The Last Man to Go to Paradise
From Ibn Mas’ud, he said: “The Prophet once said: “The last person to go to heaven is a man who will sometimes walk and other times fall down as he passes the sirat (a bridge between the heaven and hell). Sometimes the fires from hell below burn parts of his body.
Finally when he reaches the other end of the bridge, he turned back to look at the hell and said, “Glorified is Allah who has saved me from it. Indeed, Allah has endowed me with something that is never given to anyone before or after me.” After saying those words, he sees a tree in front of him, and says: ‘O my Lord, bring me close to the tree, so I can rest and drink its water.” God said: “O son of Adam! If I grant your request now, perhaps you will ask for more from Me.” “No, I will not my Lord,” answered the man firmly.
He then vowed to God that he would not ask for more. God is well aware the man is impatient and grants his request. Then God brings the man closer to the tree where he is able to rest and drinks its water. Suddenly, he sees another tree which is more beautiful than the first one. He then asks God, “O Allah, bring me close to that tree, so I can rest and drinks its water. I promise I will not ask for more.” God answers, “O son of Adam! You have made a vow not to ask for more. If I bring you closer to the tree, perhaps you will ask for more.” Then the man promises not to ask for more next time. God is well aware the man is impatient and grants his request. Then God brings the man closer to the tree where he is able to rest and drinks its water. Suddenly, he sees another tree which is far more beautiful than the previous two. Then the man immediately asks God, “O Allah, bring me close to that tree, so I can rest and drinks its water. I promise I will not ask for more.”
God answers, “O son of Adam! You have made a vow not to ask for more. If I bring you closer to the tree, perhaps you will ask for more.” He replies confidently, “No, my Lord. From now on I definitely will not ask for more from You.” God is well aware the man is impatient and grants his request. Then God brings the man closer to the tree so he can hear the voices of the people of paradise. Then he immediately proposes to God, “My Lord, please let me in.” God says to him. “O son of Adam! Why did you break your vow to me? Will it please you if I give you the world and more?”
The man answers: “O Lord, are you trying to mock me, whereas You Are the Lord of the universe!”
Then Ibn Mas’ud laughed and asked the people around him, “Why don’t you ask me why I laughed?” They then asked, “Why are you laughing?” He replied, “The prophet laughed too.” We (the companions) then asked, ‘Why are you laughing?’ then he said, “I laughed, because The Lord of the Universe also laughs when the man asks, “O Lord, are you trying to mock me, whereas You Are the Lord of the universe?” Then God says, “I am not mocking you, but I am all powerful and I’m able to do what I wish.”
Notes: According to Islamic faith, in the Day of Resurrection, everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, will cross a sirat or a long and narrow bridge over hell. If they successfully cross the bridge, they will enter the paradise. The unbelievers and sinners will fall off bridge and go straight to the hell.
The moral of the story is that God knows best and has the power to grant our requests, but we should not make vows we cannot keep and should be content with what God has already provided. Impatience and greed can lead to breaking promises and ultimately dissatisfaction, while trust in God’s plan and gratitude for His blessings can lead to inner peace and contentment.
Old Lady Won’t Go to Heaven
An old lady (Shafiyah, an aged aunt of the Prophet, according to one of the hadiths) asked the Prophet, “O Messenger of God, please pray for me that I may go to the paradise.” The Prophet smiled and answered, “Oh, I’m sorry Ma’am. But there is no old lady in heaven.” The old lady cried and went away upon hearing his answer. The Prophet then asked someone to go after her. “Tell the old lady that she won’t go to paradise as an old lady.” (God will make her young again and beautiful). He then quoted the verses 35-37 of al-Waqi’ah (The Day of Judgment): “Indeed, We created them (female inhabitants in Paradise) of a novel creation. And made all of them virgins.Loving their husbands and of equal age, fluent, and sweet of tongue. Notes: According to Islamic faith, men and women who enter the paradise will become young again and have a perfect appearance regardless of what they look like in the past.
The moral of the story is that in paradise, people will be made young again and have a perfect appearance, regardless of their age or physical condition in this world. It also shows the kindness and compassion of the Prophet towards the old lady, and how he went out of his way to comfort her and clarify the misconception.
