Monday, 31 December 2012



 رحمه الله تعالى:

Upon a visit to Makkah for the purpose of performing the ‘umra in approximately the year 2005, we approached the Shaikh whilst he was sitting at his usual location in al-Masjid al-Haram. We proceeded to greet the Shaikh and ask concerning his health and general well-being. The Shaikh had been sitting reciting the Qur’an prior to our arrival, however he had momentarily ceased his recitation to greet us…after a moment or two once the greetings had concluded, and perhaps a short question or two had been asked and answered, the Shaikh turned to us and said [paraphrased];
“Please excuse me, please excuse me but I need to return to the recitation of the Qur’an….I am an old man now….my days are nearing the end, the grave is close….
please allow me to gather my deeds in this remaining opportunity by way of reciting the Qur’an, for indeed every letter recited is 10 rewards……”
By Allah, the softness of the voice in which he spoke and the expression upon his face, a man of the Sunnah in his 90′s “requesting” from a group of youth some 60 years younger than him permission to continue reciting the Book of Allah, it was sufficient for every individual to embrace silence and leave the Shaikh in peace to continue upon his worship….whilst at the same time contemplating our own state of affairs in our worship and our shortcomings.
So indeed, the one who wishes to contemplate will certainly find admonishment in the example of one of the slaves of Allah – the noble Shaikh Mohammad bin abdul-Wahhab al-Banna – at an age only years from a century – remaining firm upon his obedience and finding the energy and strength to perform his worship, not desiring that any moment be taken from that time.
Certainly, this is the same as the example of the Salaf us-Salih, for indeed the one who contemplates their biographies recognises the value and importance of time. This religion, is indeed, knowledge and actions.

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