Written in Urdu by Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ismailra – brother-in-law of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas – and published in Al Fazl on 13 June 1944
In the previous article, we read that in a trance-like state, Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ismailra was being shown the place of reckoning by an angel, Ghufran and various instances of God’s immense forgiveness and mercy were displayed to him.
The second part commences with the continuation of these instances.
18. There was a special kindness being shown when it came to women. There was a general commandment that a woman who prays five times a day, fasts, protects her chastity and does not disobey her husband, can enter paradise from whichever door of the heaven she prefers.
19. Then we went further and saw that the case of a person who had died during the time of the Holy Prophetsa was being presented in the court. When he passed away, the Holy Prophetsa also went out for his funeral prayers. Hazrat Umarra requested, “O prophet of Allah, this person was an open sinner and transgressor, please do not offer his funeral prayer.”
The Holy Prophetsa enquired from those attending the funeral prayer, “Has anyone seen this person act upon any of the commandments of Islam?” People replied that on one occasion, he stood for guard duty at night.
The Holy Prophetsa offered his funeral prayer, poured soil in his grave, looked at the grave of the deceased, and said, “O you who have died! Your friends think you are hell-bound, but I bear witness that you shall go to paradise. O Umar ibn Al-Khattab! Do not dig too deep into people’s actions. Generally observe if they were observant of Islam or not.”
Thus, the same act rewarded him the salvation in the Hereafter.
20. Similarly, there was a Muslim fighter who had fought in the way of Allah. His deeds were not sufficient to send him to heaven. Allah put his horse, horse’s feed and even the horse’s dung into the scale of his good deeds, until the scale of his good deeds became heavier than the scale of his wrongdoings and shortcomings and he raced towards paradise on his horse. Similarly, infinite people were forgiven because they were in love with prophets, saints and other holy figures. Even though their actions were not enough, but they were made the neighbours of their loved ones according to the hadith:
اَلْمَرْءُ مَعَ مَنْ أَحَبَّ
“A person will be with whom he loves.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Adab]
21. I saw at another place that a group of people, who used to do zikr and tasbih of God, was being taken to paradise beneath the wings of the angels. There was another person walking behind them. Ghufran [the angel accompanying Hazrat Mir Sahibra in this vision] told me that the story of this person is very interesting.
“Once, Allah asked the angels, what did you see in the world today? The angels replied, ‘We saw a group of people in a mosque remembering you with love and devotion.’ Allah said, ‘Bear witness that I have forgiven them all.’ The angels said, ‘O Allah, there was a person in that gathering who did not come there for Your remembrance, but for a personal errand.’ Allah said, ‘Bear witness that I have forgiven him as well, for ْ
هُمُ الَّذِي لَا يَشْقٰي جَلِیْسُھُمْ
“These people [who remember Allah] are such that those who are in their company can never be unfortunate.”’
The person walking behind is that same person.”
22. As we went further, Ghufran pointed towards a person who was walking around with the mantle of Allah’s forgiveness covering him. Ghufran informed me that the story of this person is also very interesting.
“This person migrated to Medina along with a noble companion of the Holy Prophetsa at the time of the migration of the Holy Prophetsa. He got sick in Medina and got so impatient that he slit his own wrists with an arrow, which caused so much bleeding that he eventually died. His friend, who was a companion, saw him in the dream that he was in a very good condition, but he had both his hands covered. His friend asked him, ‘What happened with you [at Judgment Day]?’
“He replied, ‘My Lord forgave me because I had migrated towards His Prophetsa. But Allah also told me that He would not heal my hands which I had damaged.’ When this was mentioned to the Holy Prophetsa, he prayed for him that:
اَللّٰھُمَّ وَلِيَدَیْہِ فَاغْفِرْ
‘O Allah, forgive his hands as well.’”
Ghufran informed me that he remained in his original condition, but today, due to this prayer, his hands’ completely function and now, he was going to paradise.
23. We went further and I learned of a person about whom Allah had ordered that He would call him to account personally. So, this person was brought in front of Allah’s throne. Allah asked him, “Do you know that you committed (such-and-such) grave and heinous sins in the world?” He replied, “Yes, my Lord, I do.” Every single muscle on his body was trembling with fear that now, there would be no place for him except hell. However, in that very moment, Allah the Almighty said, “I covered your sins while you were on earth so I will cover your sins today as well. Here, take the register of your good deeds, go towards the people whose accounts are being checked and leave the register of your sins with Us. Now be on your way; We shall take care of things from here.”
24. Then, another case was presented in the court of Allah. A prisoner was brought with 99 huge registers of his actions. He was asked, “These are the registers of your deeds. If you dispute any of these, let Us know.” He replied, “My Lord, whatever is mentioned in them is correct.” He was asked, “Do you have any excuse,” He replied, “No, my Lord.” Allah replied, “We have one excuse from you, which is a great virtue. You will not be punished.”