Nu’aiman and a Blind Man
Zubair Ibn Bakr narrated from his grandfather through his uncle that once upon a time, Makhramah ibn Nawfal who was at that time 115 years old and blind standing on one of the corners of a mosque to urinate. People then shouted, “Mosque, mosque” (they meant for him not to urinate in that place because it is a mosque). Nu’aiman al-Ansari immeditely held Makhramah’s hand and brought him to the other corner of the mosque and said, “You can urinate here.” As he was about to urinate, the companions yelled again at him. Makhramah then said, “Woe to you who took me to this place!” The companions went on,”Nu’aiman was the one who took you there.” Makhramah said, “Verily, I promise, if I meet Nu’aiman, I will bash him with my stick! ” Hearing that Makhramah said so, Nu’aiman did not dare to show up for some time.
One day Nu’aiman came to meet Makhramah again in a mosque. At the same time, Caliph Uthman ibn Affan was performing a prayer in one of its corners. Nu’aiman told Makhramah, “Are you eager to take revenge against Nu’aiman?” “I definitely am,” Makhramah replied firmly. Nu’aiman then held Makhramah’s hand and took him to where Caliph Uthman bin Affan was doing prayer. As usual, when Caliph Uthman Ibn Affan was in the middle of performing a prayer, he was very focused and paid no attention to the surroundings. Nu’aiman then said to Makhramah, “The man who is performing prayer at the moment is Nu’aiman.” Makhramah spontaneously held his stick firmly and bashed Caliph Uthman in the head until he got injured. The companions instantly yelled at Makhramah and said “Hey, you are beating Amirul Mu’minin, not Nu’aiman!”
Notes: Nu’aiman ‘Ibn ‘Amr is a companion of the Prophet who participated in the famous battles of Badar, Uhud, Khandaq and many others. He was among the early Muslims of Medina. He joked a lot, sometimes crossed the line, but the Prophet liked him.
The moral of the story is: It is important to not hold grudges and seek revenge, as it can lead to unintended consequences and harm to innocent individuals. Forgiveness and letting go of anger is a better way to move forward in life.
Who Want to Buy This Slave?
There was a companion named Zahir who was physically inferior. The Prophet somehow liked him and so did Zahir. Zahir often spent his days alone in the desert. Thus, the Prophet said, “Zahir is the man of the desert, and we all live in his city.” One day the Prophet went to the market and saw Zahir standing and checking out some goods. All of a sudden, the Prophet hugged him tightly from behind. Zahir said, “Hey … who’s this? Let go of me!” Zahir rebelled and looked back, After he realized that the man who hugged him was the Messenger of God, Zahir immediately leaned back on him and tightened the hug of the Prophet. The Prophet said: “O you mankind, who would want to buy this slave?” Zahir went on: “O Messenger of God, I am of no value in their eyes.” The Prophet smiled and said, “But in the eyes of God, you Zahir are of a great value.”
Notes: Every Muslim is a slave of God. That’s why the Prophet called Zahir a slave.
The moral of the story is that every individual, regardless of their physical appearance or societal status, has immense value in the eyes of God. The story teaches us to treat everyone with kindness and respect, and to value them for who they are as individuals.
The Luckiest Man in the World
Abu Hurairah said, a man came to the Prophet, and exclaimed: “I’m wretched, O Messenger of God!” The Prophet replied, “What makes you wretched?” The man went on, “I have sex with my wife at noon during the holy month of Ramadan.” The Prophet asked., “Can you free a slave?” He answered, “I am afraid not.” The Prophet then asked, “Can you fast for two consecutive months?” He answered, “I don’t think I can.” The Prophet asked another question, “Can you feed sixty poor people?” He answered, “No.”
Abu Hurairah said, “Then, while the man was sitting, another man brought a basket of dates to the Prophet. The Prophet then spoke to the previous man, “You give alms with this!” The man answered, “I believe I must give it to those who are poorer than me, right? Nobody is poorer than me in my neighborhood.”
The Prophet laughed at hearing this so one could see his teeth. Then the Prophet spoke to the man, “You may bring it home and feed your family with it.”
