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Making Yourself Weep- Sh. Husayn al-Awaayishah


So know, may Allah have mercy on you, that making yourself weep earns less of a reward than actually weeping. However it is the way towards weeping, that is because the one who makes himself weep, is among those who strive hard and fight their souls, and take account of themselves, and endeavor to attain the pleasure of Allah, the Most High. Allah says:

“And those who strive hard in Us (our cause), We will surely guide them to our paths ” (29:69)



So whoever strives to make his soul weep, then Allah will guide this person to sincere weeping and give him success in achieving it.



On the authority of Anas (radiAllahu anhu) who related that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) say

“O people weep, for you cannot weep then make yourself weep. Indeed the inhabitants of the hellfire will weep until their tears pour down their cheeks as if they were streams until the tears are used up and then blood will pour down, and the eyes will be covered with ulcers”

[Declared hasan by Sh. al-Albani in Saheeh at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb]



So reflect over the way the Messenger of Allah order us to weep or make ourselves weep. He (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) also explained the weeping of the inhabitants of hellfire, i.e., the tears will pour down their cheeks and faces as if streams until they tears are used up after which blood will pour forth and cause the eyes to be wounded with ulcers.



What else can you want after this, O slave of Allah, in order for you to weep! For I swear by Allah that it is a deep and serious admonition, this admonition is enough to cause you to make tawbah return to Allah and weep. For are you really safe from the scene (described above)?!

weeping out of fear of Allah


Are you guaranteed salvation and Paradise? So weep and shed tears now for which you will be rewarded in your (life of this) world before you weep blood for which you will not be rewarded in the Hereafter.



If you do not weep or even try to weep, then know that your iman is weak and the world has overtaken you, and you are in great danger. So flee to Allah, grab hold of life before death, rush to sincere repentance, true inaabah  (returning to Allah) and righteous actions.



On the authority of Ibn Abi Mulaykah who said “We were sitting with ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiAllahu anhu) on a rock. He said

Weep if you cannot weep then make yourself weep. If only you knew, you would pray until your back broke and weep until you lost your voice”.

(at-Targheeb wa at-Tarheeb: “al Haakim reported it in marfoo form and said “it is sahih upon their conditions”. Adh Dhahabee agress upon its authenticity and it is as he has said. It is reported by ibn al Mubarak in mawquf form in az-Zuhd)



In the story of the prisoners of Badr, Ibn Abbas (radiAllahu anhu) said “When the prisoners of Badr were chained, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked Abu Bakr and Umar (radiAllahu anhum) “What should be done with the prisoners?” Abu Bakr said “O Prophet of Allah! they are our relatives, I think that you should take ransom from them and it will be a power for us against the disbelievers. Maybe Allah will guide them to Islam.” The Messenger of Allah then asked, “What do you think O Ibn al Khattab?”. I (‘Umar) said “No I swear by Allah I do not agree with Abu Bakr’s view. I think that you should let us strike their necks. So let ‘Ali kill ‘Aqeel and let me kill such and sucha person (a relative of Umar). Verily they are the leaders and notables of disbelief”. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) approved of what Abu Bakr had said as opposed to what I had said. So the following day, when I came, I found the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) sitting together and weeping. I said: “O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)! Inform me of the thing which is making you and your companion weep? If I find that it is something that makes me weep then I will weep, and if it does not make me weep then I will make myself weep, due to the weeping of both of you.” So the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said “I weep over what your companions suggested with regard to taking the ransom for their punishment has been shown to me, from closer than this tree!”



Allah has revealed in the Qur’an:

“It is not for the Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free them with ransom) until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land [a].


You desire the goods of this world (i.e., the money of ransom for freeing the captives but Allah desires for you the Hereafter. And Allah is All Mighty, All Wise. Were is not for a previous ordainment from Allah, a severe torment would have touched you for what you took. So enjoy the booty you have got from war, lawful and good, and be afraid of Allah. Certainly Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful” (8:67)

So Allah made the booty lawful for them” (Muslim)




[a] until he had made a great slaughter (among his enemies) in the land means, to increase in killing and destruction of enemy.  He said in an-Nihaayah “to massacre is to do this excessively and what is meant here is to be excessive in killing the disbelievers).


[Book: Weeping from the fear of Allah, page 26-28 by Sh. Husayn al-Awaayishah ]


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