Human intellect has divided the factors which build up life into two major portions: “Needs” and “Wants”. However, “Reminder” is a priceless element which fits into the category of “needs and “wants” simultaneously. Without reminders, the purpose of life cannot be served at its best. Reminders we get from fellow human beings are but a treasure. Because they are deeply rooted with concerns, care and always spread light, these reminders help us to see what’s right and what’s not.
“And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.”(Ad-Dhairyat, 51:55)
Believers are people who have molded their faith with a focus kept on the hereafter and have taken initial steps to please Allah in everything they do. These people have received a higher position than average human beings, in all aspects of life. If Allah says that “Reminder” benefits the believers, without a doubt, it’s an essential prerequisite for all of mankind. I would like to take the support of a real incident which is recorded in the authentic history of Islam to explain the importance of reminders.
“When the Messenger of Allah passed away, Abu Bakr was with his wife, the daughter of Kharijah, in villages surrounding Al-Madinah. They started to say: ‘The Prophet has not died, rather he has been overcome with what used to overcome him at the time of Revelation.’ Then Abu Bakr came and uncovered his (the Prophet’s ) face, kissed him between the eyes and said: ‘You are too noble before Allah for Him to cause you to die twice. By Allah, the Messenger of Allah has indeed died.’ ‘Umar was in a corner of the mosque saying: ‘By Allah, the Messenger of Allah has not died and he will never die until the hands and feet of most of the hypocrites are cut off.’ Then Abu Bakr stood up, ascended the pulpit and said: ‘Whoever used to worship Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Whoever used to worship Muhammad, Muhammad is dead.
“Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the grateful.” (Al-Imran, 3:144)
Umar said: ‘It was as if I had never read (that Verse) before that day.’ ” 1
When the last and final Messenger had to leave this world, the companion (who was praised for his wisdom by Allah ) said that he will cut off the limbs of people who say that the Prophet was no more! Wasn’t he a warrior of Islam? Wasn’t he the one who even the shaitan feared to face?
Umar Ibn Khatab was shocked and depressed due to the sorrow caused by the death of the beloved Messenger of Allah. Therefore, he uttered statements which are not acceptable. We have to understand that calamities of life can make us go blind and deaf to the extent that we become strangers to realities. If Umar ibn Khattab , one of the greatest companions with very high levels of Imaan was one of the victims of trials, then who are we? Yes, no one is an exception to the side-effects of life’s trails.
When Umar was under the condition of depression, Abu Bakr approached him with a beautiful reminder. He reminded Umar by saying that Allah is the One who lives eternally and then, he quoted from the Qur’an a beautiful verse which made Umar say, “It was as if I had never read (that Verse) before that day.”
That single reminder saved the whole Muslim nation from splitting apart. That very reminder of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq protected a group of Muslims from falling into the major sin of shirk. This is the power of a reminder. This is why reminders are important.
We have to either position ourselves as people who deliver reminders or as people who are given reminders to ponder upon. When we see fellow brothers and sisters going through hard times in their lives, we have to be by their sides and boost them up with beneficial reminders. A single conversation of ours can save them from grave mistakes in this journey called life. On the other hand, when we get overpowered by calamities, we must pay attention to people who provide us with reminders, for verily, reminders do benefit the believers. We should never create a barrier between us and reminders by showing arrogance and pride. We have to be good listeners as well. Remind and get reminded for verily it will bring nothing but bunches of benefits!
What kind of reminders can we give to our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters during this day and age? Please share your views in the comments section below.
- Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 6, Hadith 1627 ↩