Fruits for the Week

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People are reminded many times of the existence of the Garden and the Fire and that they have to get prepared for the afterlife. Yet disbelievers turn a deaf ear to these reminders. Upon facing death, one of the main sources of their regret is the fact that they have led themselves to their destruction. No body force them; they, by their own will, choose this dreadful end for themselves. By the moment of death disbelievers start to suffer from grief. The dreadful fear felt at the time of death is the initial grief of this torment, which Allah illustrates in the Qur’an as follows: “And one leg is entwined with the other: that Day he will be driven to your Lord. He neither affirmed the truth nor did he pray, but rather denied the truth and turned away and then went off to his family, swaggering. Woe to you and woe. Then woe to you, and woe.” (Al-Qiyamah: 29-35)  

Al-Hasan Al-Basri was born in Madinah. His beloved mother was a former bondswoman of Ummu Salamah the Prophet’s wife, and his father Yasar was a former bondsman to Zaid ibn Thabit, one of the scribes of Prophet Muhammad (saw). His real name was Al-Hasan ibn Yasar, but he is better known in history by the name Al-Hasan Al-Basri. He was indeed a very fortunate child, for though he was born after the death of Prophet Muhammad (saw). He was literally brought up in the Prophet’s household; he spent his childhood with his mother’s mistress Ummu Salamah, stayed in constant contact with the other widows of the Prophet, and was educated by their exemplary personalities and conduct and heard first hand reports about the Prophet (saw). 

The Prophet (saw) said: “Every self will taste death. We test you with both good and evil as s trial. And you will be returned to Us.” (Al-Anbiya’: 35)