Ustaz Amin Yusuf: The Story of Rabi’atul Adawiyah (r.a)’s Father

The following is an excerpt of Ustaz Amin Yusuf’s lecture at The Sacred Path of Love Retreat 2012. 


Do you remember who Rabi’atul Adawiyah is? Rabi’atul Adawiyah came from a very poor family. So when Rabi’atul Adawiyah’s mother conceived her, her family was having problems – they had no money to buy necessities for the newborn. So her mother asked Rabi’atul Adawiyah’s father to ask from the neighbours some money so that they can buy some clothes and milk for the newborn, Rabi’atul Adawiyah but he said, “I am shy to ask from people for I have told myself to ask from none other than Allah.” So once at night, what does a servant do when he needs help? Du’a. What else? Solat Hajat. If you can see, prayer is the mediator for you to reach Allah s.w.t – you have dhuhaa prayer for what? For Rizq. You can’t make up your options, you have Istihara. You have needs, you have salatul hajat.

So the father of Rabi’atul Adawiyah did salatul hajat. After performing it, he fell asleep. In his sleep, he dreamt of the Prophet (s.a.w) and the Prophet told him not to worry as he (s.a.w) will help him. The Prophet (s.a.w) told him to go to the governor of Basra and inform him that every night he would recite salawat upon him (s.a.w) a hundred times and on Fridays, he would recite four hundred times. However, last Friday, he forgot and as compensation, the governor ought to provide the father of Rabi’atul Adawiyah 400 dinars.

So when the father of Rabi’atul Adawiyah woke up, he cried. At the same time he was happy. Happy because he dreamt of the Prophet (s.a.w) and secondly, his monetary problems will be solved. Hence, he wrote a letter to the governor of Basra and told him of his dream. So the governor replied and in his reply, he cried as well but was happy. Why did he cry? He cried because he forgot to send salawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w) last Friday. And why was he happy? Because all this while, Rasulullah s.a.w knows that he (governor of Basra) has been offering salawat upon him (s.a.w). And hence, the governor of Basra gave 400 dinars to the father of Rabi’atul Adawiyah.

Now the question that arises, how did Rasulullah s.a.w know about all thise? Firstly, Allah s.w.t mentioned in the Qur’an, “…fasayarallahu ‘amalakum warasuluhu walmu’minoon.. (for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers) [At-Tawbah:105]” All the deeds that you do, everything will be shown to Allah s.w.t and then to who? The Prophet (s.a.w) and then to who? The Righteous Believers. The tafseer of this ayah – “fasayarallahu ‘amalakum “ – of course, Allah s.w.t knows all of your deeds. “’Alam ya’lam bi annallaha yara (Does he not know that Allah sees?) [Al-Alaq:14]” No doubt about this. Secondly, “warasuluhu” – so when Rabi’atul Adawiyah’s father had a problem, Rasulullah s.a.w knows. When the governor of Basra stops giving salawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w), he (s.a.w) knows. This shows that all of our amal, Rasulullah s.a.w knows. In the sharah of Dala’il Khayrat, Shaykh Yusuf al Nabhani  (Rh)( d 1350 AH/ 1932 ) related the hadith, “God, without any doubt, has angels that roam the earth and convey to me the greetings of my community.” [Hadīth, recorded by Tirmidhi].

So in Madinah, as we are giving Salawat upon the Prophet s.a.w, the angels are giving the Prophet (s.a.w) a report that Fulan bin Fulan from so and so is giving Salawat upon you ‘O Rasulullah. At the same time, there are angels as mentioned in a hadith, “Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates from Rasulullah (s.a.w) that there is a group of angels who patrol the earth and wherever they find any gathering of Zikr (remembrance of Allah) they call out to each other and form a circle around this gathering that reaches to the sky.”

So Allah and His Messenger (s.a.w) knows and Rabi’atul Adawiyah’s father is an example of a good servant who does not attachments in his life to know that Allah s.w.t will help him but you must have this linkage to Allah. Through what? Through night vigil prayer to attain closeness to him.

Ramadan is a month like no other. The deeds, experiences, spiritual states and openings we are blessed with in this holy month through the mercy of Allah, bring with them a sense of focused tranquility that is often unmatched at any other time of the year. In essence, Ramadan is a school of positive transformation that is founded upon rigorous physical, mental and emotional discipline.

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