After the prayer, he approached the Khatib directly and asked for him to tell him what the words signified. The Khatib smiled in recognition. “Yes, those are in fact from a blessed hadith (narration) from The Prophet himself ﷺ. He told us:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ، ثقيلتان في الميزان، حبيبتان إلى الرحمن: سبحان الله وبحمده، سبحان الله العظيم

“Two words are light on the tongue, heavy in the balance, beloved to the Merciful: ‘Glory be to God and by His praise. Glory be to God, the Immense.’” (Bukhari)

The man stood, overwhelmed, awestruck, in a daze. He walked out of the masjid in a trance and left for his home. Upon entering, he gathered his wife and children. “Have you heard,” he began to tell them, “the words of the Prophet ﷺ? He has told us:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ، ثقيلتان في الميزان، حبيبتان إلى الرحمن: سبحان الله وبحمده، سبحان الله العظيم

“Two words are light on the tongue, heavy in the balance, beloved to the Merciful: ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise. Glory be to Allah, the Immense.’”

From that moment, the man transformed. From his home, he would leave to work, from his work, he would go straight to the Masjid, and from the Masjid, he would immediately go back home to spend time with his wife and kids. All the while, two words kept his lips moving and his tongue wet with remembrance, “Subhan Allahi wa bihamdi, Subhan Allah il-`atheem.”

His friends noticed his absence. They came to his apartment one day to figure out where he’d been. A wistful look came over the man’s face. “Haven’t you heard?” He replied to his old crew. “The Prophet ﷺ has told us:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ، ثقيلتان في الميزان، حبيبتان إلى الرحمن: سبحان الله وبحمده، سبحان الله العظيم

“Two words are light on the tongue, heavy in the balance, beloved to the Merciful: ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise. Glory be to Allah, the Immense.’”

Soon, he fell ill. It had only been a few months since he had gone to the masjid, since he had first heard the beloved words of the Prophet ﷺ by the Khatib in a Jumu`ah (Friday) khutbah. He told his son to go and to ask the Masjid administration to call upon that very Khatib to come visit him in his illness.

When he was informed, the Khatib remembered the man immediately and rushed to his apartment. Upon being let in, he saw the man was sleeping so he sat at the foot of the bed and waited for the man to awaken. Finally, the man stirred.

The man looked at the Khatib and asked him, “Have you heard? The Prophet ﷺ has told us:

كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ، ثقيلتان في الميزان، حبيبتان إلى الرحمن: سبحان الله وبحمده، سبحان الله العظيم

“Two words are light on the tongue, heavy in the balance, beloved to the Merciful: ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise. Glory be to Allah, the Immense.’”

With that, the man passed away.

The Khatib in this story is the teacher of my teacher. My teacher related this incident to me and continued to stress that it wasn’t a story from books of the past, it wasn’t a story coined to tug hearts, it was the true story of a man who was disconnected from God, but who God blessed with finding Him through the blessed words of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Find one thing that helps you connect to God. Cling onto it. Others may make you feel insecure in your relationship with Him. You may feel judged and isolated from the community sometimes. He will never isolate you from Him when He knows you seek Him. Find His beauty in something that will connect you to Him, cling onto it, and slowly, like this man, grow closer to Him through that process.

(continued via sis, Maryam Amirebrahimi)

About AbdulJabarAzimi

Analytical & Creative. --- I'm not a Sheikh or a scholar, I'm just a regular guy in love with this Deen. Don't praise me for practicing my Deen. But pray for me, for the errors, that you haven't seen.

Posted on January 27, 2015, in Articles, Islamic Quotes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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