Abu Muslim AlKhawalaani was among the tabi’een (those who came after the Prophetic period, and met the companions of the Prophet ﷺ) who lived in Yemen, but migrated to Madinah later. He was someone who lived for the Hereafter, kept himself busy in the remembrance of Allah, if you read his history you would be amazed. At his time, after the death of the Prophet ﷺ, there were many who claimed Prophet-hood, one of them was AlAswad al’Insi. He wanted everyone in Yemen to testify to him that he was the Prophet after Muhammad ﷺ , so he called upon Abu Muslim AlKhawalani to testify like many of them did, so he asked Abu Muslim, “do you testify that Muhammad ﷺ is the messenger of Allah?” Abu Muslim said: “Yes”, he then asked, “do you testify that I am a messenger of Allah?” Abu Muslim replied “I can’t hear you” he repeated the question several times and Abu Muslim replied with the same reply every time. At this AlAswad got angry, and he ordered a fire to be built and Abu Muslim to be thrown into it, Abu Muslim did not budge, he stood upon Tahweed, so when he was thrown, the fire extinguished by itself. People around AlAswad said, if you don’t exile him out of Yemen, people will start following him, and thus Abu Muslim AlKhawalani رحمه الله left Yemen and went to Madinah where he met Abu Bakr and Umar رضي الله عنهما
We can take many lessons from this particular incident, but the one I want to share is: When you remember Allah a lot, Allah will be your protector, He will protect you from any harm and calamities, and open doors for you in ways you never imagined.
Allah says: So remember Me; I will remember you ( Surah Al-Baqarah :152)
- Remembrance of Allah is one of the greatest of ‘ibadaat (acts of worship), and one that gets you closer to Allah and will earn you His pleasure and ultimately, Jannah.
Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was travelling along the path leading to Mecca that he happened to pass by a mountain called Jumdan. He said:Proceed on, it is Jumdan, Mufarridun have gone ahead. They (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: Allah’s Messenger, who are Mufarridun? He said: They are those males and females who remember Allah much. (Sahih Muslim)
- Remembering Allah is also one of the easiest of ‘ibadaat, it does not have a particular time or place.
It was narrated from Abdullah bin Busr that a Bedouin said to the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) said:”The laws of Islam are burdensome for me. Tell me of something that I will be able to adhere to. He said: ‘Always keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime.'” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
- Allah has prepared great reward and will grant His forgiveness to those who remember Allah a lot.
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. (Surah Al-Ahzaab: 35)
Is there a greater feeling than to know that Allah remembers you when you remember him? And when you mention him in a gathering, He mentions you in a better gathering?
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. (1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty. It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).