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Unformatted text preview: lf until I wished I had only accepted Islam that day", said Usamah. (al-Bukhari and Muslim) Contemplate on how he gradually explained to him his fault, convinced him thereof, and then admonished and advised him. In order to convince the one you are advising, try to debate his thoughts and principles however much you can. Try to think from his view point.
258 Convince him of his error so he may accept advice 37 Once, while the Prophet was sitting in his blessed gathering, surrounded by his immaculate Companions, there came a young man into the mosque and began to look right and left as if he was looking for someone. His eyes fell on the Prophet so he walked towards him. It was assumed that the young man would sit in the circle and listen to Allah's remembrance. But he did not. The man simply looked at the Messenger of Allah and the Companions around him, and said with all boldness, "O Messenger of Allah! Allow me to..." seek knowledge? No. This is not what he said. If only he had said that! Nor did he say, "Allow me to make Jihad". If only he had said that. Do you know what he said? He said, "O Messenger of Allah! Allow me to fornicate." How astonishing! He asked such a question so frankly! "Allow me to fornicate!" The Prophet looked at the young man. Although, it was possible for him to admonish him by reciting Qur'anic verses, or advising him briefly with words that may move his heart, he chose to take a different route. He said to him gently, "Would you like anyone to fornicate with your mother?" The young man shook as he thought of someone fornicating with his mother and said, "No. I would never like that for my mother." The Prophet then said to him gently, "Likewise, the people would not like it for their mothers either." He then asked him,
259 Convince him of his error so he may accept advice 37 "Would you like it for your sister?" The young man was shaken again as he thought of his chaste sister fornicating and i...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Professorsunni during the Spring '12 term at N.C. State.
- Spring '12