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Unformatted text preview: red and greeted him, but by Allah, he did not return my greeting. I said: `I beseech you, by Allah, O Abu Qatadah, do you know that I love Allah and His Messenger?' He remained silent. I then said: `O Abu Qatadah, do you know that I love Allah and His Messenger?' He remained silent. I then said: `I beseech you, by Allah, O Abu Qatadah, do you know that I love Allah and His Messenger?' He then said: `Allah and His Messenger know best." When Ka`b heard this response from his cousin and the dearest of all people to him, it was as if he could no longer tell if he was a believer or not. He could not bear what he had heard. His eyes filled with tears. He climbed over the wall, went back to his house and remained therein, looking here and there, confined within the walls of his house. He had no wife to accompany him, nor a relative to console him. 162 Be concerned about others 24 Fifty nights had passed since the Prophet forbade the people to speak to them. On the fiftieth night, it was revealed to the Prophet in the last third of the night that the repentance of the three men had been accepted. At the time, the Prophet was in the house of Umm Salamah. So he recited the relevant verses, after which Umm Salamah said: "O Prophet of Allah, shall we not give the glad tidings to Ka`b bin Malik?" He replied: "The people would throng and prevent you from sleeping for the rest of the night!" Hence, when the Prophet prayed the Fajr prayer, he proclaimed the fact that Allah had accepted their repentance. The people then rushed to give them the glad tidings. Ka`b said: "I had prayed Fajr on the rooftop of one of our houses. I was sitting in a state which Allah has described in His Book, in which my soul felt intense restriction, and even the earth had become restricted, despite its vastness, and nothing worried me more than the thought that I may die and the Messenger of Allah may not pray over me, or that he may die whilst I remain boycotted by the peopl...
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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