An extract taken from a lecture by Molana Suleman Moola – Cape Town
There was a man who went into total solitude to worship Allah (swt) in a small island, he dedicated his entire time in his prayers with no distractions. Drinking from the spring water and eating from a pomegranate tree was his source of survival. When Angel Gibraeel (as) used to go down from the Heavens to Earth he always seen this man in the position of sajdah (prostration). Lowering his head in front of his Lord.
The servant lived for 400 years, during that time he consistently asked Allah for one wish. He made Dua that he dies in sajdah. Allah granted him that wish.
When this servant was presented in front of his Lord with angels on either side of him, Allah said:
‘Take my servant into Jannah through my infinite mercy.’
The angels done as commanded. The servant was dazzled and said:
‘Oh Allah, through Your infinite mercy I am granted Paradise, what about the 400 years of worship I have done for you?’
Immediately Allah ordered the angels to take him to hell. Even more shocked the servant immediately asked for forgiveness for what he said. He was then placed in front of Allah who said the following:
‘Who granted you the taufiq to worship Me for 400 years? Was I compelled to do it, or was it through My infinite mercy? Middle of the ocean surrounded with salt water, who blessed you with sweet water? Was I compelled to do it, or was it through My infinite mercy? Who provided you with a pomegranate tree for you to eat from? Was I compelled to do it, or was it through My infinite mercy? And who granted you your wish to die in sajdah? Was I compelled to do it, or was it through My infinite mercy? Do not try and compare your worship to my Mercy. For if you want to compare, Walahi, I take a kassam with my own name and might that your 400 years of worship cannot even suffice to Thank Me for the eye sight I have given you.’