Sunday, 19 September 2010
The White Bird
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is stated in Durrat an-Naswihin that there used to be a man, during the Caliphate of ‘Umar (r.a.), whose actions were not very good but he used to like reciting swalawat a lot. All the time, whether standing or sitting, he always used to recite swalawat. When it came close to the time of his death, his face turned black. It rotted away so much that whoever saw his face would get terrified. Whilst he was in this awful state, he called out, “Oh Prophet of Allah! I have love for you in my heart and I read swalawat upon you abundantly.”
As soon as he said this, suddenly, a white bird came from the sky and rubbed its wing on the man’s face. Straightaway, the person’s face started to shine and the atmosphere was filled with fragrance. He said the shahadah and his soul was taken away.
When the people were putting him in the grave, an unknown voice was heard saying, “We have Forgiven this person before you have put him in the grave and the swalawat that he has read on Our Beloved has picked him up from his grave and put him in Paradise.”
At night, someone saw him in a dream, walking on the skies and heard him saying this verse of the Qur’an:
Allah and His angels, Send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him and salute him, with all respect. (Surah al-Ahzab:56)