…when Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Rahmatullahi Alaihi heard this recitation he wept profusely…
…and also Imam Abu Hanifa Rahmatullahi Alaihi’s piety and devotion knew no bounds and likewise was know to weep profusely. Praying was a delight to him and he used to engage in it with great gusto and sincerity, and he was famous for this. Dhahabi writes: “Accounts of his piety and devotion have reached a degree of tawatur (i.e. and unbroken chain of uncontradicted narrations).” While saying his prayers or reading the Qu’ran, he would be so overcome with feeling that he would start weeping and go on doing so for hours. Ibrahim Basri relates that one morning while he was saying his prayers together with the Imam, the latter recited the ayat:
Do you think that Allah is forgetful of the iniquitous (14:42)
and in reciting it wept so much that his whole body shoot with sobs. Za’idah relates that having an important question to consult the Imam about, he joined the esha prayers with him and waited for him to finish his nafls. But the Imam, when in reciting the Qu’ran he reached the ayat:
“waqana ‘adhab al-samum” Save us from the torture of Hell’s hot wind (52:27)
went on repeating it until the morning. On another occasion he spent the whole night repeating the ayat:
Judgement Day is the sinners’ promised hour and it is a difficult and unpleasant hour (54:46)
and weeping while he repeated it. SubhanAllah!
…what elicits weeping these days??? May Allah Ta’ala lighten all accounts, Ameen…
…Insha’Allah we overlook the absence of capital letters when referring to Allah Ta’ala and the grammar, translation mishaps…and JazakiLlahu khaira for the pious Hafizah who shared this…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.