Born on the Day of Arafah
I was Born Today
Sheikh Hany Hilmy
Monday, 01 December 2008
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast
Praise be to Allah, we thank Him, we seek His aid and we ask for His forgiveness. We seek the protection of Allah from our bad souls and deeds. Whom Allah guides, no one can astray and whom He astray, no one can guide. I testify that there is No god but ALLAH, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Oh Allah, have mercy on Muhammad and those related to Muhammad just that Thou had on Ibrahim and those related to Ibrahim; surly Thou art the Praiseworthy, the Great. Oh Allah, bestow your blessing on Muhammad and those related to Muhammad as Thou had bestowed it on Ibrahim and those related to Ibrahim; surly Thou art the Praiseworthy, the Great.
Thus, I ask Allah, the Exalted to make this gathering a blessed one and protect our apart after it and doesn't make anyone of us or around us miserable or deprived. Oh Allah, have mercy and forgiveness about what You know and guide us and be generous, Praise to the Pride and Generous.
He said: "I don't have a name, I was born today".
This was the last word said by Mr. Harbi.... Do you know his story?
He said: "I am a father of five kids, I used to work as a truck driver and as the truck drivers are used to, one would come and tell another to take something and claim that it will make him drive well and stay up all night." All of you all know this trend.
A bad gang surrounded him and urged him to take some narcotic and don't be afraid of doing so, and they claimed that such a narcotic would make him more active and vital.
He said: "That was the beginning. I stayed on drugs for twenty years. It ruined my life. I used to beat my wife in front of my kids. I turned into a man without a soul and without any feelings whatsoever. My wife did her best to help me to quit drugs but it was not possible."
Then, he sat crying when he remembered this situation and said: "I can never forget that day when I was sitting with visiting neighbors and my son came in and told me that I forgot to take drugs this day and he got me a piece of drug and gave it to me"
In this moment, I sat with myself for a little bit and felt the humiliation of the sin... After the guests left, a daughter and a son of mine came in and told me: "for how long will you keep on living in this mess, Dad? I was so much moved by their words but this had been the case for twenty years and it would be very difficult for me to change.
I started to try... I got to know good people who kept on telling me not to give up and who encouraged me to go for pilgrimage with them that year. And it happened....
He was narrating that while he was standing on the Mercy Mountain on Arafah day, he felt that he went through a detoxification process that all the poisons in his body and heart were gone. He felt he was purified.
That's why he said:
Oh by Allah, I am now a new person. I really feel that I was born today, on the day of Arafah