بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
This is the third piece in the series. Please read the second one here.
Verily, We have tried them as We tried the people of the garden, when they swore to pluck the fruits of the (garden) in the morning, Without saying: Insha’ Allah (If Allah will).Then there passed by on the (garden) something (fire) from your Lord at night and burnt it while they were asleep.So the (garden) became black by the morning, like a pitch dark night (in complete ruins).Then they called out one to another as soon as the morning broke, Saying: “Go to your tilth in the morning, if you would pluck the fruits.”So they departed, conversing in secret low tones (saying), No Miskin (poor man) shall enter upon you into it today.And they went in the morning with strong intention, thinking that they have power (to prevent the poor taking anything of the fruits therefrom).But when they saw the (garden), they said: “Verily, we have gone astray,”(Then they said): “Nay! Indeed we are deprived of (the fruits)!”The best among them said: “Did I not tell you: why do you not say: Insha’ Allah (If Allah will).”They said: “Glory to Our Lord! Verily, we have been Zalimun (wrong-doers, etc.).”Then they turned, one against another, in blaming.They said: “Woe to us! Verily, we were Taghun (transgressors and disobedient, etc.)We hope that our Lord will give us in exchange a better (garden) than this. Truly, we turn to our Lord (wishing for good that He may forgive our sins, and reward us in the Hereafter).”Such is the punishment (in this life), but truly, the punishment of the Hereafter is greater, if they but knew. [Surah Al-Qalam 17-33].
Their father had a garden and used to give a portion of his harvest to the poor. When he died, the children did not want to continue on that path so they decided to wake up early and pack up the harvest while the rest of the world slept to prevent the poor people from getting the harvest. One of them tried to make a point but he was shut down. That night as they slept, Allah sent destruction upon the land. They woke up and set out quietly but when they reached the land, they could not recognize it. It was completely destroyed. They realized that Allah deprived them, the way they intended to deprive others. They then started arguing amongst themselves and shifting blame then again the same one spoke up but this time they realized the error of their ways and repented to Allah asking Him for something better.
Lessons and Reflections
- Their father continually used to give the poor – When we give for the sake of Allah we earn His barakah. Charity purifies wealth, and giving does not decrease the value of wealth.
- Nothing is earned by our own – It was their father’s garden which later became theirs and thought because it was theirs, they were in control of it, Allah showed them that He has power over all things. He is in control.
- Everything we intend to do we should say InshaAllah. Though InshaAllah is not something we can utter when we intend to do wrong right?
- When one spoke up against the evil plan they had, he was shut down – Just because people do not agree with you on the path of truth and goodness doesn’t mean you have to go with the flow.
- When the garden was destroyed, they blamed each other – We are never ready to take responsibility for our deeds.
- No matter how well we plan, we cannot out plan or outsmart Allah. He is indeed the best of planners.
- Man is weak – They made their plan and fell asleep with a sense of safety and security while Allah executed His plan. We often do not realize the blessings Allah has bestowed upon us. We go to sleep and wake up and our houses and homes are all intact. Alhamdulilah.
- The shame of sin – They set out early and quietly so no one would see them. It was their garden and their harvest and they could have done as they liked with it.
- They not only repented but asked for something better – They suffered a loss in the Dunya (their garden) but they gained more than what they lost. They gained the awareness of Allah.
- The ‘dunya’ version of the punishment was a blessing as it helped them see the truth and turn back to Allah.
- The punishment of the Akhira is greater – No matter what we think we are going through. We would rather be on the side of those who by the mercy of Allah enter Jannah. Whatever we think we cannot handle now, the punishment of the Akhira is worse.
- When presented with two choices; to give or not to give, GIVE.
- I should always stay on the path of truth and goodness, even if no one agrees with me. I should not do bad things simply because I don’t want to stand out.
- Anything I intend to do and do not feel comfortable saying InshaAllah is not worth doing.
- When something happens that upsets me, I should find the error in my own ways. What could I have done differently to avoid me feeling like this or that would have prevented so-and-so from hurting me?
- Gratitude log: Alhamdulillah for my home and my house, and the fact that I have somewhere to call a home.