Abu Dharr al-Ghifari, radiallahu anhu, said that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim wa ala alihi, said, “Do you know what saddens me and what I am thinking and longing for?”
We said, “Oh Messenger of Allah inform us of that.”
He said, “I will tell you insha’Allah.” Then he sighed deeply and continued, “It is my yearning for my brothers who will come after me.”
I said, “Oh Messenger of Allah are we not your brothers?”
He said, “No, you are my companions and my brothers will come after me. Their situation is the situation of the prophets; they are a people who flee from their fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters and all their relations desiring the pleasure of Allah. They will abandon their property to Allah and humble themselves to Allah. They will not covet nor lust the superfluity of this world. They will gather in one of the houses of Allah as if they were exiles and you would see them sad from fear of the Fire and love of the Garden. Who knows their worth with Allah? There is no property or kinship between them but they are more compassionate to each other than the solicitude of the son for the father, the father for the son and the brother for the brother.
Here is my longing for them. They will free themselves from the trouble of this world and its blessing by saving themselves from the punishment of eternity and entering the Garden for the pleasure of Allah. Know, Oh Abu Dharr, one of them has the reward of seventy at Badr.
Oh Abu Dharr, one of them is more precious to Allah than everthing created on the face of the earth. Their hearts go to Allah and their deeds belong to Allah. If one of them becomes ill he has the credit of the ‘ibadah of a thousand years, fasting it days and praying its nights. Do you wish I tell you more, Abu Dharr?
I said, “Yes, tell us more Oh Messenger of Allah.”
He said, “When one of them dies, it is as if what is in the heavens of this world died because of his merit with Allah. Do you want me to say more?”
I said, “Yes Oh Messenger of Allah, tell me more.”
He said, “If one of them is hurt by a louse in his garment, with Allah he has the reward of forty Hajj’s and forty Umra’s and forty Ghazwas and the manumission of forty souls of the descendents of Isma’il and twelve thousand will enter in his intercession.”
The Prophet said, “Do you wonder at my words; do you want me to say more?”
Abu Dharr said, “Tell us more.”
So the Prophet said, “Abu Dharr if one of them desires one of the desires of this world and is patient and does not seek it, he has recompense through the report of his family. Ah! Then he sighs and is sad and Allah writes two million good deeds for him with every sigh and effaces two million evil deeds and raises him two million degrees. Do you want me to tell you more, Abu Dharr?”
I said, “My beloved Messenger of Allah tell me more.”
He said, “If one of them is patient with his companions and does not interrupt them and is patient in their hunger and the strength of their grief, he has the reward of seventy of those who did Ghazida at Tabuk. Do you want me to tell you more?”
I said, “Tell us more.”
He said, “If one of them puts his head on the ground and moans ‘Ah’, the angels of the seven heavens weep because of their compassion for him and Allah asks, ‘Oh my angels why are you weeping?’ They will reply, ‘Oh our Lord, we weep as your wali is on the ground moaning in his pain.’ Allah will say, ‘Oh my angels let you be witness that I am pleased with my slave as he is patient in affliction and does not ask for ease.’ The angels will say, ‘Oh our God and Master do not afflict misfortune on your slave and friend after he has said, ‘Ah’. He will say, ‘Oh my angels my friend is like one of the prophets with Me. If my friend makes supplication of Me and seeks intercession by my disposition, I grant it to him by more than seventy thousand. My slave and friend has what he wants in My Garden. Oh my angels by my Might and Glory, I am the Most Merciful to my friend. I am better for him than capital for the merchant and profit to the earner. In the Next World my friend will not be punished nor will there be any fear on him.’”
Then the Messenger of Allah said, “There is blessedness Oh Abu Dharr, if one of them prays two rak’ats among his companions it is more precious with Allah than a man who worshipped Him on Mount Lebanon until the time of Nuh. Do you wish I should tell you more Abu Dharr?”
“If one of them glorifies Allah it is better for him than if the mountains of the world became gold for him. A glance at one of them is dearer than a glance at the blessed House of Allah. If one of them dies in affliction among his companions he has the reward of one killed between the Maqam and the Corner and he has the reward of one who dies in the House of Allah, and he makes him enter the Garden. Do you want me to tell you more?”
I said, “Yes.”
He said, “People confined and weighed down with sins will sit with them and they will not depart until Allah looks at them, has mercy on them and forgives them because of their esteem with Allah.”
The Prophet said, “The negligent one among them is better with Allah than a thousand diligent ones from other than them, Oh Abu Dharr. Their laughter is ibadah; their joy is tasbih; their sleep is sadaqah and their breaths are jihad. Allah looks at them three times a day. Oh Abu Dharr I am longing for them.”
The he closed his eyes and wept with yearning and said, “Ya Allah, protect them and give them victory over whoever opposes them and do not forsake them and let my eye be delighted with them on the Day of Rising. Surely Allah’s friends, no fear shall be upon them, neither shall they grieve.”