Then, a piece of paper was presented on which it was written:
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَّاإِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهٗ وَ رَسُوْلُهٗ
“I bear witness that there is no God except Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
It was commanded to put this sheet in the scale of his good deeds and when this sheet of paper was put with his good deeds, the scales of goodness lowered against the other side with heavy registers of sins and that person went running towards paradise, repeating the words:
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ، اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰہِ
“All praise belongs to Allah; All praise belongs to Allah.”
25. Then we turned our attention to another side and we heard a caller making an announcement on behalf of Allah the Almighty:
اَیْنَ الَّذِیْ کَانَتْ تَتَجَافٰی جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ
“Where are those who used to separate their bodies from their beds at night in the remembrance of their Lord?”
Upon hearing this, many such people stood up and gathered at one place and it was announced that all of them were forgiven without any judgment.
26. Then, a third case was presented in the special court of Allah. A man was brought forward and an order was decreed by Allah to read out all of his smaller sins and errors and ask him whether he had committed these sins, but not to present the graver sins. Upon hearing these smaller sins, the man replied, “Yes, my Lord. I have made all of these mistakes. How can I lie about this truth?” At the same time, the person was thinking fearfully in his heart that these were only his smaller sins.
He asked himself what would happen when his more severe sins would be read out aloud. While he was still in his thoughts, Allah said, “Go, We have forgiven you and given you one good deed for each of your sins.” Hearing this the person lost all his faculties due to happiness and blurted out, “O my Lord, these were only my small sins. The major sins have not been recited yet; those should also be presented before of You.” When the audience heard this, they all started laughing. The person, obviously embarrassed, went towards paradise and was covered in the mantle of God’s forgiveness by one of the angels.
27. I also saw that those who were already punished for their crimes on earth were being treated with extra compassion and kindness. For example, there was a person who had committed a grave sin, so he himself went to his ruler and said, “I have committed this sin. I am terribly regretful and have asked Allah for forgiveness, but I would rather face the punishment in this life than face the punishment of the Hereafter.” On this, he was stoned to death. When this person was brought in front of Allah on the Day of Judgement, Allah said to him, “O My servant! We are very pleased with your repentance. If your regret and repentance was distributed to an entire city, we would have forgiven all of them.”
28. There was also a case of a very cruel ruler who had wronged many of his subjects. All of his oppressed subjects were present to look at the punishment that was about to be dealt to him, but when they heard that this person had truly repented from his sins in his last days and had migrated to Medina and died there, they all said that they forgave all of his trespasses against them and beseeched Allah to do the same. Hence, that person also went to paradise with a smile on his face.
29. Millions of people were being forgiven because those who were wronged by them were being recompensed by Allah manifold and in return, these wronged souls were forgiving their transgressors and seeking forgiveness for them and in this manner, they – both the wronged and the wrongdoers – were being forgiven. Many people who did not have enough good deeds were being forgiven because their parents were happy with them and they were absorbing God’s grace under the rule:
رضی الرب في رضی الوالد
“The pleasure of Allah lies in the pleasure of the parents.”
30. The most astounding example for me was that of two persons. Two people were standing to one side, waiting to be dragged to hell, when they saw a forgiven person entering paradise. One of the hell-bound man said to him, “Dear brother! Do you recognise me? I am the person who gave you water on one occasion at such-and-such place.” The second one added, “You must remember me also, brother. I filled up your container with water so that you could perform ablution. Now, look at us, you are going to heaven and we are going to hell.” This melted the heart of the forgiven person and he started praying for them to Allah, the Most Merciful, there and then. It was ordered to take both of them to paradise with him as well.
31. We were still engrossed in these scenes when all of a sudden, we heard some commotion coming from hell. It was reported [to Allah] that two people were causing all this noise. It was ordered to bring the two in front of Allah. Once presented, they were asked, “Why are you making so much noise?” They replied, “O our Lord! We are burning. We cannot bear this pain and punishment. Please have mercy on us.” Allah said, “Alright, go back to your places in hell. We shall make a decision about you later.” One of them returned back, but the other stood there and said, “O my Lord, did you take me out of hell only so that you could put me back?” This caused everyone to laugh. Allah the Almighty ordered, “Alright then, go, O impatient one. We have forgiven you and your friend.”
32. Hence, we went forth, observing similar incidents, until we reached a group of the Companions of the Holy Prophetsa. There was similar commotion and judgment happening there too. There was a companion by the name of Hatib about whom certain witnesses said, “He is guilty of treason to Islam and the Holy Prophetsa and the punishment for that should have been death in the world and hell in the Hereafter.” It was alleged, he had written a letter to the disbelievers of Mecca informing them of the imminent attack of the Holy Prophetsa, which was a state secret, the divulgence of which could have resulted in the destruction of the Muslims.
“If Allah had not informed the Holy Prophetsa of this treason in time, the entire plan for the victory of Mecca would have been ruined. We cannot find a bigger traitor than him.”
It was ordained from the throne of Allah, “You are right, but look at our order that was passed in second year of Hijra regarding the Companions who fought in the Battle of Badr. The order was searched and presented and it said:
إِعْمَلُوْا مَا شِئْتُمْ فَاِنِّی غَفَرْتُ لَکُمْ
“Do whatever you wish. For I have surely forgiven you all.”
