The Hypocrite Abdullah bin Ubay

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      The Hypocrite Abdullah bin Ubay

      We should not look at anyone as if they are lower than us.
      Nor should we think that they are more evil than us.
      Instead we should look at ourselves, and see where we have fallen short.

      Allah ﷻ has opened for us the Doors of Repentance.

      The biggest calamity is that we think that this door was created and opened for other than us.
      Allah ﷻ says in the Qur’an

      وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ تَعَالَوْا۟ يَسْتَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ رَسُولُ ٱللَّهِ لَوَّوْا۟ رُءُوسَهُمْ

      And when it is said to them [the hypocrites] come, the Messenger of Allah will seek forgiveness for you, they turn their heads

      وَرَأَيْتَهُمْ يَصُدُّونَ وَهُم مُّسْتَكْبِرُونَ

      And you would see their faces turning away with pride.
      It is said that these verses were revealed for the leader of the hypocrites Abdullah ibn Ubayy:
      Qatadah and As-Suddi said, “This Ayah was revealed about Abdullah bin Ubay.”

      In his book, As-Sirah, Muhammad bin Ishaq رحمه الله mentions the story.

      Abdullah ibn Ubayy used to stand every Friday and praise the Prophet ﷺ and order the people to obey him.
      After Uhud, when he deserted with 1/3rd of the army, he tried to do so and some Sahaba admonished him because of his treachery.
      Thus he stormed out of the masjid, and upon leaving some Sahaba enquired about him, and he said “I merely wanted to support him but his companions jumped at me”
      So they replied “Woe to you! Go back so that Allah’s Messenger and ask Allah to forgive you.”
      So he replied “By Allah, I do not wish that he ask Allah to forgive me”
      Refusing to repent, thinking that it is not for us is a sign of arrogance and pride, and the same characteristic that the leader of the hypocrites had!
      Be aware also dear brothers and sisters in Islam, that, among the logical reasons behind Allaah’s love for His slaves is repentance, which is one of His attributes ‘At-Tawwaab’ (the One who accepts repentance).

      We should all think that we are most in need of forgiveness above others.
      Let us not forget and belittle our sins, let them be at the forefront of our minds
      This holds such importance,
      That even Habib Allah, Imam An Nabiyeen Rasool Allah ﷺ used to repent more than 70 times everyday or 100 times (as per another narration)
      Abu Umamah رضي الله عنه reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
      “Verily, the angel on the left side will raise his pen over the error or sin of a Muslim servant for six hours. If he sincerely regrets it and seeks forgiveness from Allah, the angel will throw it aside. Otherwise, he will record it as one sin.”
      [Al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 7765, Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani]
      Prophet ﷺ taught us this profound dua for forgiveness:

      اللَّهُمَّ مَغْفِرَتُكَ أَوْسَعُ مِنْ ذُنُوبِي وَرَحْمَتُكَ أَرْجَى عِنْدِي مِنْ عَمَلِي

      O Allah, your forgiveness is vaster than my sins, and your mercy is more hopeful to me than my deeds

      It is reported that when one of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ repeated this dua the Prophet ﷺ said, “Stand up, for Allah has forgiven you.”
      [Shu’ab al-Imān 6622, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Suyuti]
      Ya Ibn Adam, the door of repentance is open to all and will be until the sun rises from the west.

      May Allah ﷻ make us among those who constantly repent to Him.

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