“I saw a man from among my Ummah”

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:


“The Messenger of Allah (saw) came out to us one day. He stood before us and said:

‘Last night I saw something amazing. I saw a man from among my Ummah to whom the Angel of death came to seize his soul, but his honoring of his parents came and kept the Angel of death away from him.

‘I saw a man whose torment of the grave was about to come upon him, and his wudu (ablution before prayers) came and saved him from that.

‘I saw a man from my Ummah whom the devils had seized, but his remembrance of Allah came and banished the devils from him.

‘I saw a man from my Ummah whom the Angels of torment had seized, but his prayer came and saved him from them.

‘I saw a man from my Ummah tormented by thirst. Every time he approached the cistern, he was pushed back, then his Ramadan fasting came and gave him to drink and quenched his thirst.

‘I saw a man from my Ummah, and I saw the Prophets sitting in circles.
Every time he approached a circle he was repulsed, then his doing ghusl (full ablution) to cleanse himself from janaabah (impurity) came, took him by the hand and brought him to sit beside me.

‘I saw a man from my Ummah in front of whom was darkness, behind him was darkness, to his right was darkness,to his left was darkness and above and beneath him was darkness. He was stumbling in darkness; then his Hajj and Umrah came and brought him out from that darkness into the light.

‘I saw a man from among my Ummah trying to protect himself with his hands from the flames and sparks of Fire, then his sadaqah (giving in charity) came and formed a barrier between him and the fire and shielded him.

‘I saw a man from my Ummah speaking to believers but they did not speak to him. Then his upholding of family ties came and said: “O Muslims he used to uphold ties of kinship so speak to him.” then the believers spoke to him and shook hands with him and he with them.

‘I saw a man from among my Ummah whom the guards of Hell had seized, then his enjoining of what was good and forbidding of what was evil came and seized him from them, and brought him to be with the Angels of mercy.

‘I saw man from among my Ummah kneeling down, with a screen between him and Allah. Then his good manners and attitude (adab) came and took him by the hand and brought him before Allah.

‘I saw a man from among my Ummah teetering at the edge of Hell, but his hope in Allah came and saved him from that and he moved on.

‘I saw a man from among my Ummah who had reached the gates of Paradise but the gates were locked and he was shut out. Then his testimony (Shahadah) that there is no God except Allah came and opened the gates for him and admitted him to Paradise.’”

– A hadith (saying) of the Prophet (pbuh) narrated by Abdur Rahmaan ibn Samurah.
Ya Haqq!


9 Responses to “I saw a man from among my Ummah”

  1. ovie says:

    Salaam, thank you for posting this..

  2. Mignon says:

    This is an excellent paradigm for all of us who seek perfection in obedience to the Divine call.

  3. Abdur Rahman says:

    My salams to you Irving bhai

    Allah! This is a beautiful hadith. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you and yours are well, by God’s grace

  4. Maithri says:

    Beautiful words dear brother,

    Blessings of peace and light to you and yours, M

  5. shirley says:

    I read this to my children. They were enthralled and said they would remember it. Thank you for bringing it to us.

  6. E A Holland says:

    This is beautiful.

  7. kamarulaz6 says:

    This made my eyes well with delight… thank you.

  8. oreeda says:

    Assalam u alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu
    please lease please

    could u tell me the reference book (Bukhari, Muslim, Nawawi)
    Please Please Plesae

    JazakAllahu Khair

  9. Irving says:

    In my research, I have found that this is a hadith that Ibn Taymiyah regarded as very important! It is authentic in some accounts, and a weak hadith in others. Allah knows the truth.
    It is also narrated by Al-Haafiz Abu Moosa al-Madeeni in his book “Al-Targeeb fi’l-khisaal al-munjiyah wa’l-Tarheeb min al-Khilaal al-Murdiyah”. His book is based entirely on this hadith, on which it is a commentary. He said it is narrated from Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyid by ‘Amr ibn Aazar and ‘Ali ibn Zayd ibn Jad’aan and Hilaal Abu Jablah… You can find the hadith in the book “World of Jinns” by Umar Al-Ashqar, but as far as which kitab it is in, i do not know. I will keep searching for you :)

    Ya Haqq!

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