Hadith Number Four

Chapter 01 - Encouragement towards performing Hajj, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj) / Saturday, October 24th, 2009

“Hazrat Talhaa R.A. reports that Rasulullah (Salallaho Alaihi Wassallam) said: “Apart from the day of the battle of Bader there is no day on which the Shaytaan is seen more humiliated, more rejected. More depressed and more infuriated, than on the day of Arafaat, and indeed all that is only because of beholding the abundance of descending mercy (on that day) and Allah’s forgiveness of the great sins of the servants”. (Mishkaat)

It seems only logical that shaytaan should, on this day, be so infuriated, humiliated and defeated. Throughout his life, all his energies had been directed at diverting people from the straight path and now after all his endeavors to make his mission a success he now sees the wave of mercy, which destroys his whole life’s effort and ambition, when Allah forgives their faults and sins. In one Hadith, Rasulullah Sal’am says that Shaytaan orders his evil army of soldiers to await the pilgrims along the roads by which they come and to mislead them. (Knazul Ummaal)

Hazrat Imam Ghazali R.A. relates the happening of a saintly Sufi with great psychic experience who saw Shaytaan on the day of Arafaat, Shaytaan appeared very weak, pale in color, tears dripping from his eyes. He was bent forward, unable to stand up straight. The Sufi asked him: “What cause you to cry?” Shaytaan said: “I cry because the pilgrims have gathered here before the door of the Lord without any other purpose. I fear that the Holy Master will not allow them to return from her disappointed. This makes me cry”. The Sufi then asked: “But why have you gone so thin and weak?” Shaytaan replied: “It is from the sounds of the horses hooves, which are heard all the time in the way of Allah (Hajj, Aumra and Jihaad). Oh! How I wish that these people should roam around in anyway committing indecencies and evil. Then I will really rejoice”. The Sufi then inquired “and why are you so pale in color?” Shaytaan replied: ” I see people advising one another to do good, and I see them helping each other to do good. Oh! How I would rejoice, should they assist each other in the doing of evil as they are helping one another now.” The Sufi asked. “Why is your back bent forward like this?” Shaytaan replied: “All the time one hears them crying. ‘O Lord! Make my ending a righteous one’. Now, when one is all the time concerned about his righteous ending, then when shall his good deeds ever be destroyed?”

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