By Mawlana Junayd Makda Sahib
Story of Musa alayhis salam and his neighbour in Jannah
Musa عليه السلام once asked Allah Ta’ala that who will be my neighbour in Jannah? Allah Ta’ala informed him that his neighbour will be a butcher.
Musa عليه السلام was surprised and wanted to meet this man, to see what special qualities he had.
Allah Ta’ala informed him where to find this man. So Moosa عليه السلام travelled to this place and he found the man by a river, selling meat.
Musa عليه السلام watched from a distance to see what was so special about this man. He saw the man cut meat and from the meat, he had cut he would keep a small part and sell the rest.
Musa عليه السلام approached this man in the late afternoon, saying, I am a traveller, and I need a place to stay. May I accompany you? The man replied, Yes, you may follow me, but please don’t mind, as I will be busy after we get home. You will need to wait until I have finished preparing a few things.
Once I am done, I will be able to give you more attention.
When they reached the man’s home, they entered and the man lowered a large basket from an elevated platform. In the basket was a frail, elderly woman. He carried the basket down to the river, where he bathed her, washed her clothes, dressed her, combed her hair, and put perfume on her.
The butcher then sat her by the fire as he cooked for her the best quality meat he had. As soon as the meat was ready, he began to cut the meat and chewed on pieces of it. Once it was soft enough, he placed the meat into this old woman’s mouth. With every bite, her lips would move with some words of du’a.
After she was content, he brought the basket and returned it to the platform, and she fell asleep. He now turned to Musa عليه السلام by first welcoming him and offering to attend to his needs. Musa Alayhis salam asked who the woman was. ‘This is my mother’ the man replied. How long have you been serving her? ‘Ten years’. ‘When you feed her, what does she whisper?’ asked Musa عليه السلام.
‘She makes du’a for me’ replied the man.
‘Yes, but what du’a?’ Musa alayhis salam asked.
She says, ‘O Allah, make my son with the prophets of Allah.’