Between Fear And Hope


Once a visiting Buzrug was sitting in conversation with Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullah alayh). From the window of the house they observed a crowd dragging a headless body. Seeing this, Hadhrat Hasan fell down unconscious. After some time when he regained consciousness, the Buzrug asked Hadhrat Basri to explain the episode. Hadhrat Hasan said:

“The slain man was a great, well-known Zaahid and Aabid. (he was known to be a Wali). One day when he left his home to go to the Musjid, his eyes fell on a Christian woman. His nafs overwhelmed him, and he fell madly in love with her. He passed many days in restlessness.

When lust overwhelmed him, he went to the woman and proposed marriage. She refused and said that she would marry him on condition that he embraces Christianity. His intellect was overwhelmed by lust. After a few days he accepted Christianity. He went to the home of the woman, announced his presence and that he had accepted Christianity as his religion.

The lady rebuking him said that she will not marry such a despicable man who had bartered away his everlasting salvation of the Hereafter for the miserable temporary pleasure of the world. She informed him that whilst he had become a Christian, she had adopted Islam, the path of everlasting salvation.

This man (the former ‘wali’) was executed because of his irtidaad. (Islam’s punishment for a murtad is execution). The crowd was dragging his corpse to dump it. A murtad does not deserve a burial.

When the people asked the former Christian to explain her acceptance of Islam, she recited Surah Ikhlaas. Astonished, they asked how she had learnt this Surah. She said:

“One night in a dream, I saw myself being taken to Jahannam. I was smitten with terror. But before I was cast into the Fire, an Angel came, took me by the hand and assured me: ‘Have no fear. You have been substituted by this man.” (i.e. the murtad) He will be cast into the Fire in your place while you will enter Jannat. I was then taken into Jannat. As I entered, I saw written on a wall the aayat: “Allah prevents (from Imaan) whomever He will, and He establishes whomever He wills. By Him is the Grand Record (Ummul Kitaab).” Then the angel taught me to recite Surah Ikhlaas. My eyes opened, and I had memorized Surah Ikhlaas.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Imaan is suspended between fear and hope.”

We supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to keep our Imaan intact until the very last moment when the Rooh takes leave from this earthly body. No one knows his ultimate fate. It is only on Allah’s Rahmat that we depend.

[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

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