By Mawlana Junayd Makda Sahib
We cannot hide from Allah Ta'ala
Sayyiduna Umar رضي الله عنه was a great leader. He became ruler after the demise of Abubakr رضي الله عنه. During his rule, he would walk the streets of Madeenah at night to check the safety and well-being of the people.
One night while he was doing his rounds of Madeenah, he came across a house wherein there was movement.
A mother and daughter were talking and the conversation could be heard outside the house.
The mother was saying to her daughter: “Let’s add some water to the milk. This will increase the milk. This way we can sell more milk and make more money. You know we are poor and we need the extra money. No one will even know what we did.”
“No,” the daughter said. “It is wrong to do this. Umar رضي الله عنه had also instructed us to refrain from doing this. It is cheating and dishonest!”
The mother said, “Umar رضي الله عنه is not here. He does not know what we are doing.”
The daughter was very pious and so replied: “My mother, true Umar is not here to see what we are doing and he may not come to know anything but Allah Ta’ala is watching us and Allah Ta’ala knows everything.”
She continued explaining “My mother, we must obey Umar رضي الله عنه, even if he is not here,”
She further explained to her mother, “Umar رضي الله عنه may not come to know, but Allah Ta’ala will know as He sees everything and knows everything.”
Sayyiduna Umar رضي الله عنه walked away silently very pleased with the girl’s reply and fear of Allah. He was so impressed by this girl’s piety that he later married his son to her.
This story teaches us to always think of Allah Ta’ala before doing anything. Our parents, teacher, others who look out for us can only advise us and supervise us for short periods of time.
They are all human and so we will always find an opportunity to do something wrong. But Allah Ta’ala is always watching us and there is nowhere to hide from Allah Ta’ala.
So, we must fear Him every time we feel tempted to do something wrong and remind ourselves before we do anything ‘We are being watched’