The Test.

The Test.

As is narrated in a Prophetic Tradition, Allah Thee Almighty sent an angel in the form of a man to three people each of whom suffered from a different bodily defect. The angel came to one of them who had speckles on his face, and asked him: “What is that which you desire most in the world?”
The man replied: “What I desire most is that these speckles on my face disappear so that I may have a beautiful face.
The angel stroked his face with his hand and the man’s face became radiant. Then he asked the man: “Which livestock do you like the most?”
The man replied: “I like a camel the most.”

The angel gave him a young, pregnant camel and prayed: “May Allah bless you with abundance in your livestock.”

Then the angel came to the second man whose defect was baldness and asked him the same questions he had asked the previous man. The bald one said that what he desired most in the world was to have thick, beautiful hair and that he liked a cow the most. The angel stroked his head with his hand and gave him a young, pregnant cow and prayed: “May Allah bless you with abundance in your livestock.”

The third man the angel went to was blind. He wanted to be able to see and said that he liked sheep the most. The angel stroked his eyes with his hand and gave him a young, pregnant sheep, doing the same prayer he had done for the other two men.
Years passed and while the first man had as many camels as to fill a valley, the cattle of the second one could hardly be contained in a desert. As for the third one, his huge flock pastured in vast fields.

In order to test those men, the angel visited them again. He came to the first one in the form of a poor man with speckles on his face and said: “I am a weak, poor man. For the sake of Allah who made your face beautiful, give me a camel so that I may go on my way.” However, the man refused him, saying: “If I am one to give, there are many who will beg.” The angel retorted: “I think I know you. You were once a poor man with a speckled face. People despised you. Then Allah removed the speckles from your face and made you rich.”
The man replied: “It is not as you say. I inherited these camels from my father.”
The angel contradicted him and cursed him, saying: “You are telling lies. May Allah make you as you were before.”

The angel left the man and went to the second one. That one treated the angel as the first one had. The angel cursed him also and left.

Then, he went to the third one, the one who had been blind, and said: “I am a poor traveler. My families are suffering hunger at home. For the sake of the One who opened your eyes, please give me a sheep so that we may be satisfied.”
The blind man answered him: “I was once blind and poor. Allah Almighty opened my eyes and made me rich out of His Grace.  All that you see are Allah’s bounties on me. Take whichever and however many you wish. The sheep are yours, not mine.”
The angel concluded: “Let your sheep be yours. This was a test. You have succeeded, while the other two failed. They have deserved Allah’s wrath and chastisement.”

“There is no hardship which afflicts a Muslim but that Allah expiates with it some sin of his – even a thorn which pricks him.” (Al-Bukhari)

“How amazing is the affair of the believer! Everything which happens is good for him. And that is for no one except the believer. When he encounters good times and ease, he gives thanks and that is good for him and if he encounters hardship he is steadfast and that is good for him.” (Muslim)

“O’Allah! Grant us Your mercy before Your trials. Make us among those who give thanks for all that You give and render what is due upon them for Your sake. Make us among those who remain steadfast in the face of Your trials and forgive us our sins. Our Lord! Do not hold us responsible if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord! Do not place upon us burdens like those You placed on those who came before us. Our Lord! Do not place upon us that which is beyond our ability. And pardon us. And forgive us. And have mercy on us. You are our Protector. Aameen Thuma Aameen.”

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3 comments on “The Test.

  1. Assalamoalaikum

    My son’s name is also Zakariyya, the older one, MashaAllah. He’s 7 years old and he too, loves to learn about religion, a lot and also tells his non muslim friends, SubhanAllah!

    I shall print this out for him, JazakAllah again.

  2. Assalamoalaikum,
    JazakAllah f or sharing this story in english, I had read it a few times in urdu in Bahishti Zewar, Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s book.

    JazakAllah for the reminder..

    • muslimah says:

      As sala’amu alaikum
      To share is my pleasure. To quote my 2½ year old nephew Muhammed Zakariyyah, (when he is taught something new,apart from saying “Jazakumullah for teaching me” or is giving something) “Sharing is caring.”
      Walaikum as Salaam
      “O Allah, make my love for You the most beloved thing to me, and Your displeasure with me the most fearful thing to me, and instill in me a passion for meeting You; when you have given the people of the world the pleasures of their world, make the coolness of my eyes (pleasure) in worshipping You. Aameen Thuma Aameen”

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