Wednesday, May 23

Preserved as signs for future generations

Rasulullah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam was traveling with an army, and they passed by the ruins of Thamud. So, some of the Sahaba went in and they took some water from the wells of Thamud, and they made some bread, actually they mixed some flour with that water and they made some bread, and they brought some of that water. Rasululllah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam told them "Don't eat from that bread, feed it to the camels, and throw out the water that you brought, and do not go into there except if you are going to cry". Today when we go into the ruins of Thamud, or the ruins of Firaun(Pharoah), or the ruins of the Romans, or the ruins of the Greeks, we go and we smile and we take pictures. And we are fascinated with the civilizations of the Romans, and the Greeks, and of Firaun and the advancement of humanity. Rasulullah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam is saying that water that you brought from Thamud, don't even drink it, and that bread don't feed it to your self's, feed it to the camels, because it's evil. And don't go in there, in Thamud, except if you are going to cry.

Why? Because you are going in there benefiting from the ib'ra. Why would you cry? Because you would look at what happened to these people when they disbelieved, and you would fear Allah subhana wa ta'ala and you would ask Allah to save you so you would cry. So if you're gonna go in there and be impressed with their civilizationals don't go in, but if you're going to go and learn the lesson, if you're going to go there and contemplate, and think about what happened to the non-believers, even though they were wealthy and powerful and strong, if you're going to go there with that mentality and thinking, then go in. That is completely opposite of what the people today do.

Unfortunately some Muslims are even proud with the Firaunic so called civilization, subhan'Allah, Muslims can be proud with Firaun? Firaun athraya, the worst evil in Qur'an, Firaun, and we will be impressed with the civilization of Firaun? Firaun is a symbol of evil, Allah subhan wa ta'ala gave us a symbol of haqq (truth), Musa (alayhi salaam) and on the other side the symbol of evil was Firaun, and the battle, and the conflict between Musa and Firaun was a battle and conflict between haqq(truth) and baatil(falsehood), and then we go and choose the side of Firaun?

That is how we should deal with these ruins, Allah subhana wa ta'ala left them behind for a reason, these are left behind for a reason, so that we would learn the message, so that we can see a physical presentation in front of us of how Allah subhana wa ta'ala has destroyed the non-believers, physical representation, so we read it in Qur'an then we can see it in the actual example.

Taken from: Lives of the Prophets - Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki

1 comment:

afzal said...

wise words...
I took up this issue once...apparently tourism is more important to Husni Mubarak than Deen...
i doubt there's more then a few people on this entire earth who cry when the stroms fear of the torment that was cast upon the thamud,being cast upon us too.