Notes: Islam forbids its adherents to engage in sexual activity during daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan. Islam requires its violator to free a slave or fast for two consecutive months or feed sixty poor people.
The moral of the story is that Islam teaches forgiveness and offers multiple ways for a person to repent and seek forgiveness for their sins. It also emphasizes the importance of taking care of those who are less fortunate and in need.
Muhammad and a Pastor
‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud ra. said that one day a pastor came to the Prophet and said, “O Muhammad! On Judgment Day, God will hold the heavens, the earth, the mountains, trees, air, animals, and all creatures (easily) with His fingertip as He says: “I am the King (ruler)! I am the King!”
The Prophet laughed at hearing the Pastor’s saying and justified it. He then read the verse of the Koran: “They have not appraised Allah with true appraisal, while the earth entirely will be [within] His grip on the Day of Resurrection, and the heavens will be folded in His right hand. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him.” (Koran: Az-Zumar (The GroupS): 39:67).
The moral of the story is that we should not underestimate the power and control of Allah. We should not try to limit Allah’s greatness by our own understanding and should always strive to understand Allah in His true essence. The story emphasizes the importance of having a correct understanding and appraisal of Allah and His power. It also highlights the need to seek knowledge and wisdom to gain a better understanding of Allah’s magnificence and greatness.
God is Amazed at What You’ve Done Last Night
Abu Hurairah ra said: “A man came to the Prophet and said, “I’m in trouble (I’m hungry and I have no money).” Then the Prophet brought the man to each and every house of his wives, asking whether they have meals. Each one of them replied, “By Allah who sent you with truth, I don’t have anything to eat other than water.” That was the answer from each one of them. Then the Prophet said to his companions, “Those of you who will have this man as a guest in your house tonight will surely be blessed by Allah.” An Anshari man stood and said, “I will O Prophet!” Then he brought the man home to his house. “Do you have something to eat?” He asked his wife. She replied,” Nothing, except our children’s food.” He said, “Go keep the children busy (make them forget about the food). When our guest stepped into our house, let’s pretend we will eat with him. When he is about to eat, stand up and extinguish the lamp (so he doesn’t know that we don’t eat with him because there is not enough food for all of us).” When the guest came into the house, the companion’s wife did precicely what her husband told her to do. The companion came to meet the Prophet again in the morning who smiled and said to him, “Allah is amazed at the way you both served your guest last night.”
The moral of the story is to be hospitable and generous to those in need, even if it means sacrificing one’s own resources. It also emphasizes the importance of creativity and resourcefulness in serving others, as the companion and his wife found a way to make their guest comfortable despite having limited food. The story encourages us to be compassionate and hospitable, and to trust in Allah’s blessings and rewards for doing so.
Nu’aiman and Slave Buyer
A year prior to the death of Prophet Muhammad, Umm Salamah ra said that Abu Bakr ash-Shiddiq went to Bashra accompanied by Nu’aiman and Suwaibit ibn Harmalah. Both of these men participated in the famous Battle of Badar. At that moment, Nu’aiman was in charge of providing supplies for the trip. Suwaibit who was a funny guy and joked a lot, said to him, “Give me food.” Nu’aiman refused to give him food. “No, wait up till Abu Bakar shows up,” he said. Suwaibit was upset and said, “I will make fun of you which will make you so mad.” As they passed a bedouin tribe, Suwaibit said to the members of the tribe, “Would you like to buy a slave from me?” They said, “Yes. We would definitely buy him.” Suwaibit then said, “My servant has a weird attitude though. If you were to buy him, he would say, ‘I am not a slave. I am a free man.’If he said so, don’t buy him.” Since the tribesmen still interested in buying the slave, they went on “We still want to buy your slave despite he saying so,” and gave ten camels to Suwaibit to seal the deal.
They rushed into Nu’aiman and tied a turban around his neck. Nu’aiman surely protested. “The man who talked to you was just messing around. I’m not a slave. I am a free man.” But the tribesmen insist on taking Nu’aiman and said, “We have been told by your master that you’re going to say this.” They brought Nu’aiman away. When Abu Bakar came, Suwaibit told him all that had happened to him. They went to the people who had bought Nu’aiman and gave the ten camels back. The story was told to the Prophet after they have returned to Medina and it made the Prophet and those who heard it laugh.
