Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam has said: “One who sits in the company of the accepted servants of Allah, can never remain wretched. Allah changes his wretchedness into auspiciousness.” There is a lengthy hadith, a part of which is, that a person was passing by the gathering of Allah’s people – he had not come specially for the gathering, but just decided to sit down. Although Allah knows everything, He asked the malaikah what those people were engaged in. At the end of this hadith it is mentioned that Allah calls the malaikah to bear witness and says: “I have forgiven all of them, even the one who sat in the gathering just as he was passing by, because I do not deprive even those who sit near My accepted servants. ” Look! Here in Dera Ghazi Khan, whatever is being prepared for Hadhrat Wala Hardoi Damat Barakatuhu, the same things are being served to everyone else, even his attendants. If this is the condition of worldly bounties, then Insha Allah the same will be the condition in Jannat. If the result of the companionship with the friends of Allah is such that wretchedness changes into piety, and one develops a powerful strength to do good deeds, then what must be the condition of one’s Iman after the companionship of prophethood?
Just by Rasulullah’s Sallallahu alaihi wasallam sight falling on a person, that person becomes a Sahabi, and the world’s greatest wali can never reach the status of any Sahabi. It was thus through the blessing of the company of Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam that Hadhrat Abu Mas’ood Radiallahu anhu realized this and said: “O Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam, I free this slave for the sake of Allah in lieu of beating him.” Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam replied: “If you would not have shown mercy to the slave, the fire of Jahannum would have burnt you to ashes.” Who is this? None other than a Sahabi who has seen Rasululllah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam.
Which oppressor can then say that he performs tahajjud, makes zikr and is a saint, so he will not be punished for his anger? Think and ponder over this fact. We think that just because we perform worship, we have all the right to trouble and oppress our fellow Muslims, our brothers, sisters, wives etc. We think there is no law and order for us. Look! A companion of Allah’s Rasul Sallallahu alaihi wasallam, Abu Mas’ûd Radiallahu Anhu is being warned that had he not shown mercy to his slave, the fire of Jahannum would have been wrapped around him on the day of Qiyamah. Can we be greater than the Sahabi, Abu Mas’ood? If we say that our anger is not harming us, then we are actually trying to claim that our stage is higher than the Sahabi (Na ûzûbillah). My friends! Many people say, “We do not need spiritual guides,” yet, imagine, even a Sahabi like Hadhrat Abu Mas’ood Radiallahu Anhu needs a trainer and guide! When Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA) who is the most virtuous amongst mankind after the Ambiya (AS), was in need of a guide, he needed a guardian, then who are we to say that we do not need to be guided and reformed