Deep reflection which causes the eyes to cry
وعن أبي أمامة صدي بن عجلان الباهلي، رضي الله عنه ، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “ليس شئ أحب إلى الله تعالى من قطرتين وأثرين: قطرة دموع من خشية الله، وقطرة دم تهراق في سبيل الله، وأما الأثران: فأثر في سبيل الله تعالى، وأثر في فريضة من فرائض الله تعالى” ((رواه الترمذي.وقال حديث حسن)
“There is nothing more beloved to Allah than two drops. The teardrop that falls from the fear of Allah, and the drop of blood shed in the Path of Allah.” (Hasan, reported by at-Tirmidhi)
وعن ابن عباس، رضي الله عنهما قال: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: “عينان لا تمسهما النار عين بكت من خشية الله، وعين باتت تحرس في سبيل الله” ((رواه الترمذي وقال: حديث حسن. )
Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “Two eyes will never be touched by the fire of Hell; an eye which weeps out of Fear of Allah and an eye which spends the night in guarding in the Cause of Allah .” [At-Tirmidhi].
How do I cry?
The word in Arabic for eye is ‘ayn – this is the same word for spring and our teacher would explain that this is because a spring is only a spring while water comes from it and if it stops, it is just a mound of earth. Similarly, the eye is only an eye when it cries – when it loses its ability to cry, it is just a dry weight. The water of the spring removes the impurity of this world, while the water of the eye removes the impurity of the heart. The water of the spring has the ability to extinguish the fire of this world and the water of the eye extinguishes the fire of the Hereafter.
How did the Prophet (SAW) and the early generations reflect?
When the Prophet(SAW) read “If You should punish them – indeed they are Your servants; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise”. [Quran 5:118], he cried so much. This was the dua of Prophet Isa (AS) when asking for mercy and forgiveness for their own people. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was racked with worry thinking about the fate of his Ummah and raises his hand, crying and saying:
Allahumma Ummati, Allahumma Ummati – O Allah my Ummah, O Allah my Ummah.
Allah (SAW) at this point, told Jibreel to go to the Prophet (SAW) and ask him why is he crying (of course Allah knew why). So Jibreel came and asked the Prophet (SAW), the Prophet replied,
I am crying thinking for my Ummah, thinking of what will be their fate.
So Jibreel went back and Allah said to him,
O Jibreel, go back to Muhammad and tell him, we are going to please you for your Ummah. And we are not going to cause you any irritation. [Sahih Muslim]
- Bukaa ul khawf – crying from fear
- Bukaa ur Rahma – crying from Mercy
- Bukaa ul muhabba – crying from love like that of a parent with their child
- Bukaa ul farh – crying from joy like Abu Bakr (RA) finding out he was to blessed with the companionship of the Prophet(SAW) during hijrah
- Bukaa ul jaz’a – crying from terror
- Bukaa ul huzn – crying from grief
- Bukaa ul khawf wad dha’f – crying from weakness
- Bukaa un nifaaq – tears of hypocrisy crying but without any fear in your heart
- Bukaa ul musta’aar – tears on hire who were requested when someone
- Bukaa um min khashyatillah – tears for the sake of Allah(SWT)
How long has it been since these eyes cried for the sake of Allah(SWT)?
Mufti Taqi Usmani wrote this couplet while sitting before the Ka’bah:
Ye aanke khushk he yaa Rabb – inne rowna nahay aatha
laghta dhaag he dil me jinne dhowna nahay aatha
My Lord, my eyes have gone dry and have lost their ability to cry
and as a result of that I have this burning marks of sins that I just can’t wash away
As the Urdu poet said Aansow kee zabaan haw meri turjumaan O my Lord, let a point come in my life where my words stop and my tears speak on behalf of the state of my heart.
Ramadan Reminder 2018 series – the Taqwa toolbox