The moral of the story could be that telling lies and making fun of others can have unintended consequences and lead to harmful situations. It also shows the importance of honesty and integrity in dealing with others.
Nu’aiman and A Honey Seller
One day Nu’aiman went to a market in Medina. He purchased honey from one of the merchants. When the merchant handed over the honey and asked for the money, Nu’aiman answered that the Prophet will pay for the it. Soon afterwards he went to Prophet’s house and gave the honey to him. Nu’aiman said, “I brought you a present O Messenger of God.” Not long after that the merchant came to the Prophet’s house and asked him to pay for the honey. The Prophet who thought that the honey was a gift for him then asked someone to summon Nu’aiman. When Nu’aiman met the Prophet and the merchant he said, “O Messenger of God. Give this man the money.” The Prophet said,” I thought you gave it to me as a present? ” Nu’aiman replied,”For the sake of Allah, I have no money to buy it, but I want you to eat it.” The Prophet laughed and gave the money to the merchant.
The moral of the story could be to always be honest and truthful in business dealings, and not to use the name of the Prophet or any respected figure to gain advantage or escape paying debts.
Nu’aiman and a Camel
At other times of the day, Nu’aiman was fooled by some of his companions. There was a bedouin man who came to the Prophet’s house and tied up his camel in the yard. Some companions then told Nu’aiman al-Ansari, “What if you slaughter the camel so we can eat it? Verily, we have been wanting to eat meat.” Nu’aiman immediately slaughtered the camel, and when the Bedouin came out of the Prophet’s house he shouted, ” O Muhammad, my camel has been slaughtered!” The Prophet then came out, and said, “Who did this?” The companions replied, “Nu’aiman did it.” There was a man who told the Prophet about Nu’aiman’s hideout. The Prophet then searched for him and found out that he was hiding in a small hut with palm leaf thatch roof that belonged to Dhaba’ah bint Zubair ibn Abdul Muththalib.
The Prophet got him out of the hut and asked, “What drives you to do this?” Nu’aiman replied, “Those people told me that you O Messenger of God are the one who asked me to do this.” Right after that the Prophet wiped the dust from Nu’aiman face and laughed. The Prophet then replaced the Bedouin’s camel.
Who’s the Most Hungry?
During the Battle of the Trench (al-Khandaq), the Prophet and his companions dug a trench to protect Medina. While they were busy digging the trench, one of the companions was very hungry and thirsty that he tied a stone to his belly. Then he got up and spoke to the Prophet,”O Messenger of God! I’m so hungry that I tied a stone to my belly to relieve (my hunger).” He then opened his shirt to reveal the stone in his belly. The Prophet smiled and opened his shirt too. The companion was astonished because he saw two stones were tied to the Prophet’s belly which means that the Prophet was more hungry than him but he did not complain. The companion smiled bitterly and continued digging.
The moral of the story is to show the Prophet’s selflessness and patience, as he endured hunger and hardship without complaint during the Battle of the Trench, and to inspire his companions to follow his example and persevere in the face of difficulty.
Umm Ayman, a former slave of the Prophet, came to the Prophet and asked him to allow her to join him on a journey. The Prophet said to her, “Of course, you can ride a baby camel over there”. Umm Ayman marvelled at his answer. She probably thought to herself that there’s no way on earth that a baby camel could carry her. So she asked the Prophet again, “O Messenger of God, is there no adult camel for me? A baby camel won’t be able to carry me. Beside I don’t like it.” The Prophet replied, “I am not saying that it is a small camel, (I’m only saying that) it’s a baby camel. (Don’t you know that) every camel is a child of the mother camel?” Umm Ayman then smiled and understood the Prophet’s joke.
The moral of the story is that humor and light-heartedness can be used to put others at ease and make them feel comfortable, even in difficult or awkward situations. Additionally, the story highlights the importance of understanding and interpreting language and cultural norms.