It was further said, “There are certain services of our servants which are worthy of such rewards. Let Hatibra bin Balta‘ah go, for he is forgiven along with the Companions of Badr.”
33. After this, the case of the Chief of the Martyrs, Lion of Allah, Hazrat Hamzara bin Abdul Muttalib was presented. The witnesses reported that on one occasion, he was drunk and listening to songs from his female slave. He was so pleased with the singing that he asked her to make a wish. This woman felt some animosity towards Hazrat Alira, so she asked him to bring the livers from the two camels of Hazrat Alira that were given to him as a bounty of war from the Battle of Badr.
On this, he went to that place and split open their stomachs and took the livers out. The poor animals died in agony.
When Hazrat Alira was informed, he reported this to the Holy Prophetsa in tears. The Holy Prophetsa went to Hazrat Hamzara, along with Hazrat Alira. Hazrat Hamza was still drunk and in his drunken condition, said, “Are you two not the slaves of my father.” The Holy Prophetsa realised that Hazrat Hamza was drunk and did not deem it appropriate to continue talking to him in this manner. After a while, Hazrat Hamzara was martyred in the Battle of Uhud.
It was said, “He must be punished for the crimes against humanity and the creation of Allah, and though alcohol was not yet forbidden at the time, but it still does not take away from the severity of the crime as it was a demonstration of extreme cruelty, which is against human nature, no matter which religion a person may belong to. That is why we are asking for recompense.”
It was said from the throne of Allah:
“We have already taken retribution for his mistake. Hamza is our lion. The recompense that was taken from him is evident and the nearness [to Allah] which we have bestowed upon him is also evident. Is it not correct that he killed the camels on the request of his female slave. So, in Uhud, a slave named Wahshi, who was hired for a reward, killed Hamza and tore open his torso in a manner that animals do.
Then Hind, the wife of Abu Sufyan, took out his liver from his body just as Hamza removed it from the carcasses of those animals. Just as the liver of the camels was grilled and eaten, so was his liver chewed by Hind in front of everyone at Uhud. As another, second camel was killed, so Hamza’s body was mutilated and his nose, ears and lips were cut off and made into a necklace and shown off to everyone in the battlefield. As he declared the Holy Prophetsa as the slave of his father, a slave was arranged for the murder of Hamza, as opposed to a nobleman of the Quraish.”
Allah continued to say:
“Now, tell us, was every aspect of this crime not retributed? Even to the point that the one on whose request camels were killed was a singer and Hind, who mutilated Hamza’s body was also a singer who sang songs in the Battle of Uhud to inspire the army, the first couplet of which is:
نَحْنُ بَنَاتُ الطَّارِقِ
نَمْشِیْ عَلٰی النَّمَارِقِ
“But because he was our beloved, our retribution was in fact a reward for him. His martyrdom at Uhud made him the Chief of the Martyrs and whatever was done to his body after death did not cause him any pain; neither the mutilation, nor the removal or biting of his liver. So, today, we have covered him in our mantle of forgiveness and dignity. His status is raised and your claim is answered. Now, take him to heaven and give him a station near his nephew [the Holy Prophetsa]. We are pleased with him and he, with Us.”
34. After hearing this judgement, we went further and saw a believer who had committed every type of sin other than Shirk [associating partners with Allah]. He was about to be dragged towards hell, when we heard an awe-inspiring voice proclaiming:
مَنْ عَلِمَ اَنِّی ذُوْ قُدْرَۃٍ عَلَی مَغْفِرَۃِ الذُّنُوْبِ غَفَرْتُ لَہٗ وَلَا اُبَالِیْ مَا لَمْ یُشْرِکْ بِیْ شَیْئًا
“I shall forgive the person who believed about Me that I have complete power to forgive all of someone’s sins and shall not care for anything until they associate a partner with me.”
There was another person standing next to him. Every page of his register of deeds was full of sins and transgressions, but every once in a while, there were a couple of istighfars [seeking forgiveness] recorded on the pages as well. It was ordered that today, all of his sins were effaced due to those istighfar.
35. There was an argument regarding a blind man. Order came from the throne of Allah that we took his two beloved eyes from him, so today we forgive him because of that.
36. I went further and saw a huge crowd of sick, poor and needy people. Allah said:
لَا اُخْرِجُ اَحَدًا مِنَ الدُّنْيَا اُرِيْدُ اغْفِرْ لَہٗ حَتَّی اسْتَوْ فَي كُلَّ خَطِيْئَةٍ فِيْ عُنُقِهٖ بِسُقْمٍ فِیْ بَدَنِهٖ وَاقتَارٍ فِيْ رِزْقِهٖ
“Whenever I care for someone’s forgiveness, I make sure to get rid of all their sins by putting them through trials of sickness and poverty.”
When I heard this, I became very happy because I was also a very sick child and suddenly, all of my pains began to feel like blessings.
(To be continued…)
(Translated by Talha Ali, Missionary Philippines)