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Thursday, May 27, 2004  

The Intercession of the Blessed Messenger When the sinful believers have suffered their punishment in the Fire of Hell, the Almighty Lord will say to Gabriel: “O Gabriel, what are the disobedient members of the Community of Muhammad doing in Hell?” To this, Gabriel will reply: “O Lord, You are All-Knowing. You know better than I the condition they are in.” The All-Glorious One will say: “O Gabriel, go and inspect their condition.” The venerable Gabriel will go and find Malik, the governor of Hell, sitting on a cushion in the middle of the Fire. Malik will stand up out of respect for the blessed Gabriel, to whom he will say: “O Gabriel, why have you come here?” To this question, Gabriel will reply: “O Malik, I have been sent here to see what the rebellious members of the Community of Muhammad are doing.” Then Malik will say: “Do not ask about the condition of these people. They are in a very bad state, their places are very narrow. The fire has burned and obliterated their bodies. Only their faces and their hearts can be saved because of their faith.” Gabriel will say: “O Malik, raise the curtain that covers them and let me look at them myself. I have been instructed to do so.” Malik will then give orders to the zabaniya, the guards of Hell, who will open the curtain. When the inmates of the Fire see the blessed Gabriel, they will realize from his beauty that he is not an angel of punishment. Turning to Malik, they will ask: “O Malik, who is this being? From the time we entered this fire no beautiful person had ever come to us. We never met an angel such as this.” By divine decree Malik will answer their question thus: “This beautiful angel you see is Gabriel, who brought the inspiration to the venerable Muhammad, the blessed Messenger of Allah, the Chief of the Prophets.” When they hear the name of their Prophet they will raise a great clamor and wailing in Hell, weeping: “Mercy, mercy, O Gabriel! Go to the blessed Messenger of Allah and convey our greeting to him. You have seen the condition we are in. Now go to that compassionate Prophet of ours and tell him what has become of us. For a long time we have been burning here, suffering torment. There is no one but he who can free us, hold us by the hand and intercede for us.” As they remember what they did in the world, they will feel a thousand regrets. Leaving them like this, Gabriel will enter the presence of the Almighty by divine leave. The Most Merciful of the merciful will ask him: “How did you find the Community of Muhammad in My Fire? Did you see what condition they were in?” In fear and dread Gabriel will reply: “O my Lord, I am incapable of describing their state. It is impossibly painful and bad.” Then the Lord will ask: “Did they ask anything of Me?” “O Lord, Your Most Glorious Majesty knows better than I. They pleaded with me to give their greetings to their Prophet and to tell him their condition.” To this the Most Merciful of the merciful will say: “Go quickly and discharge your trust. Report their condition to My Messenger.” Weeping, Gabriel will go to find the blessed Messenger of Allah under the Tuba tree in a Paradise in a tent adorned with all kinds of jewels. The Most Noble Messenger will ask him: “O Gabriel, this is the place of happiness, why are you weeping?” Gabriel will reply: “O Messenger of Allah, if only you were to see the disobedient members of your Community undergoing torment in the fire of Hell, if only you knew their condition as I do, you would weep much more than I…” Hearing this, the Most Noble Messenger will say: “O Gabriel, are some of my Community in Hell? Did a single member of my Community enter the Fire?” With a cry he will begin to weep. Then he will go at once to the Most High Throne, lower his head in prostration and extol the Lord God in language never used by any Prophet or saint. Then he will hear the Almighty address him in these words: “O My Messenger, O My Beloved, raise your head up from prostration. Whatever you wish is granted. Your intercession is accepted.” The Most Noble Messenger will plead: “O Lord, Your judgment against the rebels in my Community has been executed, You have avenged their victims. They have suffered enough, do not torment them any longer.” Showing His Divine favor to His beloved, the Lord God will console him, saying “My Messenger, I have authorized you to intercede for the salvation from My blazing Fire of those who die uttering the affirmation of My Unity and in faith. I have presented them to you, My Beloved, as a gift.” The Most Noble Messenger will rush to Malik, the highest official of Hell, and ask him about his Community. Malik will give him a detailed account of the punishment of its disobedient members. The Most Noble Messenger will say: “O Malik, open the curtains, let me see the condition of my Community.” Malik will order the zabaniya to lift the veil and when it is open, the rebel Community in the fire, seeing the Messenger of Allah, will immediately moan and cry: “O Messenger of Allah, help, intercede O Prophet of Allah.” Every mouth will cry: “O Messenger of Allah, the fire has burnt our bodies to charcoal. We can bear no more punishment. Rescue us from this place…” By Divine leave the venerable Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace, will rescue and liberate every one of them from the Fire. Washed by the Water of Life at the Gate of Paradise and made perfectly clean again, they will have their youth restored. Their faces will be like the full moon. Only, these words will be written on their foreheads: “These were the People of the Fire. Allah, the All-Merciful freed them from that fire.” With this writing on their foreheads they will enter Paradise. After a while they will plead with the Lord to have that writing removed from their brows, explaining that it leaves them in shame, in sorrow and in remorse. The All-Glorious One will accept their prayer, and will erase that writing from their brows. Having been rescued from torment because of their faith, and through the intercession of Muhammad, the disobedient members of his Community rejoice in divine favor. Not so the unbelievers, who are doomed to the Fire for all eternity. Allah, save us from the Fire, and admit us to Paradise with the righteous… -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/27/2004 07:03:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
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