If You Die First, I Will…
One day, the Prophet came to meet ‘Aisyah. At that moment, he was having a severe headache. Apparently at the same time, Aisyah complained about the same thing. “I have a headache,” ‘Aisyah said to the Prophet. “By Allah, O ‘Aisyah, I am also having a severe headache,” the Prophet replied. Then he went on “If you die first, don’t worry, I will take care of you, perform the funeral prayer for you and accompany your corpse to the grave.” What did ‘Aisyah say then? “By Allah, indeed I can guess, if that’s the case, you will then be seeing one of your wives in my house in the afternoon .”Aisyah said in a petulant tone. The Prophet laughed at what ‘Aisyah said.
The moral of the story could be that even in difficult times, it’s okay to have a sense of humor and make light of the situation. Joking around can relieve tension and help strengthen relationships.
We’re Even Now!
‘Aisyah, one of the Prophet’s wives said, “I traveled with the Messenger of God and his companions when I was still skinny. The Prophet said to his companions. “You may walk ahead of us!” Then the companions left us. Afterward, the Prophet said to me, “Let’s race.” I accepted his challenge and I beat him in the race. A couple years later ‘Aisyah and the Prophet traveled together again. “It’s been a while since the Prophet asked me to accompany him on a journey. I had gained weight that time and completely forgot about the previous race. The Prophet said to his companions. “You may walk ahead of us!” Then the companions left us. Afterward, the Prophet said to me, “Let’s race.” I forgot about my previous victory and I had gained weight at the time. I said to the Prophet, “How can I beat you oh Messenger of God with this kind of body?” He replied, “Let’s go.” I accepted his challenge and lost.
The Prophet smiled and said, ”This is to avenge my previous defeat.”
The moral of the story is that physical ability is not the only measure of strength, and that losing with grace is a mark of good character. Also one should not underestimate someone based on their appearance or past achievements. It is also a reminder that the Prophet had a playful and light-hearted side to his personality.
White Part of the Eyes
One day a woman came to the Prophet and said, “My husband wants to invite you to our house.” The Prophet thought a while and jokingly asked her, “Does your husband has a white part in his eyes?” She replied, “No, Prophet of God! My husband doesn’t have a white part in his eyes.” “Isn’t he? I’m sure he has a white part in his eyes.” “By Allah O Prophet of God. He doesn’t have a white part in his eyes,” the woman insisted. The companions laughed at the conversation because the woman didn’t understand the Prophet was joking. Then the Prophet explained it to the woman, “Everyone in the world has a white part in their eyes.” The woman finally understood and smiled.
The moral of the story is that it’s important to understand the context and intention behind someone’s words before jumping to conclusions or taking offense. It’s also important to have a sense of humor and not take everything too seriously.
When Satan Vomits
One day when the Prophet was sitting, he saw a man eating his food. He forgot to say Bismillah (In the Name of God) before he ate. And when he was about to eat the last piece of his food he remembered that he has not uttered the words “Bismillah”. So he said “Bismillahi Awwalu wal Aakhiru (In the name of God in the beginning and in the end)” as he ate his last food. When the Prophet heard those words he laughed. The companions asked the Prophet what happened. The Prophet said that when the man forgot to say Bismillah before he ate, satan is able to eat his food together with him. But after the man said the words Bismillah, satan suddently started to vomit. That’s why the Prophet laughed.
The moral of the story is that it’s important to remember to say Bismillah (In the Name of God) before eating, as it is a reminder to seek God’s blessings and protection. It also highlights the belief that Satan is present during meal times and may share one’s food if Bismillah is not said, but will be repelled if the words are uttered. The story emphasizes the importance of seeking God’s protection in all aspects of life.
Who Eats the Most Dates?
One day Prophet Muhammad and his companions sat down to break their fast together. Dates were served in front of them. Every time the Prophet and his companions ate a date, they placed the seed in front of them. After a few moments, the Prophet’s son in law, Ali realized that he ate too much dates. He had a pile of seeds in front of him. So Ali silently moved his seeds towards the Prophet and said jokingly: “Oh Prophet, you ate more dates than me. Look, you have more seeds than me.” Muhammad smiled and replied, “No, Ali. You ate more dates than me. Look, I ate dates but I removed their seeds while you ate dates along with their seeds!” Notes: Dates are a sweet fruit that has brown to black color. They contain a hard little seed. If you eat them, you have to remove the seed.
