A hypocrite…or just a human being?
Please ponder over the following hadeeth:
[I’ll explain the purpose of this post in the next Remember Ramadan Ramblings post, insha-Allah, because some people may misunderstand what it means. I could have done it now but my brain is half-asleep. Sorry.]
“Hanzala Usayyidi, who was amongst the scribes of Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam). reported: I met Abu Bakr. He said: Who are you? He (Hanzala) said: Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite. He (Abu Bakr) said: Subhan Allah, what are you saying? Thereupon he said: I say that when we are in the company of Allah’s Messenger we ponder over Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our very eyes and when we are away from Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) we attend to our wives, our children, our business; most of these things (pertaining to After-life) slip out of our minds.
Abu Bakr said: By Allah, I also experience the same. So I and Abu Bakr went to Allah’s Messenger and said to him: Allah’s Messenger, Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: What has happened to you? I said: Allah’s Messenger, when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the Angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your paths but, Hanzala, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to prayer and meditation). He (the Prophet) said this thrice.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6623]