Three People Whom Allah will not Speak to…
Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) said:
“There will be three types of people whom Allah will neither speak to them on the Day of Resurrection nor will purify them from sins, and they will have a painful punishment: They are, (1) a man possessed superfluous water (more than he needs) on a way and he withholds it from the travelers. (2) a man who gives a pledge of allegiance to an Imam (ruler) and gives it only for worldly benefits, if the Imam gives him what he wants, he abides by his pledge, otherwise he does not fulfill his pledge; (3) and a man who sells something to another man after the `Asr prayer and swears by Allah (a false oath) that he has been offered so much for it whereupon the buyer believes him and buys it although in fact, the seller has not been offered such a price.” (Bukhari: Book 94, Hadith 7298)
Above hadith describes three sins that will never be purified – three ‘different’ acts of sin.
First deed is denying water for others when one possesses excess even after fulfilling his basic needs. Water is the most precious thing any desert traveler would require and that should never be withheld. All of us need water and many places on earth suffer from drought and famine. There will be people who have access to water and those who do not. As per this Hadith, we should realize that it is a must for a believer to offer the left out water to others. It is sinful and cruelty to conceal or ban others from using it.
Second sinful act mentioned is related to trade. One person is trying to sell something to another, but the seller lies by testifying in Allah in order to get a good price – “I swear upon Allah, I have bought this for so and so price“. He is claiming to have offered a price for his item, but in fact no such offers were ever made. One can tell the truth and then demand the price he is looking for, but he should not tell a lie to justify the price, that too by testifying in Allah!
In another Hadith, Hakim b. Hazim (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: … if they speak the truth and make everything clear they will be blessed in their transaction; but if they tell a lie and conceal anything the blessing on their transaction will be blotted out. [Part of a hadith in Muslim: Book 10, Hadith 3661].
In an instance where a believer is ordained to exhibit his trustworthiness, Islam treats it as a grave sin if he acts against it. We should try our best not to forsake the truthfulness when engaged in trading. May Allah guide us. Aameen!
Third vice is related to a person who pledged his support to a leader. His support is purely based on his selfish gains. As long as his worldly desires are fulfilled, he will support the leader. If he does not benefit, then he will act against the leader. How many followers are there today who support a leader only to fulfill their own personal interests! Moreover, how many followers are there who mislead their leadership only for the sake of their own worldly gains! Everywhere, we can see that worldly and selfish interests are preceded than any social or religious values. A support extended only based on selfish gains, and the fulfilling of it based on how much we gained, Prophet (PBUH) doesn’t teach these traits suitable for a believer. Thus the aftermaths of such behaviors will be very dreadful that Allah won’t even talk to them on the day of judgement.
May Allah bless us to live in the way He likes and may He guide us in the right path. May He bless us to grasp the messages He sent through beloved Prophet (PBUH) and thus move forward in the path of righteousness. Aameen!