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Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
Narrated Usama bin Zaid: “We were with the Prophet when suddenly there came to him a messenger from one of his daughters who was asking him to come and see her son who was dying. The Prophet said (to the messenger), “Go back and tell her that whatever Allah takes is His, and whatever He gives is His, and everything with Him has a limited fixed term (in this world). So order her to be patient and hope for Allah’s reward.” But she sent the messenger to the Prophet again, swearing that he should come to her. So the Prophets got up, and so did Sa’d bin ‘Ubada and Mu’adh bin Jabal (and went to her). When the child was brought to the Prophet his breath was disturbed in his chest as if it were in a water skin. On that the eyes of the Prophet . became flooded with tears, whereupon Sa’d said to him, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is this?” The Prophet said, “This is mercy which Allah has put in the Heart of His slaves, and Allah bestows His mercy only on those of His slaves who are merciful (to others).” [Bukhari]
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet – peace be upon him – said, “Allah will cover seven people with His shade, on the Day when there will be no shade but His: a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah, a man whose heart is attached to the mosques, two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only, a man who refuses the call of a beautiful and rich woman for illicit relation with her and says: I am afraid of Allah, a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given, and a person who remembers Allah while he is alone and his eyes are flooded with tears.” [Bukhari]
Living in a world as such that we live in today does not allow us much opportunities to experience humility of Allah Almighty’s Mercy and Compassion. Tears, especially which comes from the heart, is one way for us us to experience that humility on a daily basis.
We have been taught from an early age to ‘keep our chin up’ or ‘men don’t cry’ so the lesson of shedding tears becomes lost as we grow older. I have watched countless times when a baby or young child falls or is upset, the adults make every effort to stop the him crying. Let him cry. Let him experience his pain with tears, his hurt with tears. Let him make the connection that crying comes from deep within him. Then, lovingly console him…It is okey for a child to have tears in his eyes; it just helps him build a bigger database of emotions for when he is older.
It is wonderful that we have, in the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., an example of crying. See the reaction of the Companions when they saw him cry? But he, our beloved Prophet s.a.w., set the behavior for a muslim when faced with grief or feeling humility before Allah Almighty.
I’ve told children,” If you have never cried for the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. and everything he went through to bring Islam to you; if you have never cried seeing a child hungry or homeless; if you have never cried knowing how hard the lives of people who are in war, disaster or persecution, then you have to look deep inside your heart and see what is blocking you from feeling sad for these people.”
Tears are a Mercy from Allah Almighty , to remind us not to forget the suffering of those around us. It is a Mercy from Allah Almighty so that we remember how weak and incapable we are without His Help. Abu Umaamah narrated that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said,’ Nothing is dearer to Allah than two drops and two marks: a tear drop which falls due to the fear of Allah and a drop of blood shed in the path of Allah. As for the two marks, they are a mark receive in Allah’s path (e.g. wound in battle) and a mark caused by observing one of the compulsory duties set by Allah (e.g. a mark from prostration in prayer)‘. [Tirmidhi] I know as long as there is pain and hardship for my brothers and sisters around the world, I will continue to cry for them and pray for their deliverence. Allah knows best.