Have you heard the Story of the Bus number 35?
This story was told to me by Sheikh Fakhriy al Qaisi:
Sheikh Fakhriy al Qaisi’s Tale
Once, he heard about a man in Iraq, who was in hospital and who had broken both his arms and legs. Rumour spread about this man. And the Islamic culture favours visiting the sick. And so the Sheikh found himself visiting the man with the broken arms and legs. The Sheikh saw many people, paying their respects to him, and they made dua’at for him. When eventually the Sheikh made his way to him, the man said, jokingly, that the Sheikh was probably jealous because of the attention (and dua’at) he was gaining from the people rather than the sheikh. Or perhaps this was a sarcastic remark at his own condition. Regardless, the Sheikh asked the man what happened to him – how did he get himself into such a condition?
The Hospitalised Man’s Tale
The man said:
1. Is the Test based on our choice between good and bad?
Yes. Some trials are in order to distinguish the believers from the disbelievers:
“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested.
And We indeed tested those who were before them. And ALLAH will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although ALLAH knows all that before putting them to test)” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:2-3]
- The sin of disobeying Allah subhana wa ta’ala’s Order/ Obligation – e.g. not doing salah… or
- The sin of doing an act that Allah subhana wa ta’ala has forbidden – e.g. doing zina (a great sin)
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