The sweet feeling of turning back to Allah
Imagine, you are riding a camel over the desert and you are tired. So you decided to take rest for a few minutes in the shade of a tree in the middle of the desert. You got a little drowsy and at the last moment, you woke up and saw that your camel was nowhere to be found!
You looked around, front, back, left, right but saw no sign of your camel. Your water and food were all packed on the camel’s back. Now you are quite sure that you will soon die without food or water in the desert. With thousands of anxieties and worries, you started blaming yourself, “Why didn’t I tie the camel?”
While you were mourning, you suddenly saw your camel in the distance. You couldn’t believe your eyes. You may surprise and think, “Is it really my camel that I have lost? Am I feeling intoxicated?” As soon as you run towards the camel, you see that it is actually your camel that you have lost a moment ago and the camel is back with all your food and water!
Relate the sweet feeling
Just imagine, how you feel at that moment? Relieved? Ecstatic? Over the moon? You will probably find bliss in all your sorrows and fears, won’t you?
You might be wondering, why did I tell you to imagine this? Well, did you know that when we repent and return to Allah, Allah is happier than the man who lost his camel in the desert and found it again!
Anas ibn Malik (R) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When a person loses his camel carrying his food and drinking water in the desert and regains it, Allah is more pleased than when a servant repents and returns to Him.” (Sahih Bukhari)
In another narration, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “After returning the camel which was lost in the desert, he grabbed the reins of the camel and said in a joyful wave, ‘O Allah! you are my slave and I am your Lord.’ He made this mistake out of sheer joy.” (Sahih Muslim)
We are all servants who have to return to Allah
Can you imagine this scenario? Allah becomes happier when you repent and return to Him than this person who lost his camel and again got it back! Allahu Akbar! So, What are we waiting for? Let us return to Allah no matter what we do.
Let us not be afraid, look at the mercy of Allah and we repent by shedding tears in the court of Allah.
However, our experience of living this sinful life is very bitter to Allah. Yet when the servant returns to Allah, Allah is very pleased and His mercy is vast and endless and this experience is very sweet.
The door to the mercy of Allah is always open for you, regardless of what you have done or how you have lived your life.
Teachings of Hadith
Anas ibn Malik (R) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Allah says, O children of Adam! As long as you keep calling me, keep hoping for forgiveness from me, I will forgive you; I don’t care. O Children of Adam! If your sins reach the clouds, then ask forgiveness to Me, I will forgive all of your sins; and I don’t care. O Children of Adam! If you come to me with earth-filled sin and meet me free from without associating anything with me, I will meet you with earth-filled forgiveness.” (Tirmidhi)
O Allah! You are forgiving, you love to forgive, so please forgive us. Ameen.