Virtue 7 – The One who donates and supports it
Every person should have a wish and desire to visit the three blessed Masjids (Al Haram in Makkah, Al Masjid An Nabawi in Madeenah and Al Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem) as often as possible.
Regarding visiting Al Masjid Al Aqsa, we find a Hadeeth in which once our Beloved Nabi ﷺ was talking about Baitul Maqdis (Al Masjid Al Aqsa), and said:
“… Go and pray there, for one prayer there is like one thousand prayers elsewhere.”
Sayyidah Maymunah رضي الله عنها who has initially started the conversation by asking about Al Baitul Maqdis asked: “What if I cannot travel and go there?”
Our Beloved Nabi ﷺ replied: “Then send a gift (Donation) of oil to light its lamps, for whoever does that is like one who goes there.”
(Ibn Majah, Hadeeth 1407)
This Hadeeth shows reminds us of the virtue of visiting Al Aqsa and gives us a great motive to donate as this not only will bring us the reward of Sadaqah but it will also be a substitute for us not being able to visit.
Hands Spread a Begger I stand
By (Mawlana) Junayd Makda
Standing before You helpless and weak
Hands spread within my sorrows I cry
I have no place to go but to You
A lost and lonely soul searching You
Exhausted from all my worldly endeavours,
Seeming to find not what I search
Feeling ever distant from my heart’s yearn
Losing myself within all my own desires
Finding all my efforts to be of lost cause
Such time far from (You) expect what else can I
Alas, realise have I finally to stop and turn
For all else can give me not what I seek
There is deep and dark emptiness within me
A thirst which quench I can not alone
A surrender of hope and lack of strength
I stand at Your door finally O Rab
I beg You to glance at my sorry state
Watch the tears of a begger upon cheeks
Hands emptied and weakened by life’s journey
But holding tight to Your rope of hope
Fill me O Allah, fulfil all of what I ask
Return not these hands empty, despondent
Travelled have they long with endless failures
But arrived finally at your door my Rab
Shower Your mercies and wash away my wrongs
Envelope me in Your forgiveness so vast
Leave me not within such a sorry state
Forgive me O Allah, forgive me
When a person reflects over all the times he/she has been hurt, let down, left disappointed or heartbroken, it’s not hard to see that no matter how hard a person tries behind something or someone, there is always the possibility of being hurt at the end of it.
Sometimes it is because of a lack of sincerity, while at other times simply down to everyone’s own circumstances or preferences. Love, friendship and commitment are seldomly truly appreciated, and rarely something people give sacrifice for and so the heartache.
So what then? What can a person do?
In this poem, we beautifully remind ourselves of life’s journey full of hurt and pain and reminds us no matter how far we drift the only One Who will never hurt or let us down is indeed Allah Ta’ala. So why not try behind Him?