I Know When You’re Angry At Me
The Prophet once said to his wife ‘Aisyah, “I know when you’re happy with me and when you’re mad at me.” ‘Aisyah asked him, “How do you know?” The Prophet replied, ”When you’re happy with me you would swear ‘No, by God of Muhammad.’ But when you’re mad at me you would swear, “No, by God of Ibrahim!” Aisyah replied, “It’s true, but by Allah, O Messenger of God. I won’t leave but your name.”
The moral of the story is that understanding and communication are important in relationships. The story shows how the Prophet Muhammad was able to recognize his wife’s moods based on her language and actions. It also highlights the importance of humor in relationships, as the conversation between the Prophet and his wife was lighthearted and playful. The story emphasizes the value of paying attention to one’s partner’s feelings and being aware of the subtle ways in which they express themselves.
God, Please Forgive Me, But I Have to Eat You
One day as the Prophet was sitting with his companions, he asked one of them, Omar, “Please tell me a story that will make me laugh.” Omar then told him his story before he embraced Islam. “Before Islam, I created a statue from sweets. Then I worshipped that statue. “Oh Latta ‘Uzza Manat (the ancestral gods of the Arabs), you’re the noblest. Please give me some food to eat.” As I worshipped the statue, I suddenly felt so hungry. I went to the kitchen but didn’t find anything to eat. Then I returned to the worshipping chamber. There was no food except my god. So I decided to eat my god whom I just worshipped earlier. I ate its head, hands until it’s completely gone.” As Omar finished his story, the Prophet laughed until his teeths were exposed.
The moral of the story is that the truth can be found in unexpected places and it’s important to be open to learning and growing. The story also highlights the absurdity of idol worship and the dangers of placing one’s faith in material objects. The Prophet’s laughter shows his ability to find humor in a situation that could have been seen as serious or offensive. The story emphasizes the importance of being able to laugh at oneself and finding joy in unexpected moments.
I Am Your Brother…
A man came to Mu’awiyah, the first Ummayad Caliph. He was stopped by one of his guards. “Go and tell Mu’awiyah that His relative came to visit him,” said the man. When the guard told Mu’awiyah about the mysterious guest, he marvelled and said to the guard. “I don’t think I knew him. But let him in.”. The man came in and Mu’awiyah asked him, ”Please tell me about our family relationship.” “We have the same great grandparents, Adam and Eve,” said the man calmly. “Give that man one dirham,” asked Mu’awiyah to his servant. “How come you only give one dirham to your own brother?” asked the man. Mu’awiyah calmly replied, “If I were to give one dirham to every brother I have from Adam and Eve, you will not receive even one dirham!”
The moral of the story is that we are all connected as human beings and part of the same family, and that it’s important to recognize and acknowledge this shared bond. At the same time, the story highlights the practical limitations of trying to financially support every member of one’s extended family, and the importance of balancing generosity with practicality. Mu’awiyah’s response shows a combination of both generosity and wisdom.
The Last Man to Come Out of Hell
Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud ra said, “The Prophet said: I know the last person to come out of hell and the last man to go to heaven. He will come out of hell crawling.
Allah will say to him: “Go, enter the paradise!” The man does what God told him but once he gets there he sees the heaven is extremely overcrowded. The man then returns and says, “O God! I found the heaven full.” God said to him again, “Go to paradise!” The man returns and still sees it full, so he returns to God and says, “O God! I found the heaven full.” Thus the man goes back and forth between the heaven and hell. Finally God says to him, “Go, enter the paradise. I give you the world plus ten times the size of it!” Then the man replies, “Are You my God mocking me, whereas You my Lord is the King?” (because the man is so desperate and is almost in disbelief that God will eventually allow him to go to the paradise.)
Abdullah said, “I saw the Prophet laughed until his molar teeth were exposed and said, “That man is the man who will inhabit the lowest rank of heaven.” Notes: According to Islamic faith, every Muslim will eventually enter the paradise. But the sinners among them have to serve their time in hell first as a punishment before they enter the eternal bliss.
The moral of the story is that Allah is merciful and forgiving, and no matter how far a person has strayed from the right path, there is always hope for redemption and forgiveness. The story also emphasizes the importance of patience, perseverance, and faith in Allah’s mercy, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.