The Man That Killed 99 People

The man that killed 99 people

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Prophet of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said:

“There was a man from among a nation before you who killed ninety-nine people and then made an inquiry about the most learned person on the earth. He was directed to a monk. He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the negative and the man killed him also completing one hundred.

He then asked about the most learned man in the earth. He was directed to a scholar. He told him that he had killed one hundred people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the affirmative and asked, `Who stands between you and repentance? Go to such and such land; there (you will find) people devoted to prayer and worship of Allah, join them in worship, and do not come back to your land because it is an evil place.’

So he went away and hardly had he covered half the distance when death overtook him; and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of torment. The angels of mercy pleaded, ‘This man has come with a repenting heart to Allah,’ and the angels of punishment argued, ‘He never did a virtuous deed in his life.’ Then there appeared another angel in the form of a human being and the contending angels agreed to make him arbiter between them. He said, `Measure the distance between the two lands. He will be considered belonging to the land to which he is nearer.’ They measured and found him closer to the land (land of piety) where he intended to go, and so the angels of mercy collected his soul”. [Al Bukhari and Muslim]


Benefits derived from this Hadith:

1. It does not matter how great the sins of the servant of Allah is, the doors of touba (repentance) is always open. As Allah says in the Holy Quran Say: “O ‘Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh, verily, Allâh forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Chapter 39 Verse 53]

2. To give up hope on the mercy of Allah increases one in the disobedience of Allah as the man in the hadith killed the worshiper as he lost hope in the mercy of Allah and completing by it the hundred.

3. To give verdicts (fatwa) without knowledge can be the cause of your destruction and the destruction of others.

4. The one that is seeking legal verdicts should approach learned scholars and not just any pious person without any knowledge.

5. Pious companionship aids to the obedience of Allah.

6. The eagerness of the Angels to fulfill the commandments of Allah.

7. The one that seeks repentance should leave the evil place he is in, in order that he doesn’t fall in the same sin again.

8. Actions are judged by its endings. I ask Allah to grant us pious endings Ameen.


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