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The True Treasure (Repentance Story)

A burglar scaled the wall of Malik ibn Dinar’s house one night and easily managed to get inside. Once inside the house, the thief was disappointed to see that there was nothing inside actually worth stealing. The owner of the home was inside at the time, he was busy performing prayer. Realizing that he was not alone, Malik quickly ended his prayer and turned around to face the thief. Without showing any sign of being shocked or afraid, Malik calmly extended greetings of peace and then said, My brother, may Allah forgive you. You entered my home and found nothing that is worth taking, yet I do not want you to leave my home without taking away some benefit.

He stood up, went to another part of the room, and came back with a jug full of water. He looked into the eyes of the burglar and said, Make ablution and perform two units of prayer, for if you do so, you will leave my home with a greater treasure than you had initially sought when you entered it.

Much humbled by Malik’s manners and words, the thief said, “Yes, that is a generous offer indeed.”

After making ablution and performing two units of prayer, the burglar said,

O Malik, would you mind if I stayed for a while, for I want to stay to perform two more units of prayer?

Malik said, “Stay for whatever amount of prayer Allah decrees for you to perform now.”

The thief ended up spending the entire night at Malik’s house. He continued to pray until the morning. Then Malik said, “Leave now and be good.”

But instead of leaving, the thief said, “Would you mind if I stayed here with you today, for I have made an intention to fast the day?”

“Stay as long as you wish,” said Malik.

The burglar ended up staying for a number of days, praying during the late hours of each night and fasting throughout the duration of each day. When he finally decided to leave, the burglar said, “O Malik, I have made a firm resolve to repent for my sins and for my former way of life.”

Malik said, “Indeed, that is in the Hand of Allah.”

The man did mend his ways and began to lead a life of righteousness and obedience to Allah. Later on, He came across another burglar he knew. [His friend] said to him, “Have you found your treasure yet?”

He said,

My brother, what I found is Malik ibn Dinar. I went to steal from him, but it was he who ended up stealing my heart. I have indeed repented to Allah, and I will remain at the door [of His Mercy and Forgiveness] until I achieve what his obedient, loving slaves have achieved. (Al-Mawaa’idh wal-Majalis: 85)

I Am Tired Now!

Physical discomfort is one of the excuses people put forward for not following the religion of Allah. For example, a person who is unwilling to worship Allah claims to be ill when he is really perfectly healthy. He tries to use this to deceive himself and those around him, and fails to fulfill his responsibilities. Such a person should never forget that Allah knows everything.

No human act or thought is a secret from Allah the Almighty. Allah knows every thought that crosses a person’s mind, everything he feels in his heart and everything which is hidden in his subconscious. As the Qur’an tells us, {… Allah knows what your hearts contain.} (Aal `Imran 3: 119)

However, although they are given the opportunity to earn Allah’s approval and attain Paradise, people who are far removed from the morality of the Qur’an prefer to set aside their worship using illness as their excuse and follow their own selfish desires. In return for this insincerity, they will receive bitter torment in the Hereafter because the excuses they offer for not carrying out Allah’s instructions are dishonest.

For people who really do have physical ailments, a number of concessions are provided in the Qur’an. For example, fasting is one of the religious duties which Allah has made compulsory. Consequently, people are obliged to carry out this instruction. In the Qur’an, Allah tells us clearly about situations in which people may be exempt from this form of worship:

{Fasting is prescribed] for a specified number of days. But any of you who are ill or on a journey should fast a number of other days.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 184)

A later verse, reminds us that He always wants ease for His servants:

{Allah desires ease for you; He does not desire difficulty for you. You should complete the number of days and proclaim Allah’s greatness for the guidance He has given you so that hopefully you will be thankful.} (Al-Baqarah: 185)

As can be seen from this example, there is always an easy way for those who believe sincerely in Allah because the religion of Allah is extremely simple. Allah does not want any difficulties for people who wish to live by His religion. It is Allah Who knows best what will be difficult for people and how to lighten their load, and in the Qur’an He tells us that He will not impose on anybody beyond the limit of his strength:

{Allah desires to make things lighter for you. Man was created weak.} (An-Nisa’ 4: 28)

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