The story of Alqamah

Alqamah (radiallahu  anhu) was a very pious person. He spent his time in Salaat and Saum. At the approach of death he was unable to proclaim the Kalimah Shahaadat inspite of repeated talqeen  (instruction) by those Present. Alqamah’s wife sent a messenger to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to inform him  to Alqamah’s grave condition. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) enquired whether the parents  of Alqamah were alive. He was informed that Alqamah’s mother was alive. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) asked the aged mother about Alqamah. She replied :

‘Alqamah is a very pious person. He passes his time in Salaat and Saum. He performs Tahajjud, but he always disobeys me for the sake of his wife. I am, therefore, displeased with him.  ”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“It will be best for him if you forgive him.  ”

However, she refused. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam) ordered Bilaal (radhiallahu anhu) to gather firewood and to burn Alqamah  in the  fire. On hearing this order, Alqamah’s mother asked in consideration:

“Will my child be burnt in the fire?”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Yes! Compared to the punishment of Allah, our punishment is light. I take oath by Allah  that as long as you remain displeased with him, neither his Salaat nor his Sadqah  is accepted.”

The old lady said:

“I make you and all people present witness that I have forgiven Alqamah.  ”

Rasulullah  (sallallahu  alayhi  wasallam),  addressing  the gathering, said:

“Go and see  if  the Kalimah is on  the tongue of Alqamah or not.  ”

After returning from Alqamah the people informed that he was reciting the Kalimah. Thus, he left this world with the Kalimah on his lips.

After burying Alqamah, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam) said:

“The curse of Allah is  on  the one who causes difficulty to his mother. The curse of the angels and the curse of mankind be on him. Allah Ta’ala neither accepts his Fardh nor his Nafl lbaadat as long as he does not repent and obeys his mother. He has  to gain her pleasure as best as he can. Allah’spleasure  depends  on  the mother’s pleasure and His Wrath  is concealed in  her wrath,  ”  (Ahmad, Tibrani).

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