The Simplest Equation of Life:
I’ll Remember You!”
(M. Javed Naseem)
فَٱذْكُرُونِيۤ أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَٱشْكُرُواْ لِى وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ
“Therefore, remember Me, I will
remember you! Give thanks to Me,
and reject not Me.”
In today’s busy lifestyle and materialistic culture, people (especially the old parents) complain that others (especially their successful children) don’t remember them any more. They forgot everything what we did for them. In most cases they are right.
It’s human nature that when we are at ease, having good time and enjoying life, we generally don’t remember those who need something or who need us. Sometimes we really forget them and other times we like to forget them. The only One who does not forget you is God.
Allah is your Creator, your Provider, Cherisher and Protector. He never forgets you! He is always there for us in distress when we call Him. It’s only just and reasonable that we all acknowledge Him and be grateful to Him.
The Merciful is just waiting for you to do one little thing for the benefit of others, and He will shower His mercy and blessings on you. He made it very clear in the Quran: If you remember Me, I’ll remember you!
There was once a rich guy who lived in an Arab country. He led a care-free life and his main hobby was drinking in the company of his friends to have good time. People of his neighborhood did not like him, although he was kind at heart. Once, he invited his friends over drinks, as usual, and asked his slave to bring some fruits from the market. He gave him four Dirhams. The slave took four Dirhams and went to the market place. On his way he found the famous sufi saint of the town, Mansour bin Ammar Basri, who was collecting money to help some poor man.
He was saying that anybody who would give four Dirhams for that poor man, Mansour Basri will himself pray to Allah for granting the donor’s four wishes. When the slave heard that, he immediately gave his master’s four Dirhams in charity for the poor man. Mansour Basri acknowledged and asked the slave what his four wishes were. The slave said: “Here is my first wish!
“I have a master who is not very popular among people. I want to get freedom from him.”
Mansour Basri raised his hands and invoked Allah. Then he asked about his second wish.
The slave said that he wanted the substitute of (or the compensation for) those four Dirhams he gave away.
Mansour Basri invoked the Almighty again with a prayer, and asked the slave of his third wish.
The slave said that he wished Allah made his master quit drinking and repent, and accept his repentance too.
Mansour Basri prayed for that also, and asked the slave about his fourth and final wish.
The slave said: Lastly, I would like that Allah grant forgiveness to me, to my master, to you, and to all the people who are present here, and bless them all.
Mansour Basri raised his hands again and prayed for that too.
After that, the slave came back empty handed. He knew that he was going to get a good beating from his master for not bringing what he was sent for.
The master was waiting. He was very upset because of the delay. “What took you so long? And where are the fruits?” he shouted. The slave begged his master to listen to his story before reacting harshly. The master agreed. When the slave started narrating what had happened, the master started laughing.
“Alright, alright! Now tell me about your four wishes”, he asked curiously.
The slave said that his first wish was to get freedom from his master.
The master looked at him with deep eyes, then smiled and said: “Fine! I set you free. You are no more a slave. Now, tell me what were your other wishes!”
The slave said that he wanted to be compensated for those four Dirhams he gave in charity. The master got up and gave the slave a pouch containing four thousand Dirhams, and said: “This is a gift for you.”
The slave was shocked. Then his master asked him about his third wish.
The slave replied that he had wished his master quit drinking and repent to God.
The master said: “I promise you I’ll never drink again, and I repent to God for all my sins. Now, tell me, what was your fourth wish?”
The slave answered that he had asked for God’s forgiveness and blessings for himself, his master, for the wise old man and for the crowd.
The master said: “Now, that is not in my powers.”
That same night, the master saw somebody in his dream. A voice said: “When you did all three things that were in your power, what do you think, We won’t do what is in Our power? You, your slave, Mansour Basri and the crowd, all are forgiven and blessed.”
If you are not touched by this real story, you are a hopeless case! Stand in front of a mirror for a moment and think!
وَتُوبُوۤاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“.. And turn unto Allah together, O believers,
in order that you may succeed.”